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Things to do in the Twin Cities this April

Looking for family friendly things to do in the Twin Cities this April? April is a wonderful time in the Twin Cities, especially this year coming out of such a mild winter. There’s are all kinds of things to do indoors and out this time of year. We might not have any flowers in bloom outside, but you can get your fill of stunning flora and fauna at the Como Conservatory during their Spring Flower Show.

If you’re itching to get outdoors and enjoy all the beautiful lakes, parks and trails this year then be sure to check out the Outdoor Family Expo.

Don’t forget the St. Paul Art Crawl, a wonderful way to see all the great art that is happening in the Twin Cities!

Of course, spring is also a really good time start thinking about home improvements.

No matter what kind of events you’re interested in, there’s something for everyone this April in the Twin Cities.

Things to do in the Twin Cities this April:

Spring Flower Show at Como Conservatory
When: Now through April 24th, 2016
Where: Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Drive
St. Paul, MN

The spring show will include Orange and Yellow Tulips, Yellow Daffodils, Yellow Hyacinth and Yellow Crocus with a small percentage of White Hydrangeas. Hyacinth, Asiatic lilies, Oriental lilies, Calla, Bearded Iris, Allium, and Crocus will be the featured flowers giving this show a unique aesthetic.

Mummies New Secrets from the Tombs
When: Now through September 5th
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota
120 Kellog Blvd W
St. Paul, MN

Home Improvement and Design Expo
When: April 9th, 2016
Where: Memorial Community Center
8055 Barbara Avenue E
Inver Grove Heights, MN

Attention all home improvement enthusiasts! The Home Improvement and Design Expo returns to the Inver Grove Heights Community Center on Saturday, April 9th for the premier spring home show in Inver Grove Heights!

See up to 150 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services to help you turn your dream home into a REALITY!

Local and national exhibitors.

Bring your ideas and blueprints. This show features everything home improvement related, including: remodelers, landscapers, architects, interior designers, contractors, decks, kitchens, bathrooms, entertainment rooms, roofing, window, siding, financing, and much more!

PLUS: Don’t miss the speaker stage with free speakers giving tips, ideas, and advice – every hour, on the hour!

Get a rare, up-close look at nearly 20 mummies from ancient Peru and Egypt in this stunning new exhibition, developed by the world-renowned Field Museum of Chicago. Featuring one of the largest collections of mummies in North America, Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs lets you see how modern technology has revealed intricate details about the lives and customs of these ancient people. Saint Paul is one of only four cities on this exclusive tour. Don’t miss it!

Outdoor Family Expo
When: April 16th | 10am – 2pm
Where: Maplewood Community Center
2100 White Bear Avenue
Maplewood, MN

Imagine blue skies, splashing in the lakes and playing under a leafy green canopy!  Learn tips and tricks for enjoying the outdoors, and discover all that Minnesota has to offer.   Studies show that being outdoors is good for your health and contributes to positive attitudes!

Get connected to all the resources you need – there will be learning    stations for all ages from tying jigs, to trying out binoculars, setting up a tent, nature play, hiking and biking info, and outdoor summer sports and recreation  in Maplewood!  Learn about safety, first aid and wildlife watching and geocaching.

A suite of outdoor vendors will be on hand to share their expertise and the newest trends in outdoor gear.

Delicious food will be provided by Urban Oasis. Meet a live porcupine, Hawk and more!

St. Paul Art Crawl
When: April 22nd – 24th
Where: Various Locations

The Saint Paul Art Collective has been hosting the Art Crawl ever since, with the number of participating artists now exceeding 300 and the number of visitors averaging around 20,000 for each semi-annual, three-day event. The most recent Art Crawl boasted seventeen participating buildings in the Lowertown and Downtown neighborhoods alone. The Art Crawl is not limited to those two areas, however.  In the mid-2000s, locations along University and Grand Avenues as well as in the Eastside and Westside neighborhoods of Saint Paul began participating.

Earth Day Celebration
When: April 21st | Noon to 4pm
Where: Midtown Global Market
920 East Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN

Midtown Global Market and Do It Green! Minnesota will celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, April 21. The event will feature a variety of activities and services focused on “The Way We Grow”, including: • Food choice display to learn about environmental “food prints” • Interactive children programs, including an Eco Twister game and seed planting • Handouts and volunteers on staff in other languages, including Spanish and Hmong • Wallet-sized food choices and shopping tips card at the Do It Green! Resource Center, located in the Market. Other Earth Day activities include: • Sustainable cooking demonstrations by the chefs at Kitchen in the Market • More than 15 educational booths from local environmental organizations • Information from Hennepin County Environmental Services • Entertainment in the Central Plaza

Union Depot’s Train Days
When: April 30th, 2016
Where: Union Depot
214 4th St. E.
St. Paul, MN

Join us for a celebration of trains and transportation – Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 1, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Enjoy a fun and educational experience as we highlight the history and future of passenger train travel, the historic and current role of freight railroads in our region, and changing transportation trends and needs. All will enjoy a wide variety of free transportation-inspired activities. The weekend will include train equipment, musical entertainment, special events and activities for all ages.

Art in Bloom Family Day
When: April 30th, 2016
Where: Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 3rd Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN

View fresh floral creations and the artworks that inspired them. Enter a world of timeless art and fresh flowers during the 33rd annual Art in Bloom – a four day festival of fresh floral arrangements and fine art, presented by Friends of the Institute at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Delight in over 150 floral designs that interpret objects from Mia’s collection. A Twin Cities rite of spring! And, it’s free.

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