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Minnesota Parent welcomes information about events for families throughout the state of Minnesota. Calendar listings are FREE and can submitted here.

You can submit a listing at any time, but the deadline for possible inclusion in the print publication is six weeks prior to the month of the publication. (For example, June 15 for the August issue.)

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Events taking place for more than one weekend in length will be listed in our "Ongoing" area.

Steven C.'s Christmas Together Concert
St. Paul-based multi-platinum pianist Steven C. Anderson, with guest vocalist Robert Robinson, will perform songs on his 9' Bosendorfer piano from his acclaimed Christmas album, Christmas Beyond, which was recorded at the Cathedral of Saint Paul in 2015. Steven will also play selections from his latest album Emotive, recorded in the round under the massive stained-glass dome of the Cathedral, with Steven at his piano at the center, encircled by 18 string players and singers.
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Cathedral of Saint Paul, Saint Paul
Cost: FREE; $10 suggested donation
Website: steven-c-christmas-together.eventbrite.com
Celtic Holiday Hooley
Traditional folk music, Irish step dance, Christmas carols, cute kids, and Santa.
Where: Celtic Junction Arts Center, St. Paul
Cost: Advance tickets $15, $18 at the door. $50 family ticket covers 2 adults and up to 3 of their minor children.
Website: celticjunction.org
Snowland Takeover at Children's Minnesota
Great Wolf Lodge will be bringing its signature Snowland extravaganza to children and families by transforming the atrium at Children's Minnesota into a winter wonderland. The event will feature festive, over-the-top decor, arts and crafts, dance parties and an extra special surprise to get the patients and their families into the holiday spirit.
Where: Children's Minnesota Minneapolis Campus Atrium
Cost: FREE
Website: greatwolf.com/snowland
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer features all the characters from the TV special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph.
Where: Ames Center, Burnsville
Cost: $73 VIP Ticket, $48, $38
Website: ames-center.com/rudolph-the-musical.html
A Year With Frog & Toad
Arnold Lobel's treasured characters hop from page to stage in a story of friendship and adventure. This whimsical show follows two great friends - cheerful Frog and grumpy Toad - through four seasons of music, laughter and fun. Recommended for all ages.
Where: Howard Conn Performing Arts Center, Minneapolis
Cost: $7-$15
Website: youthperformanceco.org
Toddler Tuesdays
Spark fun and educational exploration every Toddler Tuesdays with Nickelodeon and Canon's Laugh & Learn Playdates. Events include special character appearances, arts and crafts, story time, and the chance to win a Canon printer! Events are every Tuesday from 10 a.m. until noon and are free and open to the public.
Where: Mall of America Rotunda
Cost: FREE
Website: mallofamerica.com/events
Planetarium Shows
Como Planetarium is a 55-seat planetarium that has been in operation since 1975. Its state-of-the-art immersive video system provides the opportunity for visitors to take virtual trips though the solar system, as well as enjoy quality film productions on a 30 ft. diameter screen. Two 45-minute shows are open to the public each Tuesday night of the school year.
Where: Como Planetarium, St. Paul
Cost: $5
Website: spps.org/Domain/10131
Mary Poppins Jr.
"It's a jolly holiday with Mary" in this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious adventure based on the award-winning Broadway musical and classic Walt Disney film.
Where: Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins
Cost: $18-$30
Website: stagestheatre.org
Wee Wednesday with Papa Siama & Auntie Dallas
Go global with Siama Matuzungidi, an acclaimed Minneapolis-based musician originally from Democratic Republic of the Congo, along with his musical and life partner Dallas M. Johnson.
Where: Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Website: midtownglobalmarket.org/events/
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer features all the characters from the TV special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph.
Where: Ames Center, Burnsville
Cost: $73 VIP Ticket, $48, $38
Website: ames-center.com/rudolph-the-musical.html
Tots & Trains
Every first and third Wednesday come for storytime, craft and snack. Then stick around to have fun playing at the train table, exploring the trains, touring the restoration shop, and more.
Where: Minnesota Transportation Museum, St. Paul
Cost: $11 adult, $9 senior/child, $6 toddler
Website: transportationmuseum.org
Minneapolis Toy Library Lending
Members can check out 5 high quality toys for 2-4 weeks and return them at lending events, every other Wed 4-7 and every other Sat 9-12. There are thousands of toys, games and educational materials to choose from for kids ages 0-5.
Where: Richfield Lutheran Church, 8 W 60th St., Richfield
Cost: FREE to attend, but membership costs $40-$100 a year
Website: mplstoylibrary.org
A Charlie Brown Christmas
All of Charlie Brown's friends are brimming with holiday cheer, but he's having trouble getting in the spirit. Can directing a Christmas play help him kick the Yuletide Blues?
Where: Steppingstone Theatre, St. Paul
Cost: $12-$18
Website: steppingstonetheatre.org
Christmas Traditions Guided House Tour
Join a guided tour to learn about Christmas traditions for the Hill family and their servants. Guides bring visitors through the basement and first and second floors while sharing family stories and memories. Tours run 60 minutes with the last tour time at 3:30 pm.
Where: James J. Hill House, St. Paul
Cost: $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $8 ages 5-17, age 4 and under free, MNHS members save 20%
Website: mnhs.org
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
A miserly and miserable, ever-so-cantankerous Grinch has witnessed the despicable Christmas joy of the Whos with disdain, from a distance, for decades. Enough! In this favorite holiday story, filled with music and Seussian rhymes, he conceives a dastardly plot to destroy what they love.
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $15.
Website: childrenstheatre.org