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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.

The Most Magnificent Thing
A young girl has a wonderful idea. All she has to do is make it, and she makes things all the time. But as the girl tries and fails, repeatedly, she finds invention is anything but easy. For all ages, this play is based on the book written and illustrated by Ashley Spires.
Where: Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins
Cost: $14-$21
Website: stagestheatre.org
Pony Rides and Petting Zoo
Southtown will provide pony rides and will feature a petting zoo with many species of animals. The petting zoo will be located on the east side of Southtown next to the former Toys 'R' Us store.
Where: Southtown Shopping Center, Bloomington
Cost: The pony rides are $6; all other events are FREE.
Website: southtownbloomington.com
Spring Babies
Kids can hold or pet baby goats, sheep, bunnies, ducklings, chicks, calves and ponies. Additional activities include a kids' corn pit, a straw bale maze, pony rides, a hayride, inflatables, a giant slide and a kids' play area. There will be an Easter egg hunt at noon on April 19 and 20.
Where: Twin Cities Festival, Brooklyn Park
Cost: $9 online or $10 at the gate for ages 2+.
Website: twincitiesspringbabies.com
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
Karaoke for All Ages
Come sing your heart out, enjoy the participatory sing-a-longs and spontaneous dance parties, cheer on other singers, and now, it's all ages! Hosted by the always amazing Silly Miss Tilly (pictured).
Where: Can Can Wonderland, St. Paul
Cost: $2
Website: cancanwonderland.com
River Gorge Earth Day Cleanup
This site has shown dramatic improvement thanks to dedicated volunteers. To participate, simply show up at either E 36th St & W River Parkway or E 44th St & W River Parkway at 9:30 am on April 20 to sign-in with Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR) staff. They'll provide all of the supplies, but bring your own gloves, wear sturdy shoes and dress in layers for the weather.
When: 9:30 a.m.
Where: E 36th St & W River Parkway or E 44th St & W River Parkway, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Website: fmr.org
World Circus Day Fundraiser
This event will have face painting, roaming performers, carnival games with prizes, flow jam, prize raffle, food, and a performance showcase.
Where: Matthews Recreation Center, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE, but donations accepted
Website: facebook.com/events/2302500283409849/
Free Easter Egg Hunt and Petting Zoo
Petting Zoo Includes kangaroo, cavies, African Porcupine, maybe deer, and farm animals provided by Cock-A-Doodle Zoo. The egg hunt for younger children will be unfilled eggs to prevent choking from small toys/objects. The hunt for older children (3+) will contain eggs with small object, toys and/or candy. Please RSVP if possible and BYOB (Bring Your Own Basket).
Where: Learning to Grow Academy, 6716 Gleason Road, Edina
Cost: FREE
Website: learningtogrowacademy.com
CD Release Party for "The Well Traveled Unknown" by Tim Cheesebrow
The songs in this collection focus on personal struggles and aspirations as a young parent. Cheesebrow will play all the tunes on the album and will preview some new tunes. During the show you will witness Amy Vasterling's creation of a piece of original art influenced by the music being played. Everyone who attends the show will leave with a CD of the music and will be mailed an archival quality print of the finished artwork.
When: Doors at 6 p.m.
Where: Art Works, Eagan, MN
Cost: $20 adult, $15 under 16
Website: cheesebrowmusic.com
Childish Films at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival
This year's festival features seven films for kids: Abe (from Brazil), Chuskit (from India), Fight Girl (from the Netherlands and Belgium), Looking for the Wild (from Spain), Kayak to Klemtu (from the Kitasoo Nation in Canada), The Witch Hunters (from Serbia and North Macedonia) and Tito and the Birds (pictured, from Brazil).
Where: St. Anthony Main Theatre, Minneapolis
Cost: $15 general public, $11 Film Society members, and $8 youth under 25 and students with ID.
Website: mspfilm.org
Spring Eggstravaganza
This annual event features a scavenger hunt, photos with the Easter Bunny, dancing, face painting, crafts, treats and games. Bring a basket for egg hunting.
When: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Where: Minnetonka Community Center and Ice Arena, Minnetonka
Cost: $10, reservations required
Website: eminnetonka.com/recreationbrochure
Funtime Funktion's 1st Annual Spring Fun Fest
This brand new event will include some of the Twin Cities' best children's performers, educational workshops, an eco-themed puppet show and Trash to Treasures, where kids can make toys from recycled materials. You can decorate a May Day basket and visit face painters, henna artists, balloon sculptors and the Easter Bunny.
When: 12-4 p.m.
Where: McRae Park, Minneapolis
Cost: $5 per person FREE for three and under
Website: facebook.com/events/983775561818665/
Family Arts Blast
You can make or try an instrument, learn new dance moves, explore technical theater with costumes and sound effects - and every 20 minutes a new show or concert will start inside the two performance spaces. Programming provided by the Ordway, Minnesota Opera, Schubert Club, and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
When: 9-12:30 p.m.
Where: Ordway Center for Performing Arts, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: ordway.org/fab/
Spring Babies
Kids can hold or pet baby goats, sheep, bunnies, ducklings, chicks, calves and ponies. Additional activities include a kids' corn pit, a straw bale maze, pony rides, a hayride, inflatables, a giant slide and a kids' play area. There will be an Easter egg hunt at noon on April 19 and 20.
Where: Twin Cities Festival, Brooklyn Park
Cost: $9 online or $10 at the gate for ages 2+.
Website: twincitiesspringbabies.com
Easter Bunny, Pony Rides and Petting Zoo
Kids can dance to music by Kidsdance and meet the Easter Bunny. They also will enjoy facepainting, balloon animals, and crafts by Artistry, as well as prizes and free giveaways while supplies last. Southtown will provide pony rides and will feature a petting zoo with many species of animals. All activities will take place at or near the former Toys 'R' Us store, located just east of Kohl's.
Where: Southtown Shopping Center, Bloomington
Cost: FREE; pony rides are $6
Website: southtownbloomington.com