Twin Cities Guide to Family Activities This Week: April 11-15, 2022

THiNGS TO DO THIS WEEK IN MINNEAPOLIS & ST PAUL WITH YOUR KIDS!

This guide covers Twin Cities family activities for the week of April 11-15, 2022. If you are in search of things to do with your family this weekend, jump over to our WEEKEND FAMILY GUIDE. We’ve got you covered no matter your corner of the Minneapolis-St Paul Metro Area!

As always, you can check our APRIL FAMILY GUIDE, the ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SPRING FUN IN THE TWIN CITIES or our FAMILY FUN CALENDAR for more fun ideas on what to do this week in the Twin Cities with your kids – satisfaction guaranteed (or close to it!)

Get your baskets ready for the hunt! As we get closer to Easter here in the Minneapolis-St Paul area we’ll be covering egg hunts and other fun Easter events in our weekly guide and over on our HUGE list of EASTER EGG HUNTS IN THE TWIN CITIES.

Easter egg hunts & activities in the Twin cities

Planning for spring break in the twin cities this week?

Why spring break?  Because a Minnesota winter wrapping up is worth celebrating. Craft a fun staycation “Spring Break Trip” for your own family whether you have big kids or little kids. Be tourists right in the Twin Cities! Think mini golf, trampolines, scavenger hunts, rock climbing, museums and more. Get some inspiration from our 2022 GUIDE TO SPRING BREAK IN THE TWIN CITIES.

Spring Break in the Twin CIties

Fun things to do in the twin Cities on Monday, April 11, 2022

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

Tot Time Open Gyms on Monday:

More family fun ideas for Monday:

PRE-K MONDAY AT THE WORKS MUSEUM

Pre K Mondays are perfect for your 3-5 year future engineers. Honestly, the museum is fun for most ages any day of the week, but this special Monday offers half-price admission for kids ($5.50) and a special activities for preschoolers. April 11, 2022, 9am-3pm.

Toddler playing a large harp at The Works Museum in Bloomington Minnesota

MONDAY MEAL DEAL (PLUS MORE FUN NEARBY)

7465 France Ave. So. Edina, MN 55435
Fresh, yummy and healthy are all ways to describe
 QCUMBERS RESTAURANT in Edina. On Mondays, you can add “a bargain” to this description when kids up to age 12 eat for just $2.99 (two per paying adult). It’s a buffet restaurant so if you’ve got kids who eat like mine, this is a great deal!

Find more KIDS EAT FREE & CHEAP MEAL DEALS in the Twin Cities for every day of the week!

FAMILY FUN NEARBY: We like to dine at QCumbers after we work up an appetite running around the enormous ADVENTURE PEAK INDOOR PLAYGROUND within the balmy, indoor EDINBOROUGH PARK. The whole family climbs, slides and navigates the webs on this giant, multi-story play structure. And then boy, are we ready to EAT! Open all week, $8/child, parents play FREE! 7700 York Ave. S. EdinaMN 55424.Edinborough Park - Adventure Peak Indoor Playground

Egg Hunts with Bunny Photos

Lyndale Farmstead Bunny Trail

Lyndale Farmstead, 3900 Bryant Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Follow the bunny trail to spot all the eggs and stamp your passport as you find them. Once your passport is full, stop by the rec center for your treat bag. Hunt anytime during park hours. Registration required to get passport. Trail will be up from April 4th-13th; treat bags will be ready for pick up anytime April 11th – April 15th from 3pm-9pm.

Fun things to do in the twin Cities on Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

Tot Time Open Gyms on Tuesday:

The Blast Indoor Playground at Eagan Central Park, Eagan Minnesota
The Blast Indoor Playground

More family fun ideas for Tuesday:

Ballet Tuesdays at Landmark Center

Join the Saint Paul Ballet as they perform excerpts from the company repertoire. It’s the perfect sample outing for budding ballerinas. While you’re at Landmark Center, stop in and play with the instruments in the SCHUBERT CLUB MUSIC MUSEUM. An entire afternoon of free fun for young ones! April 12, 12pm.

