Twin Cities Guide to Family Activities this Week: April 15-19, 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 15-19, 2024. If you are in search of things to do with your family this weekend, jump over to our WEEKEND FAMILY GUIDE.

As always, you can check our APRIL FAMILY GUIDE or our FAMILY FUN CALENDAR for more fun ideas on what to do this week in the Twin Cities with your kids. Plan ahead for warmer weather with our ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SPRING FUN IN THE TWIN CITIES!

children in a family bike ride

The Royal Canadian International Circus is coming back to town! This year’s all-new spectacle under the Big Top will be presented in 17 shows running April 12-21, 2024, at Maplewood Mall. Royal Canadian’s modern circus thrills spectators of all ages with acrobatics, daredevils and other feats of skill in the ring from generational circus families who come from all over the world.

Use the promo code FFTC when purchasing general admission tickets online and you can get 2-for-1 pricing.  Keep in mind the special deal is good for general admission. 

Showtimes this week

Mon, April 15: 7pm
Tue, April 16: 7pm
Wed, April 17: 7pm
Thu, April 18: 7pm
Fri, April 19: 4pm & 7:30pm

Fun things to do in the Twin Cities on Monday, April 15, 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: Preschool Playtime at New Brighton Community Center

Preschool Playtime in New Brighton is double the fun because it includes open play in the gym w/ equipment and inflatables AND admission to EAGLES NEST INDOOR PLAYGROUND. This special indoor playtime is held each Mon & Wed when school is in session. April 15, 2024. 12-3pm, $8/child. 400 10th St NW, New Brighton, MN 55112.

Twin Cities storytimes on Monday

MONDAY FEATURED STORYTIME: Story & Art Time at Eden Prairie Art Center

7650 Equitable Drive, Eden Prairie, MN
Ages 2-6 w/ adult can drop in for storytime & an art project. Dress to get creative. April 15, 2024, 10-11am. $10/child.

More family fun ideas for Monday:

Love cats? Visit the Cafe Meow!

3524 Winnetka Ave N, New Hope, Minnesota 55427
1718A Lexington Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113

My daughter absolutely loves cats but mean old mom isn’t up for having a pet. Our solution? We book an hour at this sweet rescue coffee shop and she gets a fix without the extra responsibility. Kids over 6 (with a parent) can play with the kitties and sip a warm beverage. 11am-7pm, $10.50/pp.

Love crafting? Visit Heartfelt!

4306 Upton Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55410
At this charming shop you can pick from a wide menu of quality, themed craft projects (including, for this month, spring ideas!). Complete these at your own pace between 10am-4pm.  Most are priced $20 & under. Reservations recommended.

Fun things to do in the  Twin Cities on Tuesday, April 16, 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 too chilly or sloppy to be outdoors:


Twin Cities storytimes on Tuesday:

Extra! Extra! Read all about Special Storytime Tuesday!

Wild Rumpus Storytime

2720 West 43rd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55410
This popular story time for toddlers & preschoolers is BACK after a lengthy hiatus. Stick around to see how many critters (yes, animal critters) you can spot slinking around the store! April 16, 2024, 10:30am. FREE.

Family Storytime at Woodridge Park

9000 90th St S, Cottage Grove, MN 55016
Singing, literacy and playing are all part of this indoor storytime at the park followed by a related activity for kids up to age 6. April 16, 2024, 10:30-11am. FREE.

More family fun ideas for Tuesday

Ballet Tuesdays at Landmark Center

FINAL TUESDAY OF SPRING! 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 16, 2024, 12pm.

Ballet Tuesdays at the Landmark Center
Ballet Tuesdays

Fun things to do in the Twin Cities on Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

Tot Time Open Gyms on Wednesday:

WEDNESDAY 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 17, 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 Wednesday:


1023 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343
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 17, 2024, 10:30am. FREE.

More family fun ideas for Wednesday: Where can I see trains today? 

Mid-week is excellent to spot trains in the Twin Cities if that’s what your little ones (or big ones) are into. Here’s a handful of places to consider; plan ahead and find more on our article MINNEAPOLIS-ST PAUL, A TRAIN LOVERS DESTINATION:

  • TOTS & TRAINS AT JACKSON STREET ROUNDHOUSE – Play at the train tables, run through a read train car, hear a train-themed story and more. Located in St Paul. April 17, 2024. $9-$15/pp or $45/family.
  • GAMES GALORE AT UNION DEPOT – Play life-sized versions of favorite games like chess & Connect Four in the historic depot, then watch some of the modern trains roll in outside. April 17, 2024, 10am-8pm. FREE.
Girl by train car at the Minnesota Transportation Museum in Saint Paul, MN
Minnesota Transportation Museum – Jackson Street Roundhouse

Fun things to do in the Twin Cities on Thursday, April 18, 2024

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

Tot Time Open Gym on Thursday:

THURSDAY FEATURED TOT TIME: Andover Community Center Open Gym & Storytime

Andover Community Center, 15200 Hanson Blvd NW, Andover, MN 55304
We picked this special Tot Time this week because there’s also a special storytime included. April 18, 2024. 9:30-11:30am, $5/child ages 5 & under.

Twin Cities storytimes on Thursday:

THURSDAY FEATURED STORYTIME: Lil Explorer Thursdays at Como Zoo

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Dr, St Paul MN 55103
The beloved (at least by my family) preschool program offers weekly themed activities to the 4-and-under set. Think sand tables, sponge painting, worm digs and storytimes. April 18, 2024, 10am-12pm. FREE.

More family fun ideas for Thursday: Nature play

Try visiting a new park or nature center!

In celebration of spring park weather, check out the links on our big list of Twin Cities nature & interpretive centers for details on which  have natural playgrounds nestled within them. You can build with natural materials, climb, balance, even wade and garden at some of the more elaborate spaces. Our kiddos are pictured here having a keen time at the nature play yard at MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER.

Maple Wood Nature Center
Maplewood Nature Center

Fun things to do in the Twin Cities on Friday, April 19, 2024

Tot Time Open Gyms in the Twin Cities Minnesota this week

Tot Time Open Gyms on Friday:

Twin Cities storytimes on Friday:

FRIDAY FEATURED STORYTIME: Family Storytime with Wargo Nature Center

Fridley Mississippi Library, 410 Mississippi St NE, Fridley, MN 55432
Join naturalists from WARGO NATURE CENTER as they read stories, sing songs and meet an animal ambassador. April 19, 2024, 10:15am. FREE.

More family fun ideas for Friday: Get ready for Earth Day!

We’ll list some community-specific Earth Day events here, but if yours isn’t hosting a local gathering make it a DIY event with ideas for EARTH DAY HIKES, RIDES, WALKS & HUNTS.

Girl and mother planting a tree:

Kids at the Castle: When Spring Comes

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 19, 2024, 9-10. $15/family. (Great deal!)

Dala Horse at American Swedish Institute


Fun things to do this weekend in the Twin Cities, April 20-21, 2024 

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.

weekend family guide


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

101 Twin Cities Libraries - Mapped


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.



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

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