A Twin Cities Mom’s Guide to March 2018

There’s always something to do in the Twin Cities! We’ve worked to help you keep your sanity by bringing these March activities all together in one easy guide so you don’t miss a thing! We’ll update with new additions as they come.

March 1: Children’s Book Event | 6:30pm Lotus Lake Gifts will welcome children’s author Kristin Tripathy. Kristin will be sharing her new book- My Friend, Mi Amigo! They’ll have a group book reading, kids activities, and a nummy snack! Get out of the house, meet some new friends, and learn a great lesson from this sweet story. ALL AGES WELCOME!

March 1-2: Addams Family Musical | 7:00pm Come enjoy the 2018 Winter Musical at Cooper High School. Tickets are $8 adults $6 Students/Seniors

March 1-4: Disney on Ice: Frozen | Times Vary 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.”

March 2: Dive-In Movie | 10:00am-5:00pm Join your friends and family at the Tropics Indoor Waterpark for a Dive-In Movie Night! Guests can relax on giant sea creatures or lounge on pool-side chairs while watching a family-friendly movie. No need to register; the purchase of a daily pass the day of the movie is your ticket.

March 2: Forever Wild Family Friday: Invented by Nature | 7:00-8:30pm Head to Lebanon Hills for family fun on the first Friday of every month with park activities and s’mores. Explore the natural inspiration behind some everyday objects and see what could inspire your next great invention. All ages. FREE.

March 2: Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration | 6:30pm Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Join Barnes & Noble at multiple Twin Cities locations for Storytime, games, and activities in celebration of the beloved author’s birthday. 

March 2-4: Discover the Dinosaurs Time Trek | Times Vary Trek back to a time when dinosaurs roamed the earth! Calling all budding paleontologists and dino-fans of every age! Don’t miss your chance to visit Time Trek Laboratories and travel to pre-history for a roaring, stomping, roam-through experience like no other. Time trekkers can jump into the world of dinos, with hands-on exhibits sure to delight even the smallest Microraptor in your brood. Cuddle with a baby dino, test your knowledge in our live-action, family game show, have a close-up encounter with a life-like, roving dino skeleton, and more. You’ll be giddier than a Spinosaurus on a scooter as you unearth family fun of prehistoric proportions!

March 3: Bow Wow Film Fest | 6:00-9:00pm Bow Wow is a traveling film festival that celebrates, educates and inspires all things doggie (with or without their human) through the art of short film. Bow Wow Film Fest features some of the year’s’ best pooch themed short films all wrapped up in one beautiful, fun-loving package!

March 3: Try Hockey for Free Day | Times Vary The USA Hockey and 400 local associations across the country will host Try Hockey For Free Day! Participating locations encourage kids, ages 4 to 9, to come try youth hockey as part of Hockey Weekend Across America celebration. All locations will have limited equipment available for use. Various rinks throughout the metro will be participating.

March 3: Chaska Community Center Carnival | 5:30pm You are invited to a special FREE carnival at the CCC as a kick-off to the new spring season. Be prepared to play all your favorite carnival games, eat a snack, and a jump in the inflatable jumper. All ages welcome. 

March 3: Sheep Shearing | 9:30am-12:00pm Watch the annual sheep shearing at Gale Wood Farms. Meet the sheep and learn how wool is processed from sheep to sweater through various demonstrations. Make a wool craft to take home. Purchase raw fleece from your sheep of choice. Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

March 3: Walker Free First Saturday: Kids’ Film Fair  | 10:00am-3:00pm Check out the Walker’s popular annual Kids’ Film Fair, featuring short films, children’s classics, and a preview screening of The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales. Plus, make your very own stop-motion animation film with artist Hallie Bahn. Gallery admission is free for everyone on the first Saturday of each month from 10 am to 6 pm, with a variety of family activities scheduled from 10 am to 3 pm.

