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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.

Preschool Pals
An ongoing program for preschoolers ages 3 to 4 with activities encouraging child-directed exploration of the Zoo's animals and their habitats. The October sessions include topics in spiders, birds, snakes, bugs and bats.
When: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Where: Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley
Cost: Zoo Members, $20 per class. Non-Members, $25 per class. Package discounts are available. Advanced ticket purchase is required.
Contact: 952-431-9200
Website: mnzoo.org
ZooBoo
The Como Zoo is transformed for the holiday into a non-scary, family-friendly celebration as a fundraiser for the animals and plants of the zoo. Live entertainment, animal visitors and crafts projects round out the opportunities.
When: 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, St. Paul
Cost: $6 per person, $22 four-pack available
Contact: 651-487-8201
Website: comozooconservatory.org
Halloween Extravaganza
A scary trail and a friendly trail give visitors options depending on their interests, plus attendees can enjoy storytelling, wagon rides, face painting and a costume contest.
When: 5:30-10 p.m.
Where: Dodge Nature Center, West St. Paul
Cost: $6 members, $9 non-members, 2 and under free
Contact: 651-455-4531
Website: dodgenaturecenter.org
Drop-In Discovery Stations
These family-friendly programs on a range of nature topics offer participants chances to touch artifacts, meet live animals, and sample treats from the Discovery Hollow garden.
When: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Tamarack Nature Center, Maplewood
Cost: FREE
Contact: 651-407-5350
Website: parks.co.ramsey.mn.us/tamarack
Howl-o-Ween
Trick-or-treat amongst owls, wolves and bears, show off your costumes, sip apple cider at the campfire, decorate your own trick-or-treat bag and enjoy treats at this Halloween-themed event.
When: Noon-4 p.m.
Where: Wildlife Science Center, Columbus
Cost: $8 adults, $6 children
Contact: 651-464-3993
Website: wildlifesciencecenter.org
Pumpkin Fest
Ballon twisters, horse-drawn trolley rides, trick-or-treating and other seasonal activities await visitors to the 50th & France area for their yearly Pumpkin Fest.
When: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: 50th & France Business District, Edina
Cost: FREE
Contact: 952-922-1524
Website: 50thandfrance.com
Skate-O-Ween
The Figure Skating Club of Minneapolis hosts this open skating event, with free lessons and demonstrations. Costumes are encouraged!
When: 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Where: Augsburg College Ice Arena, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Contact: 612-359-6490
Website: fscmpls.org
Nature Family Fun: Squirrels and Acorns
Participate in nature activities and meet new friends at this class for parents and their children ages birth to 5, in collaboration with Early Childhood Family Education staff.
When: 10-11:30 a.m.
Where: Maplewood Nature Center, Maplewood
Cost: $5 per child
Contact: 651-249-2170
Website: maplewoodnaturecenter.com
ZooBoo
The Como Zoo is transformed for the holiday into a non-scary, family-friendly celebration as a fundraiser for the animals and plants of the zoo. Live entertainment, animal visitors and crafts projects round out the opportunities.
When: 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, St. Paul
Cost: $6 per person, $22 four-pack available
Contact: 651-487-8201
Website: comozooconservatory.org
October Weekend Family Fun: Fantastic Foliage
Discover why leaves change color and fall from the trees, trace an outline of yourself with festive fall foliage and natural materials, play at the sensory table with leaves and pumpkins, take part in a scavenger hunt, and make a leaf crown to wear home.
When: Noon-4 p.m.
Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska
Cost: FREE with gate admission
Contact: 952-443-1400
Website: arboretum.umn.edu
Sundays at Landmark
The St. Paul Landmark Center hosts a variety of heritage festivals, musical performances, and holiday celebrations between Sept. and May. This month, join the Saint Paul Civic Symphony on the 19th, and enjoy the Great Pumpkin Halloween Festival on the 26th, featuring a costume parade, crafts and entertainment.
When: 1 p.m.
Where: Landmark Center, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: landmarkcenter.org
ZooBoo
The Como Zoo is transformed for the holiday into a non-scary, family-friendly celebration as a fundraiser for the animals and plants of the zoo. Live entertainment, animal visitors and crafts projects round out the opportunities.
When: 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, St. Paul
Cost: $6 per person, $22 four-pack available
Contact: 651-487-8201
Website: comozooconservatory.org
Trick 'r Trolley
Wear your Halloween costume and hop on a trolley for a ride, a story and a treat.
When: 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.
Where: Minnesota Streetcar Museum, Minneapolis
Cost: $5 per passenger. Purchase tickets at Wild Rumpus Books in Linden Hills, Minneapolis.
Contact: 952-922-1096
Website: trolleyride.org
October Weekend Family Fun: Fantastic Foliage
Discover why leaves change color and fall from the trees, trace an outline of yourself with festive fall foliage and natural materials, play at the sensory table with leaves and pumpkins, take part in a scavenger hunt, and make a leaf crown to wear home.
When: Noon-4 p.m.
Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska
Cost: FREE with gate admission
Contact: 952-443-1400
Website: arboretum.umn.edu
Frogs and Polliwogs
The fall series of this program for ages 2 to 5 with an accompanying adult offers a story time, nature hike and other nature-themed activities. This month's themes are Hide and Snake, Leaf Jumpers, and Time to Sleep.
When: 9:15-10:30 a.m.
Where: Tamarack Nature Center, Maplewood
Cost: $39 for adult and child, $26 per each additional child, $13 per additional adult. Pre-registration is required.
Contact: 651-407-5350
Website: parks.co.ramsey.mn.us/tamarack