Rochester MN Guide to April Events

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We made it through another Minnesota winter! The temps are warming up, the snow has melted and spring break is here! There are so many great events and activities going on this month! Be sure to check out the two upcoming Rochester MN Moms Blog events and subscribe to our newsletter to stay in the know on all the details! Get out, have some fun and enjoy spring in Minnesota! To view events, click on the plus sign to expand the section.

Monday April 17th

Happy Hour | Rochester MN Moms Blog

Join Rochester MN Moms Blog and moms from our community for a night of cocktails and conversation. More information will be coming soon! Stay up to date on our event info by subscribing to our newsletter!

 


 

Saturday May 6th

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Bloom: An Event for New and Expecting Moms | Rochester MN Moms Blog

We are so pleased to be presenting our 2nd annual Bloom: An Event for New and Expecting Moms. Sponsored by City Moms Blog Network, Rochester MN Moms Blog and Olmsted Medical Center, this lovely event will bring you all you need to know about being a mom in the Rochester area!

This event is planned for 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. You will have a choice of a morning or afternoon session that includes: pampering, light snacks, photo booth, educational resources, giveaways and swag, shopping and connecting moms and families with relevant local resources.

You can find all the information you will need by following our event page!

Address: Autumn Ridge Church, 3611 Salem Rd SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: There are two identical sessions to choose from: 8:30 – 11:30 AM and 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Cost: Tickets will go on sale on Thursday, April 6th at 8 PM. (Ticket prices will be announced in the coming week).

 

Saturday April 1st

Hooray for Saturday: Family Storytime | Rochester Public Library

Books, music and fun for you and your family!
Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 10:30am-11:00am
Cost: FREE
Website

 

Rochester Winter Farmers Market

An indoor market with the best local produce!

Address: Building #35, Olmsted County Fairgrounds
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Cost: FREE
Website

 

Free Kids Workshop | Home Depot

Join our hands-on workshop and you and your child can build a bunny basket, perfect for keeping Easter treats a short hop away. Once the basket is built, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.

Address: 3050 41st St NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Think and Do Free Family Day | Rochester Art Center

Since 2004, children and families have taken part in one of Rochester Art Center’s most popular and exciting programs, Think and Do Free Family Day. The first Saturday of each month, admission to Rochester Art Center is free for everyone. Guests are invited to create original art pieces in the studio classroom, our Grand Lobby and occasionally off-site with a collaborative partner.

Address: 40 Civic Center Dr SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Beauty & the Beast Kids Event | Hy-Vee

Meet Belle and the Beast! Plus, make a craft and enjoy a snack.

Address: Hy-Vee West Circle Drive, 4221 W Circle Drive NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 11:00am-1:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Sunday April 2nd

First Free Sunday | Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester

Thanks to the generosity of Bremer Bank, visitors can explore the Rochester Museum free of charge, the first Sunday of each month.
As an added bonus, our awesome friends from Rochester Public Library will be with us! Visit with Rochester Public Library staff at the Museum to get a free library card and browse a book selection which compliments the current exhibits.

Address: 1643 N. Broadway St., Suite A River Center Plaza Rochester, 55906
Time: 12:00pm-4:00pm
Cost: FREE
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Monday April 3rd

Storytime with Froggy! | Rochester Public Library

Join us for storytime and meet Froggy from Jonathan London’s books!
Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Cost: FREE
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Teen/Tween Movie: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them | Rochester Public Library

Kick off Spring Break with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them! (PG-13) This event is for tweens and teens in grades 4-12.

Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 4:00pm-6:30pm
Cost: FREE
Website

 

Free Kids Movie | Paragon Chateau

Free kids movie! First come, first served. Monday’s movie is the Bee Movie.

Address: 3450 E Circle Dr NERochester, 55906
Time: 10:00am
Cost: FREE
Website

 


 

Tuesday April 4th

Lego Open House | Rochester Public Library

Create a superhero scene (or anything else you can think of) using our Legos.
Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Cost: FREE
Website

 

Spring Break Movie: The Incredibles | Rochester Public Library

Drop in for the movie The Incredibles (PG) and make a superhero craft!

Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
Cost: FREE
Website

 

Free Kids Movie | Paragon Chateau

Free kids movie! First come, first served. Tuesday’s movie is the Ice Age: Collision Course.

