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.

Join a darling bear on a delightfully destructive chase through a department store in search of his missing button in this play for ages preschool and up.
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $15.
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Minefaire, a Minecraft Fan Experience
Minecraft players and their families unite at Minefaire to meet their favorite YouTube creators, compete in tournaments and build battles, participate in the famed costume contest, witness live stage shows, learn from Official Minecraft Education Global Mentors, shop at the World's Largest Official Minecraft Merch Store for event exclusives, and more.
Where: St. Paul RiverCentre
Cost: $49-$69
Website: rivercentre.org
Jason and the Golden Fleece
Fate or free will? Power or loyalty? Strength or wit? Join Jason and the Argonauts on an action-packed voyage to defeat mythical creatures, overthrow a tyrannical king, triumph over betrayals and find what destiny has in store.
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: $8
Website: childrenstheatre.org
The 6th Annual Bridgewater Bank Luck o' the Lake 5K Fun Run
Look for over 1,200 spirited runners filling the streets Of Excelsior on St. Patrick's Day. Fans have fun with tuba music, cowbells, signs and generous cheers. Following the race will be a heated tent party including live music, an Irish style lunch, Irish dancing and libations, kids activities and space for quality hang out time.
Where: Water Street, Excelsior
Cost: $35 to pre-register to run; $45 on race day
Website: tinyurl.com/2018luckothelake
St. Patrick's Day Perler Beads
Bring a simple pattern of your own or use one of ours to make a spectacular Perler bead craft. Appropriate for ages 5-12.
Where: North Saint Paul Library
Cost: FREE
Website: rclreads.org
Maple Syruping
Celebrate the return of spring by observing the age-old process of turning tree sap into syrup. Observe a tree tapping demonstration, collect sap, visit the evaporator, and sample some delicious maple syrup.
Where: Dodge Nature Center, West St. Paul
Cost: $7 per person $20 per family
Website: DodgeNatureCenter.org
Kickin' It Irish
Kickin' it Irish is a family-friendly show featuring Dublin native Cormac O'Se, from the original company of Riverdance, and the O'Shea Irish Dancers, a lineup of 18 championship dancers from their studio in St. Paul. Kickin' It Irish highlights traditional and contemporary Irish step dancing and traditional Irish music featuring Irish bodhran, whistle, flute, fiddle, guitar, accordion, African djembe and singer Aidin Ni She.
Where: Fitzgerald Theatre, St. Paul
Cost: $22.50-$42.50
Website: fitzgeraldtheater.publicradio.org
Nickelodeon Universe 10-Year Anniversary
Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America will celebrate its 10th birthday with a special 10-hour birthday event. The day filled with events and activities will include a meet and greet and sliming with Minnesota Viking wide receiver, Stefon Diggs. The festivities will begin with an orange velvet rope drop and a streamer cannon blast to kick off the celebration. Additionally, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy the debut of a special birthday edition of the Nickelodeon fan favorite show "Double Dare" for kids to participate in.
Where: Mall of America Rotunda, Bloomington
Cost: FREE
Website: mallofamerica.com
Southwest Journal's 13th Annual Home Improvement Fair
Meet representatives and see displays from the Twin Cities' best landscaping, plumbing, interior design, painting and remodeling companies, and let their expertise guide the home improvement project of your dreams. Over 40 exhibitors will gather for the day to showcase their work and present solutions for your home needs. Several of the experts will host presentations throughout the day on many topics of home improvement, designed to give attendees specific and practical knowledge.
Where: Burroughs Community School, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Website: southwestjournal.com/homefair
The Nightingale
Based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, this all-ages dance-inspired original performance features a collaboration with the Twin Cities-based company, Escalate Dance.
Where: Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins
Cost: $12-$16; lap passes are $5 for ages 3-4 and free for ages 2 and younger.
Website: stagestheatre.org
Rondo Cinema Presents: 3rd Saturday Matinee
Join us for a movie! All films rated G or PG.
Where: Rondo Library, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: sppl.org
Learn Together: Maple Syrup Festival
Play games, taste maple syrup and learn how to make maple sugar. Activities for all ages. Children must attend the program with an adult caregiver. Bus transportation from Brookdale Library to and from Eastman Nature Center will be provided.
Where: Brookdale Library, Brooklyn Center
Cost: FREE
Website: hclib.bibliocommons.com
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
Lego Day
Spend the afternoon building LEGO contraptions that you can run down a zipline, filming a LEGO stop motion movie, creating drawing machines, tops, and mosaics, and checking out remarkable creations of the Twin Cities LEGO User Group.
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota
Cost: Included in regular museum admission of $12.95 for ages 4-12 and 65 and older, $18.95 for ages 13-64
Website: smm.org
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. Normally, museum admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for ages 6-18 and free for ages 5 and younger.
Website: asimn.org