A Twin Cities Mom’s Guide to May 2018

A Twin Cities Mom's Guide to May 2018 | Twin Cities Moms Blog

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

May 1: Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour | 6:00pm Are you ready to DANCE?!? Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour Presented by Pull-Ups® Training Pants! is an ALL NEW interactive live concert experience. Sing along to Disney Junior’s greatest hits with your favorite characters: Mickey and the Roadster Racers, Sofia The First, Puppy Dog Pals, Elena of Avalor, Doc McStuffins, Vampirina, The Lion Guard and more! Kids of all ages and their families are invited to get up and dance, play games and join the biggest dance party around!

May 3: Taste of Edina | 4:30-7:30pm New this year will be the addition of local distilleries sampling mini cocktails and a mixology showdown with Edina’s favorite charismatic bartenders. Also, the chef competition gets a refresher with a new culinary spotlight featuring solo cooking demonstrations from rising star chefs. There will be added table seating near the stage to offer you an up-close view of the action and temporary respite to enjoy your libations. Wine, cocktail, and craft brew samples will be paired alongside the restaurant tables with over 70 different wines and 30 craft beers from Minnesota breweries such as Surly, Fulton, Able and more. Be sure to take note of your favorites and shop the Spring Sale at Edina Liquor. Your ticket price includes a souvenir tasting glass and all food and beverage for the event.

May 3-6: Festival of Nations | Times Vary The International Institute’s annual Festival of Nations is the most diverse, oldest and longest-running multicultural festival in the Midwest. Since 1932, its goal has been to inspire people to discover more about our world and embrace the rich cultural diversity in our community. Nearly 100 ethnic groups will come together for a unique, 4-day experience that celebrates cultural heritage through dancing, performances, exhibits, demonstrations, and cuisine. The Festival is a department of the International Institute of Minnesota, whose mission is to “help New Americans achieve self-sufficiency and full membership in American life.” As the Minnesota cultural landscape expands to include more immigrants, our community benefits culturally and economically. By providing a platform to showcase diversity and a stage for new artists we share and document this most precious heritage. The Festival evolves each year by welcoming new ethnic groups and by offering programming that reflects the cultural fluidity of our community.

May 5: Cinco de Mayo – West Side Saint Paul | 9:00am-6:00pm Saint Paul invites you to come early and stay all day at the Cinco de Mayo Festival. There will be plenty to do for the whole family, including a community village, family zone, live entertainment, car/truck/bike show, parade, sports zone, history zone, demonstration stage.

May 5: Prior Lake Spring-a-Ding | 9:00am-12:00pm Come out to celebrate spring and get excited about summer in Prior Lake. Enjoy Kidsdance, a petting zoo, pony rides, inflatables, crafts and more. New this year, the Flower Power 5K Fun Run with R.O.C.K. starting at 9am.

May 5: Forever Wild Family Friday: Geocatching | 7:00-8:30pm Head to Lebanon Hills for family fun on the first Friday of every month with park activities and s’mores. Have fun exploring the park while finding geocaches hidden throughout. All ages. FREE.

May 5: Home Depot Kids Workshop | 9:00am-12:00pm Discuss the benefits of non-polluting sustainable energy in our hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a model windmill that holds a beautiful seasonal flower or low maintenance herb just in time for Mother’s Day. Once your windmill planter is built, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron, and pin. FREE.

May 5: Minnesota’s Biggest Kentucky Derby Party | 10:45am-10:30pm Join us for the biggest Kentucky Derby Party in Minnesota! Featuring music from Boogie Wonderland, a Hat Contest, selfie station presented by Kwik Trip, live horse racing and more, Canterbury Park is the place to be for the Kentucky Derby. Ticket packages are now on sale. More details to come. 

May 5: Spring on the Farm | 10:00am-1:00pm Help Farmer Eidem and Spud Olson plant our garden and potato crop, sample fresh baked items in the kitchen, make a card for Mom, and the new baby animals. Kids, get creative by entering our annual Name the Cow contest. Also, come learn about the future of Eidem Homestead! Hear about what changes are being discussed as part of the 10-year master plan; what new programs, amenities, and facilities could happen, and see preliminary concepts for the site. Talk with City staff and consultants to provide input on initial concept plans and learn how you can help secure the future of Eidem Homestead. FREE.

