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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.

Wee Wednesdays
When: 10:30 a.m.
Where: Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Contact: 612-872-4041
Website: midtownglobalmarket.org
Wee Wednesdays have plenty to see and do for toddlers and their families. Free, educational programming geared toward children five and under; also features hands-on activities and more.
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
Star Watch Astronomy: Red Planet
When: 8:30-10:30 p.m.
Where: Staring Lake Observatory, Eden Prairie
Cost: $15
Contact: 952-949-8479
Website: edenprairie.org/outdoorcenter
Mars and Earth are having their closest approach in seven years. Get a look at the red planet and also explore other wonders of the spring evening skies.
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.
Family Earth Day Celebration
When: 12:30-3:00 p.m.
Where: Wargo Nature Center, Hugo
Cost: FREE
Contact: 763-767-2820
Website: anokacountyparks.com
Learn about local earth-friendly businesses, enjoy refreshments, make an art project and enjoy a climbing wall.
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.
ECFE Nature Family Fun
When: 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Where: Maplewood Nature Center
Cost: $2 per child
Contact: 651-748-7280
Website: isd622.org/ecfe
Make nature discoveries and meet new friends. For adults with children birth to 5 years. Pre-registration required
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.
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.
Wee Wednesdays
When: 10:30 a.m.
Where: Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Contact: 612-872-4041
Website: midtownglobalmarket.org
Wee Wednesdays have plenty to see and do for toddlers and their families. Free, educational programming geared toward children five and under; also features hands-on activities and more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.