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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.

I Love You, Stinky Face
This heart-warming, new, all-ages musical will have you hugging your loved ones a little tighter and laughing with glee. Before drifting off to dream land, an ever-inventive child has a few outrageous questions, but the devoted mother replies to each one with wit and love. See the show April 15 to May 15.
Where: Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins
Cost: $12-$16
Website: stagestheatre.org
Sideways Stories from Wayside School
Based on the popular book series by Louis Sachar, this silly, crazy, strange production is recommended for grades 2 and higher.
Where: Youth Performance Company at the Howard Conn Performing Arts Center, Minneapolis
Cost: $5-$15
Website: youthperformanceco.org
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Musical
Greg Heffley is in survival mode. All. The. Time. From bullies to his big brother to his height-challenged stature, he's a wimpy kid who's easy to understand. Inspired by the award-winning and best-selling book series, this brand-new musical features Rowley, Manny, and, of course, Rodrick joining in the mayhem. A ridiculous amount of fun for anyone who has survived or hopes to survive middle school, showing April 12 to June 5.
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $10.
Contact: 612-874-0400
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Festival of Nations
This indoor cultural celebration includes ethnic foods, music, demonstrations, exhibits and dance from more than 90 ethnic groups. Founded in 1932, Festival of Nations is the longest-running multicultural event in the Midwest. Kids can collect stamps from different nations' exhibits in their Festival of Nations passports.
Where: RiverCentre, St. Paul
Cost: $11 for adults, $8 for ages 5-17, free for ages 5 and younger with a paying adult
Website: festivalofnations.com
Festival of Nations
This indoor cultural celebration includes ethnic foods, music, demonstrations, exhibits and dance from more than 90 ethnic groups. Founded in 1932, Festival of Nations is the longest-running multicultural event in the Midwest. Kids can collect stamps from different nations' exhibits in their Festival of Nations passports.
Where: RiverCentre, St. Paul
Cost: $11 for adults, $8 for ages 5-17, free for ages 5 and younger with a paying adult
Website: festivalofnations.com
Number the Stars
All the drama, pathos, adventure, terror and humor of Lois Lowry's Newbery Award-winning book come to life in this production (showing April 29 to May 22), geared toward ages 8 and older. Annemarie Johansen and Ellen Rosen play carefree games in the streets of 1943 Copenhagen, until the Nazi occupation of their city becomes increasingly more perilous.
Where: Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins
Cost: $12-$16
Website: stagestheatre.org
Beauty and the Beast
A prince harshly turns a beggar woman away from shelter in his castle. She's secretly an enchantress, who, angered by the prince's lack of compassion, changes the prince into a hideous beast. The enchantress tells the beast that before the last petal falls from an enchanted rose, he must find true love or all will remain forever altered. See it March 4-Sept. 3.
Where: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Chanhassen
Cost: $49-$85; ages 5 and older are allowed in the theater.
Website: chanhassendt.com
Kidstock
The MacPhail Center for Music will kick off its Free Family Music Series with the first of four open-house events on Saturdays for ages 10 and younger. Kids can play and take part in musical arts and crafts while listening to a live band, plus get a chance to try a variety of instruments, sample early childhood music classes and enjoy light refreshments following the concert. Events will be at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sept. 12, Nov. 7, Jan. 23 and May 7.
Where: MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Website: macphail.org/eventtypes/free-family-music-series/
Festival of Nations
This indoor cultural celebration includes ethnic foods, music, demonstrations, exhibits and dance from more than 90 ethnic groups. Founded in 1932, Festival of Nations is the longest-running multicultural event in the Midwest. Kids can collect stamps from different nations' exhibits in their Festival of Nations passports.
Where: RiverCentre, St. Paul
Cost: $11 for adults, $8 for ages 5-17, free for ages 5 and younger with a paying adult
Website: festivalofnations.com
Okee Dokee Brothers Mini Movie Premiere
Celebrate the May 13 release of the Okee Dokee Brothers' mini movie, featured on their new CD/DVD (Saddle Up: A Western Adventure Album, due out May 13) and see the famous Americana-folk duo perform a few songs live, too. In addition to the premieres, the Okee Dokees will perform full concerts at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. May 21 at the Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul. Learn more at okeedokee.org.
When: 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Where: Riverview Movie Theater, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets are $8 to $10, plus fees.
Website: okeedokee.org
Mpls Parks & Rec Open House
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will hold its first open house program and resource fair with kids' activities, a truck display, food, a bouncy house and more. Staff will be on hand to share information and answer questions about programs, resources, job opportunities and other Park Board offerings. Attendees can register for activities and sports leagues and buy parking permits, too.
When: 10 a.m.-noon
Where: 2117 West River Road N., Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Website: tinyurl.com/mprb-mn-fair
Free Family Flicks
These free movies are first-come, first-serve until the theater reaches capacity. Screenings in separate theaters are offered for theatergoers affected by autism or other sensory disorders, featuring lower sound, additional staff and other accommodations as part of an extension of the series known as Free Sensory Flicks.
Where: Theatres at Mall of America, Bloomington
Cost: FREE
Website: theatresmoa.com/event/free-family-flicks
Festival of Nations
This indoor cultural celebration includes ethnic foods, music, demonstrations, exhibits and dance from more than 90 ethnic groups. Founded in 1932, Festival of Nations is the longest-running multicultural event in the Midwest. Kids can collect stamps from different nations' exhibits in their Festival of Nations passports.
Where: RiverCentre, St. Paul
Cost: $11 for adults, $8 for ages 5-17, free for ages 5 and younger with a paying adult
Website: festivalofnations.com
Free Symphony Concert
The Saint Paul Civic Symphony will present a Mother's Day concert, featuring Minnesota Orchestra violinist Helen Chang Haertzen performing Tchaikovsky's famed violin concerto.
When: 1 p.m.
Where: Landmark Center, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: spcsmusic.org
I Love You, Stinky Face
This heart-warming, new, all-ages musical will have you hugging your loved ones a little tighter and laughing with glee. Before drifting off to dream land, an ever-inventive child has a few outrageous questions, but the devoted mother replies to each one with wit and love. See the show April 15 to May 15.
Where: Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins
Cost: $12-$16
Website: stagestheatre.org