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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.

St. Paul Winter Carnival
Check out ice carving, snow sculpting, skiing, a film festival, fat-tire bike races (tonight), art shanties, parades, live music events, a cat show at RiverCentre (Jan. 23-24), a Frozen Family Fun Night (Feb. 2), a mini ice palace in Rice Park and more. Snow Park at the Fair takes place on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds as part of the festival and features many family-friendly activities (Jan. 29-Feb. 6).
Where: Various venues throughout St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: wintercarnival.com
The Frog Bride
A royal ball, a broken heart, a search for true love and of course, a cursed princess, all bundled up in a show The New York Timescalls "the great tradition of storytelling, enchanting." Recommended for grades 3 and higher. Showing Jan. 12-Feb. 28. Book early. Many shows offer limited seating.
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $10.
Contact: 612-874-0400
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Ice Castles
Explore a fortress of ice and snow, featuring ice caves, frozen waterfalls, towering archways and tunnels, plus fire dancing, Frozen characters and treats. Open through March 5, weather permitting.
Where: Miller Park, Eden Prairie
Cost: $6.95-$18; free for ages 3 and younger. Buy tickets online for discounts.
Website: icecastles.com/ep
City of the Lakes Loppet
This cabin-fever reliever, Feb. 5 to 7, features a cross-country ski festival, a snow-sculpture contest, skijoring and more.
Where: Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Website: loppet.org/cityoflakesloppet
Bear Snores On
Bear and all his friends cozy up in an imaginative new musical as, one by one, they venture into his warm cave on a cold, stormy winter night. Show times are offered Jan. 22 through Feb. 15.
Where: Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins
Cost: $12-$16
Contact: 952-979-1111
Website: stagestheatre.org
St. Paul Winter Carnival
Check out ice carving, snow sculpting, skiing, a film festival, fat-tire bike races (tonight), art shanties, parades, live music events, a cat show at RiverCentre (Jan. 23-24), a Frozen Family Fun Night (Feb. 2), a mini ice palace in Rice Park and more. Snow Park at the Fair takes place on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds as part of the festival and features many family-friendly activities (Jan. 29-Feb. 6).
Where: Various venues throughout St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: wintercarnival.com
City of the Lakes Loppet
This cabin-fever reliever, Feb. 5 to 7, features a cross-country ski festival, a snow-sculpture contest, skijoring and more.
Where: Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Website: loppet.org/cityoflakesloppet
Music Under Glass
Beat the winter blahs by boogying to blues, bluegrass and ballads in the tropical two-acre Marjorie McNeely Conservatory. This free, all-ages eight-concert series showcases some of the Twin Cities' finest musicians most Sunday afternoons in winter. Beer, wine, soda and light snacks will be available for purchase. Concerts will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24 and Feb. 7, 21, 28.
When: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: comozooconservatory.org
Snowy Day
Ezra Jack Keats had a gift for capturing the rapturous joy in a child's day-to-day life. In this new staging of a variety of Keats' beloved works - with puppet designs by Italy's renowned Fabrizio Montecchi - director Peter Brosius brings the little boy in the red coat to life. Show are offered Feb. 9-March 20.
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $10.
Contact: 612-874-0400
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Snowy Day
Ezra Jack Keats had a gift for capturing the rapturous joy in a child's day-to-day life. In this new staging of a variety of Keats' beloved works - with puppet designs by Italy's renowned Fabrizio Montecchi - director Peter Brosius brings the little boy in the red coat to life. Show are offered Feb. 9-March 20.
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $10.
Contact: 612-874-0400
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Omnifest
The Omnitheater's annual giant-screen film festival will feature five films, running in rotation, on its 90-foot domed screen Jan. 8-March 3. Films will include Tropical Rainforest, Jerusalem, Forces of Nature, Mysteries of the Great Lakes and Humpback Whales. Viewers will experience larger-than-life adventures from the breathtaking iconic holy sites of Jerusalem to the vibrant rainforests of Costa Rica and Australia. Mysteries of the Great Lakes will feature majestic vistas, shipwrecks and wildlife such as woodland caribou, bald eagles and the fascinating and mysterious lake sturgeon, all in Minnesota's own backyard.
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul
Cost: Film tickets are $8 for adults and $7 for ages 4 to 12 and age 60 and older. Subsequent same-day film tickets are sold for 15 percent off the original price.
Website: smm.org/omnifest
The Frog Bride
A royal ball, a broken heart, a search for true love and of course, a cursed princess, all bundled up in a show The New York Timescalls "the great tradition of storytelling, enchanting." Recommended for grades 3 and higher. Showing Jan. 12-Feb. 28. Book early. Many shows offer limited seating.
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $10.
Contact: 612-874-0400
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Snowy Day
Ezra Jack Keats had a gift for capturing the rapturous joy in a child's day-to-day life. In this new staging of a variety of Keats' beloved works - with puppet designs by Italy's renowned Fabrizio Montecchi - director Peter Brosius brings the little boy in the red coat to life. Show are offered Feb. 9-March 20.
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $10.
Contact: 612-874-0400
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Tropical Beach Party
Escape the cold at the zoo with a party in the tropical exhibit space, featuring in a giant indoor sandbox, Feb. 13-March 6! Bring your own pail (BYOP) or favorite sand toy and play in the sand, surrounded by palm trees, exotic animals and special activities. Weekend events include a scavenger hunt, educational family activities (11 a.m.-2 p.m.), face painting (11 a.m.-2 p.m.), zookeeper talks (11 a.m. and 1 p.m.) and more. Winter zoo hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley
Cost: Free with zoo admission of $12 for ages 3-12 and 65 and older, $18 for ages 13-64
Website: mnzoo.org
Kids Build Weekend Workshops
The North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters is opening the doors of one of its largest training centers to the community for a series of two-hour weekend workshops for ages 5 to 12. Kids can make wood projects to build their skills and confidence one Saturday per month September through May. Projects will include a keepsake box, small bench, bookends, toolbox, pinewood derby car, key holder/jewelry hanger, candy dispenser, planter or birdhouse. Tools will be provided. Workshop hours will be 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14, Dec. 12, Jan. 9, Feb. 13, March 12, April 9 and May 14. Workshops are limited to 30 kids, who must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
When: 10 a.m. to noon
Where: 740 Olive St., St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: acebook.com/KidsBuildworkshop