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

April is literally blooming with free events and activities in the Twin Cities! Make sure to check our Twin Cities April Family Guide and our Family Fun Calendar for a complete listing of events around town.

Free things to do in Twin Cities parks - April 2021

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

Open daily in April | St Paul
Seasonal events include the opening of the Spring Flower Show in the Conservatory’s sunken garden. 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-6pm.

Free Twin Cities April

Forever Wild Family Friday 

April 2 | Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Eagan
Visit the park the first Friday of every month for outdoor activities and a bonfire. 6-7:30pm. Free; registration required.

Family Fundays 

April 3-24, Saturdays | North Mississippi Regional Park, Minneapolis
Self-directed scavenger hunts, nature walks, and interactive skills development such as bird watching or animal tracking. All ages welcome, pre-registration is REQUIRED. Saturdays, 1-3pm.

Gideon Pond House Living History Open Houses

April 4-25 | Pond Dakota Mission Park, Bloomington 
Drop by for free living history activities, a new theme each week. 1-4pm.

Free Tuesday @ Washington County Parks

April 6 | Find a listing of parks here
Explore Washington Cty Parks free on the first Tuesday of every month (non-holiday). No permit required.

April Free Family Fun Days | Three Rivers Parks

April 11-18, Sundays | Mississippi Gateway Regional Park & Richardson Nature Center
Free nature programming at
RICHARDSON NATURE CENTER & MISSISSIPPI GATEWAY REGIONAL PARK. Free, drop-in between 1-3pm.

Puppet Adventures & Let’s get stARTed

April 11 | Silverwood Park, St Anthony
Dress to be outdoors; the program starts with a puppet show and follows with a nature themed art project. Drop in between 1-3pm. FREE.

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

International Sculpture Day Tour

April 24 | Silverwood Park, St Anthony
Take a guided tour of the park’s unique sculpture trail. 10-11:30. FREE.

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 EARTH DAY EVENTS IN THE PARKS

Family Earth Week Celebration 

April 17-23 | Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes
Both in-person and virtual activities available all week, including an in-person service project, trivia picnic, gardening seminar and online lunch with a naturalist, earth day sing-a-long and bingo challenge. Learn more about the WARGO NATURE CENTER. 

Earth Day Celebration

April 22 | North Mississippi Regional Park, Minneapolis
Self-guided nature exploration, a scavenger hunt, and art activities. Registration required. 4-7:30pm, FREE.

Earth Day Nature Hike for Families

April 22, 2021 | Eastman Nature Center, Maple Grove
Explore Elm Creek Park Reserve on a hike with your family. Reservations required by April 20th. $20/family. Learn more about
EASTMAN NATURE CENTER 

Earth Day Celebration – Online

April 24, 2021 | Harriet Alexander Nature Center, Roseville
Virtual event will include music by Will Hale & the Tadpole Parade, storytelling by Carol McCormick, crafts and a virtual boardwalk tour. Learn more about HARRIET ALEXANDER NATURE CENTER.

Harriet Alexander Nature Center

Earth Day Youth Birding Competition

April 24-25, 2021 |  Carpenter Nature Center, Hastings
Young birders 18 can submit a list of all birds they see or hear within sightline of your own rooftop or within the boundaries of the park or nature center of your choice. Prizes for all participants. Learn more about CARPENTER NATURE CENTER.

Carpenter Nature Center

Earth Day Geocaching

April 24-25, 2021 | Wood Lake Nature Center, Richfield
Spend Earth Day geocaching to a designated point in the park and collecting trash along the route. Must register in advance

Free Twin Cities Easter Egg Hunts - April 2021

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.

April 1, 2021: Spring Break Bunny Bags | Folwell Park, Minneapolis
April 3, 2021Mill City Church Annual Northeast Easter Egg Hunt | Elim Church, 685 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis
April 3, 2021Easter Egg (SIGN) Hunt | Waite Park Church, Minneapolis
April 3, 2021: Easter Egg Hunt | Newport Lutheran Church, Newport
APRIL 3, 2021: Rosemount Lions Club Spring Egg Hunt | Ames Soccer Complex, Rosemount
April 3, 2021: Easter Egg Hunt | Empower Martial Arts, 9967 Valley View Rd., Eden Prairie

Free Twin Cities family artS events - April 2021

First Free Saturday

April 3 | Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Free gallery admission for the whole family every first Saturday of the month. Tickets required in advance. Don’t forget to explore the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden! 11am-5pm.

