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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.

Big Bounce America
The Guinness Book of World Records' "world's largest bounce house," at 10,000 square feet, is touring America and it's stopping in the Twin Cities with two other massive inflatable attractions - a 900-foot-long obstacle course and a space-themed wonderland. Special bounce-house timeslots are available for toddlers only, big kids only, juniors only and adults only.
Where: Aquila Park, St. Louis Park
Cost: $16-$30 gets you a three-hour pass to the grounds; main bounce-house timeslots are limited to 45 minutes.
Website: thebigbounceamerica.com
Memorial Day Weekend
Learn about Native American history and the fort's role in US expansion. Explore stories of African Americans at Fort Snelling, like the 25th Infantry Buffalo soldiers in the 1880s and Dred and Harriet Scott. Watch demonstrations like cannon firings, hearth cooking, blacksmithing, and more. Join in historic games on the parade grounds, and kids can try out the "History Hunt" and earn a small prize.
Where: Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul
Cost: Included with $6-12 site admission/MNHS members free
Website: mnhs.org/event/6548
Cars and Caves
Collector, classic and exotic cars and motorcycles are displayed all throughout the AutoPlex's 120 garage condominiums. Coffee, beverages and food will be provided by local food trucks at this family-friendly event.
Where: Chanhassen AutoPlex
Cost: FREE
Website: chanhassenautoplex.com/cars-and-caves
Member Celebration & Opening Day
RCHS & Gibbs Farm opens the site for the season with music from Light of the Moon, farm animals, Dakota and Pioneer Tours, beeswax candle dipping, Gibbs Farm homemade ice cream, a puppet show and a paint out.
Where: Gibbs Farm, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: rchs.com/calendar/category/gibbs-events/
Matilda the Musical
Inspired by the work of Roald Dahl, this kid-power romp revels in the anarchy of childhood. For 6-year-olds and up.
Where: Children's Theatre, Minneapolis
Cost: Starting at $15
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Cardboard Creations
Create cardboard masks - head armor, tiaras and crowns, animal faces and all sorts of fantastical creatures - with artist Pete Talbot.
Where: Can Can Wonderland, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: www.cancanwonderland.com
Memorial Day Weekend
Meet Civil War veterans and learn how Memorial Day began in 1868 as "Decoration Day" to honor Union soldiers who died. A formal "Decoration Day" ceremony with brass band is held on Monday at 2 PM. Enter at the west entrance. Drop-ins welcome.
Where: The Landing, Shakopee
Cost: $8 ages 18-64, $5 ages 2-17 and 65+, Children under 2 free.
Website: tinyurl.com/landing-memorial-day
Memorial Day Weekend
Learn about Native American history and the fort's role in US expansion. Explore stories of African Americans at Fort Snelling, like the 25th Infantry Buffalo soldiers in the 1880s and Dred and Harriet Scott. Watch demonstrations like cannon firings, hearth cooking, blacksmithing, and more. Join in historic games on the parade grounds, and kids can try out the "History Hunt" and earn a small prize.
Where: Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul
Cost: Included with $6-12 site admission/MNHS members free
Website: mnhs.org/event/6548
Starting with Slojd
Join the staff of the Institute for a monthly program for early elementary children who are ready to start crafting. Whether they're playing with wool, wire, clay or more, they'll explore new tools, materials and skills that prepare kids for a lifelong love of handcraft, or slojd. Programs suitable for students in grades K-3.
Where: American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis
Cost: $10 ASI members / $15 non-members
Website: asimn.org
Wright's Lake Park Community Mural Painting Party
The mural will be painted onto large sheets of canvas, which GoodSpace Murals will later adhere to a large wall across the street from Wright's Lake Park. Smocks/t-shirts will be provided, as well as popsicles or snacks chalk art at some events. All ages welcome.
When: 1 - 3 p.m.
Where: Wright's Lake Park, Bloomington
Cost: FREE
Website: mnartists.org/event/wright's-lake-park-mural---painting-parties
Big Bounce America
The Guinness Book of World Records' "world's largest bounce house," at 10,000 square feet, is touring America and it's stopping in the Twin Cities with two other massive inflatable attractions - a 900-foot-long obstacle course and a space-themed wonderland. Special bounce-house timeslots are available for toddlers only, big kids only, juniors only and adults only.
Where: Aquila Park, St. Louis Park
Cost: $16-$30 gets you a three-hour pass to the grounds; main bounce-house timeslots are limited to 45 minutes.
Website: thebigbounceamerica.com
Cardboard Creations
Create cardboard masks - head armor, tiaras and crowns, animal faces and all sorts of fantastical creatures - with artist Pete Talbot.
Where: Can Can Wonderland, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: www.cancanwonderland.com
Matilda the Musical
Inspired by the work of Roald Dahl, this kid-power romp revels in the anarchy of childhood. For 6-year-olds and up.
Where: Children's Theatre, Minneapolis
Cost: Starting at $15
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Memorial Day Weekend
Meet Civil War veterans and learn how Memorial Day began in 1868 as "Decoration Day" to honor Union soldiers who died. A formal "Decoration Day" ceremony with brass band is held on Monday at 2 PM. Enter at the west entrance. Drop-ins welcome.
Where: The Landing, Shakopee
Cost: $8 ages 18-64, $5 ages 2-17 and 65+, Children under 2 free.
Website: tinyurl.com/landing-memorial-day
A Midsummer Night's Dream, with Black Ensemble Players
Come and enjoy an all-Black cast perform Shakespeare's play brought to life through West African movement, music and spirituality. Talkback with the director and actors will follow the performance. Seating will begin at 1:30 p.m. Seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Where: Sumner Library, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Website: hclib.bibliocommons.com