Out & About


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.

Acorns and Animals
Listen to a fall-themed story, take a nature hike and discover the important role acorns play in the lives of squirrels, blue jays and weevils as they prepare for winter.
When: 10-11:15 a.m.
Where: Maplewood Nature Center
Cost: $5 per child. Register online by Sept. 21
Contact: 651-249-2170
Website: maplewoodnaturecenter.com
Paw Pals
A trained four-legged friend joins story time at this relaxed event for ages 6 to 12.
When: 12:15-1:15 p.m.
Where: Central Library, St. Paul
Cost: FREE. Registration is required.
Contact: 651-266-7034
Website: sppl.org
Dakota/Ojibwe Family Day: Toys and Games
Test your hand-eye coordination, improve your math skills and practice handicrafts with the toys and games of the Dakota and Ojibwe tribes. Kids will learn good sportsmanship, patience and other life skills.
When: Noon-4 p.m.
Where: Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Cost: Print free advance tickets at smithsonianmag.com/museumday
Contact: 651-259-3000
Website: mnhs.org
Fall Public Raptor Release
See rehabilitated raptors released back into the wild and meet some of the Raptor Center's education birds. Birds will be released in two groups (once in the morning and once in the afternoon).
When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, Hastings
Cost: FREE
Website: raptor.cvm.umn.edu
Get Out and Grow!
Open to all ages and abilities, St. David's Center Fun Run and Festival celebrates the great outdoors with family-friendly activities such as horse-drawn wagon rides, mini golf and nature crafts.
When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: St. David's Center, Minnetonka
Cost: FREE
Contact: 952-939-0396
Website: stdavidscenter.org/5K
Minnesota Parent Education Fair
Meet representatives from the best early learning, school and after-school programs in the Twin Cities - and have some fun with a professional photo booth, face painting and giveaways.
When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Como Park Zoo and Conservatory Visitor's Center, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Contact: 612-825-9205
Website: minnesotaparent.com/ed-fair
Museum Day Live!
Participating museums across the U.S. will emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution's Washington, D.C., facilities, which offer free admission every day.
Where: See smithsonian.com/museumdaylive for a list of 18 participating Minnesota museums
Cost: FREE with advance tickets
Website: smithsonian.com/museumdaylive
Caponi Art Park Medieval Fair
Step back into the Middle Ages with authentic costumes, music, dance, weaponry and demonstrations at this event presented by the Society for Creative Anachronism.
When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Caponi Art Park, Eagan
Cost: $5 per person suggested donation
Contact: 651-454-9412
Website: caponiartpark.org