Out & About


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.

Grown-Up Kidstuff: Puppets After Dark
The Loki Puppet Players present "The Gingerbread Man, AKA Supercookie." The gingerbread man refuses to be eaten in this production for all ages. Come early and make your own puppet!
Where: George Latimer Central Library, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: sppl.bibliocommons.com
Canadian Pacific Holiday Train
The festive Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will stop at Union Depot. After a welcome by Ramsey County Commissioner Rafael Ortega, The Trews and Willy Porter will entertain guests with a live musical concert performance. Guests are encouraged to bring a monetary and/or heart-healthy food donation for local food shelf, Keystone Community Services.
Where: Union Depot, St. Paul
Cost: FREE. VIP tickets are $10 each and will grant holders access to a preferred viewing area nearest the stage.
Website: uniondepot.org/holiday/
The Mechanical Engineering Robot Show
For six weeks, the 210 college students in the introductory design course in Mechanical Engineering design and build their own robot. Their task is to create a machine which "does something useful." The results of their efforts will be on public display at the Robot Show. It is the largest collection of robots assembled in one place in the Twin Cities and is fun for kids of all ages.
When: 2:40-4:30 PM
Where: McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Website: www.me.umn.edu/robotshow/
Ballet Tuesdays
Come and bring your aspiring dancer to Landmark Center and watch the talented troupe from Saint Paul Ballet perform, demonstrate and give you sneak previews of their season works. Bring a lunch or grab something from Anita's Cafe.
Where: Landmark Center, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: landmarkcenter.org
Snowflakes 3 Ways
Drop in to create beautiful snowflakes using puffy paint and glitter, Perler beads, and detailed coloring sheets. Appropriate for all ages. No registration required.
Where: Maplewood Library
Cost: FREE
Website: rclreads.org
Planetarium Shows
Como Planetarium is a 55-seat planetarium that has been in operation since 1975. Its state-of-the-art immersive video system provides the opportunity for visitors to take virtual trips though the solar system, as well as enjoy quality film productions on a 30 ft. diameter screen. Two 45-minute shows are open to the public each Tuesday night of the school year.
Where: Como Planetarium, St. Paul
Cost: $5
Website: spps.org/Domain/10131
Toddler Tuesdays
Spark fun and educational exploration every Toddler Tuesdays with Nickelodeon and Canon's Laugh & Learn Playdates. Events include special character appearances, arts and crafts, story time, and the chance to win a Canon printer! Events are every Tuesday from 10 a.m. until noon and are free and open to the public.
Where: Mall of America Rotunda
Cost: FREE
Website: mallofamerica.com/events
Mary Poppins Jr.
"It's a jolly holiday with Mary" in this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious adventure based on the award-winning Broadway musical and classic Walt Disney film.
Where: Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins
Cost: $18-$30
Website: stagestheatre.org
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
A miserly and miserable, ever-so-cantankerous Grinch has witnessed the despicable Christmas joy of the Whos with disdain, from a distance, for decades. Enough! In this favorite holiday story, filled with music and Seussian rhymes, he conceives a dastardly plot to destroy what they love.
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $15.
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Neighborhood Open House 2018
An evening of hands-on holiday crafts, performances, bonfires and more to thank neighbors and supporters, celebrate the holidays and introduce the Mansion to new friends.
When: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Website: asimn.org
Christmas Traditions Guided House Tour
Join a guided tour to learn about Christmas traditions for the Hill family and their servants. Guides bring visitors through the basement and first and second floors while sharing family stories and memories. Tours run 60 minutes with the last tour time at 3:30 pm.
Where: James J. Hill House, St. Paul
Cost: $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $8 ages 5-17, age 4 and under free, MNHS members save 20%
Website: mnhs.org
The 12th Annual Star Wars Holiday Special Toys for Tots Spectacular
Bring an unwrapped new toy donation and watch the worst thing to ever air on television! Bea Arthur sings! Chewbacca's dad fantasizes over Diahann Carroll! But you know, Boba Fett shows up so it ain't all bad. Never mind. Yes it is.
When: 4, 7 and 10 p.m.
Where: Bryant Lake Bowl Theater
Cost: FREE with Toys for Tots donation
Website: bryantlakebowl.com
Wee Wednesdays
For little ones age 5 and younger accompanied by their caregivers, Midtown Global Market offers educational events every week. Activities may include dancing, live puppet theater, cooking activities and even live animals from the Como Zoo. 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis
Cost: Free
Website: midtownglobalmarket.org/events
Explore It! 3M Visiting Wizards
Experience engineering and technology with scientists and engineers from 3M.
Where: The Works Museum, Bloomington
Cost: Included with Museum admission ($9 per person)
Website: theworks.org
A Victorian Christmas
Experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of a Victorian Christmas in 1875. During this guided tour, guests can taste homemade cookies fresh from the wood-burning stove, listen to popular holiday music of the era played on the family's 1875 Steinway grand piano, and view original family ornaments and Christmas gifts. The 60-minute guided tour starts every 15 minutes. The last tour begins at 4:30 p.m.
Where: Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul
Cost: $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, $8 ages 5-17, age 4 and under free, MNHS members save 20%
Website: mnhs.org