Address: 3450 E Circle Dr NERochester, 55906
Time: 10:00am
Cost: FREE
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Wednesday April 5th

Earth Day Fun | Rochester Public Library

Stories and activities all about recycling.

Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Cost: FREE
Website

 

Wiggle Wednesday | Allegro School of Dance and Music

Allegro’s way of introducing the arts to our littlest friends.  They will dance, sing, read a story and enjoy special time with an adult who loves them.

Address: 2342 Superior Drive NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 10:30am-11:15am
Cost: FREE, register here.
Website

 

Free Kids Movie | Paragon Chateau

Free kids movie! First come, first served. Wednesday’s movie is the How to Train Your Dragon.

Address: 3450 E Circle Dr NERochester, 55906
Time: 10:00am
Cost: FREE
Website

 


 

Thursday April 6th

Build a Racetrack | Rochester Public Library

Create a superhero scene (or anything else you can think of) using our Legos.
Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Cost: FREE
Website

 

Spring Break Movie: A Bug’s Life | Rochester Public Library

Wrap up spring break with a buggy movie marathon and don’t forget to check out some of our bug activities in Youth Services!
Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
Cost: FREE
Website

 

Spring Break Movie: James and the Giant Peach | Rochester Public Library

Wrap up spring break with a buggy movie marathon and don’t forget to check out some of our bug activities in Youth Services!
Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Cost: FREE
Website

 

Free Kids Movie | Paragon Chateau

Free kids movie! First come, first served. Thursday’s movie is the Home Alone.

Address: 3450 E Circle Dr NERochester, 55906
Time: 10:00am
Cost: FREE
Website

 


 

Friday April 7th

Free Kids Movie | Paragon Chateau

Free kids movie! First come, first served. Friday’s movie is the Horton Hears a Who.

Address: 3450 E Circle Dr NERochester, 55906
Time: 10:00am
Cost: FREE
Website

 

Tippi Toes | Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester

Use your imaginations while dancing to award winning music.

Address: 1643 N. Broadway St., Suite A River Center Plaza Rochester, 55906
Time: 11:00am-11:30am
Cost: FREE
Website

 


 

Saturday April 8th

Hooray for Saturday: Family Dance Party | Rochester Public Library

Lights, shakers, dance! Put on your dancing shoes for 30 minutes of non-stop dancing fun.
Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 10:30am-11:00am
Cost: FREE
Website

 

Sensory Screening | Paragon Chateau Theaters

These screenings are open to children with special needs and their families. The lights are up, and the sound is down. You are totally free to move around. The Saturday April 8th movie is Smurfs.

Address: 3450 East Circle Drive NE, Rochester, 55906
Time: 10:00am
Cost: Tickets are available at the theater.
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Egg Painting Party | Color Me Mine

Get creative and make Eggs you can keep forever! The morning will start at 9am serving donuts and juice for all painters! There will be stations set up for different techniques. Each person receives 3 eggs for $21.00. It includes a donut and juice and 3 eggs. (Additional Eggs will be available at the party). It will be a great Family Event!

Address: 416 Crossroads Dr SW, Rochester, 55902

Time: 9:00am-11:00am

Cost: $21.00, register here.

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Sensory Sensitivity Saturday | Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester

Enjoy music with a therapist from Healing Rhythms Music Therapy.

Address: 1643 N. Broadway St., Suite A River Center Plaza Rochester, 55906
Time: 9:00am-12:30pm
Cost: FREE
Website

 

Poetry Time | Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester

April is National Poetry Month! MCMR is celebrating with a poetry reading! They will have a reading of some poetry and feel free to bring a piece with you to share!

Address: 1643 N. Broadway St., Suite A River Center Plaza Rochester, 55906
Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm
Cost: FREE
Website

 

 

Sunday April 9th

Raptor Program | Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester

Stop by the Museum to visit with Midwest Peregrine Society naturalists to see our feathered ambassadors Mattie and Odin. Learn about their research, hear stories of their success over the past 35 years of peregrines in Minnesota, and 30 years in Rochester! We will have lots for the kids to do, from activity sheets, lots of things to touch and explore and to even practice being a falconer with a toy falcon.

Address: 1643 N. Broadway St., Suite A River Center Plaza Rochester, 55906
Time: 12:30pm-2:30pm
Cost: FREE
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Saturday April 15th

Hooray for Saturday: Family Storytime | Rochester Public Library

Books, music and fun for you and your family!
Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 10:30am-11:00am
Cost: FREE
Website

 

Rochester Winter Farmers Market

An indoor market with the best local produce!

