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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.

Teddy Bear Story Time
Preschool through first grade children accompanied by an adult are invited to bring their teddy bears to the Hill House in celebration of Presidents Day and the beloved toy named in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt, a friend of the Hill family who they visited at the White House. A tour of the house will be combined with favorite teddy bear stories.
Where: James J. Hill House, St. Paul
Cost: $6 adults and age 2 and up, MNHS members save 20%
Website: mnhs.org/event/6568
Auditions for The Most Magnificent Thing and Hidden Heroes: The Black Women of NASA
Stages typically auditions youth ages 10-18 for their productions.
Where: Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins
Cost: FREE
Website: stagestheatre.org
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
Potted Potter, The Unauthorized Harry Experience - A Parody by Dan & Jeff
This show features all the favorite characters, a special appearance from a fire-breathing dragon and a real-life game of Quidditch in the theatre. Ideal for ages six and up.
Where: Pantages Theatre, Minneapolis
Cost: $40-$100
Website: hennepintheatretrust.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
Wee Wednesdays
For little ones age 5 and younger accompanied by their caregivers, Midtown Global Market offers educational events every week. Activities may include dancing, live puppet theater, cooking activities and even live animals from the Como Zoo. 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis
Cost: Free
Website: midtownglobalmarket.org/events
Potted Potter, The Unauthorized Harry Experience - A Parody by Dan & Jeff
This show features all the favorite characters, a special appearance from a fire-breathing dragon and a real-life game of Quidditch in the theatre. Ideal for ages six and up.
Where: Pantages Theatre, Minneapolis
Cost: $40-$100
Website: hennepintheatretrust.org
Storytime with Stephen Savage, author of The Babysitter From Another Planet
Author and illustrator Stephen Savage returns to Red Balloon Bookshop for storytime with his latest adventure, The Babysitter from Another Planet: When their parents go out for the evening, a brother and sister are left with a babysitter unlike any they've ever had before--an alien from another planet.
When: 10:30 a.m.
Where: Red Balloon Bookshop, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: redballoonbookshop.com
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
Mr. Popper's Penguins
Humble painter Mr. Popper turns a dozen talented penguins into a traveling vaudeville act. For children 4 years old and up. 1 hour without intermission. ASL/AD Performance: Friday, February 15 at 7 p.m., Sensory Friendly Performance: Friday, February 22 at 7 p.m.
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Starting at $15
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Periphery: The Student Sit-Ins of 1960
In Jim-Crow-era North Carolina, four young African-Americans take the radical move of sitting at a lunch counter and asking for a cup of coffee. Recommended for 4th grade & up.
Where: Howard Conn Fine Arts Center, Minneapolis
Cost: $15 for adults, $12 for children and seniors
Website: youthperformanceco.org
PBS KIDS Live! Really BIG tiny Adventure
The live-action theatrical experience designed to support science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) based learning, offers families a live-action musical along with a pre-show lobby experience, including augmented reality (AR) games, hands-on activities, and meet and greets with favorite PBS KIDS characters.
When: 6 p.m.
Where: State Theatre, Minneapolis
Cost: $28.50, $38.50, $45.50
Website: HennepinTheatreTrust.org
Potted Potter, The Unauthorized Harry Experience - A Parody by Dan & Jeff
This show features all the favorite characters, a special appearance from a fire-breathing dragon and a real-life game of Quidditch in the theatre. Ideal for ages six and up.
Where: Pantages Theatre, Minneapolis
Cost: $40-$100
Website: hennepintheatretrust.org
Lil' Explorer Thursdays
Perfect for the 1-3 year old to meet animal and plant visitors, see story time, play games and many other fun activities. Different theme each week.
Where: Como Zoo and Conservatory, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: comozooconservatory.org
Potted Potter, The Unauthorized Harry Experience - A Parody by Dan & Jeff
This show features all the favorite characters, a special appearance from a fire-breathing dragon and a real-life game of Quidditch in the theatre. Ideal for ages six and up.
Where: Pantages Theatre, Minneapolis
Cost: $40-$100
Website: hennepintheatretrust.org