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.

Mini Masterpieces: ARTrageous Adventures
ARTrageous Adventures is an art enrichment program based on connecting kids to themselves, their community and the diversity of the world.
Where: Rice Street Library, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: sppl.bibliocommons.com
Glensheen's Christmas PhotoMeet
The mansion will be open for you to explore and capture 25+ Christmas Trees, hundreds of feet of garland and maybe snap a picture of a hidden elf or two. Re-share photos from these events on Glensheen's social media pages. A prize for the Best Photo will be awarded.
Where: Glensheen Mansion, Duluth
Cost: $5-$18
Website: glensheen.org
Yoga for Kids
Grades 1-5 (favorite grown-up optional). Discover yoga through games, movement and more! Bring a yoga mat or beach towel if you have one (a mat or towel is not required to attend) and come ready to move. Sign up for one or all three sessions.
Where: Brooklyn Park Library
Cost: FREE, but registration required
Website: hclib.bibliocommons.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
Ballet Tuesdays
Landmark Center hosts lunch-hour ballet performances and demonstrations, in partnership with Ballet Co.Laboratory.
Where: Landmark Center, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: landmarkcenter.org
BCB Playdate with Ensemble Music (Spanish Music Class)
With Canta y Baila Conmigo you and your child will be transported as you sing, dance and play along to the irresistible sounds and rhythms of Spanish-speaking countries. This class is for children birth-K.
Where: Ensemble Music Studio, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Website: eventbrite.com/e/bcb-playdate-with-ensemble-music-spanish-music-class-minneapolis-mn-tickets-62685585273
Canadian Pacific Holiday Train
See a real train decked out for the holidays at a variety of quick stops with musical performances by Meghan Patrick, Tanika Charles and Kelly Prescott.
Where: Cottage Grove and St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: cpr.ca/holiday-train
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. Two 45-minute shows are open to the public each Tuesday night of the school year.
Where: Como Planetarium, St. Paul
Cost: $5
Website: spps.org/Domain/10131
Wonderful Winter Dance Party
Dress up in silly clothes and welcome the arrival of winter with lots of music and movement at this fun dance party. Space is limited to 100 people. Ages: 0-6.
When: 10:30am - 11:00am
Where: Galaxie Library, Apple Valley
Cost: FREE
Website: dakotacountylibrary.libcal.com/event/5241767
Autism and Sensory Friendly Early Entry Day
Como Zoo will open at 9 a.m. for an inclusive experience for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. Those attending will have the opportunity to spend time exploring exhibits, and participate in activities designed specifically for them.
Where: Como Zoo and Conservatory, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: comozooconservatory.org/education/kids/sensory-friendly-mornings
Wee Wednesdays
For little ones age 5 and younger accompanied by their caregivers, Midtown Global Market offers educational events every week. Activities may include dancing, live puppet theater, cooking activities and even live animals from the Como Zoo. 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis
Cost: Free
Website: midtownglobalmarket.org/events
Elf the Musical, Jr.
This adaptation of the beloved film is appropriate for all ages.
Where: Stages Theater, Hopkins
Cost: $21-$33
Website: stagestheatre.org/
Pet Photos to Benefit Safe Hands Rescue
Bring your dog to Bachman's on Lyndale and allow Safe Hands Rescue to take seasonal pictures alongside our Poinsettia Dazzler tree, North Pole Workshop and Christmas Tree Farm sets. The Twin Cities animal rescue organization will provide four professional, digital images of your pet.
Where: Bachman's on Lyndale, Minneapolis
Cost: $25 (additional $10 for each additional pet in the photo)
Website: bachmans.com
Preschool Party
The museum's youngest visitors will find a day designed just for them (with no large school groups), with hands-on science activities, arts and crafts, story time, and live science demonstrations.
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul
Cost: FREE for kids 5 and under; $19.95 adult; $14.95 ages 6-12 and 65+
Website: smm.org
Canadian Pacific Holiday Train
See a real train decked out for the holidays at a variety of quick stops with musical performances by Meghan Patrick, Tanika Charles and Kelly Prescott.
Where: Golden Valley, St. Louis Park and Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Website: cpr.ca/holiday-train