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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.

Preschool Pals
An ongoing program for preschoolers ages 3 to 4 with activities encouraging child-directed exploration of the Zoo's animals and their habitats. The October sessions include topics in spiders, birds, snakes, bugs and bats.
When: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Where: Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley
Cost: Zoo Members, $20 per class. Non-Members, $25 per class. Package discounts are available. Advanced ticket purchase is required.
Contact: 952-431-9200
Website: mnzoo.org
Frogs and Polliwogs
The fall series of this program for ages 2 to 5 with an accompanying adult offers a story time, nature hike and other nature-themed activities. This month's themes are Hide and Snake, Leaf Jumpers, and Time to Sleep.
When: 9:15-10:30 a.m.
Where: Tamarack Nature Center, Maplewood
Cost: $39 for adult and child, $26 per each additional child, $13 per additional adult. Pre-registration is required.
Contact: 651-407-5350
Website: parks.co.ramsey.mn.us/tamarack
October Weekend Family Fun: Fantastic Foliage
Discover why leaves change color and fall from the trees, trace an outline of yourself with festive fall foliage and natural materials, play at the sensory table with leaves and pumpkins, take part in a scavenger hunt, and make a leaf crown to wear home.
When: Noon-4 p.m.
Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska
Cost: FREE with gate admission
Contact: 952-443-1400
Website: arboretum.umn.edu
Family Zoo Adventure: Fall on the Farm
Parents and their children ages 4 to 9 will enjoy this program of crafts, games, excursions and activities focused on different areas of the animal kingdom. This class invites participants to celebrate fall with a wagon ride, homemade applesauce and a bonfire on the Zoo's farm.
When: 6-8 p.m.
Where: Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley
Cost: Zoo Members, $18.50 per participant, $37 minimum (1 adult, 1 child). Non-Members, $25 per participant, $50 minimum (1 adult, 1 child). Advanced ticket purchase is required.
Contact: 952-431-9200
Website: mnzoo.org
Drop-In Discovery Stations
These family-friendly programs on a range of nature topics offer participants chances to touch artifacts, meet live animals, and sample treats from the Discovery Hollow garden.
When: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Tamarack Nature Center, Maplewood
Cost: FREE
Contact: 651-407-5350
Website: parks.co.ramsey.mn.us/tamarack
Harvest Howl
View wolves, bears, raptors, and wolf puppies at this celebration of the fall season. Attendees of the family-friendly event can watch Native American demonstrations, meet local artists and participate in a pumpkin painting contest.
When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Wildlife Science Center, Columbus
Cost: $8 adults, $6 children
Contact: 651-464-3993
Website: wildlifesciencecenter.org
Fall Bird Banding Day
Watch as licensed biologists capture, band and release wild birds to learn about their migration habits, age and populations, followed by a hike with binoculars to observe wild birds.
When: 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Maplewood Nature Center, Maplewood
Cost: FREE
Contact: 651-249-2170
Website: maplewoodnaturecenter.com
Toddler Time: Frolic with Forest Friends
Join a Zoo naturalist as they read a story, host an animal encounter, lead a movement activity and art project at this program for ages 2 to 3 with an adult.
When: 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Where: Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley
Cost: Zoo Members, $15 for adult and child. Non-Members, $20 for adult and child. Advanced ticket purchase is required.
Contact: 952-431-9200
Website: mnzoo.org
Twin Cities Birth and Baby Expo
Featuring local businesses and organizations that support healthy birth and parenting from diverse perspectives, this expo provides new and expecting parents with a range of information to help inform them in their new chapter of life.
When: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Burroughs School, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Website: twincitiesbirthandbaby.com
October Weekend Family Fun: Fantastic Foliage
Discover why leaves change color and fall from the trees, trace an outline of yourself with festive fall foliage and natural materials, play at the sensory table with leaves and pumpkins, take part in a scavenger hunt, and make a leaf crown to wear home.
When: Noon-4 p.m.
Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska
Cost: FREE with gate admission
Contact: 952-443-1400
Website: arboretum.umn.edu
Toddler Time: Frolic with Forest Friends
Join a Zoo naturalist as they read a story, host an animal encounter, lead a movement activity and art project at this program for ages 2 to 3 with an adult.
When: 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Where: Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley
Cost: Zoo Members, $15 for adult and child. Non-Members, $20 for adult and child. Advanced ticket purchase is required.
Contact: 952-431-9200
Website: mnzoo.org
Preschool Pals
An ongoing program for preschoolers ages 3 to 4 with activities encouraging child-directed exploration of the Zoo's animals and their habitats. The October sessions include topics in spiders, birds, snakes, bugs and bats.
When: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Where: Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley
Cost: Zoo Members, $20 per class. Non-Members, $25 per class. Package discounts are available. Advanced ticket purchase is required.
Contact: 952-431-9200
Website: mnzoo.org
Drop-In Discovery Stations
These family-friendly programs on a range of nature topics offer participants chances to touch artifacts, meet live animals, and sample treats from the Discovery Hollow garden.
When: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Tamarack Nature Center, Maplewood
Cost: FREE
Contact: 651-407-5350
Website: parks.co.ramsey.mn.us/tamarack
October Weekend Family Fun: Fantastic Foliage
Discover why leaves change color and fall from the trees, trace an outline of yourself with festive fall foliage and natural materials, play at the sensory table with leaves and pumpkins, take part in a scavenger hunt, and make a leaf crown to wear home.
When: Noon-4 p.m.
Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska
Cost: FREE with gate admission
Contact: 952-443-1400
Website: arboretum.umn.edu
Tamarack Tykes: B is for Bats
Ages 2 to 5 with an adult are invited to learn about bats with a collections of bat-related activities.
When: 9:30-11 a.m.
Where: Tamarack Nature Center, Maplewood
Cost: $3.25 for children, $7.50 for adults
Contact: 651-407-5350
Website: parks.co.ramsey.mn.us/tamarack