A Twin Cities Mom’s Guide to April 2019

A Twin Cities Mom's Guide to April 2019 | Twin Cities Moms Blog

We are embracing spring in the Twin Cities with activities involving farms, parks, egg hunts, and Earth Day. We’ve worked to help you keep your sanity by bringing these April activities all together in one easy guide so you don’t miss a thing! We’ll update with new additions as they come.

April 4-6: Cameron’s Coffee Warehouse Sale | 9:00am-5:00pm Head over to our warehouse in Shakopee for great deals on your favorite always smooth, never bitter coffee! Sip on free samples of your favorite blend or flavor while you shop the aisles filled with Cameron’s Coffee as far as the eye can see. We’ll have a limited number of our popular Cameron’s t-shirts for sale, as well as free burlap! Stop by and say hello, we’d love to see you!

April 5:  Forever Wild Family Friday: Signs of Spring | 7:00-8:30pm Head to Lebanon Hills Visitor Center for family fun with park activities and s’mores. Have fun on a springtime scavenger hunt learning about phenology. All ages. FREE.

April 5: Family Fun Fest | 5:00-9:00pm Bring your family and friends to the Lakeville Ames Arena to enjoy a night of fun and free activities. The fun fest will offer a wide variety of events including open ice skating (rental skates available), inflatables, movie on the turf – Ralph Breaks the Internet, parks & recreation booths, and local summer activity booths. FREE.

April 5-7: Spring Festival: An Arts and Crafts Affair | Times Vary Hundreds of the nation’s finest artists and crafters will display and sell their work at the Spring Festival, An Arts & Crafts Affair! The event, which runs from April 5-7, has been voted one of the top 100 shows in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine. The expo features hourly gift certificate drawings, food and drink, free parking, and lots of family fun!

April 6: Home Depot Kids Workshop | 9:00am-12:00pm Encourage a love for nature and ornithology in our hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a birdhouse. Your young birdwatcher can observe birds’ behaviors like nest building and provide them a safe place to eat without the need for expensive equipment. Once your birdhouse is built, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin. FREE.

April 6: Storytime and Activities Featuring Family Forever | 11:00am When Julia’s beloved fuzzy friend Fluffster goes missing, everyone works together to find him, and by the end it is clear that when “family and friends stick together,” everyone is happy! Join Barnes & Noble at multiple Twin Cities locations for storytime, games, and activities. FREE.

April 6: Music & Melody Makers | 9:30-11:00am Music & Melody Makers is an orchestra introduction program for children ages 3-14 hosted by MYS. There will be instrument demonstrations as well as an instrument “petting zoo”. Registration required. FREE.

April 7: Magical Moments Spring Ball | 9:00am-3:30pm Be whisked away from the cold into a fairytale, full of faith, trust and pixie dust! On April 7th, with three sessions for you to choose from, this exclusive event takes place in the stunning Calhoun Grand Library room.  With complimentary valet, you truly feel like royalty from the very first step. Your princess will be crowned by her favorite fairytale friends before you enjoy a grand entrance, story time, dancing and so much more! There is a complimentary professional portrait included, so no one will ever forget this most spectacular Sunday! With at least 10 Fairytale friends, each table and activity will be intimate so each princess will get to spend time with you and your loved ones. 

April 8: Ladies Bouldering Night | 6:00-8:00pm Come one come many to the all women, ONLY women, evening of bouldering in the Cave! Minneapolis Bouldering Project instructor Hillary will be on hand to answer questions and help provide a fun and relaxing atmosphere. All abilities welcome from the, “I’ve never done this before”, to those who want to set routes, and everyone in-between. 

April 11-13: Junk Bonanza | Times Vary The Bonanza is the place for antiquers, junkers and flea market lovers. Our indoor events offer best-of shopping experiences, guest appearances, workshops, and giveaways.

April 13: Animal Open House | 1:00-4:00pm Head to the Eden Prairie Outdoor Center for their annual animal open house! See reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and birds. Explore nature trails and learning stations. Visit the Staring Lake Observatory and look at the sun through a solar telescope. Animal shows at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Raptor demonstrations at 2 and 3 p.m. Free admission, donations accepted at the door. FREE.

