A Twin Cities Mom’s Guide to February 2018

There’s always something to do in the Twin Cities, and the winter months are no different! We’ve worked to help you keep your sanity by bringing these February activities all together in one easy guide. In 2018, we’re bringing back our monthly event guides so you don’t miss a thing! We’ll update with new additions as they come.

February 1: Koo Koo Kanga Roo Dance Party  | 6:30pm Come; bring all your friends and party with the amazing dance duo of Koo Koo Kanga Roo. Bryan and Neil have entertained audiences all over the country. You won’t want to miss this concert. Check them out on YouTube! Doors open at 5:30pm.

February 1-4: Baby on Grand Year End Floor Model Sale | 10:00am The Hopkins location will be closing out hundreds of items to make room for more in 2018! Take advantage of the best prices of the season on car seats, strollers, cribs, dressers, changing tables, night stands, rugs, decor, etc, etc, etc! We will open at 10am on Thursday and will accommodate the lines as best we can – as some of you remember, this sale is first come, first served. We will have extra staff to help once you’ve reserved an item! You can start previewing items on our website but there will be many, many products not shown online. 

February 1-4: MIA Ice Maze | 10:00am-5:00pm To celebrate winter, the Minneapolis Institute of Art is building an ice maze. Wander the frozen maze to discover images of objects from Mia’s collection that are featured in the upcoming exhibition,”Power and Beauty in China’s Last Dynasty: Concept and Design by Robert Wilson.”

February 2: Forever Wild Family Friday: Sledding Party | 7:00-8:30pm Head to Lebanon Hills for family fun on the first Friday of every month with park activities and s’mores. Bring your sled for a fun party on our lit sledding hill. All ages. FREE.

February 3: Team USA Winterfest | 12:00-8:00pm HJoin Team USA at the St. Paul Winter Carnival Ice Palace over SuperBowl Weekend for meet and greets with Team USA athletes, interactive experiences, tons of free giveaways, surprise musical performances, and more on the road to the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.
Special Team USA Athlete Appearances by:
Jeremy Bloom | Two-time Olympian – freestyle skiing
Vonetta Flowers | Olympic Champion – bobsledding
Meryl Davis and Charlie White | Olympic Champions – ice dancing

February 3: Reading to a Dog at Community Grounds | 10:00am-12:00pm Help improve your child’s reading aloud skills and confidence by bringing them to read aloud to a dog! Free drinks for kids (and a free drink for parents per kid). Ten minute private sessions. Bring a book or borrow one of theirs.

February 3: Frosty Fun Festival | 10:00am-2:00pm While winter in Minnesota seems to go on forever, the Frosty Fun Festival at the Dodge Nature Center will only be here for a day, so don’t miss your chance to make friends with Old Man Winter. The festival features your favorite winter activities, like sledding and snowshoeing, as well as wacky games like ice bowling and ice mini-golf. Enjoy hot drinks and food around the bonfire.

February 3: Apple Valley Mid Winter Fest | 10:00am-12:00pm Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate winter with many activities and events. Crafts, games, entertainment and much more. Watch for more details as it gets closer!

February 3: February Fest in Chanhassen | 12:00-3:00pm This one-day event draws 1,500-2,000 participants and spectators, and is great fun for the whole family! Activities include a medallion hunt throughout the week ahead, ice skating, a s’mores cookout on a roaring bonfire, sledding, horse-drawn sleigh rides, door prizes, concessions, and of course, the ever-popular ice fishing contest, with over 1,000 fishing holes drilled in the ice & fabulous prizes!

February 3: Wonders of Winter in Maple Grove | 11:00am-3:00pm Enjoy activities such as snowshoeing, kicksledding, wagon rides, ice sculptures, story telling by fire, Nordic walking, photo booths, s’mores and more!

