50 Free Things to Do in April: Twin Cities Family Events

With 12 children between them, the parents of the Family Fun Twin Cities team are always scouting out ways to score a good deal. April is literally blooming with free events and activities in the Twin Cities! This includes several free EASTER EGG HUNTS & EVENTS you might be interested in hopping on over to.

For more ideas on how to find free Twin Cities events for kids and families in April visit our: 

Want to find free things to do in the Minneapolis-St Paul area this weekend with your kids? Find our current TWIN CITIES WEEKEND FAMILY GUIDE, packed with suggestions.

children in a family bike ride

TWIN CITIES APRIL FREE OUTDOOR FUN IN THE PARKS

There is so much FREE family fun to be had out in Twin Cities-areas parks during the early spring months if you’re willing to perhaps bundle up your team and brave the indecisive weather. Here’s a sampling of the best free events Twin Cities-area parks have to offer in April:

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

1225 Estabrook Dr, St Paul, MN 55103
Seasonal events in April include the Spring Flower Show in the Conservatory’s sunken garden. Warm up with the indoor exhibits when the weather isn’t cooperating. Currently, the Zoo & Conservatory are open by reservation only. Make yours today, they fill fast. Suggested donation of $2/child & $3/adult, but all welcome whether or not you choose to donate. 10am-4pm.

More free spring fun at COMO PARK ZOO & CONSERVATORY: Don’t miss Como Lil’ Explorer ThursdaysEach themed week is packed with free games, art projects and sensory tables. Thursdays in April 2023, 10am-12pm.

Free Twin Cities April

Pond Dakota Mission Park April open houses

Pond Dakota Mission Park, 401 E 104th St, Bloomington, MN 55420
Hands-on living history programs fun and free of charge located at the historic GIDEON POND HOUSE. New themes each week. Saturdays, April 1-29, 2023. 

Nature Rocks! Eden Prairie Outdoor Center April Open Houses

Eden Prairie Outdoor Center, 13765 Staring Lake Parkway, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347
Drop in to meet the resident animals, learn about programs and events. Saturdays, April 1-29, 2023, 10am-1pm.

April Free Family Fun Days with Three Rivers Parks

Three Rivers Parks locations
Drop in for free nature programs at EASTMAN NATURE CENTER, MISSISSIPPI GATEWAY REGIONAL PARK & RICHARDSON NATURE CENTER. New themes each week. Sundays in April 2022, 1-4pm.

Drop-in Discoveries at Tamarack Nature Center 

5287 Otter Lake Rd, White Bear Township, MN 55110
Hands-on, family-friendly themed nature stations. If the weather permits, make sure to let the kids run and explore the amazing DISCOVERY HOLLOW NATURE PLAYGROUND. April 1, 2023. Drop in anytime between 10am-12pm.

Free Tuesday at Washington County Parks 

Explore Washington County Parks free on the first Tuesday of every month (non-holiday). No vehicle permit required. Find a listing of parks here. April 4, 2023.

Forever Wild Family Friday 

Thompson County Park, Dakota Lodge. 1200 Stassen Ln, West St Paul, MN 55118
Make animal inspired crafts then warm up at a bonfire with smores. Meet at the visitor center. April 7, 2023, 6-7:30pm

Puppet Adventures & Let’s Get StARTed

Silverwood Park, 2500 County Rd E, St Anthony, MN 55421
Take in a puppet show followded by make-and-take nature-inspired art. April 16, 2023, 1-3pm.

Photo Collage of kids enjoying Silverwood Park in St. Anthony Minnesota -- Girl in a pink dress dancing in field of yellow flowers, girls skipping rocks, girls in the doorway of a tiny art house

Free Earth Day Events in Twin Cities Parks

Wargo Nature Center Family Earth Day Celebration

7701 Main St, Lino Lakes, MN 55038
This annual event has included service projects, trivia, picnics, gardening seminars, naturalist programs, Earth Day games and activities, including a NEW Earth Day sound garden. April 22, 2023; 1-4pm. Learn more about the WARGO NATURE CENTER including the fun nature-based playground.

Harriet Alexander Nature Center Earth Day Celebration

2520 Dale St N, Roseville, MN 55113
This annual free event traditionally includes live music, storytelling, earth-friendly activities, crafts and tours. It also observes the nature center’s birthday, so grab some cake. April 22, 2023; 10am-2pm. Learn more about HARRIET ALEXANDER NATURE CENTER.

