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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.

Family Fire & Ice Skate Night
Enjoy a free evening skate with hot cocoa, popcorn and a fire pit for warming up and roasting s'mores.
When: 6-8 p.m.
Where: Windom Northeast Park Skate Rink, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Contact: 612-370-4905
Website: tinyurl.com/mplsparksevents
Afterschool Outdoor Adventures
Ages 8 to 12 get the opportunity to learn new winter skills, such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and building snow shelters, at these evening programs.
When: 4:30-6 p.m.
Where: Cleary Lake Regional Park, Prior Lake
Cost: $10 per child. Reservations are required.
Contact: 763-694-7777
Website: threeriversparks.org
Fur Trade Heritage
Don the garb of a historical voyageur and examine replicas of fur-trade tools, participate in crafts and practice your French accent.
When: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Where: Maplewood Nature Center, Maplewood
Cost: $5 per family. Pre-register online.
Contact: $5 per family. Pre-register online.
Website: maplewoodnaturecenter.com
Art Sled Rally
Creators of spectacularly decorated sleds will ride their creations down a slope in Powderhorn Park. Enjoy treats and entertainment while watching - or bring your own art sled to participate. Workshops will be held in advance of the event to offer help in the designing and building of art sleds.
When: 2-3:30 p.m.
Where: Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Website: artsledrally.com
Charles Darwin's Birthday Party
Special family-friendly activities throughout the museum will celebrate the birthday of the influential naturalist, born in February 1809.
When: 1-4 p.m.
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul
Cost: Free with museum admission ($13 for adults, $10 for children ages 4-12)
Contact: 651-221-9444
Website: smm.org
Snowshoe at Coldwater Spring
Come dressed for the weather and borrow snowshoes for a day of trekking by the Mississippi River. Both experienced and novice snowshoers are welcome.
When: 10 a.m.-noon
Where: Coldwater Spring, Fort Snelling
Cost: FREE
Contact: 651-291-8164
Website: missriverfund.org
Nature Adventurers
Interactive programs tackle a different nature each weekend, including crafts, story times, snacks and outdoor discovery time geared toward ages 3 to 5.
When: 10-11:30 a.m
Where: Wood Lake Nature Center, Richfield
Cost: $8 per child. Prepayment required.
Contact: 612-861-9365
Website: tinyurl.com/woodlakenaturecenter
Nature Adventurers
Interactive programs tackle a different nature each weekend, including crafts, story times, snacks and outdoor discovery time geared toward ages 3 to 5.
When: 10-11:30 a.m
Where: Wood Lake Nature Center, Richfield
Cost: $8 per child. Prepayment required.
Contact: 612-861-9365
Website: tinyurl.com/woodlakenaturecenter
Children's Yoga
Encourage children to enjoy the benefits of yoga in a fun atmosphere along with a story time and snack.
When: 11 a.m.-noon
Where: Wood Lake Nature Center, Richfield
Cost: $10 per child. Preregistration required.
Contact: 612-861-9365
Website: tinyurl.com/woodlakenaturecenter
Tropical Beach Party
Forget the cold and snow by visiting the zoo's Tropics Trail with a huge indoor sandbox, face painting, animal visitors and other tropical-themed activities. Though the special activities take place the weekend of Feb. 14-15, the sandbox will stay open through March 2.
Where: Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley
Cost: Free with zoo admission ($18 for adults, $12 for children and seniors, free for ages 2 and younger)
Contact: 952-431-9200
Website: mnzoo.org
Dr. Zoolittle
Learn from a real vet what it's like to be a veterinarian and what it takes to keep the zoo's animals in top health at this program for ages 4-8.
When: 1 p.m.
Where: Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley
Cost: $50 for each adult-child pair, $37 per adult-child pair for members. Pre-registration required.
Contact: 952-431-9200
Website: mnzoo.org
Hot Metal Pour
Minnesota metal artists converge at Franconia during this family-friendly outdoor iron pour, highlighting the intriguing process of metal casting. Warm your hands over the bonfire and witness artists melting iron and pouring it into casts to make sculptures.
When: Noon-5 p.m.
Where: Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer
Cost: FREE
Contact: 651-257-6668
Website: franconia.org
Tropical Beach Party
Forget the cold and snow by visiting the zoo's Tropics Trail with a huge indoor sandbox, face painting, animal visitors and other tropical-themed activities. Though the special activities take place the weekend of Feb. 14-15, the sandbox will stay open through March 2.
Where: Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley
Cost: Free with zoo admission ($18 for adults, $12 for children and seniors, free for ages 2 and younger)
Contact: 952-431-9200
Website: mnzoo.org
Spark, Slime and Speed
The Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers will join museumgoers to celebrate National Engineers Week, including five interactive experiments representing areas of study.
When: Noon-4 p.m.
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul
Cost: Free with museum admission ($13 for adults, $10 for children ages 4-12)
Contact: 651-221-9444
Website: smm.org
Tropical Beach Party
Forget the cold and snow by visiting the zoo's Tropics Trail with a huge indoor sandbox, face painting, animal visitors and other tropical-themed activities. Though the special activities take place the weekend of Feb. 14-15, the sandbox will stay open through March 2.
Where: Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley
Cost: Free with zoo admission ($18 for adults, $12 for children and seniors, free for ages 2 and younger)
Contact: 952-431-9200
Website: mnzoo.org