March 3-4: Seussical, A Skating Musical | Times Vary The Chaska Figure Skating Club & Chaska Skate School are teaming up to host the annual Ice Show, which showcases the many talents of their figure skating club and skate school.

March 3-4: Food & Wine Experience | 1:00pm You won’t want to miss this delicious weekend filled with savory eats, fine wines, & specialty beers, all enjoyed from the warmth & comfort of Target Field. Take in the stunning views of the baseball diamond & the Minneapolis skyline while enjoying good eats, delicious drinks, & great company. Learn more about unique varietals during wine seminars, & meet local & national winemakers, craft brewers, local chefs, & culinary personalities.

March 3-4: Minneapolis Healthy Life Spring Expo | 10:00am-5:00pm The largest health and wellness show in the upper Midwest returns to the Minneapolis Convention Center on Saturday & Sunday, March 3-4, 2018! See up to 200 exhibitors, including men’s & women’s health, fitness retail, fitness destinations, doctors, clinics, weight training, yoga, orthopedics, healthy cooking, and TONS more.

March 4: Crystal Family Fun Night | 6:00-8:30pm Families with children ages 4 and older beat the winter blues with this great family event. Everyone can bounce, jump, joust, run in an inflatable hamster ball, and bungee run on bouncers provided by Bounce on Air. Plus try a game of BINGO and win prizes. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Concessions will be sold. Advance registration deadline is March 2. If the minimum is not met by this date the event may be canceled.

March 5: My Preschooler & Me: Puppet Escapades (Gale Woods) | 10:00-11:30am Join the adventures of our farm puppet friends about maple syrup magic. Explore activities before the show and hike on your own after. Maximum three children per adult. Reservations recommended. $4/person. Ages: 1-9, plus adult.

March 6: Macy’s Play Date  | 9:00am-4:00pm Free admission to the Minnesota Children’s Museum for Macy’s cardholders from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Non-cardholders receive $2 off admission from 1p.m. – 4 p.m.

March 6: My Preschooler & Me: Puppet Escapades  | 10:00-11:00am Enjoy a silly puppet show about maple syrup with your preschooler at Eastman Nature Center. End with a short hike, craft or other activities. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. $4/person. Ages: 2-6, plus adult.

March 10: Maple Syrup Festival and Pancake Brunch | 10:00am-1:00pm Identify a sugar maple without leaves, tap a tree, collect and taste sap, and learn about the syruping process. Brunch from B’s on the River includes pancakes, sausage, and fruit and is served with syrup made at Lowry Nature Center. Children under 2 free. Reservations required by March 5.

March 10: Wonderland Party | 3:00-5:00pm Enjoy a special performance by Alice and her Wonderland friends. Guests will also enjoy a special Wonderland-themed craft, face painting and a special photo opportunity with the characters. Cupcakes and Ice Cream Floats will be served for each kiddo as well.  Space for this event is extremely limited so please be sure to purchase your tickets early. Adults do not need to purchase tickets for themselves, only the children participating. Suggested for children ages 2-12.

March 10: Xplorchestra: Xpressive Xplorchestra | 10:00am Discover and participate in the captivating world of classical music through this performance geared for families with children ages 5–9. Featuring an SPCO ensemble, this is a 50-minute musical journey that everyone is sure to enjoy, followed by an instrumental trial zone in the lobby after the performance. 

March 11: Wizard of Oz Musical | 2:00-5:00pm Hosted by Family of Christ Church. Proceeds from the show go to support FoC summer mission trips.

March 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. The 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.

March 13: Toddler Tuesdays – Birthday Celebration | 10:00am-12:00pm  Nickelodeon Universe is turning 10 + it won’t be a party without you! Join us as we look back in time to celebrate our favorite characters + get a sneak peek at what’s to come this year at Nickelodeon. Pay homage to original Nickelodeon characters with crafts, games + activities. Your favorite Nick Jr. Characters will be joining the party all morning long!

