14 Things To Do in the Twin Cities This Spring

It’s officially SPRING and so often we skip right over this season with our eyes on the prize that is summer. {I’m speaking largely of myself here!} So I decided to compile a list of things one must do in spring in the Twin Cities before the summer sun hits us and we’re soaking up summer vacation.

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Here goes:

  1. 1. Visit the baby farm animals at the Minnesota Zoo. // This is one of my favorite spring things to do, what’s more fun that teeny tiny little baby animals. Here’s photos from our visit last spring and all the details on this year’s baby animals can be found here. 
  2. Farm Babies runs from March 25-April 30. Household memberships start at $130 and are worth every penny because free admission and free parking and unlimited visits, does it get any more good than that?pig

 

  1. 2. Root for the home team at Target Field. // The Minnesota Twins home opener is on April 11 and there are lots of special touches for a child’s first game no matter when you go. You can get all the details here. twins
  2. 3. Check out the National Parks Adventure at the Science Museum of Minnesota’s omnitheater. Gianna from Family Fun Twin Cities just took her kids and wrote a great review.
  3. The Science Museum hours are available on their site and learn more about the omnitheater and other exhibits right here. Family memberships start at $99 and include free admission and free omni movies for a year so I highly recommend that versus daily admission.

  1. 4. Plan a girls night out! // I’m a big, huge fan of the Listen to Your Mother show and can’t wait to go to this year’s show. It’s an evening of listening to stories from anyone who is a mom, wants to be a mom, has a mom. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll count down the days until next year. Tickets are on sale here and it’s sure to sell out so grab your girlfriends and make a night of it.
  2. Listen to Your Mother takes place May 4 at Riverview Theatre in Minneapolis.ltym

  3. 5. Buy some veggies at the farmers market. // ‘Tis the season to set the alarm Saturday morning and make way to the Lyndale Farmers Market. You will not regret it. Buy some fresh, locally grown veggies, enjoy a bratwurst and corn on the cob {or if you’re like me a giant cinnamon roll.} I’ve also picked up various plants and bushes for my yard here at a decent price.
  4. Pro tip: Leave your stroller at home and if you’ve got a little one, wear them in a carrier or baby Bjorn instead. Runs Saturdays and Sundays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  5. 6. Plant your first garden! // We planted our first garden two years ago and I never knew how much fun it was. We love picking out what we’ll grow and watching everything come up throughout the summer. No green thumb? Try a butterfly garden. We have loved doing one from Insect Lore each spring. Details here.
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  1. 7. Macy’s Flower Show // Did you know the Macy’s Flower Show is FREE? It’s totally free and will totally make you think all things spring. It’s so fun to get a peak at all the beautiful flowers and the scent when you get off the elevator at the 8th floor- it’s spring. This year’s theme is America the Beautiful and I got a sneak peek last week. It will NOT disappoint.
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  3. Details: The Macy’s Flower Show runs from Sunday, March 20- April 3 during store hours. Located on the 8th floor, the self guided tour is free and if you bring your own headphones you can have an audio tour. A gift shop with plenty of assorted Macy’s and Bachman’s gifts is available, too. 

     

  4. 8. It’s no secret I big puffy heart love Junk Bonanza. Held at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, this is one of my favorite vintage and decor sales ever. Five things you need to know and buy your tickets for this year’s bonanza here.
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  6. Details: Doors open at 10 a.m. on April 21 and sale ends April 23 at 5 p.m. Early Bird tickets available for $25 and good for two bonus hours of shopping {8-10 a.m. opening day} and all three days of the sale. General admission tickets are $10/day and children 12 and under are free but you break it, you buy it so if your children like to touch expensive, vintage junk, leave them at home, please. 

  7. 9. Go to a Minnstameet. // What’s a Minnstameet? Get together with other Minnesota Instagrammers and see things from a new perspective. There are events happening nearly all the time and it’s a fun way to meet some new Instagram friends. Follow @MNCommunity on Instagram to keep up to date on their events.
  8. The next event is March 25 at Nye’s. Details here.

     

  9. 10. Take a stroll through the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. I love this post from Minnemama Adventures that highlights some of the fun for kids. And bonus? Kids under 13 are FREE!

 

  1. 11. Visit Bachmann’s Ideas House on Lyndale. I went to this for the very first time last spring and fell in love. The home was built in the 20’s and belonged to Arthur Bachman, Sr. Until 2001, someone lived in the house. Three times a year the home gets transformed into a place to gather ideas of how to decorate your own home. From current trends to vintage touches, you leave inspired and the good news is many of the ideas can be put to life either with things you already own or things you can pick up at Bachman’s. Admission is $5 a person and 20% of the proceeds are donated to Friends of the Institute. bach2
  2. Details: The Ideas House is open 7 days a week from March 17-April 17. Self guided tours are sold in 30 minute increments. The house is open Mon-Wed 9:30-2:30,Thurs-Fri 9:30-5, Sat 9:30-4 and Sun 10:30-4. For more info visit Bachman’s online.

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  3. 12. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo // Our family is pretty much 0% Hispanic but we wouldn’t pass up the opportunity for some good Mexican food. We’re big fans of Acapulco and Guadalajara. Where do you get the best Mexican food in Minnesota?

 

  1. 13. Visit the all new Crayola Experience at Mall of America. Opens in May and looks to be a fun and colorful adventure. Keep your eye out for deals, coupons and anything special happening for the grand opening because I’m thinking it’s going to be big. While you’re at the Mall of America, stop by the Minnesota Children’s Museum pop up museum. Right now DINOSAURS. Totally free if you’re already a member and $7.95 for ages 1 and up if you’re not.

 

 

  1. 14. Take a bike ride around Lake Harriet or near Minnehaha Falls. Don’t have a bike or can’t imagine bringing yours into the city? Borrow one from Nice Ride

What’s on your list this spring? 

 

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