Budget Twin Cities April Family Events & Activities


It doesn’t have to break the bank to entertain the family away from home in the Twin Cities! You’ll find seasonal and ongoing events and activities in April listed here that all cost $5-$6 or less per person to attend. For our complete listing of events (including hundreds of freebies), please check our Family Fun Calendar.


Spring Make Breaks | Michaels – check your location for details | 30 min sessions, 10am-12pm | $2-5 per project | Select Michaels locations are offering weekday kids crafts over school breaks in addition to their regular Saturday morning crafts.

4/19/19: Family Fun & Fitness Fridays | Great River Water Park, St Paul | Find Open Swim hours here | $2/pp during Open Swim hours. Further discounts: Sundays at the waterpark are just $4/pp and half-price swim is featured Mon & Wed.

4/19/19-4/20/19: Kids at the Castle: Everyone’s Earth | American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis | 11am-noon (feel free to stay after and explore the castle) | $8/family | Before the museum opens, join ASI for visual play, storytelling, music, and movement inspired by ASI’s exhibits that will encourage creative young minds. Suggested for ages 2-5.

4/27/19: Barnyard Babies | Rosland Park, Edina | 11am-12pm | $5/pp


Twin Cities movie discount days | Treat yourself to a trip to the movies! We’ve compiled a list of Twin Cities cinemas that offer discounts ranging from $2.50-$6 daily. Tip: Tuesdays are the most common day of the deal.TwinCities Cheap Flicks

Saturday Mornings on the Farm | Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista | Ongoing April Saturdays, 9:30am-noon | $5/pp | Calling all farmhands! Help out with chores, spend time with the animals and participate in other spring farm activities. Closed-toe shoes required. Strollers not allowed in the barn or around animals.

Chickens at Gale Woods Farms

Raptor Center Tours | Gabbert Raptor Center (St Paul campus of the U of M) | 30-minute tours every half hour, 10:30am-3:30pm, ongoing Tues-Fri | $3/ages 3-17, $5/adults | Bring kids of any age for a fun and educational visit to the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center. Meet some resident raptors, get hands-on with natural materials, and visit the kids’ play corner.

Public Star Shows | Como Planetarium, St Paul | Ongoing Tuesdays starting at 5:30pm | $5/pp | Please check the schedule online for the dates and times of these shows. The earlier show is geared towards younger children; later shows appeal to older kids and adults.

Bowl for a Buck | University of MN’s Coffman Union (Thurs, 5pm-close) & St Paul Student Center (all day Wed) • $1 per game plus $2 shoe rental.

Friday Family Funday | Grove Cove Aquatic Center, Maple Grove | Ongoing Fridays in April, 9am-8pm | $6/pp or $24/family for all members.


For our egg-citing and complete listing of Twin Cities Easter egg hunts, click HERE.


4/06/19: Breakfast with the Bunnies | Rambling River Center, Farmington | $6/pp
4/12/19: Dusk Hunt | Merriam Park Recreation Center, St. Paul | $5/pp
4/12/19: Flashlight Egg Scramble | Savage Sports Center | $6/child
4/13/19: Egg Hunt | Painter Park, Minneapolis | $2/child (resident); $5/child (non-resident)
4/13/19: Adaptive Playground Egg Hunt | HealthEast Center, Woodbury |$5/advance, $7/door
4/13/19: Playground Egg Hunt | HealthEast Sports Center, Woodbury | $5-$7/pp
4/13/19: Breakfast with the Bunny | North Dale Rec Center, St. Paul | $2/pp or $5/family
4/14/19: Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast | Lyndale Farmstead Park, Minneapolis | $5/pp
4/18/19: Art When the Moon Is Full: Egg Moon | Silverwood Park, St Anthony |$6/pp
4/18/19: Eggstravaganza | Eastman Nature Center, Dayton | $5-6/pp
4/19/19: Eggstravaganza | Eastman Nature Center, Dayton | $5-6/pp

Egg Hunting in the Twin Cities with Kids
photo courtesy of Three Rivers

4/19/19: Egg Trail & Rabbit Habits | Richardson Nature Center, Bloomington | $5-$6/pp
4/19/19: Spring Eggstravaganza: Rock Hunting | Lowry Nature Center, Victoria | $5-$6/pp
4/20/19: Egg Trail & Rabbit Habits | Richardson Nature Center, Bloomington | $5-$6/pp
4/20/19: St. Louis Park Lions Club Egg Hunt | SLP ROC | TBA | $TBA | More Info coming soon!
4/20/19: Bunny Party & Egg Hunt for 6 & under | Audubon Park Rec Centers, Minneapolis | $6/child

Egg Hunting at Silverwood Park

4/20/19: Spring Eggstravaganza: Rock Hunting | Lowry Nature Center, Victoria | $5-$6/pp
4/20/19: Natural Egg Dyeing | Eastman Nature Center, Dayton | $5 per dozen eggs



Explore the great outdoors in the springtime right alongside your children! Nature centers and parks across the Twin Cities host hundreds of low-cost programs throughout the year. Please check our Family Fun Calendar for exact dates, times and costs for each family nature program.

Listen to your Mother! April is the month of Earth Day and most nature centers have free celebrations or volunteer opportunities planned. You can find them here.