March 17: Maple Syrup Festival | 1:00-4:00pm Visit the sugar bush, tap a maple tree and collect fresh sap. Warm up by a steaming cauldron and watch sap transform into syrup (weather permitting). Play games, taste maple syrup, learn how to make maple sugar, and enjoy syrup sundaes. Solve a leprechaun’s clues to find his golden treasure and win maple syrup (first prize) or golden nuggets. Drop in anytime. Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. Eastman Nature Center.

March 17: Kids Used Clothing & Equipment Sale – Spring 2018 | 10:00am-3:00pm Mothers with twins, triplets, and more accumulate a lot of infant and child gear, toys, and clothes. Imagine two or three times the high chairs, Little People playsets, books, pajamas, coats and swimsuits, boots and shoes! That’s why the Minnesota Valley Mothers of Multiples organization hosts two children’s used clothing and equipment sales each year. The crowd-pleasing sales have been Minnesota’s largest sales hosted by a multiples club, boasting over 100 sellers and 20,000-30,000 items available for purchase at each sale.

March 17: Sap into Syrup Event | 2:00-3:30pm (FAMILIES WITH KIDS AGE 6+) Carry the sap from roots to buds on our ‘maple tree’. Get acquainted with the tools and equipment and how to identify trees in the maple family. Help tap a real tree! Taste maple sap and real maple syrup. Fee: $5/child, prepay by Thursday, March 15. Maplewood Nature Center.

March 17: KidX Super Hero Event | 1:00-3:00pm Head on over to the Northtown Mall for an interactive training session where a few brave heroes will be selected to join our training program. Jump into action as you learn how to defend yourself from enemies while learning the superhero code. Opportunities for photos with your favorite superheroes afterward.

March 17-18: Minefaire, A Minecraft Fan Experience | Times Vary Minecraft players and their families unite at Minefaire to meet their favorite YouTube creators, compete in tournaments and build battles, participate in the famed costume contest, witness live stage shows, learn from Official Minecraft Education Global Mentors, shop at the World’s Largest Official Minecraft Merch Store for event exclusives, and more!


March 18: World Down Syndrome Day Celebration | 2:00-5:00pm Come celebrate WDSD with the Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota at this FREE event at the MOA! Enjoy dancing, food and beverages, crafts and activities, and a raffle. All ages are welcome! Space is limited to 300 guests, so please make sure to register.

March 18: Maple Syrup Festival | 2:00-4:00pm It’s time to celebrate spring! Learn about the tradition of gathering maple sap and cooking it down to make maple syrup and sugar. You’ll go through the syrup process, do some maple crafts, participate in a spring scavenger hunt and taste some maple-y treats. Fun for the whole family! Pre-registration is required. Wargo Nature Center.

March 21: 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.

March 22-25: Just Between Friends Sale – Coon Rapids | Times Vary The #1 reason moms shop Just Between Friends is because kids grow fast and budgets don’t! JBF is your one-stop bargain shop for baby & kids items. Shop and find bargains from over 300+ families all in one room! Anyone can sell with JBF and everyone can shop and save. This is one sale you cannot afford to miss! 

March 24: Free Ink Day | 12:00-4:00pm Three times a year Highpoint invites the community to an afternoon of hands-on printmaking and creative fun. At these free, public events visitors of all ages can drop in anytime during the afternoon to make unique, hand-made artwork. All materials for the planned activity are non-toxic and supplied by Highpoint (while supplies last), and no registration is necessary – just drop in, bring your creativity, and be ready to get inky! Staff and volunteers will be able to answer any questions along the way. 

March 24: Neighbor Day  | 4:00-7:00pm Celebrate the legacy of Fred Rogers by joining your city-wide neighbors for an evening of fun. There will be hands-on activities, youth performances, a community meal, the Metro State Dome (an inflatable planetarium), a bouncy house, inflatable obstacle course and more! This FREE event is hosted by the Saint Paul Public Schools’ Community Education department. Please RSVP ahead of time.

