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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.

Butterfly
This summer, the Lyric Arts Youth Theater Ensemble will present an entirely new play; written, devised, and designed by these young theater artists! Butterfly is about the fears we all face and how to tackle them told in an exciting, touching, and humorous story that takes place over different timelines and alternate universes, where seemingly small choices can have gigantic outcomes. Children under the age of 5 will not be admitted.
Where: Lyric Arts Main Street Stage, Anoka
Cost: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors
Website: lyricarts.org
Family Friendly Saturday Programs
Gibbs Farm family-friendly Saturday programs offer fun for all ages! Farm animals, gardens, tours, crafts, and more - see our website for specific topics and activities.
Where: Gibbs Farm, Falcon Heights
Cost: $8 adults, $7 seniors 62+, $5 children 4-16 at the door, free for RCHS & Gibbs Farm members.
Website: rchs.com
Saint George's Greek Summer Festival
Come and enjoy fresh baked moussaka, gyros, lamb, pork, and chicken souvlaki dinners, flaming cheese, and delectable Greek pastries! Take in the sights and sounds of Greece with authentic Greek dance performances by the Greek Dancers of Minnesota. Learn to dance Greek, have fun with games for children, and tour the beautiful sanctuary of St. George Greek Orthodox Church.
Where: Saint George Greek Orthodox Church, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: www.stgeorgegoc.org/greekfestival/
Broadway Princess Party
Four knockout voices sing every princess song in the book and share hilarious backstage stories of their royal antics on stage. Direct from its sold-out shows at NYC, San Francisco and Los Angeles, this is the princess party you WISH you'd had as a kid, only better, because these are the iconic, original stars. Princes and princesses from 8 to 98 are encouraged to dress up in their best royal attire (or cosplay); who knows, you may win a special princess prize! For VIP ticket holders, the princesses will be available for a meet and greet and autographs following the performance.
Where: Pantages Theatre, Minneapolis
Cost: VIP $99.50, General: $47.50-$37.50
Website: ticketmaster.com/event/060054E2AADB5429
Kids at the Castle
During this regular morning playdate - an hour before the public can enter the museum - kids can enjoy visual games, storytelling and music-and-movement activities geared toward ages 2 to 5.
Where: American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis
Cost: $8 per family; registration is not required. Normally, museum admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for ages 6-18 and free for ages 5 and younger.
Website: asimn.org
Auditions for Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical
Tony Award-winning Children's Theatre Company is encouraging students of any/all genders, racial backgrounds, abilities, and experience levels to audition. All student roles are being considered for this and other CTC productions through this audition. There will be an additional call-back audition at a later date. The theatre is especially looking for strong actor/singer/dancers grades 4-12 (ages 10-18). Actors must be available for rehearsals beginning March 21 and performances running April 28 through June 23, 2019. Young actors wishing to audition can sign up for a timeslot on CTC's Auditions Page.
Where: Mall of America
Cost: FREE
Website: childrenstheatre.org/about-us/opportunities/auditions
IndiaFest
Organized by the India Association of Minnesota, this 43rd-annual event includes parades, cultural exhibits, Indian cuisine from local restaurants, a bazaar, internationally acclaimed classical dance groups based in Minnesota, as well as live Bollywood music. Other family-friendly activities include henna, face painting, inflatables, kite flying, chess, cricket and yoga.
Where: State Capitol Grounds, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: iamn.org
Slimetastic Saturdays
Guests are invited to participate in a Slimetastic dance party which will include music, giveaways and a mass sliming at the end of the night at the South Entrance of Nickelodeon Universe.
Where: Mall of America, Bloomington
Cost: FREE
Website: mallofamerica.com/events
The Minnesota Renaissance Festival
The Minnesota Renaissance Festival is the largest Renaissance Festival in the United States, with an annual attendance of 300,000. King Henry and his royal court invite one and all to his 16th century European village featuring 16 stages of live entertainment. Over 250 artisans fill the Festival marketplace to display and sell their handcrafted wares. Patrons can interact with hundreds of characters roaming the village streets as well as view live armored jousting throughout the day.
Where: 12364 Chestnut Blvd, Shakopee
Cost: $13.50-$24.95
Website: renaissancefest.com
Pickling Weekend
In the 19th century, pickles provided families with a variety of foods and flavors to help them survive the long winter months. Today, pickles are less of a necessity, but still a flavorful addition to meals. Explore and sample historic and modern pickles in the historic Kelley Farm kitchen and the visitor center's Learning Kitchen. Visitors can make a jar of refrigerator pickles to take home for $4 per jar.
Where: Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River
Cost: Included with $6-12 site admission/MNHS members free
Website: mnhs.org/event/5346
On the Railroad
Choo-choo! All aboard! Hop on the train as the Theatre for the Very Young series continues with an original, company-created adventure for the youngest audiences on everything to do with trains and railroads. For ages 0-4 years.
Where: Stages Theater Company, Hopkins
Cost: $10
Website: stagestheatre.org
On the Railroad
Choo-choo! All aboard! Hop on the train as the Theatre for the Very Young series continues with an original, company-created adventure for the youngest audiences on everything to do with trains and railroads. For ages 0-4 years.
Where: Stages Theater Company, Hopkins
Cost: $10
Website: stagestheatre.org
Pickling Weekend
In the 19th century, pickles provided families with a variety of foods and flavors to help them survive the long winter months. Today, pickles are less of a necessity, but still a flavorful addition to meals. Explore and sample historic and modern pickles in the historic Kelley Farm kitchen and the visitor center's Learning Kitchen. Visitors can make a jar of refrigerator pickles to take home for $4 per jar.
Where: Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River
Cost: Included with $6-12 site admission/MNHS members free
Website: mnhs.org/event/5346
Lutz Railroad Garden Open House
Stop by and visit Conductor Bud and his charming railroad garden. The garden has free public open houses on the third Sunday of the month (June - September) from 1 to 4 p.m. Conductor Bud enjoys sharing his garden with kids of all ages.
Where: Lutz Railroad Garden, Eagan
Cost: FREE
Website: lutzrailroadgarden.net
Midwest Ski Otters Sunday Night Fever
The entire family can enjoy watching national swivel champions, freestyle jumpers, barefooting, and amazing pyramids. The Midwest Ski Otters have more than 100 members, all volunteers.
Where: Little Goose Lake, White Bear Lake
Cost: FREE
Website: skiotter.com