Free Twin Cities April Family Events & Activities

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Free Twin Cities April

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April is literally blooming with free events and activities in the Twin Cities!


4/1: First Free Saturday: | Walker Art Center, Minneapolis • 10am-3pm • 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 every first Saturday of the month.

4/1: Drop-in Discoveries: | Tamarack Nature Center, White Bear Township • 10am-noon • Hands-on, family-friendly themed stations. Drop in anytime.

4/1: Home Depot Kids Workshop: | TC Home Depot locations • 9am-noon • 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.

4/1: Music & Melody Makers | Minnesota Youth Symphonies, St. Paul, 9-10:30am • Kids ages 3-14 can try out instruments of the orchestra, ask the musicians questions, and hear a mini-concert. Registration required here.

4/1: Penny Hike | Lowry Nature Center, Victoria • 10-11:30am • Flip heads or tails to find where you’ll hike and what you’ll find.

4/4: Free Tuesday @ Washington County Parks • listing of parks hereExplore Washington Cty Parks free on the first Tuesday of every month (non-holiday). No permit required.

4/5: Let’s Get Crafty | American Girl Store, Mall of America • Ongoing first Wed/month, 4-6pm

4/7: Forever Wild Family Friday | Lebanon Hills Regional Park Visitor Center, Eagan • 7-8:30pm

4/8: Animal Open House | Eden Prairie Outdoor Center, Eden Prairie • 1-4pm • Interact with a variety of animals including rabbits, a hedgehog, turtles and more.

4/9: Rock the Cradle | Minneapolis Institute of Art, 11am-5pm • Presented by The Current and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics, the day is packed with musical performances and hands-on activities. Recommended for kids ages 2-8 with caregivers.

4/9: Urban Expedition: Togo | Landmark Center, St. Paul • 1-3pm • Take a tour of Togo through music, crafts, dance, food and more.

4/9: Puppet Adventures of Ned the Naturalist | Silverwood Park, St. Anthony • 1-3pm • Join Ned the Naturalist as he stops Trasher the Trash Can from trashing nature. Make-and-take art to follow.

4/9: Art Center Open House | Eden Prairie Art Center, Eden Prairie • 2-4pm • Teacher demonstrations, art activities for kids, face painting, refreshments and more.

4/11: Ballet Tuesday | Landmark Center, St. Paul • 12pm • Join the Saint Paul Ballet as they perform excerpts from the company repertoire. Perfect for budding ballerinas.

4/14: Friday Family Movie Night | Edinborough Park, Edina • 6:30pm

4/15: Speak Up: All Ages Open House | Minnesota Center For Book Arts, Minneapolis • 10am-4pm

4/15: St Paul Chamber Orchestra Free Family Music – Xplorchestra | Park Square Theater, St Paul • 9:30 tickets available only • Introduce kids ages 5-9 to classical music in a fun, engaging way.

4/16: Target Free 3rd Sunday | Minnesota Children’s Museum, Mall of America • 9am-5pm

4/17: Free 3rd Monday | Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska • 12-6pm

4/21: Family Fun Night | Bloomington Education & Visitor Center • 5-8pm • Meet local critters and take a guided night hike.

4/22-23: Party for the Planet | Como Zoo & Conservatory, St. Paul • 10am-4pm • Tons of free activities will take place throughout the weekend, focusing on creative ways to conserve energy.

4/23: Urban Expedition: Karen (Burma) | Landmark Center, St. Paul • 1-3pm • Take a tour of Burma and the Karen culture through music, crafts, dance, food and more.

4/23: Free Family Art Day | Rumriver Art Center, Anoka • 2 sessions: 12 & 2pm • Take a free, hour-long art class designed for kids ages 5+ with caregivers. Reservations are required and can be made by phone at 763.323.8830 or online here.

4/28: Kids Kraft: Spring Fun | Scott County Historical Society, Shakopee • 10:30-11:15am • Get krafting the last Sat of each month Oct-April. Free; registration required.

4/29: Art in Bloom Family Day | Minneapolis Institute of Art • 10:30am-1pm •

4/29: Independent Bookstore Day | Red Balloon Bookshop, St. Paul • 10am-6pm • Party all day in the name of independent bookstores! Read-alouds, refreshments, costume contest, and crafts. There is also a party going on at Wild Rumpus Books, Minneapolis, from 10am-5pm.

4/30: Lyra Family Concert Series | Baroque Room, St Paul • 3-4pm • Introduce the kids to classical music with an hour-long family-friendly concert with hands-on activities and snacks, presented in a casual environment.


Free Twin Cities April

4/20: Earth Day: Give Back to Nature | Dodge Nature Center, West St. Paul • 5:30-8pm • Lend Mother Nature a hand by help with a variety of projects including litter pick-up, invasive species removal, and garden clean-up. Volunteers will grab a bite beforehand; please register in advance at the above link.

4/22: Earth Day Celebration | Harriet Alexander Nature Center, Roseville • 10am-4pm • Enjoy free entertainment, beat a drum in the parade, and help with planting at this annual celebration. Top off the day with a slice of cake to celebrate the nature center’s birthday!

4/22: Earth Day Celebration | Richardson Nature Center, Bloomington • 10am-2pm • Search for signs of spring on a Story Stroll, learn about pollinators, and join a service project.

4/22: Family Earth Day Celebration | Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes • 12:30-3pm • All kinds of family fun at this Earth Day celebration: climbing wall, light refreshments, and a make-and-take earth art project.

A doctor’s office that can get you in and out with meds in hand.  It’s perfect for families.

4/22: Earth Day Cleanup & Garden Work Day | Tamarack Nature Center, 9am-noon • Volunteer for a morning at Tamarack by cleaning up the grounds and trails, as well as working in the Garden to get it ready for planting. RSVP at the above link.

