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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.

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
Wee Wednesdays
For little ones age 5 and younger accompanied by their caregivers, Midtown Global Market offers educational events every week. Activities may include dancing, live puppet theater, cooking activities and even live animals from the Como Zoo. 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Bonus: While you're there, you can also explore the year-round farmers market and a vibrant array of international shops, featuring 50 more than vendors in all. Check the website for a variety of festivals throughout the year.
Where: Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis
Cost: Free
Website: midtownglobalmarket.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
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
Dive-In Movies
Enjoy crafts and games followed by a family-friendly movie projected on a screen over Shoreview's popular indoor water park. Bring your own noodles or floaties. Note: The hot tub will be closed during this event. When: 7 p.m. Jan. 20 and March 3. Movie titles will be posted at the community center or call 651-490-4750. See website for other details.
Where: Tropics Indoor Waterpark, Shoreview
Cost: $9 for ages 1-17, $9.99 for ages 18 and older or $36 for a family (up to six), plus discounts for Shoreview residents
Website: tinyurl.com/dive-in-2017
Fancy Nancy: The Musical
From the tip of her sparkly slippers up to the top of her twinkly tiara, Nancy is set for the spotlight in her first dance recital. What she isn't prepared for is getting stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Will she be able to find her fancy flair in time to take the stage? This playful musical - based on the popular book series by Jane O'Connor - is geared toward all ages. Various days Jan. 20 - Feb. 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
Fancy Nancy: The Musical
From the tip of her sparkly slippers up to the top of her twinkly tiara, Nancy is set for the spotlight in her first dance recital. What she isn't prepared for is getting stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Will she be able to find her fancy flair in time to take the stage? This playful musical - based on the popular book series by Jane O'Connor - is geared toward all ages. Various days Jan. 20 - Feb. 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
Ice Castles
Explore a fortress of ice and snow, featuring frozen waterfalls, towering archways and tunnels, ice caves (weather permitting) plus fire dancing on Friday and Saturdays, characters from Frozen on weekends and treats for sale. Visit This Stillwater event (at the Lift Bridge on the St. Croix River) Jan. 6 through Feb. 11, except Tuesdays. Online tickets are $9.95-$12.95 for ages 12 and older, $6.95-$8.95 for ages 4 to 11, and free for ages 3 and younger. Standby tickets at the door are $10-$18.
Where: Lowell Park, Stillwater
Cost: $6.95-$18
Website: icecastles.com
Adults Night Out
Imagine going to the zoo without your children: You could actually take your time to learn about the animals at your own pace (not your toddler's). That's the joy of the zoo's series of kid-free nights, held after normal zoo hours. Participants must be 18 to attend and 21 to drink. 4:30 p.m. Jan. 21 with more monthly dates to be announced.
Where: Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley
Cost: Advanced tickets are required. Admission is reduced to $10 (free for members) and food and beverages are available for purchase.
Website: mnzoo.org/adultnights
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
Urban Expedition
Experience cultures from around the world - including music, dance, food, pets, crafts and more - at the Landmark Center's international event series, returning for its 13th season. 1 p.m. Jan. 22, Feb. 12, March 5, April 9 and 23
Where: Landmark Center, St. Paul
Cost: Free
Website: landmarkcenter.org
Music Under Glass
Beat the winter blahs by boogying to blues, bluegrass and ballads in the tropical two-acre Marjorie McNeely Conservatory. This free concert series showcases some of the Twin Cities' finest musicians most Sunday afternoons in winter. Beer, wine, soda and light snacks will be available for purchase. Events are from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 1, 8, 15, 22 and Feb. 5, 19, 26, March 5. Learn more at http://www.comozooconservatory.org/news/music-under-glass-2017/
When: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: comozooconservatory.org
Fancy Nancy: The Musical
From the tip of her sparkly slippers up to the top of her twinkly tiara, Nancy is set for the spotlight in her first dance recital. What she isn't prepared for is getting stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Will she be able to find her fancy flair in time to take the stage? This playful musical - based on the popular book series by Jane O'Connor - is geared toward all ages. Various days Jan. 20 - Feb. 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
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
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