February 3: Plymouth Fire & Ice Winter Festival | 3:00-7:00pm This free family-friendly event combines recycling bin races, a youth ice fishing contest, hayrides, pony and sled-dog rides, miniature golf on the ice, snow bowling, box hockey, recreational skating, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing – weather permitting. If the cold begins to sink in, attendees can warm up at a bonfire with s’mores and hot chocolate, while supplies last, sponsored by Step by Step Montessori. Food trucks will also be on site. An interactive DJ will take the stage that evening, followed by other entertainment. The finale of the event – fireworks sponsored by the Plymouth Civic League – will begin around 6:30 p.m. FREE.

February 3: Luminary Loppet: A Celebration of Winter in Minnesota | 6:00-10:00pm The Luminary Loppet is returning to Lake of the Isles in 2018 with a slew of dazzling new artworks and other frozen features. Walk, snowshoe, or ski along candlelit trails – with plenty of hot cocoa stops along the way – right in the heart of Minneapolis!

February 7: Valentine’s Day Cookie and Cupcake Decorating Class | 6:00-7:00pm Head over to the Lakeville Hy-Vee for a special Valentine’s cookie and cupcake decorating class! Kids ages 5-13 will get to decorate and eat (or take home) 1 cupcake and 2 heart-shaped cookies. Parents, please drop off your kids at the Simple Fix room next to the Market Grille. Feel free to go shopping, then pick up your child when you are done. Each parent will get a 10% coupon to use that day for shopping. Registration required.

February 8: Parent Education Night | 6:30-8:00pm Many families and professionals feel out of control to manage and support children in developing a healthy relationship with their digital world. This presentation will empower parents and educators to lead children and teens into a safe and healthy relationship with technology. Information presented will help adults who care for kids to have a better answer to the why behind the boundaries and will equip them to respond to difficult questions like, “Why don’t you let me . . .?” Class taught by Mathew Meyers, MA, LMFT, and Mike Kosim, MA, LMFT, of Traverse Counseling & Consulting, which serves families struggling with internet addiction, substance abuse and other compulsive behavior. FREE.

February 9-10: Wayzata Chilly Open | Times Vary Each year, over 1,500 golfers come from all around with their golf clubs and hockey sticks to putt with tennis balls around Wayzata Bay. This year’s event theme, “Minnesota Made” will kick off on Friday with Cinema & Skates, a fun family event. And the traditional Chilly Open gold Tournament, Snowga, and a chili cookoff with live music will take place on Saturday. Snowkiting and a breakfast buffet featuring an ice bar will be available both Friday and Saturday.

February 10: Mommy & Me Sweetheart Tea Party | 10:00-11:30am Come dressed in your favorite outfit or Valentine’s attire as the morning will begin with a Valentine’s Day photo session with Anna and Elsa! Then, everyone will enjoy some tea and goodies and a heart-inspired craft! Registration includes attendance for one adult and one child, a Valentine’s-themed photo session and one digital photo, tea, baked goodies, and a heart-inspired craft designed by you and your little one.

February 10: Minnesota Kids High End Resale Sale | 9:00am-1:00pm 2nd Annual kids clothing sale for brands we love! Located this year at the Kidizen Headquarters in NE Minneapolis, Kidizen will be providing snacks, coffee, and plenty of space for shopping your favorite brands.Expect t0 find deals on all “higher end brands” (Tea, Mini Boden, Hanna Andersson, etc), euro brands, janie and jack , Zara, H&M, Baby Gap, and Kickee. Please plan to bring cash or paypal, and plan to pay pricing that is above garage sale prices, more aligned to B/S/T groups. FREE entry.

February 10: TC Kids Fieldhouse Fun Run | 9:00am Whether your kids are just starting to walk or speeding around the track, they are welcome to register and join the fun! Choose the “parent + preschool wave” if you wish to participate alongside your child. Register for just $10 + processing online. All participants receive a race bib, participant shirt, and finisher medal. Wave starts are utilized at this event and typically run youngest to oldest. Each wave lasts 10-15 minutes. All races are held on the same 200 meter track where the University of Minnesota athletes train!

