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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.)

All events are subject to change. Be certain to check with the event sponsor either by visiting the website or calling, to ensure the featured evetn is still viable.

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

Lil' Explorer Thursdays
When: 10 a.m.-noon
Where: Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
Cost: FREE
Contact: 651-487-8272
Website: comozooconservatory.org
Meet animal and plants visitors, see story time, play games and many other fun activities. There are different themes each week: September: 5th - Fantastic Frogs, 12th - Fancy Flowers, 19th - Bird Buddies, 26th - Furry Friends October: 3rd - Seeds and Sprouts, 10th - Down on the Farm, 17th - Teddy Bear Picnic, 24th - Junior Gardener, 31st - Night time
Teen Takeover
When: 5:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Contact: 612-375-7600
Website: walkerart.org/calendar/2014/teen-takeover
Annual community spring party featuring music, making, marvels and activities by local artist and youth organizations, and special projects by the Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council.
Minneapolis Support Group for Families
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church, 50th & Knox Avenue South
Cost: FREE
Contact: 651-645-2948
Website: www.namihelps.org
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota sponsors free support groups for families who have a relative with a mental illness. Led by trained facilitators who also have a family member with mental illness, the support groups help families develop better coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences. A family support group meets in Minneapolis at 6:30 p.m., on the first and third Fridays of the month.
Raindrops and Rabbits Puppet Show
When: 10:30 a.m.
Where: Maplewood Nature Center
Cost: $2 per child
Contact: 651-249-2170
Website: maplewoodnaturecenter.com
Sing and laugh with Rabbit puppet and her wild friends as they celebrate Spring, then enjoy a guided nature bingo hike. Best for children ages 3 to 8 with an adult. Pre-registration required.
Family Fridays at the Global Market
When: 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Contact: 612-872-4041
Website: midtownglobalmarket.org
Free live music, a children's play area, and free balloons for the first 50 children. Businesses will validate your parking (for up to three hours) with purchase if you park in the 10th Avenue parking ramp.
Opening Weekend of National Park Week
When: All day
Where: National Parks
Cost: FREE
Website: nps.gov
Free entrance to all the national parks for the beginning of National Park Week, April 19-27.
An Afternoon with the Bunny
When: 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Where: Eden Prairie Community Center
Cost: $5 children 1 to 8, FREE adults
Contact: 952-949-8470
Website: edenprairie.org
Music, dancing, games, crafts and egg hunt, for children up to age 8. Pre-registration required.
Saturday Live!
When: 11:15 a.m. to noon
Where: St. Paul Public Library, Central Library
Cost: FREE
Contact: 651-266-7034
Website: www.sppl.org
Join us every Saturday in the Central Library's Youth Services department for events featuring puppets, magicians, wild animals, storytellers and more! This literacy-based program selects performers for both their entertainment value and their ability to promote the joys of reading and libraries to young audiences. Families can enjoy a wide range of multicultural programming including puppetry, magic, live animals, storytelling, music and much more. See website for weekly changing performers and entertainers.
Lions Club Egg Hunt
When: Check-in at 10:00 a.m. Egg Hunt at 10:15 a.m.
Where: St. Louis Park Middle School
Cost: $2 per child
Website: stlouispark.org
Entertainment and egg hunting in the park, as well as an egg hunt coloring contest with prizes. Pre-registration required.
Earth Day Celebration
When: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Where: Harriet Alexander Nature Center, Roseville
Cost: FREE
Contact: 651-765-4262
Website: ci.roseville.mn.us
Entertainment, walking parade, and tree-planting. Plus cake to celebrate the nature center's birthday.
Opening Weekend of National Park Week
When: All day
Where: National Parks
Cost: FREE
Website: nps.gov
Free entrance to all the national parks for the beginning of National Park Week, April 19-27.
Earth Day Celebration
When: 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Where: Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Website: midtownglobalmarket.org
Midtown Global Market and Do It Green! Minnesota will celebrate Earth Day featuring a variety of activities: children's programs, seed planting, shopping tips, and sustainable cooking demonstrations.
Preschool Playdate
When: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul
Cost: Under five, FREE; $13 for adults
Contact: 651-221-9444
Website: smm.org/playdates
Each Tuesday, the Science Museum offers preschool appropriate activities that will keep little hands busy and little minds buzzing. A Preschool Playdates ticket includes admission to the exhibit galleries, take-home science experiment, preschool perfect Science Live performances and science demonstrations, and various discounts.
Arty Pants: Your Tuesday Playdate
Where: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE with gallery admission; Walker members and kids ages 12 and under are always free.
Contact: 612-375-7600
Website: walkerart.org
Features activities for adults and youngsters ages three to five. Art projects, films, gallery activities, and story time.
Franconia Earth Day Celebration
When: 4:00-8:00 p.m.
Where: Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer
Cost: : $10 donation for meal
Contact: 651-257-6668 / info@franconia.org
Website: franconia.org
Learn and appreciation the environment by planting native trees and milkweed. Informal celebratory dinner with artists-in-residence at 7:00 p.m. Call or email to pre-register.