Ballet Tuesdays at the Landmark Center
Ballet Tuesdays

Como Planetarium Shows

Como Planetarium, 780 W Wheelock Pkwy #1315, St Paul, MN 55117
The Planetarium is offering two public shows: One World, One Sky (5:30-6:15pm) is extra kid-friendly and features Sesame Street characters – 
register here. The later show is Minnesota Night Sky (7-8pm) and is better suited for older kids – register here. April 12, 2022. $6/ticket.

Mall of America Toddler Tuesdays 

This week, the Easter Bunny visits Toddler Tuesdays for a special storytime. Meet at the Rotunda. April 12, 11am-1pm. FREE!

HOT TIP! WHEN YOU VISIT, TAKE ALONG OUR MALL OF AMERICA GUIDE: FLOOR BY FLOOR.
Family fun Twin Cities' Guide to the Mall of America - floor by floor - Title backdrop Pineapple Poppers ride at Nickelodeon Universe in the Mall of America, Bloomington, Minnesota
Family fun Twin Cities’ Guide to the Mall of America

Tuesday is Discount Movie Day!

Traditionally, Tuesday is the day of the deal at Twin Cities-area movie theaters. While we can’t guarantee a kid-friendly flick will be screening at your local cinema, we do keep track of a list worth checking out. $5 movies are offered across theaters in communities like Minneapolis, St Paul, Eagan, Shakopee, Woodbury and more. Pass that popcorn!

Two girls sharing popcorn during a movie at the Mall of America in Bloomington Minnesota
Grab some popcorn and watch a cheap movie. Yes, these are my daughters. To this day, their favorite pastime is fighting over treats.

Fun things to do in the twin cities on Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

Tot Time Open Gyms on Wednesday:

GLEASON’S GYMNASTICS OPEN GYMS

2015 Silver Bell Rd #180, Eagan, MN 55122
So flipping fun! This used to be a family go-to when the cold set in and my kids needed to get their wiggles out. Yours will love the opportunity to bounce on trampolines, scoot through obstacle courses, and play on the gym equipment. Register in advance for a discount. And hey, teens and tweens! There’s an open gym for you, too. Preschool open gym: Wednesdays & Fridays: 9:30 – 11:30am. Pre-register: $8/child; $10/family ($10/$15 at the door).Collage of Preschool Open Gym at Gleason's Gymnastics School in Minnesota

More family fun ideas for Wednesday:

Theater Explorers Drop-in Storytime

Park Square Theatre, 20 W 7th Pl, St Paul, MN 55102
Art, stories and play for ages 2-5 with a new theme each week. Drop in between 9:30-11:30 and pay as you are able for the class. April 13, 2022.

Games Galore at Union Depot

214 4th St E, St Paul, MN 55101
Games Galore is BACK!  This is a great indoor activity – play giant-size versions of favorite games like chess, checkers, Connect Four, Dominoes, Jenga and more. Plus, the historic depot is great for train lovers to explore! April 13, 2022, 10am-8pm. FREE!

Games Galore
Image courtesy Union Depot

fun things to do in the twin cities on Thursday, April 14, 2022

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

Tot Time Open Gyms on Thursday:

Turf Tots at Hopkins Pavilion

Egg Hunts with Bunny Photos

Merriam Park DUSK Easter EGG HUNT

Merriam Park Recreation Center, 2000 St. Anthony, Saint Paul, MN, 55104
Families are invited to play games, make crafts, and enjoy activities! Dress for the elements because the egg hunt is out in the park. April 14, 2022, 6pm-8pm. FREE.

fun things to do in the twin cities on friday, April 15, 2022

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

Tot Time Open Gyms on Friday:

More family fun ideas for Friday:

KIDS AT THE CASTLE: Spring Chicks

American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407
It’s a creative playdate at a real castle! The museum presents themed circle time, storytime, crafts, music and movement for kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver). Then you get to explore the rest of the castle on your own, including the interactive family exhibit. Advance registration required. April 15, 2022, 10-11am. $8/family. (Great deal!)

Dala Horse at American Swedish Institute

SPRING FARM BABIES!

Spring Into Farming at Gale Woods

Gale Woods Farm, 7210 County Rd 110 W, Minnetrista MN 55364
Meet fuzzy baby farm animals, explore the greenhouses and gardens and purchase a make-and-take fiber craft. Activities are both self-guided and educator-led. Reservations are recommended. April 15, 2022. 10am-2pm, $5/pp.

