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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.

Nick Jr. Live! "Move to the Music"
For the first time on stage together, this musical spectacular features characters from multiple Nick Jr. hit animated series, including Bubble Guppies, PAW Patrol, Dora The Explorer, Shimmer and Shine, Blue's Clues and You, Blaze and the Monster Machines and Top Wing.
Where: State Theatre, Minneapolis
Cost: $19-$119
Website: NickJrLive.com
Saint Paul Winter Carnival
Enjoy live entertainment, walk through the ice sculpture garden, watch the ice carvers create frozen masterpieces, visit vendor booths, and more.
Where: Primarily the Landmark Center, and Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul
Cost: Most events are FREE and open to the public.
Website: wintercarnival.com
The Dot
Catch this original play for all ages based on the popular children's book. Approximately 50 minutes with no intermission.
Where: Stages Theatre, Hopkins
Cost: $17-$24
Website: stagestheatre.org
Bob Marley's Three Little Birds
Ziggy's afraid to leave the house. He's too busy worrying about tropical storms, evil spirits, and a sneaky, freaky, hair-grabbing Duppy. But, with the help of some feathered friends, Ziggy learns "every little thing is gonna be alright."
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: $15 and up
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Art Shanty Projects
Art Shanty Projects began in 2004 as an experiment in turning a traditional ice fishing house into a less conventional art studio and retreat on a frozen lake. Over 15 years and three lakes, it has grown into a much-anticipated annual festival that most recently hosted 40,000 visitors on Bde Unma/Lake Harriet in 2018.
Where: Lake Harriet, Minneapolis
Cost: Suggested donation $10-20. No one turned away.
Website: artshantyprojects.org
U.S. Pond Hockey Championships
Since 2006, locals and players from around the world have shown off their skills on Lake Nokomis.
Where: Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE to watch
Website: uspondhockey.com
Winter History Festival
Snowshoe your way through the Minnesota River Bluffs with an expert guide. Bring your sled or toboggan for a thrilling slide down the hill, and play traditional Dakota winter games. Warm up by the bonfire, or come indoors and enjoy cookies and cocoa by the fireplace. Play Animal Track Bingo, and listen to live traditional fiddle music by Gary Schulte.
Where: Pond Dakota Mission Park, Bloomington
Cost: FREE
Website: bloomingtonmn.gov/pr/gideon-and-agnes-pond-house
Pre-K Mondays
Pre-K Mondays feature special activities just for kids ages 3 to 5 and their adult companions. The morning features a special activity designed just for the youngest engineers, which will be held in a "big-kid-free" location of the Museum.
Where: The Works Museum, Bloomington
Cost: Half price admission ($4.50) for kids from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Grown-up admission is $9.
Website: theworks.org/hands-on-kids-museum/prek-museum-mn/
Saint Paul Winter Carnival
Enjoy live entertainment, walk through the ice sculpture garden, watch the ice carvers create frozen masterpieces, visit vendor booths, and more.
Where: Primarily the Landmark Center, and Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul
Cost: Most events are FREE and open to the public.
Website: wintercarnival.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; membership costs $40-$100 a year
Website: mplstoylibrary.org
Saint Paul Winter Carnival
Enjoy live entertainment, walk through the ice sculpture garden, watch the ice carvers create frozen masterpieces, visit vendor booths, and more.
Where: Primarily the Landmark Center, and Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul
Cost: Most events are FREE and open to the public.
Website: wintercarnival.com
Toddler Tuesdays
Spark fun and educational exploration every Toddler Tuesdays with Nickelodeon and Canon's Laugh & Learn Playdates. Events include special character appearances, arts and crafts, story time, and the chance to win a Canon printer! Events are every Tuesday from 10 a.m. until noon and are free and open to the public.
Where: Mall of America Rotunda
Cost: FREE
Website: mallofamerica.com/events
Little Black Dress
Leave the kids at home and put on your own little black dress for this cross between Amy Schumer and Stephen Sondheim. WARNINGS: Adult themes, strong language, and one really sexy man. Recommended for 19+
Where: Ames Center, Burnsville
Cost: $40 / $30
Website: ames-center.com/little-black-dress.html
Planetarium Shows
Como Planetarium is a 55-seat planetarium that has been in operation since 1975. Its state-of-the-art immersive video system provides the opportunity for visitors to take virtual trips though the solar system, as well as enjoy quality film productions on a 30 ft. diameter screen.
Where: Como Planetarium, St. Paul
Cost: $5
Website: spps.org/Domain/10131
Saint Paul Winter Carnival
Enjoy live entertainment, walk through the ice sculpture garden, watch the ice carvers create frozen masterpieces, visit vendor booths, and more.
Where: Primarily the Landmark Center, and Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul
Cost: Most events are FREE and open to the public.
Website: wintercarnival.com