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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.

The Amazing Castle
Travel back in time to a fanciful medieval village filled with opportunities for problem-solving, storytelling and imaginative play as part of the Minnesota Children's Museum's pop-up location at the MOA. Design and build your own chair, cook a delicious meal using garden vegetables or create a puppet show to entertain the royals. Inside the castle, kids can don costumes and role-play as lords, ladies and castle villagers; craft a miniature community using stone blocks; or sound the trumpets to wake Herald, the sleeping dragon. Through April 16. MCM at MOA hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays.
Where: Mall of America, Bloomington
Cost: $7.95 for ages 1 and older and free for museum members
Website: mcm.org/visit/moa
Tropical Beach Party
Escape the cold at the zoo with a party in the tropical exhibit space, featuring two giant indoor sandboxes (expanded this year to accommodate more kids)! Bring your own pail (BYOP) or favorite sand toy and play in the sand, surrounded by palm trees, exotic animals and special activities. Weekend events include scavenger hunts, educational family activities, face painting, zookeeper talks and more. Feb. 18-March 13
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
Winter Light
Acclaimed British artist Bruce Munro brings his first large-scale light installation to Minnesota with a series of outdoor and indoor exhibits, including thousands of radiant lights, pulsating animations and sounds. Through April 9
Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska
Cost: $12-$17
Website: munrowinterlightmn.org
The Amazing Castle
Travel back in time to a fanciful medieval village filled with opportunities for problem-solving, storytelling and imaginative play as part of the Minnesota Children's Museum's pop-up location at the MOA. Design and build your own chair, cook a delicious meal using garden vegetables or create a puppet show to entertain the royals. Inside the castle, kids can don costumes and role-play as lords, ladies and castle villagers; craft a miniature community using stone blocks; or sound the trumpets to wake Herald, the sleeping dragon. Through April 16. MCM at MOA hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays.
Where: Mall of America, Bloomington
Cost: $7.95 for ages 1 and older and free for museum members
Website: mcm.org/visit/moa
Tropical Beach Party
Escape the cold at the zoo with a party in the tropical exhibit space, featuring two giant indoor sandboxes (expanded this year to accommodate more kids)! Bring your own pail (BYOP) or favorite sand toy and play in the sand, surrounded by palm trees, exotic animals and special activities. Weekend events include scavenger hunts, educational family activities, face painting, zookeeper talks and more. Feb. 18-March 13
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
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
The Amazing Castle
Travel back in time to a fanciful medieval village filled with opportunities for problem-solving, storytelling and imaginative play as part of the Minnesota Children's Museum's pop-up location at the MOA. Design and build your own chair, cook a delicious meal using garden vegetables or create a puppet show to entertain the royals. Inside the castle, kids can don costumes and role-play as lords, ladies and castle villagers; craft a miniature community using stone blocks; or sound the trumpets to wake Herald, the sleeping dragon. Through April 16. MCM at MOA hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays.
Where: Mall of America, Bloomington
Cost: $7.95 for ages 1 and older and free for museum members
Website: mcm.org/visit/moa
Tropical Beach Party
Escape the cold at the zoo with a party in the tropical exhibit space, featuring two giant indoor sandboxes (expanded this year to accommodate more kids)! Bring your own pail (BYOP) or favorite sand toy and play in the sand, surrounded by palm trees, exotic animals and special activities. Weekend events include scavenger hunts, educational family activities, face painting, zookeeper talks and more. Feb. 18-March 13
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
The Sneetches: The Musical
This world-premiere adaptation of Dr. Seuss' book presents a powerful parable about courage and friendship for all ages. On Sneetch Beach, there's a line in the sand - Star Bellies on one side, Plain Bellies on the other. That's the way it is, was and will be. At least until the sneaky and greedy Sylvester Monkey McBean comes to town with his Star On machine. Suddenly, the difference between the haves and the have nots - those with stars and those without - isn't so clear. What will the Sneetches do now? Days vary. Check website for tickets. Feb. 7-March 26
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $15.
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Disney on Ice: Dream Big
Join eight Disney princesses - Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana, Jasmine, Auroraand Snow White - as they embark on incredible adventures, determined to make their dreams come true. Witness artistic skating, choreography and acrobatics, plus special effects and stunning set designs. March 1-5, including matinee and evening performances. See website for performance times.
Where: Target Center, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets for all ages start at $16.50.
Website: AXS.com
The Amazing Castle
Travel back in time to a fanciful medieval village filled with opportunities for problem-solving, storytelling and imaginative play as part of the Minnesota Children's Museum's pop-up location at the MOA. Design and build your own chair, cook a delicious meal using garden vegetables or create a puppet show to entertain the royals. Inside the castle, kids can don costumes and role-play as lords, ladies and castle villagers; craft a miniature community using stone blocks; or sound the trumpets to wake Herald, the sleeping dragon. Through April 16. MCM at MOA hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays.
Where: Mall of America, Bloomington
Cost: $7.95 for ages 1 and older and free for museum members
Website: mcm.org/visit/moa
Disney on Ice: Dream Big
Join eight Disney princesses - Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana, Jasmine, Auroraand Snow White - as they embark on incredible adventures, determined to make their dreams come true. Witness artistic skating, choreography and acrobatics, plus special effects and stunning set designs. March 1-5, including matinee and evening performances. See website for performance times.
Where: Target Center, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets for all ages start at $16.50.
Website: AXS.com
The Sneetches: The Musical
This world-premiere adaptation of Dr. Seuss' book presents a powerful parable about courage and friendship for all ages. On Sneetch Beach, there's a line in the sand - Star Bellies on one side, Plain Bellies on the other. That's the way it is, was and will be. At least until the sneaky and greedy Sylvester Monkey McBean comes to town with his Star On machine. Suddenly, the difference between the haves and the have nots - those with stars and those without - isn't so clear. What will the Sneetches do now? Days vary. Check website for tickets. Feb. 7-March 26
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $15.
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Tropical Beach Party
Escape the cold at the zoo with a party in the tropical exhibit space, featuring two giant indoor sandboxes (expanded this year to accommodate more kids)! Bring your own pail (BYOP) or favorite sand toy and play in the sand, surrounded by palm trees, exotic animals and special activities. Weekend events include scavenger hunts, educational family activities, face painting, zookeeper talks and more. Feb. 18-March 13
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
Tropical Beach Party
Escape the cold at the zoo with a party in the tropical exhibit space, featuring two giant indoor sandboxes (expanded this year to accommodate more kids)! Bring your own pail (BYOP) or favorite sand toy and play in the sand, surrounded by palm trees, exotic animals and special activities. Weekend events include scavenger hunts, educational family activities, face painting, zookeeper talks and more. Feb. 18-March 13
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