April 13: Second Saturdays at TPT: Meet Nature Cat | 9:30am This April, we’re celebrating Explore the Outdoors Month at Second Saturdays! Our special guest Nature Cat will be joining us in studio to meet all of you and lead you through games and activities! Join Twin Cities PBS at their Lowertown studios for a day of fun activities, games, snacks, and PBS Kids on the big screen!

April 13-14: Kids Gardening Weekend | 10:00am-3:00pm For one weekend, Sailer’s Greenhouse turns into a miniature gardener’s paradise. From fancy fairies to dazzling dragons, critters to cottages, they have everything you need to create your own enchanting masterpiece. You and your kids can stop in anytime between 10 am and 3 pm on April 13th or 14th. Your kiddos will be able to create their own miniature garden in a casual and fun environment. Our expert design team will help each of the little gardeners plant their own magical miniature landscape and teach them how to care for it. The MN Nice Cream truck will be on hand serving up amazing glitter sprinkled ice cream cones all weekend. Preregistration required.

April 14: The Puppet Adventures of Ned the Naturalist | 1:00-3:00pm What sorts of spring surprises will Trasher try to trash this month? Will Ned be able to convince him that spring is worth saving? Follow Ned the Nerdy Naturalist as he saves nature from Trasher the Trash Can. Try a take-home art activity after the show. Puppet show begins promptly at 1PM and is performed by the Silverwood Teen Arts Council. After the show, join walk with a naturalist. FREE.

April 14: Family Funday: Weather Wonders | 1:00-3:00pm Ever wonder why we have weather? Where does it come from? Explore air, wind, clouds, and rain through games, activities, and experiments to determine the wonders of weather. North Mississippi Regional Park. FREE.

April 14: Art in Bloom Family Event | 11:00am-1:30pm Our special Art in Bloom Family Day will take inspiration from the children’s book Dragons Love Tacos written by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri. Join talented Twin Cities actors as they tell the tale of dragons cooking, eating, and hosting taco parties. Get your picture taken at a dragon taco party. Make your own dragon headband at the craft table using craft papers, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, fresh flowers, and more.

April 15: Women’s Climbing 101 | 6:00-8:00pm Women, take yourself to new heights and learn the ropes through hands-on experience in our Climbing Cave. Wear comfortable clothing and get ready to soar! All equipment provided. Led by Minneapolis Bouldering Project instructor Hillary. Sign up early because these classes are popular!

April 19-20: Kids at the Castle: Everyone’s Earth | 9:00-10:00am Mark your calendars for the third Friday and Saturday of every month for this action-packed, kids and family creative playtime. For an hour before the museum opens to the public, families can join us for circle time, storytelling, crafts, visual play, and music inspired by the season.

April 20: Prince Family Dance Party | 11:00am-3:00pm On the anniversary of losing our local legend we think we should all…  DANCE! He would certainly want it that way. Excelsior Brewing Company is making this dance party one made for all ages, from party animal toddlers to dance machine dads- all are welcome! DJ  will be spinning all of your favorite Prince tunes and we will be on purple overload in the taproom. Hairbraiding, face painting. Craft sodas will be available for the kids while Mom & Dad can enjoy a craft brew. Food vendors will be on hand serving up parent and kid-friendly snacks as well. 

April 20: Baby You’re A Star – A Kids Dance Party | 10:00am-1:00pm Enjoy a fun-filled family event to Baby You’re A Star – A Kids Dance Party featuring DJ Jake Rudh (Transmission) and DJ Smitty at First Avenue’s Mainroom. Kids 12 and under get in free if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Adults must be accompanied by a child under 18 to attend this event. Hot dogs, chips, Glam Doll donuts, and Five Watt coffee will all be available for purchase in addition to adult beverages and soft drinks.