February 10: Snowshoeing | 11:00am-3:00pm Open snowshoeing! Drop in to North Mississippi Regional Park to get some wonderful exercise while recreating in nature by checking out a pair of snowshoes to explore the park. All kids under 12 must be accompanied by a registered adult. FREE.

February 10: Ham Lake Snowbowl | 10:00am-3:00pm Ham Lake’s premier winter event is for your whole family. Whether watching or participating there’s something for everyone. Activities include a medallion hunt, fat tire races, broomball tournament, craft extravagana, ice fishing, snow sculptures, kids games, and a dog pull.

February 10: Snow Fair | 10:00am-12:00pm Celebrate winter with your family and friends! Fun games and activities like nordic walks, hockey bowling, snowball toss, snow art project, ice skating (bring your skates), making snow monster tracks and many other fun snow games! The Snow Fair will be at the Farmington Elementary School playground. Don’t miss out on the excitement! Pre-register at www.farmingtonCE.com! FREE.

February 11: Kids Valentines Music & Puppet Show | 4:00-4:30pm Join Children’s Music Singer/Songwriter Alison Cromie with Boink and Kaitlyn for a Valentines themed music and puppet show at BlueNose Coffee.

February 11: The Puppet Adventures of Ned the Naturalist | 1:00-3:00pm Follow Ned the Nerdy Naturalist as he stops Trasher the Trash Can from trashing nature. Try artmaking with a take-home activity related to the show. Performance begins promptly at 1:00 PM. Art making follows the performance and is offered until 3:00PM. Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

February 11: Rock the Cradle 2018 | 11:00am-5:00pm The Current’s annual free, no ticket required Rock the Cradle event for kids and their grownups to explore music, art and culture returns Sunday, February 11 to the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Children’s Theatre Company. Take in story time with author, Nancy Carlson, enjoy a Pop Up Classical performance from Chione, in addition to annual favorites such as the Kids’ Disco and Pop Up Story Time with The Current’s DJs plus live music from Bato Bato!, Brian Just, DJ Keezy, Andy Cook and friends. Rock the Cradle is perfect for kids up to age 8.

February 11: Valentine’s Day Storytime and Art | 1:00-1:45pm Sundays are Fundays at Kiddywampus! Join there for a Valentine’s Day storytime followed by an art project. All ages welcome, project is best for kids ages 2-6 years. $3/child.

February 11: 2018 Chinese New Year Celebration/Carnival | 12:00-4:30pm The Minnesota International Chinese School is hosting a celebration in honor of the Chinese New Year. Activities include lion dances and folk songs, carnival games, hands-on cultural experience, door prizes, Chinese traditional foods and snacks, and greetings from VIP guests. Held at Valley View Middle School. FREE.

February 12: Ladies Bouldering Night | 6:30-8:00pm Come one come many to the all women, ONLY women, evening of bouldering in the Cave! Midwest Mountaineering employee and climber Malaz will be on hand to answer questions and help provide a fun and relaxing atmosphere. All abilities welcome from the, “I’ve never done this before”, to those who want to set routes, and everyone in-between. All climbers must have a completed liability waiver on file at Midwest Mountaineering. Liability waivers expire at the end of the calendar year and must be re-submitted every year. Minimum age 15. Climbing shoe rental is $3.

February 13: Preschool Valentine’s Party | 9:30-11:30am This Valentine’s Party is just for preschoolers! It will have Valentine’s themed games, snack, and a craft. The kids have so much fun jumping on trampolines and playing in the bounce house. The party will be fully supervised and hosted by professional IGM staff members. Parents can stay and watch or just drop the kids off! $15/child.

February 13: Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live | 7:00pm Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live guides your family on a breathtaking tour through pre-historic Australia. You’ll observe, meet, and interact with an eye-popping collection of amazingly life-like dinosaurs and other creatures presented in a theatrical performance that will thrill and entertain kids while stimulating their imaginations in ways that will forever connect them to their world.

