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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.

Santa and Albert
Celebrate the season with Santa and Albert with a new holiday play, Who Wants To Be A Toymaker? Guests are encouraged to participate in a sing-a-long of holiday carols at the end of the performance, which lasts about 20 minutes. Stay to take pictures with Santa and Albert. Bring your own camera. Seating is first come, first serve.
Where: Bachman's Floral, Gift & Garden, 6010 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Website: bachmans.com
Snapology Discovery Center 1 Year Party
Fun activities and games, food and drinks and more
Where: Snapology Discovery Center, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Website: snapology.com
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
Explore It! Tech Take-Apart
Roll up your sleeves, put on safety goggles, and dig into the guts of machines and electronics.
Where: The Works Museum, Bloomington
Cost: Included with Museum admission: $9 per person
Website: theworks.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
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.
Website: asimn.org
A Yankee Thanksgiving Tour
At the Oliver Kelley Farm, experience what preparations for a Thanksgiving celebration were like 150 years ago. On a 90-minute guided tour, visitors will hike along the wooded trails to the historic Kelley Farm to meet farm animals and visit the historic house filled with the sights and smells of a harvest celebration. Following the tour, pie and refreshments will be served in the visitor center.
Where: Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River
Cost: $15/MNHS members save 20%, age 4 and under free
Website: mnhs.org/event/5440
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
A miserly and miserable, ever-so-cantankerous Grinch has witnessed the despicable Christmas joy of the Whos with disdain, from a distance, for decades. Enough! In this favorite holiday story, filled with music and Seussian rhymes, he conceives a dastardly plot to destroy what they love.
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $15.
Website: childrenstheatre.org
"How to Have Fun in a Civil War" Performance & Discussion
In this autobiographical multimedia piece, Ifrah Mansour explores Somalia's civil war through the eyes of a seven-year-old girl. Layering poetry, puppetry, video, and interviews, Mansour confronts violent history with humor, offering all Minnesotans a chance to reach across differences for hope and healing. Performances will be followed by a talk-back session with the artist. This performance is best enjoyed by ages 6 and up.
Where: Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Cost: $14 adults, $9 students, MNHS members save 20%
Website: mnhs.org/event/6382
Shelter Vet Camp
Animal Humane Society's day camps offer fun, educational experiences for kids who love animals. Animal interactions, a tour of the shelter, games and crafts are the essentials, but each camp is designed with different topics in mind. They may include visits from special guests, animal service projects, and so much more.
Where: Animal Humane Society, Golden Valley
Cost: $55
Website: animalhumanesociety.org/education/shelter-vet-camp
Night Trains
Night Trains Season comes to museum layouts in a magical way: the lights are turned down, the buildings and street lights glow warmly, setting the scene for specially lighted models of vintage passenger trains. The make believe town of Matlin is buried in a blizzard, and throughout the Museum the layouts are adorned with miniature Christmas lights and decorations.
Where: Twin City Model Railroad Museum, St. Paul
Cost: $15 for individuals, special family rates
Website: tcmrm.org/special-events/night-trains/
35th Annual Holiday Fair and Artisan Marketplace
Saturday is a day of family fun, with lots of children activities, food trucks, and more opportunities to shop - including the kids at their very own Snow Fairy Gift Garden! The Holiday Fair and Artisan Marketplace is a free event. Tickets are sold for the children's activities.
When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Minnesota Waldorf School, Maplewood
Cost: FREE
Website: mnwaldorf.org/holiday-fair/
Mary Poppins Jr.
"It's a jolly holiday with Mary" in this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious adventure based on the award-winning Broadway musical and classic Walt Disney film.
Where: Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins
Cost: $18-$30
Website: stagestheatre.org
13th Annual Green Gifts Fair
The theme this year is My Green Journey. 80+ eco-friendly vendors for holiday gifts. Complete a passport for prizes with the whole family. Music, live stage demonstrations, and a family exploration space.
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis
Cost: $1 donation/person accepted at the door
Website: doitgreen.org/green-gifts-fair/
Shelter Vet Camp
Animal Humane Society's day camps offer fun, educational experiences for kids who love animals. Animal interactions, a tour of the shelter, games and crafts are the essentials, but each camp is designed with different topics in mind. They may include visits from special guests, animal service projects, and so much more.
Where: Animal Humane Society, Woodbury
Cost: $55
Website: animalhumanesociety.org/education/shelter-vet-camp