May 5: MacPhail Free Family Music Series: The Jolly Pops | 10:00am-12:00pm The Jolly Pops are a Twin Cities-based band founded by MacPhail Faculty, Billy Hartong. The members of this band are proud Dads who enjoy singing songs that not only get children moving but learning too! They will be performing some of their hits from their new CD, We Are Happy Dads. Meet teaching artists. Try out instruments and make one to take home. Light refreshments will follow the two concerts at 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

May 5: KidX Silly Hatter Tea Party | 1:00-3:00pm Come join the Silly Hatter for tea along with his princess friends. Meet your favorite storybook characters as we enjoy delectable treats and enjoy a story from our Storybook Princess & etiquette lessons from the Amulet Princess.

May 5: Union Depot Train Day | 10:00am-5:00pm Enjoy a fun and educational experience as we highlight the history and future of passenger train travel, the historic and current role of freight railroads in our region, and changing transportation trends and needs. All will enjoy a wide variety of free transportation-inspired activities. The day will include train equipment, educational sessions, special events and activities for all ages. Concessions will be available in the concourse and on the train platform.

May 5: Kids Fishing Clinic | 9:00am-12:00pm Bring the family and learn how to fish, be safe near the water, cast, and identify fish. All participants and chaperones will receive a free hot dog and chip lunch. Kids will also receive a goody bag of fishing gear. All equipment is provided. No pre-registration required. FREE.

May 5-6: Civil War Weekend at the Landing | Times Vary See how Minnesota’s soldiers lived and worked during the “War between the States.” Hear the roar of musketry and learn to march. Horse-drawn trolleys provide transportation through the park. Drop-ins welcome. 

May 6: MayDay Parade and Festival | 12:00pm Six months of relentless winter always leave us a little paranoid: It may snow again. It is only with In the Heart of the Beast Puppet Theatre’s annual May Day Parade that we can shed our fears of winter and join in a communal celebration of rebirth that is as joyous, giddy, and oversized as our emotions. When those two-story-tall puppets begin their haunting, wordless journey to Powderhorn Park, whatever remains of our seasonal depression slips away. The relief of it is enough to send spectators into tears when, along with the tens of thousands of other attendees, they begin to sing a song that finally banishes winter for another six months: Gene Autry’s “You Are My Sunshine.”

May 6: Action Painting for Charity | 12:00-4:00pm Kiddywampus is opening up their paint wall for an epic paint throwing event! All proceeds will be donated to the Beds for Kids Program by Hopkins Rotary and Police Department.

May 6: MacPhail Free Family Music Series | 10:00am-12:00pm Join us for a FREE musical open house for children 8 and under! At a MacPhail Free Family Music Series event, you can enjoy sample music classes for children, instrument exploration, arts and crafts and a live performance by a featured guest – with snacks and refreshments! Featured Performers: MacPhail faculty, World Sing-Along. A global themed concert/sing-a-long exposing families and children to different cultures, languages, and styles of music! This concert/sing-along will feature our Musical World curriculum with songs such as; Kye Kye Kule (West Africa), Down by the Riverside (USA), La Cucaracha (Mexico), Frère Jacques (France), Donguri Koro Koro (Japan), Kalinka (Russia) and more. FREE.

May 7: Ladies Bouldering Night | 6:30-8:00pm Come one come many to the all women, ONLY women, an 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.

May 10: Pint of Music: BlackStack Brewing | 7:30pm A free taproom micro-concert (30-45 minutes of music) performed by the Minnesota Orchestra’s world-class musicians at BlackStack Brewing. Hear a sampling of music and share a beer with the musicians after!

May 10-12: Twin Cities Ballet – Beauty & the Beast | Times Vary Created in the tradition of the classic story ballets, this original Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota story adaptation features an original musical score written specifically for this production. Full of magic, imagination, hope and redemption, Beauty & the Beast is a delight for the whole family!