Address: Building #35, Olmsted County Fairgrounds
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Cost: FREE
Website

Thursday April 20th

Jazz Week Fun | Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester

Join us for Jazz music fun.

Address: 1643 N. Broadway St., Suite A River Center Plaza Rochester, 55906
Time: 11:00am
Cost: FREE
Website

 


 

Friday April 21st

Kids Night Out: Barbie | Color Me Mine

The 3rd Friday of every month is “Kids Night Out”! Starting at 5:30 you may leave your child or children for 2 1/2 hours of painting fun, games,
crafting and dinner. Children must be age 5 or older. The March theme is Barbie.

Address: 416 Crossroads Drive SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 5:30pm-8:00pm
Cost: $35/child. Register here.
Website

 

Healing Rhythms | Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester

Enjoy music with a therapist from Healing Rhythms Music Therapy.

Address: 1643 N. Broadway St., Suite A River Center Plaza Rochester, 55906
Time: 11:00am-12:00pm
Cost: FREE
Website

 


 

Saturday April 22nd

Hooray for Saturday: Ballet Preview “The Jungle Book” | Rochester Public Library

The Children’s Dance Theatre presents an introduction to ballet and a retelling of classic tales from “The Jungle Book” by Rudyard Kipling. Costumed dancers will perform excerpts of this exciting theatrical dance production.
Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 10:30am-11:00am
Cost: FREE
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Nature’s Playground Challenge

Register and run for the race t-shirts, finisher medals, age group awards, and a free beer/beverage from Grand Rounds Brew Pub. Stay for the door prizes and pancakes & bacon breakfast at the finish fest!

Montessori Mile family fun run/walk: 8:30am
Earth Day 5K run/walk: 9:00am
Tree Hugger 10 Mile: 10:00am
Let’s Go Crazy Challenge: 5K + 10 Mile

Address: Soliders Field Park, 7th Ave SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 8:30am-1:00pm
Cost: Registration fees vary. Please register here.
Website

 

Jazz Week Fun | Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester

Join us for Jazz music fun.

Address: 1643 N. Broadway St., Suite A River Center Plaza Rochester, 55906
Time: 11:00am
Cost: FREE
Website

Earth Day Pollination Party and Parade

It’s time to celebrate pollinators and what they do for us! Join us this Earth Day to help Quarry Hill reveal our brand new indoor honeybee observation display and learn all about what amazing things bees do.

Address: 701 Silver Creek Road NE, Rochester MN 55906
Time: 9:30 am
Cost: FREE
Website

Friends of the Rochester Public Library Book Drive

Address: 101 2nd Street SE Rochester MN 55904
Time: 9:30 am
Cost: FREE
Website

Thursday April 27th

The Jungle Book | Children’s Dance Theatre

Based on the original story The Jungle Book, by Rudyard Kipling and under the direction of Matthew Keefe.  A young boy, Mowgli, is discovered by a pack of wolves in the jungles of India.  The wolves raise the boy as there own, along with the rest of the young wolves in the pack.  With the help of a bear (Baloo) and a panther (Bagheera), Mowgli is taught the laws of the jungle, and learns many valuable lessons and skills along the way.

Address: 20 Civic Center Dr SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: $18 (ages 0-12) $20 (ages 12+)
Website

 

Mathematics Awareness | Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester

This week we will celebrate a special Math month by Numbers Mayo Big Healthy Fun.

Address: 1643 N. Broadway St., Suite A River Center Plaza Rochester, 55906
Time: 11:00am
Cost: FREE
Website

 


 

Friday April 28th

The Jungle Book | Children’s Dance Theatre

Based on the original story The Jungle Book, by Rudyard Kipling and under the direction of Matthew Keefe.  A young boy, Mowgli, is discovered by a pack of wolves in the jungles of India.  The wolves raise the boy as there own, along with the rest of the young wolves in the pack.  With the help of a bear (Baloo) and a panther (Bagheera), Mowgli is taught the laws of the jungle, and learns many valuable lessons and skills along the way.

Address: 20 Civic Center Dr SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: $18 (ages 0-12) $20 (ages 12+)
Website

 


 

Saturday April 29th

Hooray for Saturday: Family Dance Party | Rochester Public Library

Lights, shakers, dance! Put on your dancing shoes for 30 minutes of non-stop dancing fun.
Address: 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 10:30am-11:00am
Cost: FREE
Website

 

Rochester Winter Farmers Market

An indoor market with the best local produce!

