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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.

Music in the Zoo Concert Series
An exceptional lineup features a blend of fan favorites and new artists to the Zoo, ranging from The Okee Dokee Brothers to Pat Benatar. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and take place on the Sue McLean Stage in the Weesner Family Amphitheater at the Minnesota Zoo.
Where: Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley
Cost: Varies
Website: suemclean.com/zoo
On Screen for Families: Movie Matinee
Enjoy a family-friendly movie on the big screen together! Bring your own blankets and pillows. July 23: Mulan; July 30: A Wrinkle in Time; Aug. 6: Black Panther (PG-13); Aug. 20: Back to the Future
Where: Southdale Library, Edina
Cost: FREE
Website: hclib.bibliocommons.com
Mad Science: The Mystery of Chemistry
See a series of experiments that change, smoke and spurt. Watch liquid change into a rainbow of colors. See Styrofoam "melt" before your eyes and help make a vat of Mad Science Slime. Appropriate for all ages.
Where: Roseville Library
Cost: FREE
Website: rclreads.org
Harry Potter Movie Month
The library will be showing the entire 8-film series in July before finishing up with a day at Hogwarts to celebrate Harry Potter's birthday on July 31 at 1:30 p.m. July 1: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, July 2: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, July 8: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, July 9: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, July 15: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, July 16: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, July 22: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 1, July 23: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 2, July 29: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, July 30: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Where: Rockford Road Library, Crystal
Cost: FREE
Website: hclib.bibliocommons.com
Songs and Stories Campfire
Join us in the Dodge amphitheater to enjoy some roasted marshmallows while listening to some stories and songs around the campfire. Then enjoy a hike with your family.
Where: Dodge Nature Center, West St. Paul
Cost: $7 per child, $7 per adult, $20 per family
Website: DodgeNatureCenter.org
Spark Camp: Art
ArtStart will engage kids in hands-on art and creation projects and activities with a reuse and recycle theme. All camps are drop-in, parents welcome to join. Geared toward ages 7-11. No experience necessary.
Where: Riverview Library, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: sppl.bibliocommons.com
Maker Camp
Maker Camps provide hands-on, drop-in activities for youth ages 8-12. Maker Camps are an opportunity for youth to be engaged and inspired by STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) concepts. Parents/guardians are encouraged to join in the fun!
Where: Saint Anthony Park Library, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: sppl.bibliocommons.com
RAD Zoo
The RAD Zoo (Reptile & Amphibian Discovery Zoo) will be on hand for a live reptile presentation. Animals may include turtles, lizards, snakes and an alligator. Come learn a bit about these creatures and see them up close! Appropriate for all ages.
Where: Maplewood Library
Cost: FREE
Website: rclreads.org
Spark Camp: Nature
A Dodge Nature Center naturalist will engage kids in exploration and learning about nature, and create nature art. All camps are drop-in, parents welcome to join. Geared toward ages 7-11. No experience necessary.
Where: Sun Ray Library, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: sppl.org
Toddler Tuesdays
Meet a popular kids' character in person and read a book, view a screening, or participate in another activity with that character. From 10 a.m.-noon.
Where: Mall of America Rotunda
Cost: FREE
Website: mallofamerica.com/events
Summer Tuesdays
Music, food, fun, vendors. First-rate movies at dusk for the entire family - bring a blanket/chairs to sit on the grass or anchor your boat for viewing from the water.
Where: Lowell Riverfront Park, Stillwater
Cost: FREE
Website: events.discoverstillwater.com
5 to 10 on Hennepin
5 to 10 on Hennepin will activate the surface parking lot at 500 Hennepin with a monthly outdoor live music series that is family-friendly. There will be chess and other free games for youth and adults, a community and human resource fair, street performers along Hennepin Avenue in partnership with MDID, public tours of Made Here, an initiative activating vacant storefronts with Minnesota-based artists, and free refreshments.
Where: 500 Hennepin, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Website: hennepintheatretrust.org/5-to-10-on-hennepin/
Tots & Trains
Every first and third Wednesday come for storytime, craft and snack. Then stick around to have fun playing at the train table, exploring the trains, touring the restoration shop, and more.
Where: Minnesota Transportation Museum, St. Paul
Cost: $11 adult, $9 senior/child, $6 toddler
Website: transportationmuseum.org
Music in the Zoo Concert Series
An exceptional lineup features a blend of fan favorites and new artists to the Zoo, ranging from The Okee Dokee Brothers to Pat Benatar. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and take place on the Sue McLean Stage in the Weesner Family Amphitheater at the Minnesota Zoo.
Where: Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley
Cost: Varies
Website: suemclean.com/zoo
Groovin' In The Garden
While the grownups get their groove on with some of the Twin Cities best bands, the kids will be entertained by a climbing wall, bouncy house, and lawn games. Pack the dancing shoes, spread out a blanket and enjoy these FREE outdoor concerts & activities in the Enchanted Garden. June 6: Innocent Reggae Band, June 13: FLOWTUS, June 20: Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders, June 27: The April Fools, July 11: Soul Beautiful, July 18: Paddy Wagon, July 25: The Flamin' Oh's, Aug. 1: Alex Rossi Trio
Where: Como Zoo and Conservatory, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: comozooconservatory.org