4/23: Earth Day Celebration | Wood Lake Nature Center, Richfield • 1-4pm • Help rid the environment of litter, plant a tree, or help remove invasive plants.

TBA: Earth Day Cleanup | Westwood Hills Nature Center, St Louis Park • 1-3:30pm • Help spruce up the nature center. Hike the trails, do light maintenance, pick up litter and enjoy refreshments.


Minneapolis Institute of Art | Minneapolis • Daily, 11am-5pm

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St. Paul • spring hours 10am-6pm • suggested donation of $2/child & $3/adult, but all are welcome whether or not you choose to donate • Seasonal events include the Spring Flower Show in the Conservatory’s sunken garden, storytime at noon, and animal programs throughout the day. Open year-round.

Free Twin Cities April

Materials Lab | Minnesota Museum of American Art, St Paul • Open during exhibition hours, ongoing Sat/Sun, 10am-4pm • All ages can drop in and get creative with available materials and a little guidance.

Lakeshore Learning Free Crafts for Kids | TC locations • Ongoing Saturdays, 11am-3pm

Saturday Live! | George Latimer Central Library, St Paul • Ongoing Saturdays, 11:15am • Fresh entertainment weekly including live music, puppetry, magicians and more.

MayDay Build Workshops | In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre, Minneapolis • Ongoing Saturdays, 9am-11am & 1-3pm • Come help create floats for the annual MayDay celebration in Powderhorn Park. Artists will guide volunteers in creating a piece of their own or a contribution to a parade float. Workshops also held every Tuesday & Thursday in April, 7-9pm.

Nature Rocks! Open House | Eden Prairie Outdoor Center • 9am-noon • Ongoing Saturdays of each month enjoy free family-friendly activities such as hiking, hands-on interaction with live animals, craft projects and more.

April Free Family Fun Days | Three Rivers Parks
Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park (Brooklyn Park side of the river) Sundays: 4/9, 4/23 , 1-3pm
Richardson Nature Center • Sundays: 4/2, 4/9, 4/23, 4/30, 3-4pm
Lowry Nature Center • Sundays: 4/9, 4/23, 12:30-1:30pm

Naturalist’s Table (Sat, 11am-3pm) & Family Funday (Sun, 12:30-3:30pm) | Carl Kroening Interpretive Center at North Mississippi Regional Park, Minneapolis • Drop in Saturdays for naturalist-led activities or Sundays for self-guided exploration of the visitor center’s interactive exhibits.

Gideon Pond House Open House | Pond Dakota Mission Park, Bloomington • Ongoing Sundays, 1:30-4:30pm • Drop by for a house tour and living history activities.


Parent/Tot Time & Preschool Open Gym | Apple Valley Community Center • Ongoing Mon/Wed/ Fri, 9:30-11am • Ages: 5 & under w/ caregiver • Burn off some energy with other kids, develop motor skills and coordination. A special tot time for tykes ages 2 & under is held from 9-9:30am followed by open play for 5 & under until 11.

MOA Toddler Tuesdays, Mall of America RotundaOngoing Tuesdays, 10am – noon• Live entertainment and activities guaranteed to excite the stroller set. You can view upcoming event details here. Make a day of it with a special Nickelodeon Universe 5-hour ride wristband ($11.95 plus tax) and a stop at the free play tables at the LEGO Store.

Free Tuesday Nights | Minnesota History Center, St Paul • Ongoing Tuesdays, 3-8pm • Drop in after school or after dinner for some family time – the museum is full of highly interactive and entertaining exhibits for all.

Bloom Room Playdates | Teeny Bee Boutique, St Paul • Ongoing Wednesdays, 10:30-11:15am

Wee Wednesdays | Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis • Ongoing Wednesdays, 10:30am – 1pm • In the past, MGM has offered dance troupes, cooking lessons, and live animals to entertain kids. Stay for lunch — there are many tasty ethnic vendors to choose from, and several offer specials on Wednesdays. Park in the adjacent Midtown Exchange Ramp up to 1.5 hrs. free with validation.

Games Galore | Union Depot, St Paul • Ongoing Wednesdays, 10am-8pm • Play giant-sized versions of classic games including chess, checkers, Connect Four, Dominoes and Jenga.

Free Twin Cities AprilLil Explorer Thursdays | Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St. Paul • Ongoing Thursdays through April 2, 2017, 10am-noon • The hall between the Visitor Center and the Conservatory is filled with hands-on activities, manipulatives, art projects and games perfect for the 4 & under set. Explore a different theme each week.

Free Children’s Entertainment | Edinborough Park Amphitheater, Edina • Ongoing Thursdays, noon.

Free Thursday Nights | Walker Art Center, Minneapolis • Ongoing Thursdays, 5-9pm

Drop-in Playtime | Amma Parenting Center, 3511 Hazelton Rd, Edina • Ongoing Fridays, 11:45am-12:45pm • Drop-in play for newborns through walking age.

Top Preschool Storytimes in the Twin Cities – many local bookstores, libraries and other businesses offer FREE storytimes during the week. Click the link to read our picks.

Free Twin Cities April
Kid-friendly Twin Cities coffee shops and cafes with dedicated FREE play spaces.

Free Twin Cities April
Twin Cities Nature Centers offer FREE admission and hands-on exhibits and outdoor play opportunities most days of the week.

Free Twin Cities April
St. Paul Recreation Centers offer free open gym Tot Times at 16 sites across the city. Minneapolis Recreation Centers also offer free options. Click this link and search “parent tot”.

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Anne Kingston

If we left it up to Anne to write her own bio, it would never get posted. She doesn’t enjoy talking about herself, but Anne does love exploring the Twin Cities with her family and sharing her finds here. She, her husband and their four kids are lifelong residents of St. Paul.


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