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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.

Mary Poppins
The run for this popular musical stage version of the Disney film has been extended through Oct. 24. If you go this summer, you can get a special deal on kids tickets: It's $20 for one child ticket (includes dinner and the show) with the purchase of a full-price adult dinner-and-show ticket. Ages 5 and older are allowed at the dinner theater. Call 952-934-1525 and give the promo code MPKID20 for the summer offer, valid through Sept. 5. Some restrictions apply. See chanhassendt.com for show times. Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp
Where: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Chanhassen
Cost: $20-$84 through Sept. 5, $50-$84 Sept. 6-Oct. 24
Website: chanhassendt.com
Circus Juventas Summer Show
This St. Paul-based circus-performance school for ages 3 to 21 presents two major public performance series each year - one in spring, featuring beginner and intermediate students, and one in summer, a showcase for the school's most advanced students in a Cirque du Soleil-style show. Show, which are three hours long with a 20-minute intermission, are offered on various dates July 31-Aug. 16.
Where: Circus Juventas, St. Paul
Cost: $15-$40
Website: circusjuventas.org
AuSM Artists
The Minnesota Institute of Arts (MIA) and the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) are joining forces this summer to present two social-skills classes for young artists with autism. Teens and tweens with autism will have an opportunity explore the galleries, find inspiration and create their own masterpieces in the studio. Sessions will be co-taught by an AuSM education specialist and MIA art specialists.
Where: Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis
Cost: $200-$270
Website: www.ausm.org
Free Summer Concerts in Blaine
Enjoy free kids concerts every Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. July 10 to Aug. 21.
Where: Aquatore Park, Blaine
Cost: FREE
Website: blaineevents.com
Minnesota Fringe Festival
The Midwest's largest performing-arts festival will host to 174 live performances, with each show performing at least five times, resulting in more than 900 performances, running concurrently throughout the 11-day festival. There will be a variety of kid-friendly productions such as Parent Observation Day, Tales of the Lamp, The Averagers (pictured) and Parachute. Every show in the festival's lineup is chosen by random lottery, and the festival returns at least 65 percent of ticket sales to the participating producers. Shows will be July 30-Aug. 9
Where: Venues in Minneapolis
Cost: $14 for adults and $5 for kids (per show). Adults must purchase a $4 festival-admission button. Multi-show and punch-card passes are available, too.
Website: fringefestival.org
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Join an immersive quest to find Captain Nemo as you're led through the theater's corridors, which will be transformed into a submarine. This acclaimed production, recommended for grades 3-8, is showing through Aug. 16.
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $10.
Contact: 612-874-0400
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Convoy of Hope
Convoy of Hope will stop in the Twin Cities to provide a day of free food, goods and services. This community celebration, one of dozens to be held in the U.S. in 2015, will offer $1 million in free goods and services including more than 35,000 pounds of groceries (while supplies last), family portraits, health services, job and career services, a kids carnival and more. Plum Organics will distribute organic food specifically created for babies, toddlers and school-aged children.
When: 10 a.m.
Where: Spring Lake Park High School, Spring Lake Park
Cost: FREE
Website: convoyofhope.org/minneapolis
Circus Juventas Summer Show
This St. Paul-based circus-performance school for ages 3 to 21 presents two major public performance series each year - one in spring, featuring beginner and intermediate students, and one in summer, a showcase for the school's most advanced students in a Cirque du Soleil-style show. Show, which are three hours long with a 20-minute intermission, are offered on various dates July 31-Aug. 16.
Where: Circus Juventas, St. Paul
Cost: $15-$40
Website: circusjuventas.org
Minnesota Fringe Festival
The Midwest's largest performing-arts festival will host to 174 live performances, with each show performing at least five times, resulting in more than 900 performances, running concurrently throughout the 11-day festival. There will be a variety of kid-friendly productions such as Parent Observation Day, Tales of the Lamp, The Averagers (pictured) and Parachute. Every show in the festival's lineup is chosen by random lottery, and the festival returns at least 65 percent of ticket sales to the participating producers. Shows will be July 30-Aug. 9
Where: Venues in Minneapolis
Cost: $14 for adults and $5 for kids (per show). Adults must purchase a $4 festival-admission button. Multi-show and punch-card passes are available, too.
Website: fringefestival.org
Bryant Lake Beach Party
Celebrate summer with naturalists from Richardson Nature Center. And ride a waterslide, try the beach obstacle course, make a craft and play water games. See live pond critters, birds of prey and reptiles. Build and decorate a sand castle - and win a cool treat.
When: Noon to 3 p.m.
Where: Bryant Lake Regional Park, Eden Prairie
Cost: $5
Website: tinyurl.com/bryantlakebeachparty
Groovin' in the Garden
Grownups get to groove to the sounds of the Twin Cities' favorite indie, world-fusion, chamber-pop band, i like you, while their kids enjoy a climbing wall, bouncy house and lawn games, all outdoors, all free, in this final installment of a summer-concert series.
Where: Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: comozooconservatory.org
Groovin' in the Garden
This six-concert series lets grownups get their groove on with some of the Twin Cities' best bands while the kids are entertained by a climbing wall, bouncy house and lawn games, all outdoors, all free: June 17, 24, July 8, 15, 22 and Aug. 5
Where: Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: comozooconservatory.org
Mary Poppins
The run for this popular musical stage version of the Disney film has been extended through Oct. 24. If you go this summer, you can get a special deal on kids tickets: It's $20 for one child ticket (includes dinner and the show) with the purchase of a full-price adult dinner-and-show ticket. Ages 5 and older are allowed at the dinner theater. Call 952-934-1525 and give the promo code MPKID20 for the summer offer, valid through Sept. 5. Some restrictions apply. See chanhassendt.com for show times. Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp
Where: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Chanhassen
Cost: $20-$84 through Sept. 5, $50-$84 Sept. 6-Oct. 24
Website: chanhassendt.com
Minnesota Fringe Festival
The Midwest's largest performing-arts festival will host to 174 live performances, with each show performing at least five times, resulting in more than 900 performances, running concurrently throughout the 11-day festival. There will be a variety of kid-friendly productions such as Parent Observation Day, Tales of the Lamp, The Averagers (pictured) and Parachute. Every show in the festival's lineup is chosen by random lottery, and the festival returns at least 65 percent of ticket sales to the participating producers. Shows will be July 30-Aug. 9
Where: Venues in Minneapolis
Cost: $14 for adults and $5 for kids (per show). Adults must purchase a $4 festival-admission button. Multi-show and punch-card passes are available, too.
Website: fringefestival.org
Uptown Art Fair
This popular award-winning three-day fine-arts festival features professional and youth artists, live performances, family-friendly activities, plus festival-style food and beverages. Events are Aug. 7 to 9.
Where: Uptown Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Website: uptownartfair.com