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.

Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze
This year's 20-acre maze honors the Minnesota Lynx and includes team trivia questions throughout. Jump in the corn pit; stroll through the straw bale maze; and enjoy live music, a petting zoo, duck and goat races, a hayride, inflatables and a giant slide.
Where: 8001 109th Ave. N., Brooklyn Park
Cost: $12 per person; children under 36" are free
Website: twincitiesmaze.com
Sever's Fall Festival and Corn Maze
Guests will enjoy their favorite Sever's activities and attractions including the extreme corn pit, zip lines, tire mountain, jumping pillows, pumpkin blaster, hayride, food trucks and more.
Where: Sever's Fall Festival, Shakopee
Cost: $17, groups/seniors/military: $14
Website: seversfallfestival.com
Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams
The rhythm of Ethiopia comes alive as this internationally acclaimed display of athleticism and acrobatics makes its Minneapolis debut. For all ages, the show features Ethiopian music and is primarily non-verbal.
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: From $15
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Snow White
This comedic adaptation of the Brothers' Grimm fairy tale is performed by two adult actors who portray all characters in the story. Because it contains some moments that may frighten young children, the show is best for kids 5 and older.
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: From $15
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach
When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach and launches a voyage of gigantic proportions. For all ages.
Where: Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins
Cost: $17-$24
Website: stagestheatre.org
Spookley the Square Pumpkin
When Spookley arrives in the pumpkin patch, he is teased by all the other pumpkins because of his odd shape. For all ages.
Where: Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins
Cost: $17-$24
Website: stagestheatre.org
Expectation Station
DanceCo, in collaboration with the Roe Family Singers and Engineer Paul of the "Choo Choo Bob's Train Show," present this interactive one-hour show combining dance and musical theater with a little history. Tickets include a free pre-show workshop (25 minutes before curtain), to teach audience members about dance and movement elements of the production. Participants will be invited to perform in a section of the show.
Where: SteppingStone Theatre, St. Paul
Cost: $0-$16
Website: dancecomn.com
Saint Paul Civic Symphony
The gorgeous sounds of the Saint Paul Civic Symphony will fill the Musser Cortile during its first concert of their season.
Where: Landmark Center, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: landmarkcenter.org
Harvest Days
At the historic farmstead, visitors can help finish up field work, husk corn, and store produce in the root cellar. Then, help finish the last batches of pickles, make corn husk dolls, or join a quilting bee.
Where: Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River
Cost: Included with $6-12 site admission/MNHS members free
Website: mnhs.org/event/6823
Frozen Jr.
The all-ages version is based on the 2018 Broadway musical, and brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage.
Where: The Conn Theatre, Minneapolis
Cost: $15
Website: youthperformanceco.org/on-stage/frozen-jr/
The Great Pumpkin Fest
During the day, tiny terrors can join Snoopy and the rest of the PEANUTS gang for some not-so-scary Halloween activities for kids at The Great Pumpkin Fest! Enjoy your favorite rides, live entertainment and great fall activities.
Where: Valleyfair, Shakopee
Cost: $30-$55
Website: valleyfair.com/valleyscare/great-pumpkin-fest
Trick 'r Trolley
Wear your Halloween costume and come for a ride, a story, and a treat.
Where: Como-Harriet Streetcar, Minneapolis
Cost: $5 per passenger. Tickets are required and are available in the streetcar store beginning September 29.
Website: trolleyride.org/special-events/como-harriet/
Target Free Third Sunday
Visitors can roam the museum free of charge, every third Sunday of each month, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Due to the number of visitors on Target Free Third Sundays, we suggest leaving strollers at home or in the car.
Where: Minnesota Children's Museum, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: mcm.org
Free Third Monday
Kids 15 and younger always get in free at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, but each third Monday, adults do too. The Arboretum contains more than 1,200 acres of gardens and tree collections, prairie and woods and miles of trails.
When: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska
Cost: FREE
Website: www.arboretum.umn.edu
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