March 24: Twin Cities Women’s Expo | 8:30am-5:00pm As we change, so does the world. As we empower each other, we ourselves are enriched and enlightened. The Women’s Expo provides the opportunity for women from all walks of life to meet, be entertained, learn something new, engage in community and be inspired to reach for their dreams as never before. This year’s expo is filled with opportunities in health and wellness, social activities, community engagement, technology and science, financial planning, and entertainment as well as a focus on family, relationships, and career.

March 25: WOW Family Sundays @ MN History Center | 12:00-4:00pm In March, the monthly WOW! Family Sunday celebrates the Minnesota landscape and the people who live here. Pose for a wintry portrait, be inspired by Native American artists who use natural materials in their art and designs, experience the effects of a tornado, and discover how natural disasters like grasshopper plagues and winter blizzards made history.

March 30: Spring into Farming | 9:30am-2:30pm Celebrate spring through crafts, cooking and games. Meet farm animals, explore independently, and participate in educator-led programs. See the newest farm baby arrivals: dairy calf (due in mid-March), piglets (due in late March), and lambs (due late March to mid-April). Stay for an hour or the whole day! Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

March 31: Snakes Alive | 10:00-11:00am Meet a live western hognose snake, boa constrictor, egg-eating snake, and lots of other visiting snakes from ‘Snake Discovery’! You’ll get to see them up close, touch, hold, and even feed some of the program snakes! Snakes play an important role in the ecosystem; discover how to help them so they can help us. Fee: $5/person, prepay by Thursday, March 29.

March 31: Harlem Globetrotters | Times Vary The Original Harlem Globetrotters are preparing for their action-packed 2018 World Tour against the Washington Generals! A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to experience the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages. Prepare to be amazed as the Globetrotters showcase basketball’s first 4-point line, located 30 feet from the basket – 6 feet, 3 inches beyond the top of the NBA’s current 3-point line. Join Globetrotter stars after the game where they will stay for an autograph, photograph and high five sessions for fans (subject to availability). 

March 10: Saint Paul LuckyPalooza | 2:00pm Kick off St. Patrick’s Week on West 7th at the 4th annual LuckyPalooza, a two-block street party jam-packed with fun, featuring music by Chris Hawkey, three tent parties, great food, outdoor bars and much more. 

March 17: Minneapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade | 6:30pm The parade route goes right through the newly remodeled Nicollet Mall. Head on over to the Westminster Church for the Blarney Blast post-parade celebration!

March 17: BYNIE (Bet You’re Not Irish Either) Mandolin Ensemble | 12:00-1:30pm Come to dance and listen to traditional Irish tunes, jigs, hornpipes, reels, O’Carolan classics, as well as locally composed Irish-inspired music played on mandolins and guitar by members of the Minnesota Mandolin Orchestra.

March 17: Saint Paul St. Patrick’s Day Parade | 12:00pm This is the 52nd annual family-focused parade in the heart of Saint Paul. The festivities include appearances by Miss Shamrock and the Blarney Brothers.

March 17: Irish Celebrations at the Landmark Center | 10:00am-5:00pm The Irish Music & Dance Association (IMDA) proudly hosts its 37th annual St. Patrick’s Day Irish Celebration featuring regional and local Irish entertainment, Irish dance, Celtic vendors, Irish cuisine, pipe bands and children’s crafts and entertainment. There will be something for everyone! 

March 17: St. Paddy’s Day Event | 3:00-9:00pm Spend your St. Paddy’s Day at the family-friendly River Oaks Event Center. Air hockey, foosball, basketball and more! Corn beef and cabbage, Irish stew, and fish & chips with your favorite Irish beer.

March 17: Leprechaun Secrets | 1:30-3:00pm Learn the ways of the woods by following leprechaun clues. Discover tricks that plants and animals use to thrive in the wild, decipher messages left by animals, and identify helpful and harmful plants. Follow the leprechaun’s path to uncover the secret.