Harriet Alexander Nature Center

Family Funday: Earth Day Celebration

North Mississippi Regional Park, 4900 Mississippi Ct, Minneapolis, MN, US 55430
Try out experiments, play games, and make art to explore such weather as wind, clouds, and rain. April 23, 2023. 1-3pm.

Free Twin Cities Nature Centers

Nature and outdoor interpretive centers are wonderful places that offer free admission and hands-on exhibits and outdoor play opportunities most days of the week. Find our complete listing of TWIN CITIES NATURE CENTERS.

FREE TWIN CITIES EASTER EGG HUNTS & EVENTS - APRIL 2023

Easter egg hunts & activities in the Twin cities

Make sure to check our GIANT list of Twin Cities Easter egg hunts & activities for all the details on these free events.

Minneapolis & St Paul free Easter egg hunts and events

April 1, 2023: Minneapolis Harrison Spring Egg Hunt

April 1, 2023: St Paul McDonough Rec Center Giant Egg Hunt

April 4, 2023: Minneapolis East Phillips Park – Hop Along the Bunny Trail

April 6, 2023: St Paul Merriam Park Rec Center Dusk Egg Hunt

April 8, 2023: Minneapolis Windom Park Bunny Party & Egg Hunt

April 8, 2023: St Paul Phalen Park Eggstravaganza

April 8, 2023: Minneapolis Van Cleve Park Annual Spring Egg Hunt

April 8, 2023: Minneapolis Farview Park Spring Egg Hunt

April 8, 2023: Minneapolis Midtown Global Market Kids Easter Egg Hunt

April 8, 2023: Mill City Church Northeast Easter Egg Hunt

April 8, 2023: Resurrection City Community Easter Egg Hunt in Newell Park

April 8, 2023: Minneapolis Waite Park Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Twin Cities North Metro free Easter egg hunts and events

April 1, 2023: Osseo Easter Egg Hunt

April 1, 2023: Otsego Easter Egg Hunt

April 1, 2023: Spring Lake Park Easter Egg Hunt

April 7, 2023: Champlin Andrews Park Easter Egg Hunt

April 8, 2023: Corcoran Easter Egg Hunt

April 8, 2023: Easter at Creative Church Maple Grove & Fridley

April 8, 2023: Maplewood Easter Egg Hunts

April 8-9, 2023: Renovation Church Largest Egg Hunt in Blaine

April 9, 2023: Brooklyn Park River of Life Church Easter Egg Hunt

Twin Cities South Metro free Easter egg hunts and events

April 1, 2023: Inver Grove Heights Egg Hunt

April 1, 2023: Mendota Heights Easter Egg Hunt

April 1, 2023: Rosemount Lions Club Spring Egg Hunt

April 8, 2023: Bloomington Optimists Egg Hunt

April 8, 2023: Edina Easter on the Plaza at 50th & France

April 8, 2023: Edina Meeting House Easter Eggstravaganza

April 8, 2023: Excelsior Our Savior Lutheran Church Easter Egg Hunt

April 8, 2023: Hamel Lions Easter Egg Hunt

April 8, 2023: Newport Lutheran Church Easter Egg Hunt

TWIN CITIES APRIL FREE FUN WITH ARTS & CRAFTS

Michaels Sunday Makebreak

Participating Michaels stores across the Twin Cities are offering free weekend “Makebreak” classes and “Take & Make” Kids Club crafts. They’re simple, yet could lend a nice personal touch to a small gift. Sundays in April, 2023, 2-4pm.

Walker Art Center First Free Saturday: You Pick

Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Activities are geared towards kids ages 6-12, but don’t let that stop you from bringing your littler ones! Free gallery admission for the whole family. Explore the galleries with a scavenger hunt and create art to take home. April 1, 2023, 10am-3pm.

Free Family Art Day with Rumriver Art Center

Back in the classroom – ages 4 & up with their adults can pop in for a free art lesson. Free, but you must register as the spots fill quickly. Don’t snag one? A virtual class is offered as well. April 1, 2023, 10-11am.

Home Depot Kids Workshops

Twin Cities Home Depot locations
The first Saturday of each month is workshop day at Home Depot. Kids get a kit to build, apron and pin while supplies last; adults must accompany their kids. Please pre-register. April 1, 2023, 9am-12pm.