April 20: Mini-Narnia Ballet | 11:00am & 2:00pm Mini-Narnia is a delightful abbreviated version of Twin Cities Ballet’s adaptation of the classic story The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, designed to introduce children to the magic of this family favorite. Suitable for all ages, this version is less than an hour and is performed by cast members from Twin Cities Ballet’s full-length production.

April 25: Teen Events at Redwood Center | 2:00-8:00pm Book Art! Join us as we turn in some “old books” into impressive NEW ART – a chance to be very creative with all of the supplies available to you. Redwood Center is exclusively for youth in 6 – 12 grades in 2019. Free to hang out, play games, create art, meet friends, watch DVDs, listen to CDs, attend Special Events, & HAVE FUN!!!!!! FREE.

April 26: Arbor Day Celebration | 4:00-8:00pm Join the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) for an entertaining evening in appreciation of trees at the 2019 Minneapolis Arbor Day Celebration at Theodore Wirth Regional Park on April 26, 4-8 pm! The award-winning festival is full of tree-themed activities and educational opportunities, music, food, beer and, of course, new trees! Anyone can help MPRB Arborists plant 200 new trees. The event will be held in the area of the park between Wirth Lake Beach and JD Rivers’ Children’s Garden, near the intersection of Glenwood Avenue and Xerxes Avenue.

April 26-28: Saint Paul Art Crawl | Times Vary The St. Paul Art Collective is proud to announce the Saint Paul Art Crawl. This event is presented each spring and fall by the Collective, who relies on artists and others who volunteer their time and resources, to make it happen. 

April 27: Como Town Opening Day | 10:00am Kids and adults will be thrilled on the wide variety of kid friendly rides including Tiger Trax Roller Coaster, The Tornado and The Kiddie Grand Prix.

April 27: Summer Flower Show Opening – Como Park Zoo & Conservatory | 10:00am The Summer Flower Show displays the greatest array of warm season blooming plants over the longest schedule of the five Sunken Garden Flower Shows. Lavender, purple and peach will be the main colors of the 2019 Summer Flower Show. The main features will be roses and lilies and they will be in the show for the entire summer. The varieties are peace roses and lily ‘Saltarello.” Fragrance will come for heliotrope and lemon verbena.

Arpil 27: Kids Kraft – Earth Day! | 10:30-11:15am Spring has come! Come celebrate Earth Day at SCHS with a special Kids Kraft. Make a butterfly feeder to hang in your yard, then gather in the galleries to read a book about planet earth! Kids craft is FREE, but registration is required. Scott County Historical Society. FREE.

April 27: Barnyard Babies | 10:00am-12:00pm  We bring the farm to Edinborough Park with our full-size petting zoo, pony rides, art table, and kid-friendly music for dancing. Ages 7 and younger with adult).

April 27: Spring Tea Party – Woodbury | 9:00am-1:00pm Adults and children come dressed in your best for tea! Our time together will include tea tasting, decadent finger foods, tea party Bingo, a craft, making our own tea and a photo opportunity. Please bring your own tea up and camera! 

April 27: Earth Day fur Kinder | 10:30-1:00pm Join us at the Haus for kid-friendly activities to celebrate Earth Day! Activity stations will include: flower/seed bombs, compost bags, making a dirt cup & learning about soil, Earth bingo (auf deutsch!), trash sorting like a German, and outdoor scavenger hunt! For kids ages 4-12. Open to the public. FREE.

Arpil 27: Deaf Awareness Day | 10:00am-5:00pm The Twin Cities community will have the opportunity to learn more about deaf and hard-of-hearing culture at the Deaf Awareness Day organized by the Minnesota Association of Deaf Citizens. At 10 a.m., tables will be open for games, prizes and information. There will also be exhibitors selling crafts. Attendees can learn basic sign language. Concessions will be sold all day. Representatives from different organizations and schools will be on site to provide information. FREE.

The Twin Cities hosts a variety of egg hunts that vary from helicopter drops into large fields to a simple look around for colored “egg” rocks out on a nature hike. We’ve got all of your Easter activities covered, from dyeing eggs to hunting for eggs to posing with the big friendly bunny! 