May 11-13: Shepherds Harvest Festival | Times Vary Shepherd’s Harvest Festival is an opportunity for rural and urban people to meet and share information about sheep and sheep products and other fiber-producing animals. The Festival was started in order to provide a venue where wool producers, wool consumers, and wool artisans could come together and share the excitement of working with sheep and their fantastic product – wool. Gradually, the Festival has grown to include other fiber animals such as angora rabbits, alpacas, and goats. The Festival strives to be a family-oriented event that is not only fun but educational. Numerous classes are offered in the fiber arts — geared for all levels of experience — from the beginner to the expert. Each year, we offer some classes in the less well-known fiber arts so students can expand their crafts expertise Many vendors of fiber and fiber animal related products show their wares at the Festival through a juried selection of vendors of unique products. If it’s fiber related, you probably will find a vendor with just what you have been looking for.

May 11: Opening Day at Valley Fair | 10:00am-8:00pm Join us on May 11th as we kick off our 2018 season in style! Enjoy the return of your favorite rides, live shows, PEANUTS characters, and be one of the first to ride on the brand new Delirious! Whatever your thrill level, Valleyfair is where families come to play the Minnesota way. Opening Day also kicks off the season premiere of Food Truck Fridays! Experience Minnesota’s top mobile culinary experiences every Friday from May 11th through June 22nd.

May 12: Second Saturdays at TPT | 9:00am-1:00pm Saturday, May 12 is National Train Day and to celebrate, TPT is bringing Buddy the Dinosaur of Dinosaur Train to our Lowertown studio. There will be tons of both dinosaur and train-themed activities. We’ll have DIY dinosaur fossils and paper train engineer hats to make, a dinosaur egg hunt, Dinosaur Train on the big screen and more! We’ll have free snacks for the kids (and coffee for the adults)! Our charity partner this month is the Diaper Bank of Minnesota. Please consider bringing a donation of a new or unopened package of diapers for a local family in need. FREE.

May 12: Family Dance | 6:30-8:00pm Tapestry Folkdance Center is bringing back the family folkdance tradition. The focus is on simple, easy-to-learn dances that everyone can enjoy. A caller teaches dances from the British Isles and America, including group circle and longways dances and play-party (singing) games. Live music every month. Breaks will feature snacks and kid-friendly activities. All ages welcome!

May 12: Model Railroad Hobby Show and Sale | 9:00am-3:00pm The Twin Cities Railroad Museum hosts a semi-annual Model Railroad Show and Hobby Sale at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds – Education Building in Saint Paul in May and September of each year. Operating layouts in several scales! Over 200 tables of new and used scale models; Toy Trains HO, O, 027, N, S, & Z scale plus Antiques, Collectibles, Tools, Books, Videos, Toys, Buildings, Magazines, Prints, Posters, Photos and more!

May 12: Wild Kratts Live! | 1:00 & 4:30pm Wild Kratts Live is a theatrical stage show based on the #1 animated television series Wild Kratts. Martin and Chris Kratt, stars of the Emmy-nominated Wild Kratts step out LIVE ON STAGE to engage the audience in a classic Wild Kratts story. Experience, live-on-stage, the astounding “creature” fundamentals, and the infectious excitement and inspiring quest of the Kratt Brothers that make the hit television series Wild Kratts so popular with kids and their families.

May 16-17: Young People’s: The Color of Music | Times Vary In this exciting interactive concert, musicians help students investigate the musical element “timbre,” or “tone color,” and the four families of instruments. Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s Concerts are for schools, homeschools, and families looking for an outstanding arts experience that is both educational and engaging. All orders must have at least one child (ages 1 to 17) and at least one accompanying adult.

May 17: Taste of Lakeville | 5:00-9:00pm Enjoy all you can eat samples of food from more than 35 of the area’s best restaurants and caterers. Wine and beer tasting galore! Lakeville Liquors will be bringing a wide variety of beverages and you will have an opportunity to sample all of it. This year’s event has expanded space offering two stages with live music from Dave Hudson. There will also be Live and Silent Auctions.

May 18-20: Art-A-Whirl | Times Vary View artwork of over 650 artists in every medium at more than 50 locations throughout Northeast Minneapolis, including studio buildings, art galleries, homes, storefronts, and local businesses. The artists’ open studio tours may include demonstrations, mini-workshops, installations, and special exhibitions. Studio tours offer a great opportunity to ask questions, discuss techniques, experience art first-hand, and purchase unique artwork directly from the artists. Art-A-Whirl gives you a unique opportunity to meet the artists who make our community so vibrant and invest in our art community by purchasing artwork that you connect with. Art-A-Whirl also offers you several ways of becoming more involved in the local arts community. FREE.

