Weekend Best Bets: April 18-April 20

What you need to see, do, hear, and experience this weekend

Friday, April 18

Little Critters

WHAT: Farm Babies
WHERE: Minnesota Zoo
WHEN: 11 a.m.
Along with all the year-round fascinating wildlife at the Minnesota Zoo, this month-long exhibit at the zoo’s Wells Fargo Farm provides welcome signs of spring. Check out the piglets, lambs, goad kids, chicks, and more through the rest of April—but bring the little ones today for special crafts and face painting to celebrate the arrival of the warm-weather months. Go to mnzoo.org to learn more.

Star-Crossed Lovers

WHAT: Romeo + Juliet
WHERE: The Lab Theater, Mpls.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
It’s Shakespeare’s tale of feuding families—with a modern twist. This take on Romeo and Juliet, performed by COLLIDE Theatrical Dance Company, is set in 2005 Brooklyn amid a gritty world of New York politics, where tension between parties can lead to tragic consequences. It’s set to tunes by artists including Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, and U2—with an original string-quartet spin. Go to collidetheatrical.org for ticket information.

Saturday, April 19

Reduce, Reuse, RUN

WHAT: Minneapolis Recycle Run 5K, 10K, and Kids’ Run
WHERE: Lake Harriet, Mpls.
WHEN: 8:45 a.m.
Kick off your spring with a run at Lake Harriet on the 5 or 10K path, bring the kids for a half-mile fun run, and tote along your old running shoes and shirts to donate to those in need. It’s a great way to get the whole family active for a good cause—the event benefits the Minneapolis Earth Day Clean Up. Go to minneapolisparks.org to pre-register to learn more.

Hunt with the Hills

WHAT: Easter Egg Hunt
WHERE: James J. Hill House, St. Paul
WHEN: 10 a.m.
Bring your basket to the James J. Hill House today, where the lawn is covered in hidden Easter eggs. It’s a tradition more than a century old (the Hill kids hunted for eggs themselves in the late 1800s), so don’t miss out on the search, the snack, the stories, and peeking around the historic mansion. The hunt is designed for kids ages 2–7. Reservations are recommended, so go to mnhs.org for more information.

Sunday, April 20

The Brunch Bunch

WHAT: Easter Brunch Cruise
WHERE: Harriet Island, St. Paul
WHEN: 10:30 a.m.
Forget to make your Easter brunch reservations at a restaurant? No worries. Snag a spot on a Padelford Riverboat and soak up the scenery as you cruise down the Mississippi River noshing on a buffet of brunch standbys (think French toast and carved meats). Go to riverrides.com to make your reservations.

It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane…

WHAT: The History of Invulnerability
WHERE: Hillcrest Center Theater, St. Paul
WHEN: 7 p.m.
Learn the story behind Superman in this play presented by the Minnesota Jewish Theater Company, with a terrific deep-bench local cast. The plot is based on the true events of the superhero’s teenage creators and not-always-pretty business behind the Man of Steel’s growth to iconic status through the Great Depression and World War II. For tickets, go to mnjewishtheater.org.