February 14: Valentine’s Day Free Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides | 4:00-7:00pm Main Street shops, restaurants, and attractions welcome you to their romantic city to celebrate with your Valentine all day long with specials. Meet by the pedestrian plaza on Water Street for FREE carriage rides along the river on  February 14th from 4-7pm. Enjoy shopping & dining throughout Historic Downtown Stillwater! 

February 17: Kids Valentines Date Brunch | 11:00am-1:00pm Bring your child or a special kiddo in your life to a Valentines Date Brunch at Community Grounds. They will have a brunch available or order something from their full food and drink menu. There will be kids activities, a photo booth, and family portraits!

February 17: Winter Constellations | 6:30-8:30pm The winter constellations are fabulous, arguably the best of the year! Get to know Orion the Hunter, Gemini the Twins, Taurus the Bull and many more as we make the stars our old friends by watching the great winter celestial show over the skies at Lake Elmo Park Reserve. Mike Lynch, meteorologist for WCCO, will be bringing out large reflector telescopes that are among the biggest mobile telescopes in the mid-west. We’ll begin the program at the Nordic Center and will spend the majority of time outside getting close up views of star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and other celestial treasures. This is an outdoor event, please dress for the weather.  

February 23: Winter Family Fun Fest | 6:00-8:00pm Join Rosemount Parks and Recreation for a night of FREE family fun in the Gymnasium and Arena at the Rosemount Community Center! Activities include music, an inflatable jumpies and slides, carnival games, plus much more. Open ice skating is also available from 6:30-7:30 p.m. (sorry, skate rental is not available; please bring your own skates to the event). Mark your calendars; don’t miss out on this free family event!

February 24: Party in the Club – Pajama Party | 10:30am-12:00pm Kids and families are invited to a Pajama Party with the Teddy Bear Band! Wear your jammies and bring your teddies for games, crafts, and music with this always-popular band! All events are free and open to the public, no registration required. Sponsored by the City of Prior Lake and the Prior Lake Library; funded in part by the MN Arts and Cultural Heritage (Legacy) Fund.

February 24: Tech Fest @ The Works Museum | 9:00am-4:00pm Every February, The Works Museum brings together Twin Cities experts in technology and science to inspire kids and families. Kids are natural engineers, full of questions such as why, how, and what if I did it differently? Tech Fest gathers corporations, educational institutions, and other nonprofits working in engineering and technology to share their work and inspire kids. Together, we encourage kids to keep asking those questions and to pursue their passions for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). With kid-friendly demonstrations, such as using K’Nex and shake tables to explore how civil engineers make buildings safe during earthquakes, medical technology using a life-sized operation game and licorice, color-changing jewelry, and more, this science and technology fair appeals to everyone. It’s a fun indoor winter family activity.

February 25: WOW Family Sundays @ MN History Center | 12:00-4:00pm In February, the monthly WOW! Family Sunday celebrates the 1968 debut of “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.” This program offers the opportunity for families to learn together through songs, puppets, games, and the chance to meet interesting people living in the community. On the last Sunday of each month, families can create WOW moments together by discovering the connections between old and new with activities, games, hands-on art projects and the chance to share stories with each other. Designed for ages 4 and up.

February 28-March 4: Disney on Ice: Frozen | Varies Do you want to build a snowman? With Frozen on ice, you almost can! The ice skating spectacular brings the hit Disney film to life, featuring songs like “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” and “Let It Go.”

If you are a football fan, now is a great time to be in the Twin Cities! Whether you are visiting from out-of-state or a long-time resident, we have a list of events that will certainly “score” with your family. Even if you are not a sports fan, there are plenty of activities that will keep you from leaving the Big Game early.

February 9: Snowshoe, Sip, and Sample | 7:00-10:00pm This is Spring Break Minnesota Style. Enjoy a beautifully lit ice luminary trail on snowshoes, then join us back at the roaring fire to make s’mores. Move indoors for samples of Cosmos Brewery beers, wines hand selected by Brightwines of North St. Paul, and appetizer demos by Hy-Vee Catering – all while enjoying over 25 games in our Vintage Game Room. $34/person until February 1st, otherwise $40 at the door. Snowshoes included or bring your own.