May 19: Blaine World Fest | 1:00pm  Join the City of Blaine and residents from across the North Metro for the 11th annual Blaine World Fest celebration. This event is a great opportunity for the City to recognize and share its growing cultural and ethnic diversity. Bring the entire family and learn about different cultures through a variety of entertainment and festivities. Experience a wide array of music, dance, cultural learning booths, demonstrations, and delicious ethnic foods. Blaine World Fest has continued to grow with more than 2000 people enjoying this exciting and festive cultural celebration last year, and this year’s event promises to be even bigger and better. Be sure to bring a lawn chair!

May 19: Trista Day | 11:00am-2:00pm A family event put on by the City of Minnetrista’s Public Safety department with safety education, free food, vendors, and entertainment! Pig Races return for 2018! FREE.

May 19: Pan Asian Arts Festival at MoA | 11:00am-8:00pm In celebration of the Asian Heritage Month of May 2018, Pan Asian Arts Alliance in partnership with Asian Media Access present the 7th Annual Pan Asian Arts Festival. Come join us for a day of dance and singing performances, fashion display, and other talent showcasing the Twin Cities’ Asian communities representing all different regions of Asia. This event is free and open to the public! Come and share the beauty and joy of Pan Asian performing arts.

May 19: Twin Cities Burger Battle | 5:00-8:00pm  Come and try out some delicious burgers and support as The Sanneh Foundation will once again be the beneficiary non-profit of the event! Enjoy great burgers from over 20 restaurants, including B-52, St. Paul Grill, Muddy Cow, Herbie’s, and so much more! Guests will enjoy live local music and cast their vote to crown the People’s Choice winner. A panel of judges will vote to crown the Twin Cities Burger Battle champion of 2017. Live musical performances and activities will run throughout the event. A portion of the proceeds are donated to The Sanneh Foundation. 

May 19: Child Safety Fair | 9:00am-12:00pm University of Minnesota Health Maple Grove Clinics invites you and your family to join us for this year’s Child Safety Fair. With free safety demonstrations, events, and experts on hand to help teach lessons in playing safe, it’s sure to be a safety event your family will never forget — which is the whole point, really.

 

May 20: 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. FREE.

May 20: Holz Farm Spring Festival | 11:00am-4:00pm Free entertainment includes garden planting demonstrations, old-fashioned laundry, barnyard animals, field plowing and discing, corn grinding, vintage equipment and tractor display, bread baking & butter churning, honeybee lesson, egg picking, chicken display, water pumping, preschool toy box tractors, farm challenge for teens. Tickets will be available for purchase for concessions, pony rides, hay rides, milking a virtual vow, pedal tractor corral, and rope making. FREE ADMISSION.

May 24-28: Carnival at Burnsville Center | Times Vary The carnival is coming to town! Come down to Burnsville Center May 24-28 for carnival rides, games, and food wagons!

May 25: Movie in the Park  | 8:30pm Head to Sand Creek Park for their annual movies in the park event. Enjoy the movie  (Lion King) for free, concessions available for purchase. Concession stand opens one hour before the movie – so come early, find your spot and enjoy the park play areas. 

May 25-28: Lebanon Hills Regional Park Story Walk | 8:00am-9:00pm Take a self-guided walk in the park while reading picture book pages displayed along the trail. All ages. FREE. 

May 26: Koo Koo Kangaroo at Memory Lanes’s Block Party | 5:00-6:00pm Koo Koo Kanga Roo is the dance-a-long comedy show from Bryan and Neil, two friends who set out to experiment with live music and make it more fun. Armed with nothing more than an iPod, two mics, one giant rainbow and some gold sneakers, Koo Koo Kanga Roo puts on an all-ages dance party that invites everyone to join in. Whether you know them from “brain break” videos in your classroom, the Warped Tour or a late night bar show, you’ve probably gotten sweaty dancing to their jams at some point. All ages show. 