April 6, 13, 20, & 27: Eagan Parkrun | 9:00am This free weekly timed 5K event takes place at Thomas Lake Park.

April 7: Goldy’s Run | 8:00am 10m-Relay-5K-Kids Run Join thousands of runners on the beautiful 5K route through campus or the 10 mile that runs along the Mississippi River. All races start at TCF Bank Stadium and finish on the 50-yard line. The race benefits the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. 

April 13: Hot Chocolate 15k/5k | 8:10am Enjoy a beautiful run through the city’s most scenic spots. Then, celebrate your victory with fellow chocolatiers at our post-race party. Stuff your face with decadent fondue, watch the kids go crazy in the bounce house, pose for photos with Marsha & Mello—the energy is infectious!

April 13: Run the Valley 5k Race/Walk, 10k Race | 7:45am Run the Valley, the Golden Valley Human Services Fund’s annual 5K/10K race and 5K walk, has become a successful fundraiser for organizations that benefit the community. The GVHSF allocates the funds to local human service organizations.

April 13: Fraser Walk for Autism | 7:00-9:30am The Fraser Walk for Autism is a family-friendly walk around the first level of Mall of America filled with sensory activities, mascots, games, prizes, and giveaways. You can rally a team or register as an individual. All participants receive breakfast.

April 20: Earth Day 5K Bee Run | 7:30am-12:00pm Head to Boom Island Park for a fun run/walk that supports the creation of a pollinator pathway along the Mississippi River. Dogs are welcome!

April 27: March of Dimes March for Babies | 7:00-10:00am Join 10,000+ walkers from all over the state of Minnesota and march together for one cause—to reach our goal of raising $450,000 in the fight for the health of all moms and babies! March for Babies at Mall of America® will be a fun and rewarding day that unites communities and builds a brighter future for us all!

April 27: Get in Gear 10k, 5k, & Half Marathon | 9:00am The Get in Gear events have something for everyone. Quality shirts, awards, food, corporate competition, give-away race day items and many special awards just for participating in all age groups in all events.

April 4-6: Just Between Friends Sale – Edina | Times Vary Plenty of space to fill with bargains for your family from 350+ sellers.

April 4-7: Just Between Friends Sale – Blaine | Times Vary Everything to do with kids and more: Furniture, Strollers, Highchairs, Carseats, Ride-em Toys, Bikes, Toddler Beds, Exersaucers, Infant Items, Bedding, Kids, Teen and Maternity Clothing, Costumes, Shoes, DVDs, Electronics, Books, Toys, Toys, Toys and so much more!

April 11-14: Just Between Friends Sale – Maple Grove | Times Vary Kids grow fast and keeping up with the growth can be expensive but it doesn’t need to be! Join the movement of moms and dads who #shopsmart with JBF Maple Grove/Brooklyn Park and save 50-90% off retail!

April 12-14: From Yours to Mine – Lakeville | Times Vary Sell or shop gently used items for your baby, toddler, or yourself. Toys, cribs, car seats, excersaucers, bouncy seats, highchairs, wagons, more toys, and lots of clothing items for infants, toddlers and big kids up to a size 12.

April 13-14: Munchkin Markets – Blaine | Times Vary Shoppers will find thousands of pre-loved and new baby and children’s items including clothing (sizes preemie to big kid 14), high chairs, strollers, cribs and nursery furniture, shoes, books, DVDs, and of course toys all at prices 40-90% off retail!  A shopping event parents don’t want to miss! Public shopping hours are 9-4 on Saturday and 9-2 on Sunday.  Many items will be 1/2 price on Sunday.

April 26-28: Just Between Friends Sale – Eden Prairie | Times Vary Brought to you by over 200 local families! Just Between Friends Eden Prairie helps families sell their new and gently-used kids items to earn cash.

April 27-28: Munchkin Markets – MN State Fairgrounds | Times Vary Shoppers will find thousands of pre-loved and new baby and children’s items including clothing (sizes preemie to big kid 14), high chairs, strollers, cribs and nursery furniture, shoes, books, DVDs, and of course toys all at prices 40-90% off retail!  A shopping event parents don’t want to miss! Public shopping hours are 9-4 on Saturday and 9-2 on Sunday.  Many items will be 1/2 price on Sunday.