Carpenter St Croix Valley Nature Center | Hastings
April special: Preschool Storytime – Welcome Back Birds | 4/12/19, 10-11am | $5/child age 2-5

Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park | Brooklyn Park
April special: Puppet & Mask Making | 4/20/19, 10:30am-12pm | $5/pp

Eastman Nature Center | Dayton
April special: Eggstravaganza | 4/18/19, 10am-2pm | $6/pp

Harriet Alexander Nature Center | Roseville
April special: Earth Day Celebration | 4/20/19, 10am-2pm | FREE


Lowry Nature Center | Victoria
April special: Spring Eggstravaganza Rock Hunt | 4/19/19, 10am-2:30pm | $6

Maplewood Nature Center | Maplewood
April special: Just Ducky | 4/20/19, 10-11:30 | $5/child up to 5 yrs

Richardson Nature Center | Bloomington
April special: Egg Trail & Rabbit Habits | 4/19/19, 9:30am-12:30pm | $6/pp

Springbrook Nature Center | Fridley
April special: Saturday Family Fun Day: Earth Day | 4/20/19, 10-11am | FREE, donations appreciated

Wargo Nature Center | Lino Lakes
April special: Family Earth Day Celebration | 4/20/19, 12:30-3pm | FREE

Westwood Hills Nature Center | St Louis Park
April special: No special events scheduled, but the nature center is open for exploration.

Wood Lake Nature Center | Richfield
April special: Spring Storybook Hike | 4/10/19, 10-11:30am | $3/pp


Andover Community Center: Tot Time Open Gym & Activities | Most Mon & Tues starting 10/2/17 through April 2019 | 9:30-11:30am | 6 & under w/ caregiver, $3-$4/child | Drop in for unstructured play time and special activities such as a bounce house, book swap and craft days. Be sure to check the calendar for the latest schedule.

Braemar Field: Tot Time, Edina | Ongoing Mon & Wed, 9-11am thru April 2019 | $5/child | Room to run, age appropriate toys and some organized games.

Braemar Field: Family Night, Edina | Ongoing Saturdays thru April 2019, 6:30-8:30pm | $5/pp | Stay active under the dome during the cold months with room to run and play. Temp is set at 55 degrees.

Brookview Backyard Indoor Playground, Golden Valley | Mon-Sat, 9am-8pm & Sun, 9:30am-5pm | $4-$5/pp | This brand-new, 3,000 sq ft facility opened December 2017.

Crystal Community Center Gym: Preschool Playtime  | Wed through April 11 | 10-11:30am| ages 1-5, $3/child | Jump, crawl, build and play the winter away in 3 gyms. 1 adult to every 3 kids required.

Eagan Community Center: Preschool Open Play | Ongoing Mon-Fri, 9-11:30am | $4 per child ages 1-5, under 18 mons free | A variety of fun toys and sport equipment are available to play in the gym as well as play time in the Blast Indoor Playground.

Eden Prairie Community Center: Tot Time Open Gym | Mon, Wed & Fri | 9-11:15am | Best for ages 1-4; $4.50-$5.50 per child, adults free | Participate in free play with balls, hoops, scooters, jump ropes, tumbling mats, parachutes, music and more. For $6/pp, admission to the Prairie Play Zone indoor playground is included.

Hopkins Pavilion: Turf Tots | Ongoing Thurs & Fri thru April 24, 2019 | 9 mon-5 years | $4/child | In the spring, playtime moves to the indoor turf where there’s more room to run!

Twin Cities Tot Times and other activities to do with my preschool child.

Maple Grove Community Center: Parent/Tot Time | Ongoing Mon & Wed, 10-11:30am | $3/resident youth, $3.50/non-res youth, caregivers free | Best for ages 5 & under.

Millz House (Apple Valley): Open Play | Weekdays, 9am-4pm, $6/child or $18/family & Weekends, $8/child or $24/family. Find weekend hours here. | Work out the wiggles with indoor playsets, trampolines and basketball courts.

New Brighton Community Center: Preschool Open Gym | Mon & Wed excluding holidays and school breaks, 10:30am-1:30pm | $6/child, preschool & under with caregiver, admission to Eagles Nest Indoor Playground included.

Saint Louis Park Rec Center: Little Tot Playtime | Tues-Fri, 9:30-11:30am, Nov-May 2019 | Ages 1-5 with caregiver | $2 per child | Bounce in the inflatables, ride the big wheelers, play dress up or build with blocks on the creative carpet.

Savage Sports Center: Tot Time | Tue & Thurs | 9-11:30 am thru April 2019 | Ages 5 and under; $3 per child with adult | A variety of fun toys and sport equipment are available. Prepaid passes can be purchased.

Shakopee Community Center – CC Kids Playtime | Ongoing Mon & Wed thru April 2018, 10-11:15am | $1 per child ages 1-5 w/ caregiver | Kids and their parents are invited to run around the gymnasium. Bring your clean trikes, riding toys, balls or use theirs.

Shoreview Community Center: Tropical Adventure Indoor Playground, Shoreview | Open Play hours: Mon-Sat: 8am – 8pm, Sun: 8am – 6pm | $6/per child ages 1-12, adults free

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