May 26-28: Memorial Day Weekend at Fort Snelling | 10:00am-5:00pm Over Memorial Day Weekend, explore the grounds and engage with the many stories that make up this location’s history. Learn about Native American history and the fort’s role in US expansion. Explore stories of African Americans at Fort Snelling, including Dred and Harriet Scott whose struggle to gain freedom from slavery helped ignite the Civil War. Join in activities and watch demonstrations like cannon firings, blacksmithing, and more. Kids can try out historic games as well as a brand-new, STEM-focused activity to earn a special prize. Throughout the weekend, visit the stone barracks to learn about the experiences of US soldiers and the role of the military in the growth of the nation. On Monday, don’t miss a special “living timeline” of America’s military past on the fort’s parade ground with costumed staff and reenactors sharing the history of Americans serving in armed conflicts.

May 26-28: Memorial Day Weekend at the Landing | Times Vary Meet Civil War veterans and learn how Memorial Day began in 1868 as “Decoration Day” to honor Union soldiers who died. A formal “Decoration Day” ceremony with a brass band is held on Monday at 2 PM. Horse-drawn trolleys provide transportation through the park. Drop-ins welcome. 

May 28: Memorial Day Celebration | Times Vary Lakewood Cemetery’s Memorial Day ceremony is held near the Soldiers Memorial monument. This year’s ceremony will include Robert Robinson’s gospel quartet, the Minneapolis Police Band, and a dove release. In honor of the end of WWI, we will also feature author and historian Steve Chicoine as our guest speaker. Please note: Chairs are available, but seating is limited. You are welcome to bring your own blanket or portable chair

May 5, 12, 19, & 26: Eagan Parkrun | 9:00am This free weekly timed 5K event takes place at Thomas Lake Park.

May 5: Twin Cities Heart Walk | 7:00am-1:00pm We aren’t just walking, we’re Heartwalking! Join 25,000 others for an incredible morning at Target Field and help us raise over $3 million for heart disease, stroke research, and education!

May 6: Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon | 7:00-11:00am With a rich history among distance runners and tremendous support from the community, the Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon stands as one of the premier half marathons in the state of Minnesota!  The Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon features a beautiful race route starting in downtown Wayzata and ending at Commons Park in Excelsior.

May 6: Food Allergy Awareness 5K Walk & Run | 10:30am This unique event is family-friendly and stroller & wheelchair accessible. Funds raised by donations support AFAA (the Anaphylaxis & Food Allergy Association of Minnesota)’s life-saving education programs; year-round support and outreach activities; and local, state, and federal advocacy efforts.

May 6: Bud Break 5K Run/Walk | 9:00am-12:00pm Registration is open for the 21st annual Bud Break, one of the most beautiful and challenging 5K courses in the state! Take your running to the next level with an Arboretum training run, grab friends to start a running group, go for your personal best. Register now through April 30 for the lowest rates. Do it today! Daffodil Dash for kids has a new lower fee; walkers welcome too to start after the runners are off. A gorgeous, scenic course! 

May 10: Medtronic TC 1 Mile | 6:30pm It all starts with the first mile. This unique event is the perfect weeknight evening in downtown Minneapolis. Run with friends, enjoy a local happy hour, and cheer on the pros!

May 12: Maple Grove Half-Marathon, 10K, and 5K | 7:30am The Maple Grove Races are in May every year, beginning and ending at the Maple Grove High School. The event is presented by the Maple Grove Lions.

May 13: Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure | 7:00-10:00am The Susan G. Komen Twin Cities Race for the Cure® will once again be at Southdale Center in 2018!  Join us on Mother’s Day, May 13, 2018, where thousands of people will gather at Southdale Center to raise funds, bring awareness, celebrate cancer survivorship and honor those who have lost their battle to the disease. The route will take participants on a 5K or 1K co-ed trek around beautiful Lake Cornelia in Edina and it is great fun for the entire family.

May 19: The Autism 5K | 9:00-11:00am Runner? Jogger? Walker? All will enjoy the Autism 5K at beautiful Lake Calhoun. Join over 1,500 participants, evenly split between runners and walkers. Some participate to compete in a certified 5K and achieve a personal best, while others are here to gather and walk for a great cause!

