Out & About


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.)

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Last Stop on Market Street
Six-year-old CJ is (reluctantly) staying with his (extremely over-the-top) Nana, in a world considerably different from the one he's used to (his phone and tablet). The disagreeable (and let's just admit it, whiny) child is dragged on a bus ride that's loud and gritty and weird. Guided by his veritable force-of-nature Nana, CJ travels a little closer to his roots and sees that things are not always what they seem. This is one hip-hop, eclectic, heart-thumpin', toe-tappin' joy ride.
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: $15-$64
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Pumpkin Night in the Park
Over 1,000 carved pumpkins light up our enchanted trails as you encounter costumed characters and creative worlds. Enjoy dancing, exciting entertainment, campfires, games, food and more at this family-friendly event.
Where: Springbrook Nature Center, Fridley
Cost: $10 per person, 2 & under free
Website: springbrooknaturecenter.org
I Come From Arizona
Gabi Castillo, a bright, 14-year-old Mexican-American girl living on the South Side of Chicago, is accepted into a very different, elite high school. Through her Global Perspectives class, she learns secrets about her past and her parents, discovers her own inherited strength, and begins to understand what it means to take risks.
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: $15-$64
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Charlotte's Web
Down on the Zuckerman Farm, Wilbur, an irresistible young pig is determined to avoid the butcher. This 60-minute adaptation of the novel, named one of the best American children's books of the past two hundred years, is appropriate for audiences of all ages.
Where: Stages Theater Company, Hopkins
Cost: $14-$21
Website: stagestheatre.org
Fish in a Tree
"Everybody is a genius . But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." - Albert Einstein. Sixth-grader, Ally, has been clever in covering up her inability to read. She feels her problem is hopeless because how can you cure dumb? Her newest teacher, Mr. Daniels, however, sees the bright and creative kid she hides and helps Ally see that her dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. Ages 7 and up.
Where: Stages Theatre Company, Hastings
Cost: $14-$21
Website: stagestheatre.org
Fly Guy: The Musical
What's the best pet in the world? According to Buzz it's not a cat or a dog...it's Fly Guy, his pet fly! Join Buzz, his new friend Liz and their pet flies on a surprise field trip to...a flyswatter factory?! Ideal for ages 4-12.
Where: Steppingstone Theatre, St. Paul
Cost: $16 adults, $12 students
Website: steppingstonetheatre.org
Which Witch is Which??
DanceCo - the folks who presented Expectation Station with the Roe Family Singers last October at the Avalon Theatre - are putting on a new all-ages dance-theatre production "Which Witch is Which??" a Halloween season whodunnit for audiences of all ages. Pre-show workshops (20 minutes before curtain) will teach audience members 4-8 years old dance moves so they can become part of the show! A craft table will help young witches and wizards make their own magic wands. The show is sensory friendly - dim lighting in the house, reduced sound volume and lighting effects for young and sensitive audiences. ASL interpretation will be at the Thursday 10 a.m. and Saturday 5 p.m. performances.
Where: Avalon Theater, Minneapolis
Cost: $10-$12; free for ages 2 and younger with lap pass.
Website: dancecomn.com
Join a workshop to learn how to use pumpkins in a variety of ways, including muffins, cookies, roasted pumpkin seeds, soups, and puddings. And jack-o-lanterns, of course! Tickets include one pumpkin. Additional pumpkins will be available for purchase.
When: 9-11 a.m.
Where: Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River
Cost: $12 ages 4-17, MNHS members save 20%, ages 3 and under and adult helpers free
Website: mnhs.org/event/6401
BareBones Halloween Show
Since 1993, BareBones Productions has presented The Annual Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza, a community-created spectacle pageant of larger-than-life puppetry, drama, stilting, dance, fire, song, and music that honors the circle of life by celebrating its seasonal arc of death in the Fall. The pageant always includes a section where members of the audience are invited, through a public naming ceremony, to honor friends and relations who have passed on. All ages welcome.
When: 7-10 p.m.
Where: Hidden Falls Regional Park, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: barebonespuppets.org
Shadows & Spirits of the Capitol Tour
Join a one-hour guided tour of the restored Capitol through the shadowy rotunda, hallways, and chambers, lit with original early 1900s lighting. Visitors will encounter historical "spirits," including a night watchman, Civil War veteran, a woman suffragist, and more, who will tell stories of the Capitol's early history. This tour is appropriate for age 7 and up.
Where: Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul
Cost: $15 adults, $14 seniors and college students, $12 ages 5-17, MNHS members save 20%
Website: mnhs.org/event/5457
Harvest Days
As the days get shorter and the temperature drops, farmers need to get the last of the farm crops and garden produce harvested, processed, and stored for the winter. Experience the last days of harvest in a festive work atmosphere on the historic Kelley Farm.
Where: Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River
Cost: Included with $6-12 site admission/MNHS members free
Website: mnhs.org/event/5352
Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze
This year's maze offers visitors a chance to celebrate the Minnesota Timberwolves and their 30th exciting season of basketball with a Timberwolves-themed maze design and trivia questions about the team placed throughout it. In addition to walking the maze, visitors can also jump in the corn pit, stroll through the straw bale maze, and enjoy live music, a petting zoo, a hayride, inflatables, a giant slide, and much more.
Where: Twin Cities Corn Maze, Brooklyn Park
Cost: $10 per person online or $12 at the gate. Children under 36" are free.
Website: twincitiesmaze.com
Mary Poppins
This classic, set in Edwardian London, tells the story of Jane and Michael Banks - two kids who wish for a "kinder, sweeter" nanny to rescue them from the revolving door of strict caretakers. Featuring all the classic tunes, chimney sweeps, and spoons-full-of- sugar you know and love, Mary Poppins is equally perfect for a nostalgic date night for two and an all-family theater outing.
Where: Bloomington Center for the Arts
Cost: $15 for ages 30 and under, $43 for seniors, $46 for adults
Website: artistrymn.org/theater/marypoppins.html
Animal Academy: Paint My Pet
Paint a portrait of your pet! In this Animal Academy participants will have the opportunity to paint a portrait of their dog, cat, rabbit - or any animal. Everyone will be guided through the entire portrait by an experienced artist. No previous painting experience is needed.
Where: Animal Humane Society, Coon Rapids
Cost: $60
Website: animalhumanesociety.org/education/animal-academy
Saturday Puppet Shows for Kids
Different artists perform engaging, original puppet shows each week. After the one-hour shows, kids can join make 'n' take workshops in which they create puppets in the theme of the days' shows.
When: 10 a.m.-noon
Where: In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, Minneapolis
Cost: Shows are $2 for residents of Powderhorn and Phillips neighborhoods; $7 for the general public; Workshops are $5 per child and $3 per adult.
Website: hobt.org