Virtual Urban Expedition: Laos | Via Landmark Center

Take a virtual tour of Laos through music, and dance, presented on Landmark’s social channels. April 11, FREE.

Virtual Ballet Tuesday | Landmark Center

Join the Saint Paul Ballet via social channel as they perform excerpts from the company repertoire. Perfect for budding ballerinas. April 13, 12pm.

Free Family Art Day | Rumriver Art Center, Anoka

Take a free, hour-long virtual art class designed for kids ages 4+ with caregivers. Sign up online for your Zoom link. April 24, 10-11am.

Virtual Art in Bloom | Minneapolis Institute of Art

A longtime tradition, the event has moved online this year. April 28-May 2. Note that the “family tour” will be May 1 & 2, 2021.

FREE ART MUSEUMS TO VISIT

Exterior of Minneapolis Institute of Art lit up with rainbow lights.
Minneapolis Institute of Art

More FREE Twin Cities special events - April 2021

Toddler Tuesdays

April 6-27 | Mall of America Rotunda
Currently the program features a space to relax at the mall and video entertainment. 11am-12pm.

Free Children’s Entertainment

April 8 & 22 | Edinborough Park Amphitheater, Edina
Free family entertainment at noon select Thursdays. Learn more about EDINBOROUGH PARK an indoor park in Edina.

Independent Bookstore Day Passport Program

April 18-24, 2021
Many local bookstores are participating in a fun passport program. Families can pick up a passport at participating stores and then get it stamped at as many stores as they can visit to qualify for prizes. Because we are still dealing with the need for social distancing in 2021, families can pick up their passport beginning April 18th and can visit bookstores any time during that 7-day period to get stamped. Check out some of our favorite bookstores to see if they are hosting special programming:

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. And dozens of St Paul & Minneapolis recreation centers offer free open gyms and tot times to run your littles ragged during the cooler months. Note that due to COVID restrictions, some of these events have moved online or are temporarily unavailable.

Events we hope to return later in 2021

Animal Open House | Eden Prairie Outdoor Center, Eden Prairie
Interact with a variety of animals including rabbits, a hedgehog, turtles and more.

Art Center Open House | Eden Prairie Art Center
Teacher demonstrations, art activities for kids, and face painting.

Drop-in Discoveries | Tamarack Nature Center, White Bear Township
Hands-on, family-friendly themed nature stations. Drop in anytime.

Family Art Sunday | Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts | Fridley
Take a scavenger hunt through the galleries and do a make-and-take project.

First Saturday Science: Saving Planet Earth | Metro State University, St Paul
The first Saturday of each month, kids explore a specific scientific field in a hands-on lab setting.

Free 3rd Monday | Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska 
Free admission to explore the arboretum, 8am-5pm.

Free Tuesday Nights | Minnesota History Center, St Paul | Ongoing Tuesdays, 3-8pm | Explore the highly interactive and kid-friendly exhibits.

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

Home Depot Kids Workshops | TC 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.

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

Lil Explorer Thursdays | Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St. Paul
Ongoing Thursdays starting through April 2019, 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.

Music & Melody Makers | Minnesota Youth Symphonies, St Paul
Kids ages 3-14 can try out instruments of the orchestra, ask the musicians questions, and hear a mini-concert. Registration required.

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

Saturday Live! | George Latimer Central Library, St. Paul
Fresh entertainment every Saturday including live music, puppetry, magicians and more.

Second Saturdays at TPT | Twin Cities PBS, St Paul
Activities are all free but reserving a time slot is required.

Target Free 3rd Sunday | Minnesota Children’s Museum, St Paul
Explore the museum free! Keep in mind that this program is very popular and you may wait in line to be admitted.

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.

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