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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.

Marketfest
A family-friendly festival held weekly on Thursday evenings in July, with local businesses and vendors, fine arts, foods, live concerts in the Gazebo and various children's activities including a petting zoo and games.
When: 6-9 p.m.
Where: Downtown White Bear Lake
Cost: FREE
Contact: info@marketfest.org
Website: marketfest.org
Mommy+Me Music Class
Encourage a sense of rhythm, music and movement for ages 3 and younger.
When: 3:30-4:15 p.m.
Where: Teeny Bee Boutique, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Contact: 612-644-2540
Website: teenybeeboutique.com
Rockin' Reader
Every Thursday a Burnsville elementary school principal will read his or her favorite books geared toward elementary and preschool children, followed by a concert for preschoolers at noon.
When: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Nicollet Commons Park, Burnsville
Cost: FREE
Website: ommunityed191.org/page/2735
Passport to Invention
The Bakken's Student Workshop is open for young makers and inventors.
When: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: The Bakken Museum, Minneapolis
Cost: $25 for single-use pass, or $20 per visit with purchase of a 3- or 6-visit pass
Contact: 612-926-3878
Website: thebakken.org/passport-to-invention
Family Fridays at the Global Market
Enjoy free live music, a children's play area and free balloons for the first 50 children. Businesses will validate your parking (for up to three hours) with purchase if you park in the 10th Avenue parking ramp.
When: 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Contact: 612-872-4041
Website: midtownglobalmarket.org
Itty Bitty Beach Party
Music and fun for children ages 6 and younger.
When: 10 a.m.
Where: Round Lake Park, Eden Prairie
Cost: FREE
Contact: 952-949-8470
Website: edenprairie.org
Free Sensory Flicks
Enjoy a free movie, with accommodations for children with developmental disabilities. Lights are left up, sound is reduced and audience members are welcome to dance, sing and move around during the film - first-come, first-serve to theater capacity.
When: 10 a.m.
Where: Theaters at Mall of America, Bloomington
Cost: FREE
Website: theatresmoa.com
Saturday Live!
Events at this literary-based program will feature puppets, magicians, wild animals and storytellers.
When: 11:15 a.m. to noon
Where: St. Paul Public Library, Central Library
Cost: FREE
Contact: 651-266-7034
Website: www.sppl.org
Free First Saturdays at The Walker
Families can enjoy live performances, films, adventures and art-making, plus free gallery admission. Activities are recommended for ages 6 to 12.
When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Contact: 612-375-7600
Website: walkerart.org/free-first-saturdays
Free Family Flicks
Enjoy a free movie - first-come, first-serve to theater capacity.
When: 10 a.m.
Where: Theaters at Mall of America, Bloomington
Cost: FREE
Website: theatresmoa.com
Slojd Handcraft Club
Ages 7 to 14 can enjoy art-making activities with a Nordic twist.
When: 1-3 p.m
Where: American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis
Cost: $15. Register in advance online.
Contact: 612-871-4907
Website: asimn.org
Monday Morning Kids Series
Join a different artist each week to learn and play.
When: 10:30 a.m.
Where: Moir Park, Bloomington
Cost: FREE
Website: bloomingtonmn.gov
Family Fun Tuesdays
This performance and education series encourages children and their parents to experience and learn about a variety of art forms and cultures and experience new ideas together.
When: 10-11 a.m.
Where: Caponi Art Park, Eagan
Cost: FREE, $4 per person suggested donation
Contact: 651-454-9412
Website: caponiartpark.org
Preschool Playdate Tuesdays
Preschool-age kids can take part in activities for little hands and minds, including science experiments and performances.
When: 10 a.m.-noon
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul
Cost: $13 for adults, under five FREE
Contact: 651-221-9444
Website: smm.org/playdates
Dress Up and Boogie Down Kids' Music Series
A chance to wear goofy clothes and listen to live music for kids and their families.
When: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Arlington Hills Library Parking Lot, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Contact: 651-632-3870
Website: sppl.org