Twin Cities Guide to Family Activities This Week: April 1-5, 2024

Things to do this week in Minneapolis & St Paul with your kids!

This guide covers Twin Cities family activities for the week of April 1-5, 2024. 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!)

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 2024 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 1, 2024 

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

Tot Time Open Gyms on Monday:

Let them bounce off someone else’s walls! Our list covers open gyms for tots across the Twin Cities where they can work their wiggles off during cooler weather either FREE or at a low cost to you. SEE OUR FULL LIST OF TWIN CITIES TOT TIME OPEN GYMS THIS SPRING!

MONDAY FEATURED TOT TIME: Tot Times at St Paul Recreation Centers

It’s fun, unstructured, nearly always free and a total sanity-saver during our cold months. I used it routinely when my firstborn was a toddler. He thrived on the small bikes, balls, tumbling mats and other provided equipment for free physical play. The following St Paul recreation centers have tot times on Monday mornings this spring:

Indoor Toddler Activities

Twin Cities storytimes on Monday:

April Pools Day Free Open Swim at Great River Water Park

No joke, you can swim FREE today at the indoor water park. Little splashers will enjoy the zero-depth entry activity pool and older kids will appreciate the waterslides. Learn more about Great River Water Park. April 1, 2024, 9am-6pm. FREE.

Families swimming playing at the Great River Waterpark in Saint Paul, Minnesota

The Galleria World of Wonder Floral Experience

Looking for something off the beaten path to do over spring break? It’s the final week for this year’s World of Wonder Floral Experience – an under-the-sea swim for the senses. Created by Bachman’s gardeners, guests of all ages can engage their senses of discovery. Through April 7, 2024 during open hours. Galleria Edina, 3510 Galleria, Edina, MN. FREE.

7 Things to Find At the Floral Experience:
  • A fantastical octopus with arms up to 10 feet long
  • Floating jellyfish ranging from 8 to 13 feet tall
  • A larger-than-life oyster shell with an illuminated pearl
  • Two spectacularly tall seahorses
  • A “totally claw-some” garden
Mother with child in stroller looking a floral arrangementsin 2018 during the annual Floral Experience at the Galleria in Edina, Minnesota
Annual Floral Experience. Image courtesy of Owl Marketing

MORE AT GALLERIA: Find other kid-friendly shops and the best restaurants to bring kids for lunch during your visit.

April 1st is April Fool’s Day!

FIND MORE APRIL “HOLIDAYS” TO CELEBRATE – JUST FOR FUN. (COMPLETE WITH AT-HOME AND FAMILY OUTING IDEAS ALL MONTH LONG!)

Fun things to do in the Twin Cities on Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

Tot Time Open Gyms on Tuesday:

Tot Time open gyms across the Twin Cities are absolutely a saving grace for parents of squirrelly kids when it’s still too chilly or sloppy to be outdoors this spring:

TUESDAY FEATURED TOT TIME: Blast and Play at Eagan Community Center

1501 Central Pkwy, Eagan, MN 55121
Blast & Play Tot Time includes admission to the space-themed Blast Indoor Playground and the community center gym for open play with equipment provided. April 2, 2024, 9am-12pm. $5/child.

FIND OUR GIANT LIST OF SUPER FUN INDOOR PLAYGROUNDS IN THE TWIN CITIES WHEN IT’S NOT QUITE PARK WEATHER!

The Blast Indoor Playground at Eagan Central Park, Eagan Minnesota

Twin Cities storytimes on Tuesday:

More Tuesday storytimes!

OUTDOORS: Storytime at Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park

9653 Keats Ave S, Cottage Grove, MN 55016
A special outdoor storytime at the park that coincides with Free First Tuesday in Washington County Parks. Indoor craft or activity to follow. Dress for the elements, however in the case of extreme weather, stories will be inside Ravine Landing. April 2, 2024, 10:30am. FREE.

