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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.

Outdoor Family Expo
All ages are invited to learn tips and tricks for enjoying the outdoors in Minnesota. Various stations will let kids set up a tent, try out binoculars, meet a live porcupine, nature play and learn about weather, safety, wildlife watching, hiking, biking and summer camps, along with snacks and freebies. Outdoor vendors will also be on hand to share their expertise in the latest outdoor gear.
When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Maplewood Nature Center, Maplewood
Cost: FREE
Contact: 651-249-2170
Website: maplewoodnaturecenter.com
Childish Films Finale
Enjoy a live show from Bunny Clogs with songs from their new album, Whales Can't Whistle, at the Childish Films series finale, a co-presented screening of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival. Films are geared toward ages 3 and older, but children of all ages are welcome to attend. Doors open at 10 a.m. Performances begin at 10:30 a.m.
When: 10 a.m.
Where: Hennepin Central Library, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE
Website: tinyurl.com/bunny-clogs
StoryFest 2015
This annual event is hosted by Story Arts of Minnesota, a nonprofit organization that promotes storytelling and develops and supports storytellers. There will be three stages - two for adults and one for kids. Singin', Stretchin' & Stompin' Stories for ages 4 and older will be at 10:30 a.m. Activities for older kids start at 1 p.m.
When: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: City of Lakes Waldorf School, Minneapolis
Cost: Suggested donation of $5-$25, but no one will be turned away.
Website: storyartsmn.org/storyfest-2015
The Big Quack
Do you have a kid with food allergies? This event provides exclusive use of the water park for family-friendly, food-allergy-safe water activities. Attendees will enjoy shorter lines (and nearly half-price admission) because the park will be closed to the general public during this event organized by the Food Allergy Support Group of Minnesota.
When: 4 to 8 p.m.
Where: Water Park of America, Bloomington
Cost: Tickets are $15 per person in advance. Children 11 months and younger will receive a complimentary child's admission and must be accompanied by an adult.
Website: foodallergysupportmn.org
Nature Tots: Owls
Whooooo likes owls? Get to know these nighttime birds and what makes them unique in the bird world. Make a fun owl puppet craft, go on an owl hunt to look for the garden's own great-horned owls and hear a Story, All About Owls, by Jim Arnosky.
When: 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.
Where: Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden & Bird Sanctuary, Minneapolis
Cost: $5 per child and $2 per parent. Pre-registration is required.
Website: tinyurl.com/nature-tots-owls
The Dirt on Kids and Nature
The Theater of Public Policy - a local improvisational comedy group that tackles complex issues - will perform as a part of ISD 191's community enrichment programming, geared toward high school student and their parents. They'll also interview representatives with the Minneapolis-based National Children and Nature Network on the topic of The Child-Nature Connection: The Dirt on Kids and Nature.
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Diamondhead Education Center, Burnsville
Cost: FREE
Website: communityed191.org
Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience
This special exhibition investigates the future of human space travel and how we might adapt to living and working in space. The International Space Station Office of NASA's Johnson Space Center helped develop this exhibit. See the exhibit through Sept. 7.
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul
Cost: $24 for adults, $15 for ages 4-12 (includes museum admission)
Contact: 651-221-9444
Website: smm.org
Farm Babies
See babies of all kinds - chicks, piglets, lambs, calves, goat kids and bunnies - at the Wells Fargo Family Farm at the zoo with special activities and exhibits on select days in April, including bees April 18-19. Visit the babies April 1 to 30.
Where: Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley
Cost: Free with zoo admission ($18 for ages 13-64, $12 for ages 3-12 and seniors)
Contact: 952-431-9200
Website: mnzoo.org
Free Family Sensory Flicks
These free movies are first-come, first-serve until the theater reaches capacity with special arrangements for those affected by autism or other sensory disorders, with lower sound, additional staff and other accommodations.
When: 10 a.m.
Where: Theatres at Mall of America, Bloomington
Cost: FREE
Website: theatresmoa.com/event/free-family-flicks
Moms Rock! Expo
Expert panels and celebrity keynote speakers will give local moms the scoop on parenting trends, including discussions about balancing home, work and family, plus information about education options (from preschool to college), technology, health, wellness and career advice, plus cooking demos and fashion and beauty tips for moms and teens. The Kids Corner for ages 4 to 12 will include crafts, a doodle wall, face painting, video games and more.
Where: Minneapolis Convention Center, Hall D
Cost: Tickets online start at $10 for adults and $5 for ages 5-17, plus fees.
Website: momsrockexpo.com
Moms Rock! Expo
Expert panels and celebrity keynote speakers will give local moms the scoop on parenting trends, including discussions about balancing home, work and family, plus information about education options (from preschool to college), technology, health, wellness and career advice, plus cooking demos and fashion and beauty tips for moms and teens. The Kids Corner for ages 4 to 12 will include crafts, a doodle wall, face painting, video games and more.
Where: Minneapolis Convention Center, Hall D
Cost: Tickets online start at $10 for adults and $5 for ages 5-17, plus fees.
Website: momsrockexpo.com
Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit
This new traveling exhibit brings the PBS Kids TV series to the Minnesota Children's Museum, encouraging the scientific investigation of everyday mysteries with hands-on activities, scientific tools and simple machines. Open through May 31!
Where: Minnesota Children's Museum, St. Paul
Cost: Free with museum admission ($9.95 for ages 1 and older)
Contact: 651-225-6000
Website: mcm.org
Free Family Sensory Flicks
These free movies are first-come, first-serve until the theater reaches capacity with special arrangements for those affected by autism or other sensory disorders, with lower sound, additional staff and other accommodations.
Where: Theatres at Mall of America, Bloomington
Cost: FREE
Website: theatresmoa.com/event/free-family-flicks