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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.

Summer History HiJinx: Robot Mania!
See vintage robot toys in the Toys of the '50s, '60s and '70s exhibit, and afterward spend some time with cardboard, paper and markers to create your own contraption.
When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Cost: Free with museum admission
Contact: 651-259-3000
Website: minnesotahistorycenter.org
The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood
Front Porch Theatre presents a family-friendly backyard comedy show about the story of Robin Hood, with a cast of local semi-professional and professional actors. Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and bug spray.
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Backyard at 1829 Burr St., Maplewood
Cost: FREE or a $12 suggested donation
Contact: 952-454-7344
Website: facebook.com/frontporchtheatre
Family Fridays at the Global Market
Enjoy free live music, a children's play area and free balloons for the first 50 children. Businesses will validate your parking (for up to three hours) with purchase if you park in the 10th Avenue parking ramp.
When: 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Contact: 612-872-4041
Website: midtownglobalmarket.org
Itty Bitty Beach Party
Music and fun for children ages 6 and younger.
When: 10 a.m.
Where: Round Lake Park, Eden Prairie
Cost: FREE
Contact: 952-949-8470
Website: edenprairie.org
Saturday Live!
Events at this literary-based program will feature puppets, magicians, wild animals and storytellers.
When: 11:15 a.m. to noon
Where: St. Paul Public Library, Central Library
Cost: FREE
Contact: 651-266-7034
Website: www.sppl.org
Free Family Flicks
Enjoy a free movie - first-come, first-serve to theater capacity.
When: 10 a.m.
Where: Theaters at Mall of America, Bloomington
Cost: FREE
Website: theatresmoa.com
Summer History HiJinx: Robot Mania!
See vintage robot toys in the Toys of the '50s, '60s and '70s exhibit, and afterward spend some time with cardboard, paper and markers to create your own contraption.
When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Cost: Free with museum admission
Contact: 651-259-3000
Website: minnesotahistorycenter.org
Free Sensory Flicks
Enjoy a free movie, with accommodations for children with developmental disabilities. Lights are left up, sound is reduced and audience members are welcome to dance, sing and move around during the film - first-come, first-serve to theater capacity.
When: 10 a.m.
Where: Theaters at Mall of America, Bloomington
Cost: FREE
Website: theatresmoa.com
The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood
Front Porch Theatre presents a family-friendly backyard comedy show about the story of Robin Hood, with a cast of local semi-professional and professional actors. Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and bug spray.
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Backyard at 1829 Burr St., Maplewood
Cost: FREE or a $12 suggested donation
Contact: 952-454-7344
Website: facebook.com/frontporchtheatre
Free First Saturdays at The Walker
Families can enjoy live performances, films, adventures and art-making, plus free gallery admission. Activities are recommended for ages 6 to 12.
When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Contact: 612-375-7600
Website: walkerart.org/free-first-saturdays
Community Collaboration Hot Metal Pour
Watch artists work with liquid-hot metal, heated in a 2,700-degree furnace, and see how they pour it into molds to create unique sculptures.
When: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer
Cost: FREE
Contact: 651-257-6668
Website: franconia.org
Honey, I Shrunk The Kids!
Enjoy a screening of the science-fiction family comedy, complete with snacks.
When: 2-3:30 p.m.
Where: Riverview Library, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Contact: 651-292-6626
Website: sppl.org
Super Spiders
Ages 4 to 11, accompanied by an adult, can meet live spiders, learn about their webs and silk, participate in a craft activity and take a nature hike to see spiders in their habitat.
When: 10-11:30 a.m.
Where: Maplewood Nature Center, Maplewood
Cost: $4 per child. Register online by July 30.
Contact: 651-249-2170
Website: maplewoodnaturecenter.com
Time Capsule for Kids: 1861
Children and their parents are invited to explore the historic Alexander Ramsey House, learn about the Civil War and inventions of the 1800s, sample gingerbread cake and build a time capsule to take home.
When: Tour times are noon and 1 p.m.
Where: Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul
Cost: $10; $9 for seniors and students; $7 for ages 6 to 17; FREE for members and ages 5 and younger
Contact: 651-296-8760
Website: mnhs.org
Powderhorn Art Fair
Peruse a variety of fine art from local exhibitors and enjoy food, beverages and music.
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Contact: 612-767-3515
Website: powderhornartfair.org