INDOORS: Wild Rumpus Storytime

2720 West 43rd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55410
This is a popular story time for toddlers & preschoolers in the sweet Linden Hills neighborhood of Minneapolis. Stick around to see how many critters (yes, animal critters) you can spot slinking around the store! April 2, 2024, 10:30am. FREE.

Girl standing in front of the tiny people door at the Wild Rumpus Bookshop in Minneapolis, Minnesota

More family fun ideas for Tuesday

Open Rock Climbing at Base Camp

6202 Bloomington Rd, St Paul, MN 55111
Open rock climbing is available on climbing walls inspired by the natural rock face of the St. Croix River bluffs near Taylors Falls. There are 16 routes to try between 24 and 32 feet high. It is required that youth are accompanied by an adult who is able to belay for them at the climbing wall. Open archery is available too. Register at the link. April 2, 2024, 6-9pm. $10/participant (adult spotters free).

Rock Climbers receiving instruction at Base Camp in Bloomington Minnesota

Fun things to do in the Twin Cities on Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

Tot Time Open Gyms on Wednesday

WEDNESDAY FEATURED OPEN GYM: Tot Time Spring Party at North Dale Recreation Center

1414 St Albans St N, Saint Paul, MN 55117
We picked this tot time today because after the regular run-around fun in the gym is a special party right up the 5 & under alley with crafts, music, snacks, games, a photo booth and face painting. April 3, 2024, 10:30am-12:30pm. FREE.

Twin Cities storytimes on Wednesday

WEDNESDAY FEATURED STORYTIME: Storytime at Kiddywampus Hopkins

1023 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343
Spring storytime starts this week! Interactive stories, songs & rhymes for kids ages 2-5 at one of the coolest independent toy shops in the Twin Cities. No registration required. April 3, 2024, 10:30am. FREE.

For Kids at IKEA: Decorate a Treasure Box

8000 Ikea Way, Bloomington, MN 55425
First order of business: sign up for the IKEA Family program (it’s free and comes with great perks!). Then you can register for this free kids workshop where young ones can decorate a little memory box. Also good to know, IKEA Family members get two free hours of drop-off childcare at the store’s indoor playground. Grab your spot now as they are limited. April 3, 2024, 10-11am.

More family fun ideas for Wednesday: STEM fun!

Spring Break Science Studio at Bakken Museum

Bakken Museum, 3537 Zenith Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55416
Join The Bakken Museum for Spring Break with special weekday Science Studio activities. See all the “hair-raising” fun Joy’s family had on their visit? Kids love all the fun, hands-on exhibits and they’re invited to tinker as much as they wish.
 Tuesday-Friday, April 2-5, 2024; 10am-4pm. $9-$13/pp.

Education at Bakken
Learning About Electricity at Bakken Museum

Maker Kids at Roseville Library

2180 North Hamline Ave, Roseville Minnesota 55113
Appropriate tinker activities for kids ages roughly 6-11 years. Supplies provided – except the imagination, which your kids contribute. April 3, 2024, 4:30-5:30pm. FREE.

Tots & Trains at Jackson Street Roundhouse

193 Pennsylvania Ave, St. Paul, MN, 55130
Your little train lovers will go nuts for this playdate! Tinker around with train tables and interactive displays. Run through real passenger train cars. Create a craft to take home and listen to a transportation-themed story. April 3, 2024, 10am-12pm. $9-$15/pp or $45/family pack.

WHERE ELSE CAN I BRING A KID WHO LOVES TRAINS IN THE TWIN CITIES?
Girl by train car at the Minnesota Transportation Museum in Saint Paul, MN
Minnesota Transportation Museum – Jackson Street Roundhouse

Twin Cities nature play on Wednesday

Nature Adventurers: Read a Story Theater at Wood Lake Nature Center

6710 Lake Shore Drive, Richfield 55423
This parent-child program from preschool kids ages 3-5 will include stories, crafts and outdoor discovery time. Dress for outdoors and please pre-register as space is limited. April 3, 2024, 10am. $10/first child, $5/second child. 