We are thrilled to be bringing this fantastic event back to the Twin Cities for a fifth year! BLOOM is an event for new and expecting moms that you’re going to love. A huge thank you to Breck School for hosting this event and Park Nicollet Health Services and HealthPartners for sponsoring!

This event is geared towards moms who are currently expecting a baby, had a baby within the last year, foster moms of infants, or are planning on growing their family soon through birth or adoption. Whether it’s your first baby or third, you are sure to have a morning of fun at this event! This event will provide a morning of pampering, educational resources, breakout sessions, giveaways and swag, food and drinks, shopping and connecting moms and families with relevant local resources.

 

American Sign Language Interpretive Day at Como Zoo April 7 | 10:30am American Sign Language Interpretive Day takes place on the first Wednesday of every month Como will have an American Sign Language interpreter on-site interpreting our public Zoo and Conservatory talks. These ten-minute talks will be interpreted between the hours of 10:30AM-1:15PM.

Sensory Friendly Mornings April 14 | 9:00-10:00am Head to the Como Zoo for an inclusive experience designed for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. There will be designated quiet spaces, sensory story time, and other adjustments that will make this time sensory friendly.

State Autism Conference April 24-27 | Times Vary The 24th Annual Minnesota Autism Conference is where we’ll join our voices as a passionate network to connect and inspire innovation. Here, expert speakers, educators, professionals, caregivers, and individuals with autism have a platform to exchange knowledge and ideas with one another – all with the goal of enhancing the lives of those on the autism spectrum.

Sensory Friendly Sunday at the Science Museum of Minnesota April 21 | 9:00am See a lights-up, sound-down Omnitheater show at 9 a.m., visit the exhibit galleries before they open to the public, retreat to a designated quiet space to relax and recharge, and enjoy lighter crowds.

Sensory Friendly Sunday: Springtime! April 7 | 10:00-11:00am Learn about the seasons and what’s happening outdoors through books and short activities in our indoor classroom. Ages: 5-10. FREE.

Sensory Sundays at Urban Air Adventure Park  | Select Sundays An event specifically designed for children with Autism and special needs to enjoy time at the park without loud music, flashing lights and to have a lot of fun! See calendar for timing and details.

Sensory Jump Night @ Pump It Up Third Tuesday of Every Month | 6:00-8:00pm During this evening event, the play areas are reserved for kids on the autism spectrum and their families. Kids have a great time meeting new friends. Jump, slide and play with sensory-friendly games in a safe and controlled atmosphere.

Sensory-Friendly Story Time Second Thursday of Every Month | 9:30am Story Time will take place before the store opens to the general public. No music until after the store opens…except for the songs we’ll sing together! Small fidget objects will be available for children to hold if they choose. There will be a clear schedule for story time with visual cues. As with all of our storytimes, this is a no judgment zone! We all have unique needs and ways of expressing ourselves, and we at Wild Rumpus welcome and celebrate those differences.

Sensory-Friendly Saturdays at Select Dakota County Libraries | 10:30am Explore books, music, movement and play in a sensory-friendly setting that welcomes children ages 3–8 of all abilities including those who have difficulty in large groups, are on the autism spectrum or are sensitive to sensory overload. One registration required per family. An adult must accompany each registered child. Siblings welcome.

TPT Second Saturdays Sensory-Friendly Hour | 12:00-1:00pm Each month TPT opens up our studios in Lowertown St. Paul for a morning of PBS Kids cartoons on the big screen, meet & greets with PBS Kids characters like Daniel Tiger, Sid the Science Kid, and Buddy the Dinosaur, and fun activities like instrument making and carnival games. If that weren’t enough, the SciGirls squad are always on hand with all sorts of STEM-related games and activities to educate your child.