Twin Cities Festival – Spring Babies Opens

8001 109th Avenue North, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
A
n admission ticket ($13 online) grants you access to cuddles with baby farm animals, hayrides, corn pit, straw maze, play area and more diversions. Entry to the courtyard only is FREE. Opens Friday, April 15, 2022, 9am-5pm. Note: after April 16, admission is weekends only thru May 8.

Meeting the spring babies

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden & Bird Sanctuary Opens for the Season

1 Theodore Wirth Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55405
This oasis within the city is tucked into the sprawling THEODORE WIRTH REGIONAL PARK. Programming will not be available yet, but families are now welcome to walk the trails. Download this map to take along and create a quick and easy scavenger hunt!

Egg Hunts with Bunny Photos

STEWART PARK EGG HUNT NIGHT

2700 12th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404
A fun evening outside – families will design their own eggs. Bring a basket to collect them. Arts & crafts, games and prizes. April 15, 2022, 4:30-6pm, $5/pp. Register here.

FRIDAY DINNER IDEA! Friday Family Easter Event at Midtown Global market

Color Easter eggs, take bunny photos, go on an egg hunt, enjoy live music and pick a new place to eat for dinner from many delicious vendors. April 15, 5-7pm. FREE!

WEBBER Park EGG HUNT

Webber Park, 4400 Dupont Ave N., Minneapolis, MN  55419
Design your own eggs as well as other arts and crafts. Play games for special prizes. Bring your own basket for collecting eggs. April 15, 2022, 5pm-7pm. Register here. FREE.

ANDREWS PARK EASTER EGG HUNT

7200 117th Ave N, Champlin, MN 55316
Two hunts to choose from: Tiny Tot Egg Hunt (11:00 a.m. for ages 4 & under) and the main Family Egg Hunt (11:45 a.m. for ages 5-9) plus a chance to meet with the Easter Bunny. No pre-registration required. April 15, 2022, FREE!

FUN THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND IN THE TWIN CITIES – APRIL 16-17, 2022

Too many fun things to list here, I’ll tell you that. So we publish a separate guide each weekend with up-to-the-last-minute ideas for spending family time together.

children in a family bike ride

FAMILY FUN ALL WEEK IN THE TWIN CITIES

Ideas to pull out of your “back pocket” nearly any day of the week!

Best Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities

Kids bursting with extra energy (and their caregivers who often can’t keep up) will appreciate all the free and low-cost TOT TIME OPEN GYMS across the Twin Cities. Especially so when the weather is cold and we can’t just head down the street to the park. Most often, these unstructured programs offer balls, other gross motor play equipment, and room to run. Find our list of the communities that offer special open gym time this spring:

Oplen Play, Gym & Swim Spots for Tots in the Twin Cities, Minnesota - Family Fun Twin Cities

Twin Cities-Area Library Storytimes

Your local library is a wonderful place for kids to curl up for a storytime, browse books, play with educational toys and games and slow their pace. We cover more than 100 Metro area library branches in our GUIDE TO TWIN CITIES LIBRARIES: MAPPED. Or, pick from this quick list to find library storytimes and events:

101 Twin Cities Libraries - Mapped

BEST INDOOR PLAYGROUNDS & PLAY AREAS IN THE TWIN CITIES

We cover the top places for the indoor fun your kids are craving: climbing, sliding, jumping, crawling and just plain blowing off some steam.

Indoor Playgrounds in the Twin Cities, Minnesota - Child Playing in a Ball Pit

TWIN CITIES NATURE CENTERS AND NATURE PLAY

Early spring is an exciting time to visit a Twin Cities area nature center, fresh with the promise of a new season and programming. But, as we know, April weather can be as temperamental as a toddler. Good thing these interpretive venues can be nearly as fun indoors as out.

TOP TWIN CITIES KID-FRIENDLY MUSEUMS

BROWSE OUR BIG LIST OF TWIN CITIES MUSEUMS TO VISIT WITH KIDS!

Giant Minnesota Post Card displayed at the Minnesota History Center in Saint Paul.

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