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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.

Whoever You Are
Stages Theatre Company brings to life the poignantly inspiring story-poem by the popular, best-selling children's author, Mem Fox. Every day, everywhere, all over the world, "Joys are the same, and love is the same, pain is the same, and blood is the same. Smiles are the same, and hearts are just the same." This world-premiere musical adaptation weaves across cultures and generations to celebrate the bond that unites us all.
Where: Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins
Cost: $14-$21
Website: stagestheatre.org
You Can Build It!
Drop-in and build with a kit. Shadow puppets, Legos, PVC pipes or a surprise! For youth 6 - 11. Ages 8 & under need a grown-up to help.
Where: Merriam Park Library, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: sppl.org
Corduroy
Join a darling bear on a delightfully destructive chase through a department store in search of his missing button in this play for ages preschool and up.
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $15.
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Dr. Seuss's The Lorax
When the last tree of the forest falls, was it worth losing paradise for nothing at all? The most beloved environmental tale of all time, The Lorax will have you singing in Seussian rhymes! Best enjoyed by all ages.
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $15.
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Kids at the Castle
During this regular morning playdate - an hour before the public can enter the museum - kids can enjoy visual games, storytelling and music-and-movement activities geared toward ages 2 to 5.
Where: American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis
Cost: $8 per family; registration is not required. Normally, museum admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for ages 6-18 and free for ages 5 and younger.
Website: asimn.org
Understanding Pet Language
Grades 1-3. Learn basic information about the many ways that animals (and people) communicate their needs and emotions. Understanding what an animal is saying increases empathy and respect, and can also keep children safe. Use your observational skills to interpret animal body language and vocalizations.
Where: Hopkins Library
Cost: FREE
Website: hclib.bibliocommons.com
Rondo Cinema Presents: 3rd Saturday Matinee
Join us for a movie! All films rated G or PG.
Where: Rondo Library, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: sppl.org
Learn Together: Snakes and Scales
What do scales have to do with snakes? Meet some snakes, learn about their adaptations, and make a snake-skin bookmark.
Where: Brooklyn Center Library and Brookdale Library, Brooklyn Center
Cost: FREE
Website: hclib.bibliocommons.com
The Science of Art: Rock Your Art!
Grades 1-6. Join an artist naturalist to create a bowl out of marbling clay while being inspired by patterns found in nature. Explore the patterns, shapes and colors found in rocks and agates and use them to inspire your art. Materials provided.
Where: Excelsior Library and Southdale Library, Edina
Cost: FREE
Website: hclib.bibliocommons.com
Dr. Seuss's The Lorax
When the last tree of the forest falls, was it worth losing paradise for nothing at all? The most beloved environmental tale of all time, The Lorax will have you singing in Seussian rhymes! Best enjoyed by all ages.
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $15.
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Wildlife Weekend: Mia + Minnesota Zoo
Join us on the 3rd Saturday of the month (through May) for Creative Saturdays! Join us at Mia for first part of a two-day adventure with the Minnesota Zoo. During the class at Mia, students will check out artwork in the galleries focused on the wildlife and habitats found in Minnesota. 10 a.m.-noon for ages 7-10, 1-3 p.m. for ages 11-14. At the Minnesota Zoo, we'll meet with a naturalist and learn drawing techniques while viewing live animals. Please note: Classes are sold separately. Day 2 of the class will presented at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley. Register for Day 2 on the MN Zoo website.
Where: Minneapolis Institute of Art
Cost: $24
Website: new.artsmia.org/visit/calendar/
Saturday Live!
Join us every Saturday in the Central Library's Youth Services department for a wide range of multicultural programs including puppetry, magic, live animals, storytelling, music, and much 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. 11:15 a.m.-noon
Where: George Latimer Central Library, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: sppl.org
4th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival
Grab your kids, leave the cannoli (we have sweets here) and come join us at Arts & Crafts with an all-new location and an amazing new activity -- The Creative Race, a one-of-a-kind competition where you can try your skills at completing artist-led activities at one of 5 Creation Stations.
Where: Can Can Wonderland, Saint Paul
Cost: $35 - $75
Website: cancanwonderland.com
Learn Together: Earth Day Story Stroll
Celebrate and help our planet! Take a self-guided hike through the pages of Todd Parr's The Earth Book; visit our pop-up library to check out a book; or join a service project to help improve the nature center.
Where: Richardson Nature Center
Cost: FREE
Website: hclib.bibliocommons.com
Kids at the Castle
During this regular morning playdate - an hour before the public can enter the museum - kids can enjoy visual games, storytelling and music-and-movement activities geared toward ages 2 to 5.
Where: American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis
Cost: $8 per family; registration is not required. Normally, museum admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for ages 6-18 and free for ages 5 and younger.
Website: asimn.org