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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 event is still viable.

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

Toddler Tuesdays
Meet a popular kids' character in person and read a book, view a screening, or participate in another activity with that character. From 10 a.m.-noon.
Where: Mall of America Rotunda
Cost: FREE
Website: mallofamerica.com/events
Preschool Playdates
Keep little ones busy with preschool-appropriate activities and live theater acts. Playdate tickets include admission to galleries, a take-home science experiment, Science Live performances and demonstrations and discounts on dining and merchandise. 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul
Cost: Age 5 and younger can attend for free with a paid adult admission. Regular museum admission is $18.95 for adults and $12.95 for ages 4-12 and 60 and older.
Website: smm.org/playdates
The Wiz
Travel with Dorothy and her friends in this dazzling all-ages show, featuring rock, gospel and soul music.
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $15.
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Star Party with Mike Lynch of WCCO
Explore the moon, constellations, planets, galaxies, and more with Mike Lynch, meteorologist at WCCO Radio! Mr. Lynch has over 40 years experience teaching astronomy classes and offers large telescopes to bring the stars a little closer. This event is FREE & cosponsored by Metropolitan State University. Dress warmly as we'll be heading outside.
Where: Dayton's Bluff Library, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: sppl.org
Frederick
In this award-winning, country-folk musical adaptation of Leo Lionni's Caldecott-winning book, hear the story of Frederick, who daydreams the summer away while the other mice are gathering food for the winter. When the cold weather sets in, however, it's Frederick who has stored up something special to help everyone survive.
Where: Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins
Cost: $12-$16; lap passes are $5 for ages 3-4 and free for ages 2 and younger.
Website: stagestheatre.org
The Wiz
Travel with Dorothy and her friends in this dazzling all-ages show, featuring rock, gospel and soul music.
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $15.
Website: childrenstheatre.org
The Wiz
Travel with Dorothy and her friends in this dazzling all-ages show, featuring rock, gospel and soul music.
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $15.
Website: childrenstheatre.org
A Composition of Circumferences
Explore both your logical and artistic side with a project that brings math and art together. Use pastels or paints and a CD to create a colorful abstract painting of circles that intersect, overlap or merge. Space limited to 15 participants. Registration required. Appropriate for ages 6-12. Presented by ArtStart and funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Where: New Brighton Library
Cost: FREE
Website: rclreads.org/events-and-classes
Omnifest 2018
The Omnitheater's annual giant screen film festival will feature five films running in rotation on its 90-foot domed screen. Included in this year's festival is Jane Goodall's Wild Chimpanzees, a Science Museum of Minnesota original production, along with Journey Into Amazing Caves, Wolves, The Magic of Flight, and Rocky Mountain Express. Films run Jan. 5-March 1, every day except Mondays.
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota
Cost: $9.95 for adults and $8.95 for kids ages 4 to 12 and seniors.
Website: smm.org/omnifest
Frederick
In this award-winning, country-folk musical adaptation of Leo Lionni's Caldecott-winning book, hear the story of Frederick, who daydreams the summer away while the other mice are gathering food for the winter. When the cold weather sets in, however, it's Frederick who has stored up something special to help everyone survive.
Where: Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins
Cost: $12-$16; lap passes are $5 for ages 3-4 and free for ages 2 and younger.
Website: stagestheatre.org
St. Paul Winter Carnival
This multi-faceted festival is the oldest and largest of its kind in the nation, with more than 75 events and nearly 1,000 volunteers. Check out ice carving, snow sculpting, skiing, dogsledding, a torchlight parade and more.
Where: St. Paul
Cost: Most events are FREE.
Website: wintercarnival.com
Origami for Kids
Learn the basics of origami and leave with creations of your own. Appropriate for ages 7-12. No registration required.
Where: Mounds View Library
Cost: FREE
Website: rclreads.org/events-and-classes
Duct Tape Lab
Grades 2-6. Play with duct tape! Learn how to create fun stuff (bookmarks, wallets and more) with duct tape. Materials provided. Sponsor: Friends of the St. Louis Park Library.
Where: St. Louis Park Library
Cost: FREE
Website: hclib.bibliocommons.com/events
Act Out for Kids: Wizards, Witches and Ghosts!
Grades 3-5. What makes some characters in stories magical, supernatural or even a little bit scary? An experienced Guthrie teaching artist will show you how to become one of these characters. Then create a scene to share with the class, and let them guess what makes your character special! Collaborator: Guthrie Theater. Funded by Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Where: Eden Prairie Library
Cost: FREE
Website: hclib.bibliocommons.com/events
St. Paul Winter Carnival
This multi-faceted festival is the oldest and largest of its kind in the nation, with more than 75 events and nearly 1,000 volunteers. Check out ice carving, snow sculpting, skiing, dogsledding, a torchlight parade and more.
Where: St. Paul
Cost: Most events are FREE.
Website: wintercarnival.com