Things to do in the Twin Cities Northwest Metro this weekend – with kids & family!

the Twin Cities at different seasons

This Weekend Family Guide includes events and activities near the Twin Cities, Minnesota, communities of Albertville, Andover, Anoka, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Coon Rapids, Crystal, Elk River, Golden Valley, Maple Grove, Otsego, Plymouth, Robbinsdale, Rogers & St Michael.

This guide covers the weekend of April 20-21, 2024. Not finding the city you’re searching for? We also cover fun family events in the areas of:

Welcome to April in the Twin Cities!

For more fresh ideas on spending family time together this spring weekend, hop over to our APRIL FAMILY GUIDE or ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SPRING IN THE TWIN CITIES. And heads up, the MSP area is big on celebrating EARTH DAY, so you know we’ve covered not only the Northwest Metro events but all the green ones we could find over on our FAMILY FUN CALENDAR.

Twin Cities Northwest Metro Family Fun Calendar

Fun outdoor activities in the Twin Cities Northwest Metro parks this weekend

The following is just a sampling of all we’re keeping track of across the incredible Twin Cities park systems. You can get more ideas on our FAMILY FUN CALENDAR or browse the links below to search for local fun events & things to do with kids this weekend in Northwest Metro parks.

Twin Cities Northwest Metro Earth Day events this weekend

Celebrate Earth Day at Eastman Nature Center

13351 Elm Creek Road, Maple Grove, MN, 55369
First, make a stop at the indoor nature center to “adopt” a portion of an outdoor trail to clean up. Plus, meet a live animal and participate in an eco-friendly self-guided activity. April 20, 2024, 1-3pm. FREE.

You can find out more in our guide to TWIN CITIES EARTH DAY EVENTS.

Girl and mother planting a tree: "Earth Day Family Activities: A Guide to the Best Events"

Free Family Fun Day at Mississippi Gateway Regional Park

Join naturalists for free, drop-in and kid-friendly programming at MISSISSIPPI GATEWAY REGIONAL PARK. This weekend, see real birds nests and eggs close up and try your hand at building one yourself. Drop in between scheduled hours. April 21, 2024, 1-3pm. FREE.

Girl and boy playing in tree structure at Mississippi Gateway Regional Park Nature Play Area in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
Mississippi Gateway Regional Park

More things to do this weekend in the Twin Cities - Northwest Metro

Meet the Spring Farm Babies!

Twin Cities Spring Baby Animals Festival

Located at 109th Ave and Hwy 169 in Brooklyn Park
A $14 wristband will include access to the fuzzy farm babies, the play area and a hayride. Pictured is my little one loving on the bunnies. Open Sat-Sun, April 20-27, 2024, 9am-5pm.
Find more chances to meet fuzzy Minnesota farm babies!

Meeting the spring babies

Ramsey Food Truck Festival

7101 143rd Avenue NW, Suite G, Ramsey, MN 55303
We picked this food truck festival (out of the dozens out there this spring) because of its particularly family-friendly appeal: kids will get excited about the indoor carnival and all ages can enjoy Irish dancing and more live entertainment. Plus, great food from egg rolls to waffles with ice cream in between. April 20, 2024, 5:30-9pm.

Avant Garden Bookstore: Children’s Storytime

215 E Main St, Anoka, MN 55303
Kids will enjoy a storytime just for them, their grown-ups might appreciate that that the bookstore is also a coffee shop. Ongoing Saturdays. April 20, 2024, 10am. FREE.

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