February 16: Winterfest | 7:00pm Minnesota’s craft breweries are partnering with more than 20 restaurants to pair high-end beers with high-class bites at the 2018 Winterfest craft beer festival. The Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild event gives craft beer fans a one-of-a-kind new format to enjoy the beers they love alongside specifically designed small plates to highlight the state’s craft beer industry and top chefs. Further elevating the experience, many breweries will collaborate with their paired restaurants to create exclusive, specialty Winterfest beers to compliment these special food items. Ticket includes an unlimited sampling of specialty and seasonal beers, sampling of curated bites from 20+ chefs/restaurants, craft beer education and music. At the end of the night, the “Best of Fest” will be awarded the Great Snowshoe Award. Tickets for this event sell out quickly.

February 22: Bouquets: Food, Wine, and Beer Tasting at Como | 7:00-9:30pm Bouquets is the annual wine, beer and food-tasting event at the perfect destination during a winter night. Live music and hops in the Beer Garden plus specialty pours from wine stations throughout the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory. Enjoy samplings from top Twin Cities restaurants, caterers and gourmands! A night roaming the gardens with special visits from animal ambassadors all while enjoying tastes from top restaurants and select beer and wine!

February 22: Swirl: Twin Cities Wine Tasting Event | 6:30-9:30pm The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) is hosting an evening that will feature wines presented and reviewed by Serafin Alvarado, Master Sommelier and Director of Wine Education at Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Illinois. Guests will enjoy some of the finest single varietal Old & New World Wines, delicious bites from Deco Catering, and sweet treats from our Dessert Sponsors. This vibrant event brings together Minneapolis and St. Paul area lymphoma doctors, caregivers and survivors in support of Lymphoma Research Foundation and its mission. This year the event will take place at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, a fine art museum where attendees will be able to take in contemporary prints and sculptures in the MacMillian Atrium and enjoy private access to select galleries. 

February 24: Winter Beer Dabbler | 2:30-6:30pm For nine years, hardy Midwesterners have left behind the warmth of their homes to join us for the Winter Beer Dabbler, the biggest outdoor beer festival in Minnesota. With unlimited samples of the nation’s best craft beer, great live music, and fun activities, the Winter Beer Dabbler is a true celebration of winter in Minnesota.

February 3, 10, 17, & 24: Eagan Parkrun | 9:00am This free weekly timed 5K event takes place at Thomas Lake Park.

February 10: Valentine’s Day TC 5K | 10:00am The Valentine’s Day TC 5K, presented by Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation is Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Lake Nokomis! Give a warm embrace to outdoor running through Minnesota’s tough winters with this fun tradition! Don’t wait to sign up — this race sells out! The TCSS is a US Snowshoe Association sanctioned event and part of the Braveheart Series, a free series that allows racers to earn pints and win free prizes. Awards and certificates are given to the top 3 men and women finishers in each of the 7 age categories. The race will be officially timed. Not that serious? This event is fun for people of all ages and all abilities.

February 10: Snowshoe Shuffle | 9:30am The TCSS is a US Snowshoe Association sanctioned event and part of the Braveheart Series, a free series that allows racers to earn pints and win free prizes. Awards and certificates are given to the top 3 men and women finishers in each of the 7 age categories. The race will be officially timed. Not that serious? This event is fun for people of all ages and all abilities.

February 11: Frozen Feet Run | 7:30am-1:30pm The Frozen Feet Run is a on-snow winter trail run at Elm Creek Park in Maple Grove, Minnesota. Regular racers can choose between running a 5k, 10k, or half marathon. It’s a unique run because, while there are many 5k’s/10k’s/halfs, there are very few that are held on snow and trails. The course is packed, but there is no guarantee that there won’t be extra snow on top. Runners can use their regular shoes or opt for snowshoes…it’s up to you!

