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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.

Dog Tales
Encourage a love of reading at this event, featuring a dog from the Pals on Paws chapter of Therapy Dogs International.
When: 10-11 a.m.
Where: Minnesota Children's Museum, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Contact: 651-225-6000
Website: mcm.org
A Celtic Christmas Hooley
From the creators of Kickin' It Irish, this event incorporates traditional folk music, Irish step dance, Christmas carols, cute kids and Santa, featuring the O'Shea Irish Dancers and musicians Norah Rendell, Todd Mention, Cormac O'Se and John Wright.
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Celtic Junction, 836 Prior Ave North, Saint Paul
Cost: $15 advance tickets available
Contact: 612-874-8892
Website: thecelticjunction.com
42nd Annual Folkways of the Holidays
Learn the traditions of 19th century Minnesotans with folk art performances, a horse-drawn trolley and a tour of homes at this 88-acre living-history museum. There are special events and themes each weekend.
When: Opens at 10 a.m., last admission at 3 p.m.
Where: The Landing, Shakopee
Cost: $5 for adults, $3 for ages 2-17 and seniors
Contact: 763-694-7784
Website: threeriversparks.org
Live Animals
Ages 3 and older accompanied by an adult can touch a snake, a toad and a salamander - and watch as these creatures enjoy a snack.
When: 1-2:15 p.m.
Where: Maplewood Nature Center, Maplewood
Cost: FREE
Contact: 651-249-2170
Website: maplewoodnaturecenter.com
42nd Annual Folkways of the Holidays
Learn the traditions of 19th century Minnesotans with folk art performances, a horse-drawn trolley and a tour of homes at this 88-acre living-history museum. There are special events and themes each weekend.
When: Opens at 10 a.m., last admission at 3 p.m.
Where: The Landing, Shakopee
Cost: $5 for adults, $3 for ages 2-17 and seniors
Contact: 763-694-7784
Website: threeriversparks.org
Winter Solstice Celebration
Enjoy music, creative thinking, dancing, stories, food and laughter inspired by European traditions.
When: 4-6 p.m.
Where: Center for Performing Arts, Minneapolis
Cost: $18 in advance, $20 at the door, $10 for children
Website: wisdomdances.com
Cirque du Soleil presents Varekai
The renowned circus-arts group takes audiences to a magical forest at the summit of a volcano, full of high-flying gymnastics, bright costumes and breathtaking acrobatics.
Where: Target Center, Minneapolis
Cost: $40-$100
Contact: 888-929-7849
Website: cirquedusoleil.com/varekai
Julgldje!
This musical variety show for the whole family features Swedish and American holiday songs - perfect for dancing and singing along. Children can make holiday crafts between performances.
When: 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.
Where: American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis
Cost: Free with museum admission ($9 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for children and students and free for children ages 5 and younger)
Contact: 612-871-4907
Website: asimn.org
Cirque du Soleil presents Varekai
The renowned circus-arts group takes audiences to a magical forest at the summit of a volcano, full of high-flying gymnastics, bright costumes and breathtaking acrobatics.
Where: Target Center, Minneapolis
Cost: $40-$100
Contact: 888-929-7849
Website: cirquedusoleil.com/varekai
Snow Flake Wonders
Create paper snowflake decorations as part of this all-ages, drop-in program. Learn how snowflakes are formed and get an up-close look at preserved flakes in a microcam.
When: 1-3 p.m.
Where: Maplewood Nature Center, Maplewood
Cost: FREE
Contact: 651-249-2170
Website: maplewoodnaturecenter.com
Kwanzaa Family Day
Celebrate family, community and culture for Kwanzaa with music, African dance, drumming, storytelling, fashion shows and craft activities.
When: Noon-4 p.m.
Where: Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Cost: Free with museum admission ($11 for adults, $9 for seniors, students and active military, $6 for children and free for ages 5 and younger)
Contact: 651-259-3000
Website: mnhs.org
Julgldje!
This musical variety show for the whole family features Swedish and American holiday songs - perfect for dancing and singing along. Children can make holiday crafts between performances.
When: 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.
Where: American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis
Cost: Free with museum admission ($9 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for children and students and free for children ages 5 and younger)
Contact: 612-871-4907
Website: asimn.org
Cirque du Soleil presents Varekai
The renowned circus-arts group takes audiences to a magical forest at the summit of a volcano, full of high-flying gymnastics, bright costumes and breathtaking acrobatics.
Where: Target Center, Minneapolis
Cost: $40-$100
Contact: 888-929-7849
Website: cirquedusoleil.com/varekai
Cirque du Soleil presents Varekai
The renowned circus-arts group takes audiences to a magical forest at the summit of a volcano, full of high-flying gymnastics, bright costumes and breathtaking acrobatics.
Where: Target Center, Minneapolis
Cost: $40-$100
Contact: 888-929-7849
Website: cirquedusoleil.com/varekai
Let It Snow Puppet Show
Wild-animal puppets lead this show full of laughs and songs, teaching children ages 3 to 8 about how they can survive in winter weather.
When: 10:30 a.m.
Where: Maplewood Nature Center, Maplewood
Cost: $5 per child. Pre-register online.
Contact: 651-249-2170
Website: maplewoodnaturecenter.com