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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.

Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks
View 13 displays of nature-inspired sculptures - made from 500,000 LEGO bricks in all - throughout the arboretum gardens, including a huge hummingbird and trumpet flower, a giant snapping turtle, a deer family, a monarch butterfly and more. Created by artist Sean Kenney of Brooklyn, N.Y., the exhibit will also include kids' activity areas where LEGO fans can engage in free play with the little plastic bricks. First- through fourth-graders are invited to sign up for a LEGOs in the Garden summer day camp, held Aug. 5-6 at the arboretum. On display May 15-Aug. 30.
Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska
Cost: Free with arboretum admission ($12 for ages 13 and older)
Contact: 612-301-1210
Website: arboretum.umn.edu
Minneapolis/St. Paul Mini Maker Faire
The world's-greatest show (and tell) on earth will showcase interactive creations during this family-friendly event.
When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul
Cost: $20 for adults, $10 for youth (6-21), free for 5 and younger
Website: makerfairemsp.com
Flint Hills International Children's Festival
The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts celebrates this 15th-annual event - one of the largest children's festivals of its kind in the country - showcasing diverse art, cultures and perspectives from more than 25 different countries. Local, regional and international artists will perform downtown on indoor and outdoor stages at St. Paul's Rice Park, Landmark Center, Landmark Plaza, the Ordway and the Lehr Theater.
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul
Cost: Cost: FREE, except for indoor shows, which are $5 each
Contact: 651-224-4222
Website: ordway.org/festival
Discover Aviation Days
View a variety of aircraft, including World War II bombers, modern corporate jets and even experimental and homebuilt airplanes. Learn about aviation careers, see flying demonstrations and take an airplane or helicopter ride. Breakfast and lunch will be sold, along with food-booth offerings. The Golden Wings Flying Museum, featuring 30 aircraft, will be open as well. Kids' activities and vendor exhibits also will be offered both days. On May 30, attend a 1940s hangar dance with 14-piece swing band.
When: 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Anoka County Airport, Blaine
Cost: Free admission. Some events are ticketed.
Contact: 763-568-6072
Website: discoveraviationdays.org
WaterFest
Celebrate local lakes and outdoor fun with hands-on learning opportunities for all ages, covering water quality, wildlife and the ecological features of local watersheds. Featured attractions include canoe rides, fishing lessons, swimming, a bouncy castle, games, live animals, music and dance performances, food trucks and more.
When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Lake Phalen Pavilion, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: rwmwd.org/waterfest
Peter Pan: The Musical
Breathtaking sets, joyful choreography and infectious songs - including I Won't Grow Up - are just a few of the highlights of this all-ages musical production, showing through June 21.
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $10
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Discover Aviation Days
View a variety of aircraft, including World War II bombers, modern corporate jets and even experimental and homebuilt airplanes. Learn about aviation careers, see flying demonstrations and take an airplane or helicopter ride. Breakfast and lunch will be sold, along with food-booth offerings. The Golden Wings Flying Museum, featuring 30 aircraft, will be open as well. Kids' activities and vendor exhibits also will be offered both days. On May 30, attend a 1940s hangar dance with 14-piece swing band.
When: 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Anoka County Airport, Blaine
Cost: Free admission. Some events are ticketed.
Contact: 763-568-6072
Website: discoveraviationdays.org
Flint Hills International Children's Festival
The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts celebrates this 15th-annual event - one of the largest children's festivals of its kind in the country - showcasing diverse art, cultures and perspectives from more than 25 different countries. Local, regional and international artists will perform downtown on indoor and outdoor stages at St. Paul's Rice Park, Landmark Center, Landmark Plaza, the Ordway and the Lehr Theater.
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul
Cost: Cost: FREE, except for indoor shows, which are $5 each
Contact: 651-224-4222
Website: ordway.org/festival
Free Family Sensory Flicks
These free movies are first-come, first-serve until the theater reaches capacity with special arrangements for those affected by autism or other sensory disorders, with lower sound, additional staff and other accommodations.
Where: Theatres at Mall of America, Bloomington
Cost: FREE
Website: theatresmoa.com/event/free-family-flicks
Peter Pan: The Musical
Breathtaking sets, joyful choreography and infectious songs - including I Won't Grow Up - are just a few of the highlights of this all-ages musical production, showing through June 21.
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $10
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience
This special exhibition investigates the future of human space travel and how we might adapt to living and working in space. The International Space Station Office of NASA's Johnson Space Center helped develop this exhibit. See the exhibit through Sept. 7.
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul
Cost: $24 for adults, $15 for ages 4-12 (includes museum admission)
Contact: 651-221-9444
Website: smm.org
Summer Concert for Kids
The Bunny Clogs, Clementown and the Roe Family Singers will perform at this new all-ages benefit show for Southside Family Nurturing Center. During the show there will be face painting, balloon animals and a silent auction. Proceeds will go to the nurturing center and its work serving young children and families who are living in poverty or at risk for abuse or neglect.
When: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Where: Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis
Cost: $16 for adults, $10 for ages 3 to 12, free for age 2 and younger
Website: thecedar.org
Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience
This special exhibition investigates the future of human space travel and how we might adapt to living and working in space. The International Space Station Office of NASA's Johnson Space Center helped develop this exhibit. See the exhibit through Sept. 7.
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul
Cost: $24 for adults, $15 for ages 4-12 (includes museum admission)
Contact: 651-221-9444
Website: smm.org
Peter Pan: The Musical
Breathtaking sets, joyful choreography and infectious songs - including I Won't Grow Up - are just a few of the highlights of this all-ages musical production, showing through June 21.
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $10
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Kid Fest
Join Minnesota Parent for our second-annual Kid Fest! Enjoy live music from the Teddy Bear Band, face-painting, kids' activities, children's yoga and much more, all FREE! It's also a great opportunity to pick up our annual Family Directory, a booklet that gives parents a massive list of events, destinations and activities in the Twin Cities. Our indispensable guide will help you explore the outdoors and stay sane with indoor play options on rainy or cold days, too! RSVP at tinyurl.com/kidfest2015
When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Lake Harriet Bandshell, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Contact: 612-825-9205
Website: mnparent.com/kid-fest