February 11: Valentines 5K | 11:00am Run or walk around Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove, MN on USATF certified 5k course with family & friends returning to Complimentary Claddagh Irish Pub & Restaurant for breakfast, beer, Irish Coffee, cold and hot light beverages (Irish Breakfast & beverages is a $15 value that is included with 5k registration!), Valentines and Irish Music & More Irish Hospitality!

February 17: Cupid’s Undie Run | 12:00-4:00pm This February, be part of something great. Cupid’s Undie Run is a “brief” fun run that takes place in the middle of a BIG party. That’s right: party, run (a mile-ish, at your own pace), party – all to find a cure to Neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that affects 1 in every 3,000 children born. We encourage undies, but we get that it’s not for everyone, maybe costumes are more your style? So whether you start a team with your friends, join a team, or run solo, just come out, have a blast, and raise some money for NF research!

February 18: Hypothermic 1/2 Marathon | 9:00am The Annual Hypothermic Half Marathon is a winter half marathon event held in beautiful winter cities across Canada and is now in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. The Hypothermic Run Set features a running backpack, neck warmer, breakfast and a finisher’s medal.

SOLD OUT. Join us for a Moms’ Morning Out at Projects in Person – PIP, and sponsored by Physician Skin Services – Woodbury/Physician Skin Services – SLP! Grab your girlfriends and snag tickets to our Brunch & Build event, for a morning of socializing, yummy food, building a breakfast tray with the PIP crew, giveaways and swag. More details to come!

We are thrilled to be bringing this fantastic event back to the Twin Cities for a fourth year! BLOOM is an event for new and expecting moms that you’re going to love. A huge thank you to Breck School for hosting this event and Park Nicollet Health Services and HealthPartners for sponsoring!

Leo Lionni’s FREDERICK February 3 | 10:00-11:00am Cozy in this winter for the heartwarming story of Frederick as he shows us that everyone has something special to give to the world. While other mice are gathering food for the winter, Frederick daydreams the summer away. When the cold weather sets in, however, it is Frederick who has stored up something significant to survive the long, blustery winter. The Caldecott winning book by beloved author Leo Lionni has been charming readers for 50 years. Now, this award-winning adaptation, featuring a roots-flavored country and folk-infused score, will delight the heart and tickle the imagination.

Sensory Friendly Violin and Bass Duo February 13 | 11:00am-12:00pm Join the Minnesota Orchestra in the Target Atrium for an engaging and interactive concert featuring violinist Pamela Arnstein, bassist Kathryn Nettleman, and talented guest musicians from the audience! Sensory-Friendly Concerts are free for attendees, but tickets are required. You can order in advance or on the day of the event.

Sensory Jump Night @ Pump It Up Third Tuesday of Every Month | 6:00-8:00pm During this evening event, the play areas are reserved for kids on the autism spectrum and their families. Kids have a great time meeting new friends. Jump, slide, and play with sensory-friendly games in a safe and controlled atmosphere.

Sensory Friendly Playdates at the Wishing Tree Play Cafe Wednesdays | 2:30-4:00pm The Wishing Tree Play Café is an open plan, indoor playground and café designed for babies to pre-k kids and their caregivers. 

Sensory Friendly Saturdays at Select Dakota County Libraries | 10:30am Explore books, music, movement and play in a sensory-friendly setting that welcomes children ages 3–8 of all abilities including those who have difficulty in large groups, are on the autism spectrum, or are sensitive to sensory overload. One registration required per family. An adult must accompany each registered child. Siblings welcome.

Sensory Friendly AMC Movies Second and Fourth Saturday of Every Month | Varies AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where we turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! Our Sensory Friendly Film program is available on the second and fourth Saturday (family-friendly) and Tuesday evenings (mature audiences) of every month.

Second Saturdays at TPT Second Saturday of Every Month | 8:00am-12:00pm AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where we turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! Our Sensory Friendly Film program is available on the second and fourth Saturday (family-friendly) and Tuesday evenings (mature audiences) of every month.

