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Sept. 26-Jan. 3

Wild Kratts exhibit

Wild Kratts: Ocean Adventure

Using Wild Kratts technology and the powers of science and teamwork, visitors join the Wild Kratts team to solve problems, help animals and foil the villains’ nefarious plans.

When: Sept. 26-Jan. 3

Where: Minnesota Children’s Museum, St. Paul

Cost: $14.95


Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 3

Minnesota Renaissance Festival on Parade

Minnesota Renaissance Festival on Parade

The regular festival may be cancelled, but the grounds are open for a drive-through experience featuring treats, games and activities.

When: Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 3

Where: Minnesota Renaissance Festival grounds, Shakopee

Cost: $20 per vehicle


Sept. 26-27, Oct. 3-4, Oct. 10-11

Afton Apple Festival

Apple Festival

Come for a corn maze, train rides, live music, hayrides, a playground, a petting farm and more. 

When: Sept. 26-27, Oct. 3-4, Oct. 10-11

Where: Afton Apple Orchard, Hastings

Cost: General admission $5 for ages 5 and older, $4 for ages 4 and younger; additional charges for corn maze and other attractions


Oct. 3

Fall Colors Hike Dodge Nature Center

Fall Colors Hike

Hike prairie, woods and wetlands with naturalist Jeff Boland to look for the signs of autumn. Using your senses as a guide, learn to identify trees and make art from leaves.

When: 10-11 a.m. Oct. 3

Where: Dodge Nature Center, West St. Paul

Cost: $8, free for children 2 and under


Through Oct. 4

Ancient Caves

Ancient Caves

Explore the geology and climate science revealed of caves in this first IMAX movie since the Science Museum’s reopening. The theater has reduced capacity and assigned seating.

When: Fridays-Sundays through Oct. 4

Where: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul

Cost: $3-$9.95


Oct. 9-11

Spark Exhibit Opening Weekend

The Bakken Museum has combined three of smaller exhibit spaces to introduce one major experience focused on the cycle of inspiration and innovation.

When: Oct. 9-11

Where: Bakken Museum, Minneapolis

Cost: $5


Oct. 12-25


Corduroy (Virtual Performance)

Watch from home as Corduroy chases through every section of the department store in search of his missing button. This is an all-ages show lasting 75 minutes.

When: Oct. 12-25

Where: Children’s Theatre Company website

Cost: $25-$45 per device


Oct. 17

Wargo Fall Festival

Wargo Fall Festival

Families will drink cider, play pioneer games, and enjoy self-guided nature activities.

When: 2-4 p.m. Oct. 17

Where: Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes

Cost: FREE


Oct. 25

great pumpkin halloween celebration

Great Pumpkin Halloween Celebration

This beloved annual event will take place on-site, with reserved, timed entry, and safe-distanced experiences for kids of all ages. Reservations open Oct. 1.

When: Oct. 25

Where: Landmark Center, St. Paul

Cost: FREE


Nov. 9-22

Last Stop on Market Street

Last Stop on Market Street (Virtual Performance)

Watch from home as CJ reluctantly stays with his extremely over-the-top Nana, in a world considerably different from the one he’s used to. This is an all-ages show lasting 75 minutes.

When: Nov. 9-22

Where: Children’s Theatre Company website

Cost: $25-$45 per device



American Swedish Institute

American Swedish Institute

The museum reopened to the public Sept. 11 with requirements for face coverings and advanced registration.

When: Ongoing

Where: American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis

Cost: $12 adults, $8 ages 62+, $6 ages 6-18 and full-time students, FREE for children under age 6