Fun things to do in the Twin Cities on Thursday, April 4, 2024 

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

Tot Time Open Gyms on Thursday

THURSDAY FEATURED TOT TIME: TCO Sports Garden Toddler Thursdays

Little ones with energy to spare: Come to Field 1 for indoor activities such as a bouncy house, kicking around soccer balls and open field time with room to run.  The fieldhouse is kept at 55 degrees so dress with this in mind. April 4, 2024, 9:30-11:30am. FREE.

TCO Sports Garden sign on the front of the new sports complex.

Twin Cities storytimes on Thursday

THURSDAY FEATURED STORYTIME: Storytime at Red Balloon Bookshop

891 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105
Storyteller Angela hosts a storytime at the charming bookshop perfect for 3s & under (but all welcome). April 4, 2024, 10:30am. FREE.

Summer Reading Programs at Local Bookstores
The Red Balloon bookstore

Lil Explorer Thursday at Como Zoo

Lil Explorer Thursdays program is a fantastic free event aimed at preschoolers and includes all kinds of hands-on activities, manipulatives, games, storytimes and crafts. Meet in the Visitor Center. April 4, 2024, 10am-noon. FREE.

Tour de Rec in West St Paul

217 Moreland Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55118
The traveling recreation staff will set up a fun obstacle course challenge for kids at Moreland Elementary. Open gym time will also be available. No registration, just drop in to play. April 4, 2024, 6-7pm.

Free Thursday Night at American Swedish Institute

2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Have your kids ever thought it would be awesome to explore a castle? Here’s their chance (and yours) while the very family-friendly AMERICAN SWEDISH INSTITUTE offers FREE admission every Thursday after 3pm. There is a rotating family gallery kids will enjoy playing in and nooks and crannies to explore. April 4, 2024.
PAIR A VISIT WITH DINNER: Our kids have enjoyed the Swedish meatballs at FIKA Cafe in the museum. Plus happy hour pricing from 3 until 8 p.m. on Thursdays.Dala Horse at American Swedish Institute

Fun things to do in the Twin Cities on Friday, April 5, 2024

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

Tot Time Open Gyms on Friday

FRIDAY FEATURED TOT TIME: 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. April 5, 2024. Preschool open gym: Wednesdays & Fridays: 9:30 – 11:30am. Pre-register: $10/child; $15/family ($13/$20 at the door).

Collage of Preschool Open Gym at Gleason's Gymnastics School in Minnesota

Twin Cities storytimes on Friday

Twin Cities Easter egg hunts & activities

These hunts wrap up the dozens and dozens worth on our giant list of MINNEAPOLIS-ST PAUL AREA EASTER EGG HUNTS & EVENTS

Community Connect: All About Eggs

East Phillips Park, 2399 17th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Design your own eggs, collect hidden eggs, participate in an egg drop competition, play games and do some arts and crafts. April 5, 2024, 6:30-8pm. All ages. FREE. Limited to 50 people.

Easter egg hunts & activities in the Twin cities

More family fun ideas for Friday: Nature play

Puppet Storytime at Westwood Hills Nature Center

8300 W Franklin Ave, St Louis Park, MN 55426
Open play and exploration of 
WESTWOOD NATURE CENTER, naturalist-led activities, puppet show and a hike themed on April showers. April 5, 2024. 10am-11am, $6/person. Registration required.

Forever Wild Family Friday: Racoons 

Thompson County Park, Dakota Lodge. 1200 Stassen Ln, West St Paul
Make animal inspired crafts then warm up at a bonfire with smores. Meet at the visitor center. April 5, 2024, 6-7:30pm

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, even April weather in Minnesota can be fickle. Good thing these interpretive venues can be nearly as fun indoors as out.

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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FUN THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND IN THE TWIN CITIES – APRIL 9-10, 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

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