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day Storytime | 11:00am A mischievous leprechaun is causing all kinds of trouble at school, but Gingerbread Man is back to save the day! Join Barnes and Noble for this special St. Patrick’s Day Storytime, with activities to follow. Multiple Twin Cities locations.

March 17-18: Irish Heritage Weekend at James J. Hill House | Times Vary Explore the Irish heritage of one of the most influential families of the Gilded Age. Mary Theresa Mehegan, the daughter of Irish immigrants, wed James Jerome Hill, a young Canadian immigrant of Scotch-Irish stock, who went on to achieve incredible success and fortune with the Great Northern Railway. Though proudly American, the Hill family retained their Irish values and culture through their love of traditional Irish music as well as women’s needlepoint and lace-making. Themed tours will include favorite Irish songs and organ music. Stories of the Hills and their servants, many of them Irish, will engage visitors in the history of Irish Americans in Minnesota.

March 3, 10, 17, & 24, 31: Eagan Parkrun | 9:00am This free weekly timed 5K event takes place at Thomas Lake Park.

March 3: Minneapolis Plunge 5K | 8:00am Looking for a cool way to beat the winter blues? Switch off your treadmill and head outside for the fifth annual Plunge 5K! This family-friendly walk/run is a great way to embrace the chilly weather, boost your energy level, and warm your heart by supporting more than 8,200 Special Olympics Minnesota athletes. You’ll even receive a rad shirt AND finisher’s medal for your efforts!

March 11: St. Patrick’s Irish Traditions 5K | 9:00am 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!), Irish Music & More Irish Hospitality!

March 17: Everybody’s Irish 5K, 10K, and KidsK | 8:00am Everybody’s Irish on St. Paddy’s Day!  Come out and celebrate your Irish roots with us at the Everybody’s Irish 5k/10k.  Costumes are encouraged!

March 17: Get Lucky 7K, 14K, and 21K (Half Marathon) | 8:30am  After the race there is LOTS to do in St. Paul so plan your celebration. The St. Patrick’s Day parade is at Noon and there’s the ongoing farmer’s market. Both are near the Start/Finish of Get Lucky MN at CHS Field! The awesome swag includes Half Marathon/14K/7K: Hoodie or Pullover + Medal or Youth 7K: Get Lucky Therolite Knit Hat + Medal.

March 17: Bridgewater Bank Luck O’ the Lake 5K Fun Run | 9:00am-12:00pm The 6th Annual Bridgewater Bank Luck o’ the Lake 5K Fun Run and 1 Mile run will be held on the beautiful streets of downtown Excelsior and through the streets of Greenwood, on St. Paddy’s Day, Saturday, March 17, 2018. You will enjoy the scenic route along the shores of Lake Minnetonka. Finish up with a St. Paddy’s Day Celebration in Excelsior! The 1 mile starts at 9:00am and the 5k starts at 9:30am.

March 24: Hot Dash 5K and 10 Mile | 8:00am-12:00pm Break out your lumberjack best for this Minnesota-themed event. From start to finish, you’ll feel the Minnesota-love! After the race, sample a tasty new hotdish recipe and other Minnesotan-themed snacks!

The Twin Cities hosts a variety of egg hunts that vary from helicopter drops into large fields to a simple look around for colored “egg” rocks out on a nature hike. We’ve got all of your Easter activities covered, from dyeing eggs to egg hunts to posing with the big friendly bunny!

We are thrilled to be bringing this fantastic event back to the Twin Cities for the 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!

Steps of Hope March 4 | 8:30-11:00am Are you ready for the ultimate autism community event of the year? Steps of Hope for Autism in Minnesota 2018 will be coming your way! Held at Southdale Center in Edina, Steps of Hope will feature the state’s largest annual autism resource fair, fun games, the 2nd annual AuSM Flash Dash, and a huge opportunity to join this awesome community in raising dollars to support programs and services for those affected by autism in Minnesota. Registration is open! Plan to participate and start rallying your team of AuSM fundraising heroes!

