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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.

Groovin In The Garden
While the grownups get their groove on with some of the Twin Cities best bands, the kids will be entertained by a climbing wall, bouncy house, and lawn games.
Where: Enchanted Garden, Como Conservatory
Cost: FREE
Website: comozooconservatory.org/events/special-events/
Free Kids & Caregivers Theater Workshop
SPARK theater + dance offers a FREE workshop of games and creative movement designed as an ideal introduction to the theater for young children. The 45-minute workshop is for kids ages 5-8 and their caregivers.
When: 6:45-7:30 p.m.
Where: Brooklyn Park Community Activity Center
Cost: FREE, but registration required
Website: facebook.com/events/2342930705727778/
Music in the Zoo Concert Series
The lineup features a blend of fan favorites and new artists to the Zoo, ranging from Rosanne Cash to Belle and Sebastian. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and take place on the Sue McLean Stage in the Weesner Family Amphitheater at the Minnesota Zoo.
Where: Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley
Cost: Varies
Website: suemclean.com/zoo
Matilda the Musical
Inspired by the work of Roald Dahl, this kid-power romp revels in the anarchy of childhood. For 6-year-olds and up.
Where: Children's Theatre, Minneapolis
Cost: Starting at $15
Website: childrenstheatre.org
The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical
The Greek gods are real, and they're ruining Percy Jackson's life. As a son of Poseidon, Percy has newly discovered powers he can't control, monsters on his trail, and is on an epic quest to find Zeus's lightning bolt to prevent a war between the gods.
Where: Ordway Center for Performing Arts
Cost: From $51
Website: ordway.org/event/lightning-thief/
BCB Playdate with Rockin' Jump Trampoline Park
Join Bump Club and Beyond and Rockin' Jump Trampoline Park for a morning of FREE jumping for kids 6 and under. Junior Jumper Time offers a dedicated time when smaller children can jump without the big kids while parents socialize with one another in a comfortable, low-key environment. Pre-registration is required.
When: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Rockin' Jump Trampoline Park, Eagan
Cost: FREE
Website: bumpclubandbeyond.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
Tots & Trains
Every first and third Wednesday come for storytime, craft and snack. Then stick around to have fun playing at the train table, exploring the trains, touring the restoration shop, and more.
Where: Minnesota Transportation Museum, St. Paul
Cost: $11 adult, $9 senior/child, $7 toddler
Website: transportationmuseum.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
The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical
The Greek gods are real, and they're ruining Percy Jackson's life. As a son of Poseidon, Percy has newly discovered powers he can't control, monsters on his trail, and is on an epic quest to find Zeus's lightning bolt to prevent a war between the gods.
Where: Ordway Center for Performing Arts
Cost: From $51
Website: ordway.org/event/lightning-thief/
Twin Cities River Rats
The Twin Cities River Rats put on themed water ski shows all summer long on the Mississippi River in the heart of Northeast Minneapolis, just south of the Broadway Avenue bridge. The team began back in the 1970s and has grown over the years into a 100+ member, nationally ranked team.
Where: 1758 West River Rd N, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Website: tcriverrats.com/events
White Bear Lake Marketfest
More than 130 local businesses and vendors offer a wide variety of food, merchandise, art, and handcrafted goods. And there are numerous activities for children including a petting zoo and games.
Where: Downtown White Bear Lake
Cost: FREE
Website: marketfestwbl.com
Matilda the Musical
Inspired by the work of Roald Dahl, this kid-power romp revels in the anarchy of childhood. For 6-year-olds and up.
Where: Children's Theatre, Minneapolis
Cost: Starting at $15
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Earle Brown Days Festival
The 37th annual Earle Brown Days will kick off with an enormous 70+ attraction parade. Saturday starts with the Run, Jump or Fly 5K, followed by a family festival in Centennial Park with non-stop entertainment, food trucks, activities for the kids and a community market. The festival comes to a close with a fireworks show.
Where: Brooklyn Center
Cost: FREE
Website: cityofbrooklyncenter.org/earlebrowndays
Special Olympics Minnesota Summer Games
Over 3,000 athletes from all over of the state of Minnesota have the opportunity to put their skills to the test, experience the highest level of competition, and celebrate big and small victories.
Where: University of St. Thomas, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: somn.org/summer