Sensory-Friendly AMC Movies Second and Fourth Saturday of Every Month | Times Vary AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where we turn the lights up, and turn the sound down so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! Our Sensory Friendly Film program is available on the second and fourth Saturday (family-friendly) and Tuesday evenings (mature audiences) of every month.

Sensory-Friendly Movies at Marcus Theatre Select Saturdays | 10:30am We understand that sometimes it is difficult or uncomfortable for families with special needs children to attend movies together. Marcus Theatre’s Reel Movies for Reel Needs is a specially designed program to serve families with special needs such as autism or other challenges, who seldom attend movies. Reel Movies for Real Needs creates a welcoming and comfortable environment – lower sound, lights up – where families with children who need accommodations will be able to share the experience of seeing family-friendly films at a theatre. A select first run movie is featured one Saturday each month at a convenient 10:30 AM showtime. 

Minnesota Zoo Farm Babies Now-April 23 | Times Vary Come out and enjoy the sights and sounds of spring at the Wells Fargo Family Farm. Cuteness abounds with baby chicks, piglets, lambs, calves, goat kids, and bunnies. Check out the special “egg” treats for the animals. This fun form of enrichment will include colored Jell-O eggs, piñatas, and hard-boiled eggs.  

The Most Magnificent Thing – Stages Theatre Company April 12-May 12 | Times Vary The design process comes alive on our main stage this spring! A young girl has a wonderful idea. “She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. All she has to do is make it, and she makes things all the time. Easy-peasy!” But as the girl tries and fails, repeatedly, she finds invention is anything but easy. Working through her anger and frustration she “smoothes and wrenches and fiddles,” and she “twists and tweaks and fastens,” until she manages to get it just right. Our world premiere musical adaptation shows that it’s okay to make mistakes as we create, tinker and achieve

The Hobbit – Children’s Theatre Company Now-April 14 | Times Vary A Children’s Theatre Company World Premiere Production. Our unlikely hero, Bilbo Baggins, would much rather be sitting in his cozy Hobbit Hole with a cup of tea and a plate of bacon and eggs. However, he somehow finds himself on a magically mystical adventure. Staged with speed and surprises, you’ll be delighted as things change before your very eyes. Discover what happens as Bilbo travels on an epic journey over freezing mountains and a frightening forest, meeting all sorts of fierce creatures—some who want to eat him, others who turn into dear friends.

Hidden Heroes The Black Women of NASA April 26-May 19 | Times Vary “It doesn’t matter what you look like, what your size is, what your color is. You can be anything you want to, but you do have to work at it,” says Annie Easley’s mother to her young daughter. In the 1950’s and 60’s the black women of NASA fought against racial and gender discrimination for a place on the leading edge of math, science and technology. Be inspired this spring, as we tell the stories of how these women were influenced as young girls to eventually make critical contributions that launched US astronauts into space and returned them safely back to Earth.

Matilda – Children’s Theatre Company April 28-June 23 | Times Vary Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, this is the story of Matilda. Her dreadful parents can’t stand her. Her headmistress is a horrible, nasty, name-calling, life-sucking tyrant who puts kids in cupboards with nails and broken glass. (And you thought you had it bad.) This captivating kid-power romp revels in the anarchy of childhood. Celebrating the tenacity of the small, Matilda proves that the strength to be yourself (along with a little telekinetic power) will prevail at the end of the day.

Pre K Program at The Works Museum Select Mondays | 9:00am-12:00pm Pre K Mondays feature special activities just for kids ages 3 to 5 and their adult companions. Kids are natural engineers – experience the amazing fun of hands-on engineering together! Encourage your Pre K student to explore his or her curiosity and design, build, and create.

Ballet Tuesdays at the Landmark 2nd Tuesday of every month | 12:00pm The Saint Paul Ballet performs excerpts from the company repertoire each year, highlighting events for their coming season. They are held the second Tuesday of the month at noon from October through May. FREE.

Toddler Tuesdays at MOA Tuesdays | 10am-Noon Toddler Tuesdays is a program that provides events, free entertainment, and discounts, especially for toddlers. Events include special character appearances, arts and crafts, story time and much more! FREE.

