Twin Cities Guide to Family Activities this Weekend: April 20-21, 2024

Things to do in Minneapolis & St Paul this weekend!

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This Twin Cities Family Weekend Guide covers events in Minneapolis & St Paul the weekend of April 20-21, 2024. Want to discover family fun this weekend across the Twin Cities Metro Area? Browse our guides for the Northwest, Northeast, Southwest & Southeast communities. Happy exploring, wherever your weekend may take you!

Welcome to April in the Twin Cities!

For more ideas on spending family time together this weekend, hop over to our APRIL FAMILY GUIDE, our ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SPRING IN THE TWIN CITIES or our FAMILY FUN CALENDAR. It’s EARTH DAY WEEKEND here in the Twin Cities – if you’re interested in observing, we’ve got a list packed with events around the Metro as well as DIY EARTH DAY suggestions.

Where are you looking for family fun?

FamilyJam is a new free program for kids and families at the Schubert Club Music Museum in St. Paul's Landmark Center which comprises short 25-30 minute concerts followed by Music Museum activities, including hands-on instrument playing, instrument demonstrations and musician meet and greets. All FamilyJam concerts and Music Museum admission are free. Registration is required.

Fun activities in the parks this weekend in Minneapolis & St Paul

Featured here for the weekend is just a taste of all that’s going on 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 parks across the Minneapolis-St Paul metro. Featured Twin Cities park events this weekend include:

It’s Earth Day in the Twin Cities! 

While this is a chance to teach our children about good stewardship of our planet, it is also the perfect excuse to get out and enjoy the long-awaited spring. Check out some of our Twin Cities Earth Day ideas:

ACROSS THE TWIN CITIES METRO: Earth Day Park Cleanup Events

Check our list of park cleanup events you can sign up or grab your own gear and head out to clean up your own neighborhood or maybe just your backyard!

Earth Day Family Events
Earth Day Clean Up at Minneapolis parks

Earth Day events in Minneapolis & St Paul

Earth Day Celebration at North Mississippi Regional Park

4900 Mississippi Ct, Minneapolis, MN 55430
Go on a naturalist-guided hike. Help pick up trash along the Mississippi, make recycled art and plant a seed to take home. FREE. Saturday, April 20, 2024; 11am-3pm. Register here.

Mississippi River


Como Zoo Party for the Planet

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Drive, St Paul MN 55103
Visit for family fun, educational programs, story times and more. April 20-21, 2024; 10am-4pm. Free will donations appreciated. 

Kids playing near the "Frog Pond" at Como Regional Park in St. Paul, Minnesota
Have a fun day in the park with our Como Park Spring Checklist!

Como Park Earth Day Scavenger Hunt

1360 Lexington Pkwy, N, St. Paul MN, 55103
Meet at the Como Park Pavilion to get instruction, then hunt around the park for natural objects, take pictures and add up points to win spring seeds to plant. This Earth Day event is sponsored by Ramsey County 4-H. April 20, 2024, 10am-12pm. FREE.

Earth Day with Raptors at the Raptor Center

1920 Fitch Ave, St Paul, MN 55108, USA2
Learn about the planet and raptors with a 45 minute program, 15 minute tour and a take-home kit. April 20, 2024; 1-2pm. $5 for kids, $8 for adults.
See our video tour of the Gabbert Raptor Center!


Girl and mother planting a tree:

Try visiting a new park or nature center!

Check out the links on our big list of Twin Cities nature & interpretive centers for details. All of these locations have outdoor trails to hike and fun indoor exhibits. Did you know that several of these nature centers 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. For more about these, find our list of the best Twin Cities Nature Playgrounds.

More ideas for things to do this weekend in the Twin Cities with kids – Minneapolis & St Paul

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. 

Earth Day Trashy Art Project 

Evergreen Collective, 1106 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105
Kaleidoscope Learning, a Twin Cities non-profit with a toy lending library, will be at the shop to help you turn your trash into a masterpiece. April 20, 2024, 10am-2pm. FREE.

Michaels Sunday MakeBreak

Quarry Shopping Center, 1620 New Brighton Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Participating Michaels stores across the Twin Cities are offering free weekend “Makebreak” classes and “Take & Make” Kids Club crafts. This weekend, you can purchase an inexpensive base T-shirt ($3) and Michaels will throw in the tie-dye supplies to design your own shirt in the store. April 21, 2-4pm. Please check the website to see if your local Michaels is participating. FREE.

Broken Clock Brewing Co-op Kids Fest

1712 Marshall St NE Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55413
SO much for kids and families to do this weekend at this annual festival: free karate demos, crafts, children’s authors, face painting, karaoke for kids and more. Option to purchase tickets to Family Rock Band with Sarah Jane’s Music School ($20). April 20 & 21, 2024, 11am-4pm.

More free or low cost things to do this weekend in the Twin Cities

So many storytimes in Minneapolis & St Paul this weekend!

Earth and Arbor Day Storytime at Red Balloon

891 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105
Local author, Colleen Musks shares her book Linden, a story of a tree and the community that loves it. April 20, 2024; 10:30am. FREE. Learn more about the wonderful, independent Red Balloon Bookshop.

Saturday Vibe Family Storytime

George Latimer Central Library, 90 West 4th Street, Saint Paul MN 55102
Storytime will include readings, puppets, singing, and activities aimed at toddlers and preschoolers. The library encourages you to hang around and explore their preschool math-themed Play & Learn area. Feel free to bring your older kids too – if they can be trusted in quiet spaces, the beautiful building is worth exploring. April 20, 2024, 11am-12pm. FREE.

First Chapter Storytime at Next Chapter Bookseller

38 Snelling Ave S, Saint Paul, MN 55105
A picture book read-aloud plus related activity just for kids. April 20, 2024, 10:30-11am. FREE.

Museum of Russian Art: Storytime in the Gallery

Museum of Russian Art, 5500 Stevens Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55419
The museum occasionally offers a FREE Storytime in the Gallery with no charge for adults to accompany their kids. Explore the galleries with a scavenger hunt after the reading. Best for kids ages 4-8. Please register ahead. April 20, 2024, 10:30-11am.

Kids Yoga & Music Class at Midtown Global Market

920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Limber up with a yoga class designed for your kids at 10:30 by the stage in the central court, then groove and sing along with a Rockin’ Robins Music mini-class at 11. You’ll want to stay and pick a lunch spot from one of the many delicious market vendors. April 20, 2024. FREE.

Free Open Swim Sundays at Great River Water Park

270 Lexington Pkwy N, St Paul, MN 55104
A special FREE open swim will be hosted Sundays starting this weekend with water safety training provided from 3-3:25pm. The zero-depth entry splash pool is perfect for tots trying to get used to the water and there are two tube waterslides for the big kids. April 21, 2024, 12-5pm.

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

Museums with free admission

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