Free Story & Art Time at Eden Prairie Art Center

7650 Equitable Drive, Eden Prairie, MN
Drop in for storytime & an art project. Mondays, April 3-24, 2023, 10-11:30am.

Minneapolis Institute of Art Family Day

2400 Third Avenue South Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404
Includes hands-on art activities, live music and dance, artist demos and special tours designed for kids. April 9, 2023, 10am-5pm.

Lakeshore Learning Sensory Fair

1721 Beam Ave A, Maplewood, MN 55109
5699 W 16th St, St Louis Park, MN 55416
Explore color, texture and other sensory activities at this open-house style event. April 22, 2023.

Buds & Bloomers Family Event at Minneapolis Institute of Art

2400 Third Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55404
This is the family-friendliest portion of the annual Art in Bloom event at MIA. Today only, kids can watch dance performances, do a flower art project and more. April 30, 2023, 10am.

Free Twin Cities art museums to visit 

MORE FREE TWIN CITIES FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT - APRIL

Free Special Events for Families!

April cultural programs at Landmark Center

Landmark Center, 75 W 5th St, St Paul, MN 55102
The beautiful, historic building downtown is always busy hosting cultural and fine arts events, many of which are free to the public and family-friendly. In April, kids might be interested in:

  • Ballet TuesdaysExcerpts from the classics, perfect for budding ballerinas. April 11, 2023, 12pm.
  • Urban Expedition: Scotland – Travel the globe and learn about a new culture without hopping a plane! Experience through music, food, crafts and exhibits. April 16, 2023. 1-3pm.

  • SCHUBERT CLUB MUSEUM – a free, hidden gem that allows kids to experiment with a cacophony of musical instruments.

Saturday Vibe at George Latimer Central Library

Fresh, family entertainment – music, storytelling, puppets and more. Check the schedule for more details. April 1, 8 & 22, 2023, 11am.

Music & Melody Makers

Minnesota Youth Symphonies, 790 Cleveland Ave, St. Paul, MN 55116
Kids ages 3-14 can try out instruments of the orchestra, ask the musicians questions, and hear a mini-concert. Registration required. April 1, 2023.

First Free Sundays at Minnesota Children’s Museum

Free days are BACK at the museum and we’re super excited about it! Explore the exhibits, including Thomas and Friends admission-free the first Sunday of each month thanks to Securian Financial. Tickets available while supplies last. April 2, 2023.

Storytime in the Gallery

Museum of Russian Art, 5500 Stevens Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55419
Currently, the museum is offering a FREE Storytime in the Gallery the third Saturday of the month with no charge for adults to accompany their kids. Take home a copy of the story and explore the galleries with a scavenger hunt. April 15, 2023, 9:30-11am.

Bell Museum April Star Party

Bell Museum of Natural History, 2088 Larpenteur Ave W, St Paul, MN 55113
Explore the night sky with the aid of pros and a telescope on the museum’s outdoor observation deck. Plus, free planetarium shows. Recommended for families with kids ages 7+. FREE, but please register. April 28, 2023, 8:30-10pm.

Mall of America Toddler Tuesday 

Back in-person entertainment the second Tuesday of the month (plus meal deals and a Nickelodeon Universe wristband deal for kids). April 11, 2023.

Waldoch Farm Open House

8174 Lake Drive, Lino Lakes, MN, 55014
Kids can plant a spring pot and visit the baby farm animals in the Joyer Barnyard. Free this weekend only. April 29-30, 2023.

FREE WEEKLY TWIN CITIES ACTIVITIES

Free abounds in the Twin Cities. Many local bookstores, libraries and other businesses offer free storytimes during the week. Local coffee shops & cafes serve parents with free dedicated play spaces. Nature centers are wonderful places that  offer free admission and hands-on exhibits and outdoor play opportunities most days of the week. And dozens of St Paul & Minneapolis recreation centers offer free open gyms and tot times to run your littles ragged during the cooler months. Explore from our links below.

2 thoughts on “50 Free Things to Do in April: Twin Cities Family Events”

  1. Hello,
    If we are putting on a free event and want to make people are of it, do we just leave it in this comment box? It is May 7th.
    Thanks!
    Carolyn

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