Early Entry at Como Zoo March 11 | 9:00am Head to the Como Zoo for an inclusive experience designed for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. There will be designated quiet spaces, sensory story time, and other adjustments that will make this time sensory friendly.

Corduroy at Minnesota Children’s Theatre March 11 | 7:00pm Join Corduroy on his delightfully destructive chase through every section of the department store in search of his missing button. Will the night watchman find him and return him to his shelf before he can find his important button? Will Lisa ever convince her mother to let her give the bear a home? The tender, enduring story about true friendship stirs up the stage with a bustling rumpus of action! Don’t miss it!

The Nightingale at Stages Theatre March 15 & 17 | 10:00-11:00am Stages Theatre Company’ steam-punk and dance inspired retelling of the classic fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Every year Mayor King holds a Festival of Progress to inspire the townspeople to invest in the quality of their town. Everyone is working on their entry, when Violet, the granddaughter of the town’s watchmaker, escapes to the forest to listen to the song of the Nightingale. The captivating song inspires Violet’s grandfather to create a mechanical bird for the Festival of Progress and soon everyone wants one for their very own. The over-produced mechanical song, however, proves to be less-than-inspiring and when Mayor King becomes ill, it is his own memory of the real Nightingale’s song that facilitates his recovery. This world premiere adaptation, written by Jennifer Kirkeby and composed by Shirley Mier, is told through original music and is our 6th dance-inspired collaboration with Escalate Dance.

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 Story Time Second Thursday of Every Month | 9:30am Story Time will take place before the store opens to the general public. No music until after the store opens…except for the songs we’ll sing together! Small fidget objects will be available for children to hold if they choose. There will be a clear schedule for story time with visual cues. As with all of our storytimes, this is a no judgment zone! We all have unique needs and ways of expressing ourselves, and we at Wild Rumpus welcome and celebrate those differences.

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 | Times Vary 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 Theatre’s 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 | Times Vary 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, nightlife, and family fun.

The Nightingale at Stages Theatre March 9-25 | Times Vary Stages Theatre Company’ steam-punk and dance inspired retelling of the classic fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Every year Mayor King holds a Festival of Progress to inspire the townspeople to invest in the quality of their town. Everyone is working on their entry, when Violet, the granddaughter of the town’s watchmaker, escapes to the forest to listen to the song of the Nightingale. The captivating song inspires Violet’s grandfather to create a mechanical bird for the Festival of Progress and soon everyone wants one for their very own. The over-produced mechanical song, however, proves to be less-than-inspiring and when Mayor King becomes ill, it is his own memory of the real Nightingale’s song that facilitates his recovery. This world premiere adaptation, written by Jennifer Kirkeby and composed by Shirley Mier, is told through original music and is our 6th dance-inspired collaboration with Escalate Dance.

MN Zoo Farm Babies March 23-April 30 | Regular Hours Come out and enjoy the sights and sounds of spring at the Wells Fargo Family Farm. Cuteness abounds with baby chicks, piglets, lambs, calves, goat kids, and bunnies. Check out the special “egg” treats for the animals. This fun form of enrichment will include colored Jell-O eggs, piñatas, and hard-boiled eggs.   

The Wiz at Minnesota Children’s Theatre January 23-March 18 | Times Vary 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.

Corduroy at Minnesota Children’s Theatre  March 6-May 20 | Times VaryJoin Corduroy on his delightfully destructive chase through every section of the department store in search of his missing button. Will the night watchman find him and return him to his shelf before he can find his important button? Will Lisa ever convince her mother to let her give the bear a home? The tender, enduring story about true friendship stirs up the stage with a bustling rumpus of action! Don’t miss it!

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. Afterward, 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.

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 | Times Vary 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 | Times Vary 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 | Times Vary 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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