Sensory Friendly Movies at Marcus Theatre Select Saturdays | 10:30am We understand that sometimes it is difficult or uncomfortable for families with special needs children to attend movies together. Marcus Theatres Reel Movies for Reel Needs is a specially designed program to serve families with special needs such as autism or other challenges, who seldom attend movies. Reel Movies for Real Needs creates a welcoming and comfortable environment – lower sound, lights up – where families with children who need accommodations will be able to share the experience of seeing family friendly films at a theatre. A select first run movie is featured one Saturday each month at a convenient 10:30 AM showtime. 

Ice Castles January 5-March 31 | Varies Ice castles are the must-see winter wonderland where fairy tales are brought to life with twinkling lights, magnificent archways and towers, ice-carved tunnels, fountains and slides ready to be explored. By day this frozen castle glimmers with glacial blues and after dark the ice formations create a magical glow. For the 2nd year, the Ice Castles will be located in downtown Stillwater in Lowell Park along the riverfront. Come see this beautiful castle and plan to stay overnight to further explore Stillwater’s historic downtown shopping, dining, night life, and family fun.

Leo Lionni’s FREDERICK at Stages Theatre January 19-February 19 | Varies Cozy in this winter for the heartwarming story of Frederick as he shows us that everyone has something special to give to the world. While other mice are gathering food for the winter, Frederick daydreams the summer away. When the cold weather sets in, however, it is Frederick who has stored up something significant to survive the long, blustery winter. The Caldecott winning book by beloved author Leo Lionni has been charming readers for 50 years. Now, this award-winning adaptation, featuring a roots-flavored country and folk-infused score, will delight the heart and tickle the imagination.

The Wiz at Minnesota Children’s Theatre January 23-March 18 | Varies Ease on down the road with Dorothy and her friends in this dazzling mixture of rock, gospel and soul music. You don’t need a wizard – just believe in yourself to find home and feel that brand-new day! Best enjoyed by all ages.

St Paul Super Slide January 25-February 10 | Varies Check out this 40 foot tall, 130 foot long slide at the CHS Field! There will be snow activites on the field, a warming house with food and beverage for purchase, and an ice fishing pond (January 27-February 3).

Saint Paul Winter Carnival January 25-February 10 | Varies It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and Rice Park has the events to prove it during the entire Winter Carnival. Ice sculptures are on display, sit in a Royal Throne made of ice, view the Ice Castle Sponsor Wall. Live entertainment in Rice Park, vendor booths and other activities. Decorated with beautiful lights and greenery. Enjoy a Summit beer or Cannon River wine at the ice bar. Free and open to the public throughout Winter Carnival!

Tropical Beach Party at the MN Zoo February 17-March 11  | Regular Hours Escape the cold and get a taste of the tropics at one of the Zoo’s most popular events.  Bring your pail or favorite sand toy and play in Minnesota’s two biggest indoor sandboxes.  Take in a full day of family fun exploring an indoor rainforest teeming with wildlife, along with special activities each weekend. Minnesota Zoo Members Bring a Friend—your guests will receive 50% off daily admission tickets Monday through Friday during Tropical Beach Party. Not valid February 19.

Pre K Program at The Works Museum Select Mondays | 9:00am-12:00pm Pre K Mondays feature special activities just for kids ages 3 to 5 and their adult companions. Kids are natural engineers – experience the amazing fun of hands-on engineering together! Encourage your Pre K student to explore his or her curiosity and design, build, and create.

Ballet Tuesdays at the Landmark 2nd Tuesday of every month | 12:00pm The Saint Paul Ballet performs excerpts from the company repertoire each year, highlighting events for their coming season. They are held the second Tuesday of the month at noon from October through May. FREE.

Toddler Tuesdays at MOA Tuesdays | 10am-Noon Toddler Tuesdays is a program that provides events, free entertainment and discounts especially for toddlers. Events include special character appearances, arts and crafts, story time and much more! FREE.

Storytime with Engineer Paul at Choo Choo Bob’s Train Store Tuesdays | 10:00am Engineer Paul hosts a storytime full of songs and smiles. Afterwards, enjoy the morning exploring and playing with the various train sets and tables at this fun train store. FREE.

