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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.

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Minnesota State Fair
The Great Minnesota Get-Together is one of the largest and best-attended expositions in the world, attracting more than 1.8 million visitors every year, showcasing Minnesota's finest agriculture, horticulture, art and industry, plus carnival rides, games, live music and food vendors aplenty. This year's event runs Aug. 25 to Sept. 5. Kids Day is Sept. 5 with gate admission reduced to $8 for ages 5 to 12. Seniors & Kids Day is Aug. 29 with gate admission reduced to $8 for ages 65 and older and ages 5 to 12. Seniors Day is Sept. 1 with $8 admission for age 65 and up at the gate. Look online for information about library, military and other discount days.
Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul
Cost: Advanced tickets start at $10. Daily gate admission is $13 for ages 13-64; $11 for ages 5-12 and 65 and older; and free for ages 4 and younger.
Website: mnstatefair.org
Lil' Kickers Open Houses
Lil' Kickers has arrived in the Twin Cities. This year-round, national program helps children build physical, intellectual and emotional skills on and off the soccer field. Learn more at two free open house events Aug. 27 and 28, featuring soccer demos and other fun activities. RSVP for your FREE ticket at http://bit.ly/lkRSVP. Events are 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 27, at Twin Cities Indoor Sports. And 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 at Sabes JCC. Starting the week of Sept. 6, Lil Kickers Twin Cities will offer classes for ages 18 months to 12 years at two Minneapolis locations.
Where: Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Website: www.lilkickerstwincities.com
Forces at Play
This new exhibit is the first of 10 new features coming to the museum as part of a $30 million expansion. Opening Aug. 27, it encourages critical thinking skills through open-ended, hands-on activities. Kids will get to create ball launchers with a variety of hoses, tubes, connectors and valves; test their own contraptions; create and test chain reactions using unusual materials; and imagine new ways to configure water hoses, brushes and sprayers.
Where: Minnesota Children's Museum, St. Paul
Cost: Museum admission is $9.95 for ages 1 and older.
Website: mcm.org
Renaissance Festival
Immersive yourself in a 16th-century European village. This festival is open weekends Aug. 20 to Oct. 2, plus Monday, Sept. 5 (Labor Day) and Festival Friday on Sept. 30. Visit 12 stages of musicians, magicians, jugglers and mimes, including more than 500 engaging memorable characters. More than 250 artisans fill the festival marketplace to create a unique shopping experience, now in its 46th year. Themed weekends include Oktoberfest, Shamrocks & Shenanigans, Highland Fling and more.
Where: Seven miles south of Shakopee. The festival will move to a new home in 2020. Cost:
Cost: $23.95; $14.95 for ages 5 to 12, $21.95 for ages 62 and older. Starting Aug. 8, buy tickets online or at local stores to save money and avoid lines at the event.
Website: renaissancefest.com
Monarch Open House
Find out why and how monarchs are tagged, learn about their magnificent migration and see them in their lifecycle stages at this free, all-ages, drop-in program. There'll be crafts for kids and butterfly gardening information for adults, too. Discover things you can do to help these beautiful butterflies survive.
When: 1-3 p.m.
Where: Maplewood Nature Center, Maplewood
Cost: FREE
Website: maplewoodnaturecenter.com
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
Lil' Kickers Open Houses
Lil' Kickers has arrived in the Twin Cities. This year-round, national program helps children build physical, intellectual and emotional skills on and off the soccer field. Learn more at two free open house events Aug. 27 and 28, featuring soccer demos and other fun activities. RSVP for your FREE ticket at http://bit.ly/lkRSVP. Events are 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 27, at Twin Cities Indoor Sports. And 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 at Sabes JCC. Starting the week of Sept. 6, Lil Kickers Twin Cities will offer classes for ages 18 months to 12 years at two Minneapolis locations.