May 19: Daisy Dash 5K Walk/Run | 10:00am-12:00pm Come join us as we celebrate Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Minnesota’s 5th Daisy Dash 5k! This family-friendly event will again be at Rosland Park in Edina! Events for kids and adults alike! Strollers and baby carriers welcome! We support all families!

May 19: TC Kids Cross Country Fun Run | 9:00am Experience the joy of physical fitness and the satisfaction of achieving a goal at this race! It is specifically for kids and is designed to help kids challenge themselves, have fun, and feel successful.Optional obstacle on-course adds difficulty and fun! Photo ops available with Team USA Minnesota athletes and with Harry & Shelly, the TCM mascots!

May 20: Momboss 5K | 8:30am-12:00pm More than a run…this is a gathering to empower encourage and cheer on the significant women in our lives. Whether you are a mom, have a mom, dream of being a mom, or mother those in your tribe, this event is to celebrate you! Join with other women in our community to embrace wellness and treat yourself because…we all MOM LIKE A BOSS!

May 20: Women Run the Cities | 8:00am Since its inaugural year, WRTC has grown to nearly 4,000 women and girls — making it one of the Twin Cities’ most popular all-women running events! In 2012, ESPNW named WRTC one of the top five best races for women and the event was voted “Favorite Run, Walk or Bike for a Cause” by the Minnesota Women’s Press.

May 20: MN Brain Tumor 5K | 9:00am What sets the MN Brain Tumor 5K apart from some other races, events, etc. is that 100% of your donations go directly to the Musella Foundation for Brain Tumor Research and Information, Inc. It also serves as a resource for victims and their families both financially and emotionally 

May 8: Mother’s Day Card Making Event | 5:30-7:3pm The Savage Area Women of Today are hosting a Mother’s Day card making event. Parents are welcome to bring their young children to make a Mother’s Day card in the Library meeting room. This event is free and open to the public.

May 10: Mother’s Day Blooms and Cupcakes | 6:00pm Celebrate Mother’s Day by joining us for a fun, creative and sweet night out! Learn the art of flower arranging alongside your mom, or come create the perfect gift for her! Guests will leave with a fresh handmade bouquet and four gourmet Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe cupcakes, all wrapped up in a beautiful box ready to give to mom!

May 12: Mother’s Day Tea | 3:30pm Join the LeDuc Estate as we celebrate Mother’s Day with you and your loved ones! Celebrate by enjoying a three-course meal paired with a variety of tea as you enjoy the ambiance of the house. Live music will flow throughout the house and provide the perfect backdrop for the event. Visitors will also have the opportunity to enjoy history by costumed reenactors! A tour of the house will be included after the final course is served.

May 12: Mother’s Day Cookie Decorating at Burnsville Center | 11:00am-1:00pm Slide on your “shoppin’ shoes” and make this Mother’s Day special with your littles! Mrs. Field’s invites kids of all ages to treat their mom to a delicious and beautiful hand-decorated cookie! Grab a coffee to start, make your cookie, do some shopping and visit the newly renovated play area when you’re done! See you there! 

May 12-13: Mother’s Day Bonsai Show at Como Zoo | 10:00am Take Mom to this annual tradition! The Minnesota Bonsai Society will be displaying some of their finest work on the Covered Porch. Trained professionals will also be on-hand to answer any questions you may have about the art of Bonsai!

May 12-13: Explore Kelly Farm | 10:00am-4:00pm Explore the Kelley Farm as it springs to life on Mother’s Day Weekend. Help plant seeds in the gardens, harvest the first spring greens, and meet the baby animals on the historic farmstead and at the Farm Lab Barn. And be sure to see what’s cooking in the historic farmhouse and the Learning Kitchen in the visitor center. Mothers are admitted free when accompanied by a child.

May 13: Mother’s Day Brunch at the Science Museum of Minnesota | 10:00am-2:00pm Give Mom the day off and let our executive chef do all the cooking! Enjoy a delicious Mother’s Day brunch with a beautiful springtime view of the Mississippi River. Price includes general admission to the museum.

May 13: Macy’s Mother’s Day at the MN Zoo | 9:00am-4:00pm Bring your special mom to meet some of our special moms during our Macy’s Mother’s Day celebration. Moms admitted for free on Sunday.

