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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.)

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Savage Gardens & Big Bugs
Savage Gardens: The Real and Imaginary World of Carnivorous Plants, a new arboretum exhibit, features live plant specimens, giant sculptures and interactive displays for kids that show how different carnivorous plants lure their prey. Highlights include a 9-foot-tall Venus flytrap with controls that allow visitors to open and close the its traps. An insect-themed exhibit, David Rogers' Big Bug, will be open at the same time, featuring a 1,200-pound praying mantis, a larger-than-life 7-foot-high bee with a hive and a butterfly with a 5-foot wingspan. Savage Gardens will be on display through Sept. 18. Big Bugs will continue through September. The arboretum is open 363 days a year (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day).
Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska
Cost: Included with gate admission ($12 for ages 13 and older)
Big Back Yard
This seasonal, hands-on exhibit (and nine-hole miniature golf course) illustrates landscape evolution, river dynamics and biodiversity. It opens June 18 and also features a prairie maze, a ground-water plaza, gardens and more.
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul
Cost: Included with museum admission ($13 for adults, $10 for ages 4-12)
Website: smm.org/bigbackyard
CInderella
Bloomington Public Schools presents this Rodgers and Hammerstein production as part of its annual summer musical tradition, featuring more than 50 middle and high school students as actors, musicians and technical crew. Shows are at 7 p.m. July 27-30, plus a 3 p.m. show on July 30. A special preview performance for seniors will be held at 10 a.m. July 26 at 10 a.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door starting at 9 a.m.
Where: Jefferson High School, Bloomington
Cost: $10 ($8 for students and seniors); tickets are sold at the door one hour before each show.
Website: bloomington.k12.mn.us
Annie Jr.
Join Annie on a fun-filled, all-ages adventure as she finds a new home with billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his secretary, Grace, and a loveable mutt named Sandy. It may be a Hard Knock Life but Annie will never stop believing in Tomorrow. Show June 24-July 31.
Where: Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins
Cost: $12-$16
Website: stagestheatre.org
Groovin' in the Garden
This concert series lets grownups rock out with some of the Twin Cities' best bands while the kids are entertained by a climbing wall, bouncy house and lawn games, all outdoors, all free.
When: 6-8 p.m.
Where: Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: comozooconservatory.org/events/special-events/
CInderella
Bloomington Public Schools presents this Rodgers and Hammerstein production as part of its annual summer musical tradition, featuring more than 50 middle and high school students as actors, musicians and technical crew. Shows are at 7 p.m. July 27-30, plus a 3 p.m. show on July 30. A special preview performance for seniors will be held at 10 a.m. July 26 at 10 a.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door starting at 9 a.m.
Where: Jefferson High School, Bloomington
Cost: $10 ($8 for students and seniors); tickets are sold at the door one hour before each show.
Website: bloomington.k12.mn.us
Skyline Mini Golf
The Walker's seasonal mini-golf course has moved to the rooftop, due to the renovation of the museum and sculpture garden campus. The nine-hole course features a giant hot dog, ping-pong paddles and a tricky chicken coop, open May 26 to Sept. 4.
Where: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Cost: $12 adults, $9 for ages 7-12, free for ages 6 and younger with a paid adult
Website: walkerart.org/minigolf
CInderella
Bloomington Public Schools presents this Rodgers and Hammerstein production as part of its annual summer musical tradition, featuring more than 50 middle and high school students as actors, musicians and technical crew. Shows are at 7 p.m. July 27-30, plus a 3 p.m. show on July 30. A special preview performance for seniors will be held at 10 a.m. July 26 at 10 a.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door starting at 9 a.m.
Where: Jefferson High School, Bloomington
Cost: $10 ($8 for students and seniors); tickets are sold at the door one hour before each show.
Website: bloomington.k12.mn.us
The Lion King
This hugely popular Disney production, based on the 1994 Disney animated film of the same name with music by Elton John, is Broadway's most successful musical of all time. This North American Tour - geared toward ages 6 and older - will be in Minneapolis July 5 to Aug. 7. There will be a sensory-friendly performance on July 30 only. See hennepintheatretrust.org/sensoryfriendly for details.
Where: Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $49.
Website: lionking.com
CInderella
Bloomington Public Schools presents this Rodgers and Hammerstein production as part of its annual summer musical tradition, featuring more than 50 middle and high school students as actors, musicians and technical crew. Shows are at 7 p.m. July 27-30, plus a 3 p.m. show on July 30. A special preview performance for seniors will be held at 10 a.m. July 26 at 10 a.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door starting at 9 a.m.
Where: Jefferson High School, Bloomington
Cost: $10 ($8 for students and seniors); tickets are sold at the door one hour before each show.
Website: bloomington.k12.mn.us
Annie Jr.
Join Annie on a fun-filled, all-ages adventure as she finds a new home with billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his secretary, Grace, and a loveable mutt named Sandy. It may be a Hard Knock Life but Annie will never stop believing in Tomorrow. Show June 24-July 31.
Where: Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins
Cost: $12-$16
Website: stagestheatre.org
Crayola Experience at the MOA
This new Mall of America family destination - the third of its kind in the U.S. - brings the magic of Crayola to life. See how crayons are made in a live manufacturing show, name and wrap your own crayon, go on a 4D coloring adventure and be the star of your own coloring page. May 25 is the grand opening. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
Where: Mall of America, Bloomington
Cost: $24.99 ($6 off for AAA Minneapolis members who purchase tickets online)
Website: crayolaexperience.com
Annie Jr.
Join Annie on a fun-filled, all-ages adventure as she finds a new home with billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his secretary, Grace, and a loveable mutt named Sandy. It may be a Hard Knock Life but Annie will never stop believing in Tomorrow. Show June 24-July 31.
Where: Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins
Cost: $12-$16
Website: stagestheatre.org
Dinosaurs
The dinosaurs are back! See a lifelike stegosaurus, brachiosaurus, allosaurus and more. You can even snap a selfie with a T-rex. Just watch out for the dilophosaurus; he spits! See them May 28 to Sept. 5.
Where: Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley
Cost: $5 ($4 for members) in addition to zoo admission; zoo admission is $12 for ages 3-12 and 65 and older, $18 for ages 13-64
Website: mnzoo.org
Pinocchio
Geared toward grades kindergarten and older, this new spin on the classic tale requires only four actors, a stage full of construction materials and a splash of imagination. Pinocchio dreams of being a real boy, but will the all-too-tempting delights of puppet shows and Playland be too much? When Geppetto is swallowed by a whale, it's up to this little wooden puppet to show his courage. Showing July 15 to Aug. 14.
Where: Children Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $10.
Website: childrenstheatre.org