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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.

Paper Caper with Articulture
Join Articulture to make work using various kinds of paper. No registration required. Appropriate for ages 5-12.
When: 1-3 p.m.
Where: New Brighton Library
Cost: FREE
Website: rclreads.org
PHCA Snowy Sneak Peek
The school will turn into a winter wonderland, filled with activities, games for all ages and door prizes. Carpenter Nature Center will offer snowshoeing demonstrations and hikes. There will be indoor snowball fights, indoor ice skating, snowman games, an ice castle and ice princess, free hot dogs, cookie decorating, a hot cocoa bar, and more.
Where: Pine Harbor Christian Academy, Hastings
Cost: FREE
Website: pineharbor.org
Lil' Explorer Thursdays
Perfect for the 1-3 year old to meet animal and plant visitors, see story time, play games and many other fun activities. Different theme each week.
Where: Como Zoo and Conservatory, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: comozooconservatory.org
Mr. Popper's Penguins
Humble painter Mr. Popper turns a dozen talented penguins into a traveling vaudeville act. For children 4 years old and up. 1 hour without intermission. ASL/AD Performance: Friday, February 15 at 7 p.m., Sensory Friendly Performance: Friday, February 22 at 7 p.m.
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Starting at $15
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Dodge Nature Center: Hawks, Hunters from Above
Join a Dodge Nature Center naturalist to explore and get hands-on experience with a different nature topic or animal each month.
When: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Wentworth Library, West St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: dakotacountylibrary.libcal.com
Sounds Works 2 Concert
Music will feature a wide range of styles, genres (classic rock, ska punk, pop, European art music inspired by Italian and Hungarian folk songs, and much more), and composers. The featured students are 11th and 12th graders, singing and playing multiple instruments (many of which are self-taught), and performing pieces they have written, covers of popular songs (many of their own arrangement), and classical works.
Where: Perpich Center for Arts Education
Cost: FREE
Website: perpich.mn.gov
Mr. Popper's Penguins
Humble painter Mr. Popper turns a dozen talented penguins into a traveling vaudeville act. For children 4 years old and up. 1 hour without intermission. ASL/AD Performance: Friday, February 15 at 7 p.m., Sensory Friendly Performance: Friday, February 22 at 7 p.m.
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Starting at $15
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Karaoke for All Ages
Come sing your heart out, enjoy the participatory sing-a-longs and spontaneous dance parties, cheer on other singers, and now, it's all ages! Hosted by the always amazing Silly Miss Tilly (pictured).
Where: Can Can Wonderland, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: cancanwonderland.com
Learn Together: Connect and Play
Connect with your child during this drop-in program exploring early literacy activities. Join your neighbors each week for a different theme including music, art, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), reading and creative play.
Where: Minneapolis Central Library
Cost: FREE
Website: hclib.bibliocommons.com
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
Three Snow Bears
A search for her missing sled dogs leads Aloo-ki to an igloo she can't resist exploring in this production based on award-winning author Jan Brett's twist on the Goldilocks tale. For all ages.
Where: Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins
Cost: $14-$21
Website: stagestheatre.org
Make & Take: Chimera Creation with Artist Eli Libson
Eli Libson, designer of mini golf hole #4, Squirrel Scrambler, will be using his 17 years of experience in video game character design to assist people in creating their own Chimera, an ancient Greek creature. Participants will be given images of partially completed creatures to add legs, eyes, feathers or whatever suits their fancy to create their own mythical beast. Drop in anytime between 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Great for all ages.
When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Can Can Wonderland, St. Paul
Cost: $2 entry fee
Website: cancanwonderland.com
MLK Weekend + "The 1968 Exhibit" Closing Family Activities
Celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and reflect on the legacy of 1968 with art activities, service projects, and performances throughout the weekend. Plus, stop in to see The 1968 Exhibit before it closes.
Where: Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission/MNHS members free
Website: mnhs.org/event/6764
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
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/