May 13: Mother’s Day Brunch at the Arboretum | 9:30am-1:30pm Mother’s Day at the Arboretum: Blooms and Brunch – create an incredible holiday for family and friends with a sumptuous spring menu featuring traditional favorites plus made-to-order specialties, and a dessert buffet. Mother’s Day is one of the busiest holidays of the year at the Arboretum – with 38,000 gorgeous tulips in bloom and a luxurious, chef-made savory and sweet brunch – visitors will have an amazing holiday experience on May 13!

May 13: Mother’s Day Succulent Make & Take | 1:00-5:00pm Looking for something different and fun to do this Mother’s Day? Bring your Mom, any Mom, anyone who has a Mom, anyone who knows a Mom, out to Excelsior Brewing Company for a succulent bar make and take event! Ditch the usual bouquet of flowers and come share an experience with Mom planting a beautiful succulent arrangement. Anyone is welcome to come participate. This is a come as you please event. Come any time between 1 pm to 5 pm to create your very own unique, one of a kind succulent creation! We supply hundreds of containers from vintage to modern and a whole bunch of beautiful succulents! 

May 13: Saint Paul Civic Symphony Mother’s Day Concert | 1:00-3:00pm Don’t miss the 31st annual Mother’s Day Concert.  It’s the perfect way to spend the day with the mothers in your life.  Seats fill up quickly so arrive early. FREE.

May 13: Mother’s Day Brunch at Valley Fair | 10:00am-12:00pm Celebrate one of the most important women in your life at Valleyfair’s Mother’s Day Brunch! Join the PEANUTS™ Gang for a delicious chef-prepared buffet. Best of all, you can take a family photo with the PEANUTS™ characters and then spend all day riding your favorite rides!

Just Between Friends Sale Multiple May Dates and Locations | 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! There will be three sales in the Eagan, Whitebear Lake/Stillwater, and Woodbury areas.

Indoor Toy & Garage Sale May 5-6 | 8:00am-1:00pm Come check out a variety of items for sale and score some great deals on toys, games and more! Free Admission.

Munchkin Markets – Washington County Fairgrounds May 5-6 | Times Vary Join over 400 families to sell your gently used baby and kid’s items at Stillwater’s premier children’s consignment sale and earn 65-80% of the selling price.  Shoppers will find thousands of pre-loved and new baby and children’s items including clothing (sizes preemie to big kid 14), high chairs, strollers, cribs and nursery furniture, shoes, books, DVDs, and of course toys all at prices 40-90% off retail!  A shopping event parents don’t want to miss! Public shopping hours are 9-4 on Saturday and 9-2 on Sunday.  Many items will be 1/2 price on Sunday.  

If you have yet to try Moms on the Run, we have an event exclusively open to moms NEW to this program! We are so happy to support and partner with Moms on the Run for Move It Mama: an event focused on wellness and community, and learning about all that Moms on the Run has to offer. Join us at Athleta, Mall of America on May 4th to learn more, join in an in-store scavenger hunt for prizes and head home with some incredible swag.

Whoever You Are at Stages Theatre May 3 & 5 | 10:00-11:00am This spring we bring to life the poignantly inspiring story-poem by the popular, best-selling children’s author, Mem Fox. Every day, everywhere, all over the world, “Joys are the same, and love is the same, pain is the same, and blood is the same. Smiles are the same, and hearts are just the same.” Come with us as we soar to the heart of imagination with a world-premiere musical adaptation that weaves across cultures and generations to celebrate the bond that unites us all.

Sensory Friendly Sunday at Walker Art Center May 6 | 8:00am Sensory Friendly Sunday is a monthly, free event for kids, teens, and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder or sensory sensitivities and their families, offering the opportunity to make art together, explore the galleries, watch a short film, or just hang out in a different setting. Over the past few months, the Walker has been working with a range of community partners to provide the Twin Cities with the first art-focused, sensory friendly program in a museum. The galleries will be closed to all other visitors, allowing guests to enjoy the museum in a safe environment where accommodations such as quiet spaces, headphones, and fidgets can be provided. In order to ensure an optimal experience and avoid crowds, we encourage you to reserve your space ahead of time.

