Out & About


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.

You Can Make It!
Hands-on crafts & activities for kids ages 7 to 11.
Where: Merriam Park Library, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: sppl.bibliocommons.com
Auditions for Three Snow Bears
Stages typically auditions youth ages 10-18 for their productions. Adult actor auditions will be posted as needed. They typically begin taking audition appointments 2 weeks prior to the audition dates.
Where: Stages Theater Company, Hopkins
Cost: FREE
Website: stagestheatre.org
Greenwood Tree
Greenwood Tree is the duo of Stu Janis and Bill Cagley. Hear interesting information about their unusual instruments and enjoy their sprightly reels and jigs, sweet waltzes and humor.
When: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: South St. Paul Public Library
Cost: FREE
Website: www.co.dakota.mn.us/libraries
Garden Fun Stop: Hidden Views
Practice uncovering hidden plant views with table top activities that will challenge your eyes. Make a take away garden viewer designed to refresh your sense of wonder. When you're ready to explore the gardens, let Arboretum guides help you decide where to go next to enjoy gardens at peak beauty. Includes all supplies.
Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska
Cost: 16+: $15; 15 and under: Free
Website: www.arboretum.umn.edu
Planetarium Shows
Como Planetarium is a 55-seat planetarium that has been in operation since 1975. Its state-of-the-art immersive video system provides the opportunity for visitors to take virtual trips though the solar system, as well as enjoy quality film productions on a 30 ft. diameter screen. Two 45-minute shows are open to the public each Tuesday night of the school year.
Where: Como Planetarium, St. Paul
Cost: $5
Website: spps.org/Domain/10131
Auditions for Three Snow Bears
Stages typically auditions youth ages 10-18 for their productions. Adult actor auditions will be posted as needed. They typically begin taking audition appointments 2 weeks prior to the audition dates.
Where: Stages Theater Company, Hopkins
Cost: FREE
Website: stagestheatre.org
Toddler Tuesdays
Spark fun and educational exploration every Toddler Tuesdays with Nickelodeon and Canon's Laugh & Learn Playdates. Events include special character appearances, arts and crafts, story time, and the chance to win a Canon printer! Events are every Tuesday from 10 a.m. until noon and are free and open to the public.
Where: Mall of America Rotunda
Cost: FREE
Website: mallofamerica.com/events
5 to 10 on Hennepin
5 to 10 on Hennepin will activate the surface parking lot at 500 Hennepin with a monthly outdoor live music series that is family-friendly. There will be chess and other free games for youth and adults, a community and human resource fair, street performers along Hennepin Avenue in partnership with MDID, public tours of Made Here, an initiative activating vacant storefronts with Minnesota-based artists, and free refreshments.
Where: 500 Hennepin, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Website: hennepintheatretrust.org/5-to-10-on-hennepin/
Minneapolis Toy Library Lending
Members can check out 5 high quality toys for 2-4 weeks and return them at lending events, every other Wed 4-7 and every other Sat 9-12. There are thousands of toys, games and educational materials to choose from for kids ages 0-5.
Where: Richfield Lutheran Church, 8 W 60th St., Richfield
Cost: FREE to attend, but membership costs $40-$100 a year
Website: mplstoylibrary.org
Wee Wednesdays
For little ones age 5 and younger accompanied by their caregivers, Midtown Global Market offers educational events every week. Activities may include dancing, live puppet theater, cooking activities and even live animals from the Como Zoo. 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Bonus: While you're there, you can also explore the year-round farmers market and a vibrant array of international shops, featuring 50 more than vendors in all. Check the website for a variety of festivals throughout the year.
Where: Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis
Cost: Free
Website: midtownglobalmarket.org/events
Art Attack!
Enjoy making new creations out of all our leftover art supplies from previous programs!
Where: Hopkins Library
Cost: FREE
Website: hclib.bibliocommons.com
Picking Up STEAM After School
Drop in for hands-on experiments, activities and workshops that focus on a combination of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Appropriate for ages 7-11. Space may be limited on a first-come/first-served basis.
Where: Roseville Library
Cost: FREE
Website: rclreads.org
Charlotte's Web
Down on the Zuckerman Farm, Wilbur, an irresistible young pig is determined to avoid the butcher. This 60-minute adaptation of the novel, named one of the best American children's books of the past two hundred years, is appropriate for audiences of all ages.
Where: Stages Theater Company, Hopkins
Cost: $14-$21
Website: stagestheatre.org
Last Stop on Market Street
Six-year-old CJ is (reluctantly) staying with his (extremely over-the-top) Nana, in a world considerably different from the one he's used to (his phone and tablet). The disagreeable (and let's just admit it, whiny) child is dragged on a bus ride that's loud and gritty and weird. Guided by his veritable force-of-nature Nana, CJ travels a little closer to his roots and sees that things are not always what they seem. This is one hip-hop, eclectic, heart-thumpin', toe-tappin' joy ride.
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: $15-$64
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Posters for Parks
Posters for Parks is a one night, pop-up gallery featuring limited edition posters inspired by Minneapolis parks and created by 42 local artists and designers. 50% of all sales are donated to People for Parks to support our award-winning park system. The show is a FREE and family-friendly event.
When: 4-10 p.m.
Where: Lakes & Legends Brewing, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Website: www.facebook.com/events/2024020131186204/