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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.

TapeScape
Slide, crawl, roll and twist your way through hundreds of rolls of packing tape in this exhibit, made completely out of plastic wrap and packing tape stretched over steel frames. Smooth and springy, this interactive play environment illustrates math and science concepts while it curves and twists with your movements. Part of the exhibit, known as Totscape, is reserved for ages 3 and younger. Check out this interactive exhibit through May 10, except Mondays, when the museum is closed.
When: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul
Cost: Free with museum admission ($13 for adults and $10 for ages 4 to 12)
Contact: 651-221-9444
Website: smm.org
Festival of Nations
One of the largest multicultural events in Minnesota, this beloved festival features food, demonstrations, exhibits and performances that showcase immense cultural diversity, going on April 30-May 3.
Where: Saint Paul RiverCentre, St. Paul
Cost: $13.50 adults, $8 for ages 6-18, free for ages 5 and younger with an adult admission
Website: festivalofnations.com
Festival of Nations
One of the largest multicultural events in Minnesota, this beloved festival features food, demonstrations, exhibits and performances that showcase immense cultural diversity, going on April 30-May 3.
Where: Saint Paul RiverCentre, St. Paul
Cost: $13.50 adults, $8 for ages 6-18, free for ages 5 and younger with an adult admission
Website: festivalofnations.com
La Leche League Spring Conference
May 1 is geared toward health care providers. May 2 focuses on breastfeeding families. Both days feature speaker Diane Wiessinger, co-author of "The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding," now in its eighth edition, and "Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family." Babes in arms welcome both days.
When: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Marriott Minneapolis West, St. Louis Park
Cost: $89 for May 2 only (includes snack and lunch); scholarships are available.
Website: lllofmndas.org
Pecos Bill and Other Tall Tales
Before everyone isolated themselves behind tiny screens, families gathered around campfires and told tall tales of Pecos Bill, Slue-Foot Sue, Annie Christmas and, of course, Paul Bunyan, Minnesota's favorite son. Experience lively, unique Americans doing amazing things at this Youth Performance Company production, showing May 1 through 17.
Where: Howard Conn Fine Arts Center (Plymouth Congregational Church), 1900 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis
Cost: $15 for adults, $12 for children and seniors
Website: youthperformanceco.org
Adoption Fair
Learn more about international adoption, private domestic adoption and foster-care adoption in the U.S. Attend mini-seminars to learn about children in need of adoption and hear adoptive families share their personal experiences. Talk with adoption specialists and find answers to your questions. Register at chsfs.org/adoptionfairmn.
When: 9 a.m.-noon
Where: Children's Home & Lutheran Social Service, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: chsfs.org/adoptionfairmn.
Bloom
Meet local and national vendors, tour two new Park Nicollet facilities at Methodist Hospital and learn from parenting experts, including three panel discussions with physicians, a midwife, a lactation consultant and a labor-and-delivery nurse. Breakout sessions will cover baby sign language, postpartum self-care and other hot topics.
When: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Methodist Hospital, St. Louis Park
Cost: $14 per family
Website: twincities.citymomsblog.com/bloom
La Leche League Spring Conference
May 1 is geared toward health care providers. May 2 focuses on breastfeeding families. Both days feature speaker Diane Wiessinger, co-author of "The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding," now in its eighth edition, and "Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family." Babes in arms welcome both days.
When: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Marriott Minneapolis West, St. Louis Park
Cost: $89 for May 2 only (includes snack and lunch); scholarships are available.
Website: lllofmndas.org
Festival of Nations
One of the largest multicultural events in Minnesota, this beloved festival features food, demonstrations, exhibits and performances that showcase immense cultural diversity, going on April 30-May 3.
Where: Saint Paul RiverCentre, St. Paul
Cost: $13.50 adults, $8 for ages 6-18, free for ages 5 and younger with an adult admission
Website: festivalofnations.com
Free First Saturday at the Walker
Enjoy free gallery admission and family fun for all on the first Saturday of each month. Activities designed for kids ages 6 to 12 are offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. In May, explore popular culture through art-making, films and gallery activities.
When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Website: walkerart.org
Moms Rock! Expo
Expert panels and celebrity keynote speakers will give local moms the scoop on parenting trends, including discussions about balancing home, work and family, plus information about education options (from preschool to college), technology, health, wellness and career advice, plus cooking demos and fashion and beauty tips for moms and teens. The Kids Corner for ages 4 to 12 will include crafts, a doodle wall, face painting, video games and more.
Where: Minneapolis Convention Center, Hall D
Cost: Tickets online start at $10 for adults and $5 for ages 5-17, plus fees.
Website: momsrockexpo.com
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
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.
When: 10 a.m.
Where: Theatres at Mall of America, Bloomington
Cost: FREE
Website: theatresmoa.com/event/free-family-flicks
MayDay Parade and Festival
Enormous puppets parade down the street. Dancers, musicians and actors join together in beautiful costumes for an arts and community festival like none other. Now in its 41st year, this larger-than-life event comes courtesy of In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre and numerous volunteers and participants. The parade begins at the corner of 25th Street East and Bloomington Avenue South, and travels south on Bloomington to 34th Street, where the parade turns west. Participants assemble at 11 a.m., followed by a noon parade and a ceremony and festival at about 2 p.m. in Powderhorn Park.
When: Noon
Where: Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Website: hobt.org/mayday
Moms Rock! Expo
Expert panels and celebrity keynote speakers will give local moms the scoop on parenting trends, including discussions about balancing home, work and family, plus information about education options (from preschool to college), technology, health, wellness and career advice, plus cooking demos and fashion and beauty tips for moms and teens. The Kids Corner for ages 4 to 12 will include crafts, a doodle wall, face painting, video games and more.
Where: Minneapolis Convention Center, Hall D
Cost: Tickets online start at $10 for adults and $5 for ages 5-17, plus fees.
Website: momsrockexpo.com