Address: Building #35, Olmsted County Fairgrounds
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Cost: FREE
Website

 

Healthy Kids Day | YMCA

Healthy Kids Day activities will be in the Y’s backyard!  It will be held inside if raining.

9:00am-12:00pm

  • first 200 kids receive a free cinch bag with special coupons inside!    
  • Inflatables!
  • games
  • face painting
  • soccer
  • obstacle course from Olmsted Medical Center
  • fun family activities!

12:00pm-2:00pm

  • Open swimming at the Y!
Address: 709 1st Ave SW, Rochester, 55902
Time: 9:00am-2:00pm
Cost: FREE
Website

 

The Jungle Book | Children’s Dance Theatre

Based on the original story The Jungle Book, by Rudyard Kipling and under the direction of Matthew Keefe.  A young boy, Mowgli, is discovered by a pack of wolves in the jungles of India.  The wolves raise the boy as there own, along with the rest of the young wolves in the pack.  With the help of a bear (Baloo) and a panther (Bagheera), Mowgli is taught the laws of the jungle, and learns many valuable lessons and skills along the way.

Address: 20 Civic Center Dr SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 2:00pm & 7:00pm
Cost: $18 (ages 0-12) $20 (ages 12+)
Website

 

Mathematics Awareness | Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester

This week we will celebrate a special Math month by Numbers Mayo Big Healthy Fun.

Address: 1643 N. Broadway St., Suite A River Center Plaza Rochester, 55906
Time: 11:00am
Cost: FREE
Website

 

Family Time Yoga | Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester

Work your body AND mind this week at the Museum with Family Time Yoga.

Address: 1643 N. Broadway St., Suite A River Center Plaza Rochester, 55906
Time: 4:00pm
Cost: FREE
Website

 


 

Sunday April 30th

The Jungle Book | Children’s Dance Theatre

Based on the original story The Jungle Book, by Rudyard Kipling and under the direction of Matthew Keefe.  A young boy, Mowgli, is discovered by a pack of wolves in the jungles of India.  The wolves raise the boy as there own, along with the rest of the young wolves in the pack.  With the help of a bear (Baloo) and a panther (Bagheera), Mowgli is taught the laws of the jungle, and learns many valuable lessons and skills along the way.

Address: 20 Civic Center Dr SE, Rochester, 55904
Time: 2:00pm & 7:00pm
Cost: $18 (ages 0-12) $20 (ages 12+)
Website

 

Sunday April 2nd

Pop Up Market | Kutzky Market

Forager Brewery and Kutzky Market Presents Pop Up Markets that will be happening twice a month. The first and last Sunday of each month different local vendors will be selling their goods.

Address: 1001 6th St NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 10:00am-4:00pm
Cost: FREE
Website

 


 

Wednesday April 5th

Open Studio in the Pantry |Kutzky Market

All are invited to come and create in the Pantry! Bring your own non toxic materials or pay to use ours. Once a month beginning in March.

Address: 1001 6th St NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Cost: $8 if you wish to use provided materials
Website

 


 

Monday April 17th

Happy Hour | Rochester MN Moms Blog

Join Rochester MN Moms Blog and moms from our community for a night of cocktails and conversation. More information will be coming soon! Stay up to date on our event info by subscribing to our newsletter!


Saturday, April 22nd

Native Plant Sale | Quarry Hill Nature Center

A great way to bring a natural touch into your backyard! Plant varieties will be dependent on growers availability, but may include:Common Milkweed, Butterfly Weed, Meadow Blazing Star, Cardinal Flower, New England Aster, Little Bluestem, Wild Ginger, Lady Fern Starter plants in 2″x 2″ pots are $4.00 each.

Address: 701 Silver Creek Road NE, Rochester MN 55906
Time: 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Cost: FREE
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ReBlossom Pop-Up Boutique at Squash Blossom Farm

Address: 7499 60th Avenue NW, Oronoco MN 55960
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Cost: FREE
Website

Sunday April 30th

Pop Up Market | Kutzky Market

Forager Brewery and Kutzky Market Presents Pop Up Markets that will be happening twice a month. The first and last Sunday of each month different local vendors will be selling their goods.

Address: 1001 6th St NW, Rochester, 55901
Time: 10:00am-4:00pm
Cost: FREE
Website

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