Preschool Playdates at the Science Museum Tuesdays | Regular Hours  This special playdate includes make and take crafts as wells as special theater programs and demonstrations just for preschoolers. Kids age 5 and under are free with paid adult admission. Minnesota Children’s Museum members receive free admission during playdates.

Wee Wednesdays at Midtown Global Market Wednesdays | 10:30am-1:00pm Wee Wednesdays showcase free educational programming, fun crafts and great meal deals each Wednesday morning at Midtown Global Market!
 Dance with them, experience live puppet theater, learn to cook fun items together in the kitchen, and even pet live animals from the Como Zoo. FREE.

Tots & Trains at Minnesota Transportation Museum 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month | 10am-12pm Explore the Jackson Street Roundhouse & Museum with your little one. Check out their open play area full of train tables. Create a themed craft to take home. Cuddle up and listen to a train themed story read by one of the museum’s passionate volunteers. Snacks for the kids and coffee for the parents are provided.

Kids at the Castle: Third Friday Playdates (American Swedish Institute) In the hour before the museum opens, join ASI for visual play, storytelling, music, movement and crafts inspired by ASI’s current exhibits- activities that will encourage creative minds and active hands. Recommended for ages 2-5. $5 per family. Registration not required; check in at the Information Desk by 11 a.m. on the day of the program. Adult accompaniment required.

Free First Saturdays at Walker Art Center 1st Saturday of every month | 10:00am-3:00pm Free First Saturdays feature free gallery admission on the first Saturday of every month, plus performances, games, art-making, and kid’s films from 10 am to 3 pm. Family friendly food options are available or bring something from home to snack on in the lounge or in the garden.

In the Heart of the Beast and Mask Theater Saturdays, January 6-March 10 | 10:00am-12:00pm Every winter, different artists perform engaging puppet shows at 10 a.m. and 12 noon.  A great alternative to screen time, these performances will delight kids of all ages! Additionally, Make ‘n’ Take workshops are offered at 11 a.m. each Saturday morning where participants create a puppet in the theme of the day’s show.

Night Trains Saturdays, November-February | 6:00-9:00pm Night Trains Season comes to museum layouts in a magical way, the lights are turned down, the buildings and street lights glow warmly, setting the scene for specially lighted models of vintage passenger trains. The make believe town of Matlin is buried in a blizzard, and throughout the Museum the layouts are adorned with miniature Christmas lights and decorations.

Drop-In Discovery Stations at Tamarack Nature Center 1st Saturday of every month | 10:00am-12:00pm Tamarack’s Discovery Hosts will be on-hand on Saturday mornings with nature’s most wonderful surprises! Participants can experience up-close visits with live animals, touchable artifacts, drop-in activities and outdoor explorations. FREE.

Nature Rocks! Outdoor Center Open House Saturdays | 10:00am-12:00pm Enjoy free family-friendly activities such as hiking, hands-on interaction with live animals, craft projects and more at the Eden Prairie Outdoor Center! FREE.

Kid’s Club Workshops at Michaels Saturdays | 10:00am-12:00pm Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! Just $2 per child ages 3 and up. All supplies included.

Free Crafts for Kids at Lakeshore Learning Saturdays | 11:00am-3:00pm Ages 3 and up. No reservations necessary.

MIA Family Day 2nd Sunday of every month | Varies On the second Sunday of every month, you’ll have a blast making art, going on artful adventures, meeting local musicians, dancers, and storytellers, and more at the Minnesota Institute of Art! FREE.

Sundays at the Landmark Select Sundays | Various Times Sundays at Landmark is a series of cultural and art events that are designed to entertain, enrich and educate an audience. All programs begin at 1 pm unless otherwise noted and are kid friendly and open to the public! FREE.

Three Rivers Park District: FREE Family Fun Days Sundays | Various Times Three Rivers offers family fun at Kroening Interpretive Center or Richardson Nature Center. Discover all the fun that life in and around the river and woods has to offer. FREE.

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