Corduroy at Minnesota Children’s Theatre  May 11 | 6:00pm 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!

Crenshaw at Stages Theatre May 12 | 11:00am This magically engaging story, proving that family, friendship, and resilience are found in the heart of the imagination, will grace our Hopkins Jaycees Studio in May. Crenshaw is a cat. He’s large, he’s outspoken, and…he’s imaginary. This unforgettable creature comes into 10-year-old Jackson’s life to help him and his family as they fall on hard times and may have to live in their minivan…again. But is an imaginary friend enough to save this family from losing everything? This world premiere adaptation, based on the touching book by the Newbery Medal-winning author of The One and Only Ivan, confirms that friends matter—whether real or imaginary. 

Early Entry at Como Zoo May 13 | 9:00-10:00am 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.

Autism Research Series: Discovery to Solutions May 23 | 7:00-9:00pm Free community science presentation by Autism Speaks Chief Science Officer Tom Frazier, Ph.D.and the University of Minnesota Autism Initiative’s Amy Esler, Ph.D., L.P. We will explore the latest advances in autism research. The event is free and open to the public but space is limited. RSVP.

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.

TPT Second Saturdays Sensory-Friendly Hour | 12:00-1:00pm Each month TPT opens up our studios in Lowertown St. Paul for a morning of PBS Kids cartoons on the big screen, meet & greets with PBS Kids characters like Daniel Tiger, Sid the Science Kid, and Buddy the Dinosaur, and fun activities like instrument making and carnival games. If that weren’t enough, the SciGirls squad are always on hand with all sorts of STEM-related games and activities to educate your child.

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. 

Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO Bricks Now-September 3 | 9:30am-4:00pm Be inspired by Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO® Bricks, an exhibition where architecture and engineering meet creative play. Not only will you see 20 of the most astonishing skyscrapers from around the world, replicated at 1:200 scale using only LEGO bricks, you can also create your own ‘tower of tomorrow.’ We’ll have more than 200,000 loose LEGO bricks on hand in construction areas, where you can add your creations to a steadily rising futuristic metropolis inside the exhibition. In addition, the Science Museum has commissioned a local LEGO builder to create a replica of U.S. Bank Stadium made of LEGO bricks that will be on display outside of the exhibit.

Corduroy at Minnesota Children’s Theatre  March 6-May 20 | Times Vary 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!

Community Workshop for the MayDay Parade Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Saturdays, April 7-May 3 | Times Vary Help build the puppets for the MayDay Parade! During the month of April, In the Heart of the Beast Theatre’s building is transformed into a giant studio where staff artists and volunteers create the MayDay Parade.

Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax at Minnesota Children’s Theatre April 15-June 10 | Times Vary The silky soft tufts of the Truffula Trees are the perfect stuffs to knit the perfect Thneeds. But the first chop, chop of the perilous ax, begins the powerful tale of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax. When the last tree of the forest falls, was it worth losing paradise for nothing at all? The most beloved environmental tale of all time, The Lorax will have you singing in Seussian rhyme!

Whoever You Are at Stages Theatre April 20-May 20 | Times Vary This spring we bring to life the poignantly inspiring story-poem by the popular, best-selling children’s author, Mem Fox. Every day, everywhere, all over the world, “Joys are the same, and love is the same, pain is the same, and blood is the same. Smiles are the same, and hearts are just the same.” Come with us as we soar to the heart of imagination with a world-premiere musical adaptation that weaves across cultures and generations to celebrate the bond that unites us all.

Crenshaw at Stages Theatre April 27-May 19 | Times Vary This magically engaging story, proving that family, friendship, and resilience are found in the heart of the imagination, will grace our Hopkins Jaycees Studio in May. Crenshaw is a cat. He’s large, he’s outspoken, and…he’s imaginary. This unforgettable creature comes into 10-year-old Jackson’s life to help him and his family as they fall on hard times and may have to live in their minivan…again. But is an imaginary friend enough to save this family from losing everything? This world premiere adaptation, based on the touching book by the Newbery Medal-winning author of The One and Only Ivan, confirms that friends matter—whether real or imaginary. 

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.

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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