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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.

Woolly Bears: Itsy Bitsy Spider
Preschoolers get to explore nature up close with art projects, outdoor adventures and story times.
When: 10-11:30 a.m.
Where: Dodge Nature Center, West St. Paul
Cost: $14 per child; pre-registration is required.
Contact: 651-455-4531
Website: dodgenaturecenter.org
Dive-In Movie
Enjoy a family-friendly movie as you splash in the pool at this special twice-yearly event! Call 651-490-4750 for the movie title.
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Tropics Indoor Waterpark, Shoreview
Cost: FREE
Website: shoreviewcommunitycenter.com
Woolly Bears: Itsy Bitsy Spider
Preschoolers get to explore nature up close with art projects, outdoor adventures and story times.
When: 10-11:30 a.m.
Where: Dodge Nature Center, West St. Paul
Cost: $14 per child; pre-registration is required.
Contact: 651-455-4531
Website: dodgenaturecenter.org
Free First Saturday: Kids' Film Festival
Free gallery admission and special activities are offered for families with children ages 6-12. In March, screenings of animated short films from around the world are offered in addition to regular arts and workshop programming.
When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Contact: 612-375-7600
Website: walkerart.org
Spuds and Buds
Explore the surprising world of potatoes with an art activity, a snack and a scavenger hunt in the greenhouse.
When: Noon-4 p.m.
Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska
Cost: Included in gate admission ($12 for ages 13 and older)
Contact: 952-443-1400
Website: arboretum.umn.edu
Free Family Flicks
These free movies are first-come, first-serve until the theater reaches capacity. This month's line-up includes The LEGO Movie, The Boxtrolls, How to Train Your Dragon and How to Train Your Dragon 2. In an extension of this series, Free Sensory Flicks, screenings in separate theaters are offered for those affected by autism or other sensory disorders, with lower sound, additional staff and other accommodations.
When: 10 a.m.
Where: Theatres at Mall of America, Bloomington
Cost: FREE
Website: theatresmoa.com
Spuds and Buds
Explore the surprising world of potatoes with an art activity, a snack and a scavenger hunt in the greenhouse.
When: Noon-4 p.m.
Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska
Cost: Included in gate admission ($12 for ages 13 and older)
Contact: 952-443-1400
Website: arboretum.umn.edu
Lil' Explorer Thursdays
A new theme each week means visitors get to explore many aspects of the animal and plant kingdoms, with fun educational activities designed for ages 1 to 3.
When: 10 a.m.-noon
Where: Como Zoo Park and Conservatory, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Contact: 651-487-8201
Website: comozooconservatory.org
KidsJam
In this new program, kids get to experiment with music in workshops led by musicians and performing artists. Listen to a fascinating array of instruments, focusing on flutes and whistles, played by the local Irish-Scottish music group, Northern Gael. Create and play your own two-hole whistles, too!
When: 10:30 a.m. (ages 4-6)
Where: The Landmark Center, St. Paul
Cost: $10
Website: schubert.org
Nature After Dinner: Maple Syrup Time
Sap is flowing in the maple trees as spring approaches! Learn about the age-old process of making syrup at this program for families with children ages 3-8.
When: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Dodge Nature Center, West St. Paul
Cost: $5 per child. Pre-registration is required.
Contact: 651-455-4531
Website: dodgenaturecenter.org
Frogs and Polliwogs
In this nature-focused program for ages 2-5, explore maple trees as they begin to drip sap. See how sap is made into syrup.
When: 9:15-10:30 a.m.
Where: Tamarack Nature Center, Maplewood
Cost: $39 for an adult/child pair; $26 for each additional child; $13 for each additional adult.
Contact: 651-748-2500
Website: parks.co.ramsey.mn.us/tamarack
KidsJam
In this new program, kids get to experiment with music in workshops led by musicians and performing artists. Listen to a fascinating array of instruments, focusing on flutes and whistles, played by the local Irish-Scottish music group, Northern Gael. Create and play your own two-hole whistles, too!
When: 10:30 a.m. (home-schooled ages 6-12)
Where: The Landmark Center, St. Paul
Cost: $10
Website: schubert.org
Explore Simple Machines
Engineering Instructor Bob Zbikowski will help all ages explore levers, pulleys and more in this interactive day of physics experiments.
When: 1-4 p.m.
Where: The Works Museum, Bloomington
Cost: Free with museum admission ($8 for adults and children, free for ages 2 and younger)
Contact: 952-888-4262
Website: theworks.org
Free Family Flicks
These free movies are first-come, first-serve until the theater reaches capacity. This month's line-up includes The LEGO Movie, The Boxtrolls, How to Train Your Dragon and How to Train Your Dragon 2. In an extension of this series, Free Sensory Flicks, screenings in separate theaters are offered for those affected by autism or other sensory disorders, with lower sound, additional staff and other accommodations.
When: 10 a.m.
Where: Theatres at Mall of America, Bloomington
Cost: FREE
Website: theatresmoa.com
Spuds and Buds
Explore the surprising world of potatoes with an art activity, a snack and a scavenger hunt in the greenhouse.
When: Noon-4 p.m.
Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska
Cost: Included in gate admission ($12 for ages 13 and older)
Contact: 952-443-1400
Website: arboretum.umn.edu