Where: Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Website: www.lilkickerstwincities.com
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)
Minnesota State Fair
The Great Minnesota Get-Together is one of the largest and best-attended expositions in the world, attracting more than 1.8 million visitors every year, showcasing Minnesota's finest agriculture, horticulture, art and industry, plus carnival rides, games, live music and food vendors aplenty. This year's event runs Aug. 25 to Sept. 5. Kids Day is Sept. 5 with gate admission reduced to $8 for ages 5 to 12. Seniors & Kids Day is Aug. 29 with gate admission reduced to $8 for ages 65 and older and ages 5 to 12. Seniors Day is Sept. 1 with $8 admission for age 65 and up at the gate. Look online for information about library, military and other discount days.
Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul
Cost: Advanced tickets start at $10. Daily gate admission is $13 for ages 13-64; $11 for ages 5-12 and 65 and older; and free for ages 4 and younger.
Website: mnstatefair.org
Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails
This popular hands-on STEM-centered exhibit is back to teach little engineers problem solving, mathematics, physics, spatial relations and time telling, too, open through Dec. 4. Photo by Bruce Wilcox.
Where: Minnesota Children's Museum, St. Paul
Cost: Museum admission is $9.95 for ages 1 and older.
Website: mcm.org
Minnesota State Fair
The Great Minnesota Get-Together is one of the largest and best-attended expositions in the world, attracting more than 1.8 million visitors every year, showcasing Minnesota's finest agriculture, horticulture, art and industry, plus carnival rides, games, live music and food vendors aplenty. This year's event runs Aug. 25 to Sept. 5. Kids Day is Sept. 5 with gate admission reduced to $8 for ages 5 to 12. Seniors & Kids Day is Aug. 29 with gate admission reduced to $8 for ages 65 and older and ages 5 to 12. Seniors Day is Sept. 1 with $8 admission for age 65 and up at the gate. Look online for information about library, military and other discount days.
Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul
Cost: Advanced tickets start at $10. Daily gate admission is $13 for ages 13-64; $11 for ages 5-12 and 65 and older; and free for ages 4 and younger.
Website: mnstatefair.org
Eagan Market Fest
This award-winning farmers market event features 60-plus vendors, free art projects for kids, a Kids POP (Power of Produce) Club, concerts in the park (at the adjacent bandshell stage) and playground, plus many theme nights. Hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays June 1 to Aug. 31 and 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays in September.
Where: Eagan Festival Grounds at Central Park, Eagan
Cost: FREE
Website: cityofeagan.com/marketfest
Minnesota State Fair
The Great Minnesota Get-Together is one of the largest and best-attended expositions in the world, attracting more than 1.8 million visitors every year, showcasing Minnesota's finest agriculture, horticulture, art and industry, plus carnival rides, games, live music and food vendors aplenty. This year's event runs Aug. 25 to Sept. 5. Kids Day is Sept. 5 with gate admission reduced to $8 for ages 5 to 12. Seniors & Kids Day is Aug. 29 with gate admission reduced to $8 for ages 65 and older and ages 5 to 12. Seniors Day is Sept. 1 with $8 admission for age 65 and up at the gate. Look online for information about library, military and other discount days.
Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul
Cost: Advanced tickets start at $10. Daily gate admission is $13 for ages 13-64; $11 for ages 5-12 and 65 and older; and free for ages 4 and younger.
Website: mnstatefair.org
Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs
Scientific findings once bound in ancient Egyptian and Peruvian remains will be revealed in this first-of-its-kind traveling exhibit from the world-renowned Field Museum in Chicago. Real mummies and coffins will be on display, including one of the oldest mummies in the world, plus animal mummies, stone sarcophagi fragments, mummified heads and trophy skulls. See the exhibit through Sept. 5. Visitors must choose a specific date and time for their Mummies visit when they purchase tickets.
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul
Cost: Exhibit admission is $24 for adults and $15 for ages 4-12 and 60 and older. Ticket prices include admission to the museum's permanent exhibit galleries.
Website: smm.org/mummies
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)