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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.

STEM Family Day
History and science come together in a day of family activities focusing on the role of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) in the past and present of the Minneapolis riverfront.
Where: Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Cost: Included with $6-12 museum admission/MNHS members free
Website: mnhs.org/event/6735
Saturday Live!
Come every Saturday in the Central Library's Youth Services department for a wide range of multicultural programs including puppetry, magic, live animals, storytelling, music, and much more. This literacy-based program selects performers for both their entertainment value and their ability to promote the joys of reading and libraries to young audiences.
Where: George Latimer Central Library, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: sppl.org
Minneapolis Toy Library Lending
Members can check out 5 high quality toys for 2-4 weeks and return them at lending events, every other Wed 4-7 and every other Sat 9-12. There are thousands of toys, games and educational materials to choose from for kids ages 0-5.
Where: Richfield Lutheran Church, 8 W 60th St., Richfield
Cost: FREE to attend, but membership costs $40-$100 a year
Website: mplstoylibrary.org
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters
The Great King is seeking a queen worthy of the realm. Mufaro journeys to the King with his two daughters, certain that one of them will be chosen. This folktale from Zimbabwe is an adaptation of the Caldecott Award-Winning book.
Where: SteppingStone Theatre, St. Paul
Cost: $12-$16; pay as you're able on Feb. 3
Website: steppingstonetheatre.org
The Supercilious Ways of Walter Wading
Supercilious meets super-silliness when Walter's usual path through the woods leads to the most unusual surprise. Who: SPARK theater + dance's 40-minute show celebrates playfulness and imagination and is an ideal introduction to the theater for families with children ages 3-8 (and beyond). Join them beforehand for a theater and dance workshop designed for children ages 5-8 along with their adult caregivers.
When: Workshop at 10 a.m., performance at 11 a.m.
Where: Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Website: sparktheater.com
Mr. Popper's Penguins
Humble painter Mr. Popper turns a dozen talented penguins into a traveling vaudeville act. For children 4 years old and up. 1 hour without intermission. ASL/AD Performance: Friday, February 15 at 7 p.m., Sensory Friendly Performance: Friday, February 22 at 7 p.m.
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Starting at $15
Website: childrenstheatre.org
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.
Website: asimn.org
Monster Jam
Approximately 12 feet tall and about 12 feet wide, Monster Jam trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds. Built for short, high-powered bursts of speed, Monster Jam trucks generate 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and are capable of speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Monster Jam trucks can fly up to 125 to 130 feet (a distance greater than 14 cars side by side) and up to 35 feet in the air.
When: 7 p.m.
Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis
Cost: Starting at $17
Website: usbankstadium.com/events
Three Snow Bears
A search for her missing sled dogs leads Aloo-ki to an igloo she can't resist exploring in this production based on award-winning author Jan Brett's twist on the Goldilocks tale. For all ages.
Where: Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins
Cost: $14-$21
Website: stagestheatre.org
Women in Science and Engineering
Come out and experience hands-on science with female leaders who work in engineering and related fields. This event will feature pop-up learning stations, one-on-one interaction with scientists, and other activities.
When: Noon to 4 p.m.
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul
Cost: Standard admission: $18.95 adults, $12.95 ages 4-12 and seniors
Website: smm.org/wise
Night Trains
Night Trains Season comes to museum layouts in a magical way: the lights are turned down, the buildings and street lights glow warmly, setting the scene for specially lighted models of vintage passenger trains. The make believe town of Matlin is buried in a blizzard, and throughout the Museum the layouts are adorned with miniature Christmas lights and decorations.
Where: Twin City Model Railroad Museum, St. Paul
Cost: $15 for individuals, special family rates
Website: tcmrm.org/special-events/night-trains/
Periphery: The Student Sit-Ins of 1960
In Jim-Crow-era North Carolina, four young African-Americans take the radical move of sitting at a lunch counter and asking for a cup of coffee. Recommended for 4th grade & up.
Where: Howard Conn Fine Arts Center, Minneapolis
Cost: $15 for adults, $12 for children and seniors
Website: youthperformanceco.org
Potted Potter, The Unauthorized Harry Experience - A Parody by Dan & Jeff
This show features all the favorite characters, a special appearance from a fire-breathing dragon and a real-life game of Quidditch in the theatre. Ideal for ages six and up.
Where: Pantages Theatre, Minneapolis
Cost: $40-$100
Website: hennepintheatretrust.org
Music Under Glass
Beat the winter blahs by boogying to blues, bluegrass and ballads in the tropical two-acre Marjorie McNeely Conservatory. This free concert series showcases Twin Cities' finest musicians most Sunday afternoons in winter.
Where: Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: comozooconservatory.org
Mr. Popper's Penguins
Humble painter Mr. Popper turns a dozen talented penguins into a traveling vaudeville act. For children 4 years old and up. 1 hour without intermission. ASL/AD Performance: Friday, February 15 at 7 p.m., Sensory Friendly Performance: Friday, February 22 at 7 p.m.
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Starting at $15
Website: childrenstheatre.org