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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.

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Spring Babies
Meet baby bunnies, chicks, goats, piglets, ponies and more at a new petting zoo and event by the folks behind the Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze. Dates include April 14-15, 22-23, 29-30 (closed Easter Sunday).
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Brooklyn Park
Cost: $8 online, $10 at the gate for ages 2 and older
Website: twincitiesspringbabies.com
Farm Babies
Meet animal babies of all kinds (chicks, piglets, lambs, calves, goat kids and bunnies) at the Wells Fargo Family Farm at the zoo with special activities on select days through April 30.
Where: Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley
Cost: Free with zoo admission of $12 for ages 3-12 and 65 and older, $18 for ages 13-64
Website: mnzoo.org
A Year With Frog and Toad
Waking from hibernation in the spring, the perky Frog and the worrywart Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons through four, fun-filled seasons in this musical adaptation -based on Arnold Lobel's Newbery-winning and Caldecott-honored books - nominated for three Tony Awards including Best Musical. Show times and dates vary.
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $15.
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
A super-hero squirrel, Ulysses, and a self-proclaimed cynic, Flora Belle Buckman, take the stage in this eccentric, endearing, world-premiere adaptation of Kate DiCamillo's 2014 Newbery Medal-winning book. Show times and dates vary; April 28-May 20
Where: Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins
Cost: $12-$16; lap passes are $5 for ages 3-4 and free for ages 2 and younger.
Website: stagestheatre.org
Spring Baby Animals Abound at Twin Cities Festival
With spring comes spring babies-adorable baby bunnies, chicks, goats, piglets, ponies, and more! Twin Cities Festival, well known for boasting Minnesota's largest corn maze each fall, now also boasts a spring baby animal petting zoo. Additional activities include a kids' corn pit, a straw bale maze, hayrides, inflatables, and a kids' play area. April 22 & 23 (Sat. & Sun.) 10 am - 5 pm and April 29 & 30 (Sat. & Sun.) 10 am - 5 pm *Closed Easter Sunday. Twin Cities Festival opened in 2010 in an effort to provide Minnesotans with a world-class fall festival and corn maze. This is the first year the venue has hosted a spring baby animal petting zoo.
Where: Twin Cities Festival 8001 - 109th Avenue N. Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
Cost: Tickets are $8 if purchased online or $10 at the gate for ages 2+.
Website: www.twincitiesspringbabies.com
Stone Soup
Community is built one ingredient at a time in this classic folktale of war-weary foreigners, who arrive in a village and inadvertently inspire fear and suspicion - that is until they begin making soup, miraculously out of a stone. It isn't long before the locals find they can't help but contribute to the outsider's ever-growing, increasingly communal meal. Show times and dates vary; April 21-May 21
Where: Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins
Cost: $12-$16; lap passes are $5 for ages 3-4 and free for ages 2 and younger.
Website: stagestheatre.org
Playdates
Keep little ones busy with preschool-appropriate activities and live theater acts. Playdate tickets include admission to galleries, a take-home science experiment, Science Live performances and demonstrations and discounts on dining and merchandise. 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul
Cost: Age 5 and younger can attend for free with a paid adult admission. Regular museum admission is $18.95 for adults and $12.95 for ages 4-12 and 60 and older.
Website: smm.org/playdates
Stone Soup
Community is built one ingredient at a time in this classic folktale of war-weary foreigners, who arrive in a village and inadvertently inspire fear and suspicion - that is until they begin making soup, miraculously out of a stone. It isn't long before the locals find they can't help but contribute to the outsider's ever-growing, increasingly communal meal. Show times and dates vary; April 21-May 21
Where: Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins
Cost: $12-$16; lap passes are $5 for ages 3-4 and free for ages 2 and younger.
Website: stagestheatre.org
Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
A super-hero squirrel, Ulysses, and a self-proclaimed cynic, Flora Belle Buckman, take the stage in this eccentric, endearing, world-premiere adaptation of Kate DiCamillo's 2014 Newbery Medal-winning book. Show times and dates vary; April 28-May 20
Where: Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins
Cost: $12-$16; lap passes are $5 for ages 3-4 and free for ages 2 and younger.
Website: stagestheatre.org
Stone Soup
Community is built one ingredient at a time in this classic folktale of war-weary foreigners, who arrive in a village and inadvertently inspire fear and suspicion - that is until they begin making soup, miraculously out of a stone. It isn't long before the locals find they can't help but contribute to the outsider's ever-growing, increasingly communal meal. Show times and dates vary; April 21-May 21
Where: Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins
Cost: $12-$16; lap passes are $5 for ages 3-4 and free for ages 2 and younger.
Website: stagestheatre.org
A Year With Frog and Toad
Waking from hibernation in the spring, the perky Frog and the worrywart Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons through four, fun-filled seasons in this musical adaptation -based on Arnold Lobel's Newbery-winning and Caldecott-honored books - nominated for three Tony Awards including Best Musical. Show times and dates vary.
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $15.
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Festival of Nations
This indoor cultural celebration includes ethnic foods, music, demonstrations, exhibits and dance from more than 90 ethnic groups. Founded in 1932, the festival is one of the longest-running multicultural event in the Midwest. Kids can collect stamps from different nations' exhibits in their Festival of Nations passports. May 4-7
Where: RiverCentre, St. Paul
Cost: $11 for adults, $8 for ages 5-17, free for ages 5 and younger with a paying adult
Website: festivalofnations.com
Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
A super-hero squirrel, Ulysses, and a self-proclaimed cynic, Flora Belle Buckman, take the stage in this eccentric, endearing, world-premiere adaptation of Kate DiCamillo's 2014 Newbery Medal-winning book. Show times and dates vary; April 28-May 20
Where: Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins
Cost: $12-$16; lap passes are $5 for ages 3-4 and free for ages 2 and younger.
Website: stagestheatre.org
Lulla Mello Memories
Mary Ellen Skeesick, an Edina-based music teacher, is giving a concert for the young and the young-at-heart at Edinborough Park. The concert is being given in celebration of the publication of her book Do, Re Mi, Line Space Key, Sing With Me. See her website for more information maryellenskeesick.com. Noon; May 4
Where: Edinborough Park
Cost: Free
Website: edinamn.gov
Listen to Your Mother
Grab a mom friend or two or more and make a night of this fourth-annual event honoring motherhood - the good, the bad, the sad, the ugly, the hilarious, the golden, and of course, the beautiful - in the form of original readings performed live on-stage by a curated cast of local authors. 7 p.m. May 4
Where: Riverview Theater, Minneapolis
Cost: $18 online, $20 at the door (cash only)
Website: listentoyourmothershow.com/twincities