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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.

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
Tropical Beach Party
Escape the cold at the zoo with a party in the tropical exhibit space, featuring two giant indoor sandboxes (expanded this year to accommodate more kids)! Bring your own pail (BYOP) or favorite sand toy and play in the sand, surrounded by palm trees, exotic animals and special activities. Weekend events include scavenger hunts, educational family activities, face painting, zookeeper talks and more. Feb. 18-March 13
Where: Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley
Cost: Free with zoo admission of $12 for ages 3-12 and 65 and older, $18 for ages 13-64
Website: mnzoo.org
The Sneetches: The Musical
This world-premiere adaptation of Dr. Seuss' book presents a powerful parable about courage and friendship for all ages. On Sneetch Beach, there's a line in the sand - Star Bellies on one side, Plain Bellies on the other. That's the way it is, was and will be. At least until the sneaky and greedy Sylvester Monkey McBean comes to town with his Star On machine. Suddenly, the difference between the haves and the have nots - those with stars and those without - isn't so clear. What will the Sneetches do now? Days vary. Check website for tickets. Feb. 7-March 26
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $15.
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Tropical Beach Party
Escape the cold at the zoo with a party in the tropical exhibit space, featuring two giant indoor sandboxes (expanded this year to accommodate more kids)! Bring your own pail (BYOP) or favorite sand toy and play in the sand, surrounded by palm trees, exotic animals and special activities. Weekend events include scavenger hunts, educational family activities, face painting, zookeeper talks and more. Feb. 18-March 13
Where: Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley
Cost: Free with zoo admission of $12 for ages 3-12 and 65 and older, $18 for ages 13-64
Website: mnzoo.org
Winter Light
Acclaimed British artist Bruce Munro brings his first large-scale light installation to Minnesota with a series of outdoor and indoor exhibits, including thousands of radiant lights, pulsating animations and sounds. Through April 9
Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska
Cost: $12-$17
Website: munrowinterlightmn.org
The Sneetches: The Musical
This world-premiere adaptation of Dr. Seuss' book presents a powerful parable about courage and friendship for all ages. On Sneetch Beach, there's a line in the sand - Star Bellies on one side, Plain Bellies on the other. That's the way it is, was and will be. At least until the sneaky and greedy Sylvester Monkey McBean comes to town with his Star On machine. Suddenly, the difference between the haves and the have nots - those with stars and those without - isn't so clear. What will the Sneetches do now? Days vary. Check website for tickets. Feb. 7-March 26
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $15.
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Tropical Beach Party
Escape the cold at the zoo with a party in the tropical exhibit space, featuring two giant indoor sandboxes (expanded this year to accommodate more kids)! Bring your own pail (BYOP) or favorite sand toy and play in the sand, surrounded by palm trees, exotic animals and special activities. Weekend events include scavenger hunts, educational family activities, face painting, zookeeper talks and more. Feb. 18-March 13
Where: Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley
Cost: Free with zoo admission of $12 for ages 3-12 and 65 and older, $18 for ages 13-64
Website: mnzoo.org
Winter Light
Acclaimed British artist Bruce Munro brings his first large-scale light installation to Minnesota with a series of outdoor and indoor exhibits, including thousands of radiant lights, pulsating animations and sounds. Through April 9
Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska
Cost: $12-$17
Website: munrowinterlightmn.org
Tropical Beach Party
Escape the cold at the zoo with a party in the tropical exhibit space, featuring two giant indoor sandboxes (expanded this year to accommodate more kids)! Bring your own pail (BYOP) or favorite sand toy and play in the sand, surrounded by palm trees, exotic animals and special activities. Weekend events include scavenger hunts, educational family activities, face painting, zookeeper talks and more. Feb. 18-March 13
Where: Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley
Cost: Free with zoo admission of $12 for ages 3-12 and 65 and older, $18 for ages 13-64
Website: mnzoo.org
The Sneetches: The Musical
This world-premiere adaptation of Dr. Seuss' book presents a powerful parable about courage and friendship for all ages. On Sneetch Beach, there's a line in the sand - Star Bellies on one side, Plain Bellies on the other. That's the way it is, was and will be. At least until the sneaky and greedy Sylvester Monkey McBean comes to town with his Star On machine. Suddenly, the difference between the haves and the have nots - those with stars and those without - isn't so clear. What will the Sneetches do now? Days vary. Check website for tickets. Feb. 7-March 26
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $15.
Website: childrenstheatre.org
The Sneetches: The Musical
This world-premiere adaptation of Dr. Seuss' book presents a powerful parable about courage and friendship for all ages. On Sneetch Beach, there's a line in the sand - Star Bellies on one side, Plain Bellies on the other. That's the way it is, was and will be. At least until the sneaky and greedy Sylvester Monkey McBean comes to town with his Star On machine. Suddenly, the difference between the haves and the have nots - those with stars and those without - isn't so clear. What will the Sneetches do now? Days vary. Check website for tickets. Feb. 7-March 26
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $15.
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Minnesota Parent Camp Fair
Get a jump on summer planning with Minnesota Parent's 11th-annual Camp Fair. Meet one-on-one with representatives from more than 50 summer camps, including sleep-a-way camps and day camps, too. While you explore camps, your kids can enjoy family-friendly activities, including face painting, crafts and a few featured animals from the Como Zoo. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 25. Get info. at mnparent.com/campfair or 612-825-9205.
Where: Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: mnparent.com/campfair
Tech Fest
This hands-on, interactive celebration of National Engineers Week features live demos by scientists and engineers, hand-on projects, family activities and more. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 25
Where: The Works, Bloomington
Cost: $8 per person; children must be accompanied by an adult.
Website: theworks.org
Tropical Beach Party
Escape the cold at the zoo with a party in the tropical exhibit space, featuring two giant indoor sandboxes (expanded this year to accommodate more kids)! Bring your own pail (BYOP) or favorite sand toy and play in the sand, surrounded by palm trees, exotic animals and special activities. Weekend events include scavenger hunts, educational family activities, face painting, zookeeper talks and more. Feb. 18-March 13
Where: Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley
Cost: Free with zoo admission of $12 for ages 3-12 and 65 and older, $18 for ages 13-64
Website: mnzoo.org
Music Under Glass
Beat the winter blahs by boogying to blues, bluegrass and ballads in the tropical two-acre Marjorie McNeely Conservatory. This free concert series showcases some of the Twin Cities' finest musicians most Sunday afternoons in winter. Beer, wine, soda and light snacks will be available for purchase. Events are from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 1, 8, 15, 22 and Feb. 5, 19, 26, March 5. Learn more at http://www.comozooconservatory.org/news/music-under-glass-2017/
When: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: comozooconservatory.org