Tent Tales for Tykes Tuesdays | 12:30pm Head over the L.L. Bean’s Adventure Dome Tent for storytime after Toddler Tuesdays in the L.L.Bean store! During each session, you’ll explore a different nature or outdoor theme, followed by related activities, games or crafts provided by Creative Kidstuff! Recommended for children ages 3-6. Caretakers must remain on-site and are welcome to join in the fun or spend the time shopping.

Storytime with Engineer Paul at Choo Choo Bob’s Train Store Tuesdays | 10:00am Engineer Paul hosts a storytime full of songs and smiles. Afterward, enjoy the morning exploring and playing with the various train sets and tables at this fun train store. FREE.

Wee Wednesdays at Midtown Global Market Wednesdays | 10:30am-1:00pm Wee Wednesdays showcase free educational programming, fun crafts, and great meal deals each Wednesday morning at Midtown Global Market!
 Dance with them, experience live puppet theater, learn to cook fun items together in the kitchen, and even pet live animals from the Como Zoo. FREE.

Tots & Trains at Minnesota Transportation Museum 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month | 10am-12pm Explore the Jackson Street Roundhouse & Museum with your little one. Check out their open play area full of train tables. Create a themed craft to take home. Cuddle up and listen to a train-themed story read by one of the museum’s passionate volunteers. Snacks for the kids and coffee for the parents are provided.

Play Area Storytime at Burnsville Center 3rd Thursday of every month | 10:00-11:00am Join Pretty Awesome Appearances at Burnsville Center’s Play Area for a storytime on the third Thursday of every month at 10am with a special guest appearance by one of our favorite princesses or superheroes (This event is FREE and includes free treats and coupons from a variety of Burnsville Center retailers). The event runs from 10-11am and includes a meet & greet, photos, and storytime.

Kids at the Castle: Third Friday Playdates (American Swedish Institute) In the hour before the museum opens, join ASI for visual play, storytelling, music, movement and crafts inspired by ASI’s current exhibits- activities that will encourage creative minds and active hands. Recommended for ages 2-5. $5 per family. Registration not required; check in at the Information Desk by 11 a.m. on the day of the program. Adult accompaniment required.

Free First Saturdays at Walker Art Center 1st Saturday of every month | 10:00am-3:00pm Free First Saturdays feature free gallery admission on the first Saturday of every month, plus performances, games, art-making, and kid’s films from 10 am to 3 pm. Family friendly food options are available or bring something from home to snack on in the lounge or in the garden.

Nature Rocks! Outdoor Center Open House Saturdays | 10:00am-12:00pm Enjoy free family-friendly activities such as hiking, hands-on interaction with live animals, craft projects and more at the Eden Prairie Outdoor Center! FREE.

Kid’s Club Workshops at Michaels Saturdays | 10:00am-12:00pm Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! Just $2 per child ages 3 and up. All supplies included.

Free Crafts for Kids at Lakeshore Learning Saturdays | 11:00am-3:00pm Ages 3 and up. No reservations necessary.

MIA Family Day 2nd Sunday of every month | Times Vary On the second Sunday of every month, you’ll have a blast making art, going on artful adventures, meeting local musicians, dancers, and storytellers, and more at the Minnesota Institute of Art! FREE.

Sundays at the Landmark Select Sundays | Times Vary Sundays at Landmark is a series of cultural and art events that are designed to entertain, enrich and educate an audience. All programs begin at 1 pm unless otherwise noted and are kid friendly and open to the public! FREE.

Three Rivers Park District: FREE Family Fun Days Sundays | Times Vary Three Rivers offers family fun at Kroening Interpretive Center or Richardson Nature Center. Discover all the fun that life in and around the river and woods has to offer. FREE.

Animal Feedings at Springbrook Nature Center Sundays | 11:00am Have you ever wondered how snakes eat, what’s for breakfast when you’re a turtle? This is the program for you.Watch our exhibit animals enjoy a delicious meal while a naturalist explains their feeding behaviors and taste preferences. Experience the predator-prey relationship in front of your eyes! Free, donations welcome.

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