A Twin Cities Mom’s Guide to September 2018

 

 A Twin Cities Mom's Guide to September 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 September activities all together in one easy guide so you don’t miss a thing! We’ll update with new additions as they come.

Thru September 3: Minnesota State Fair | Times Vary The Annual Great Minnesota Get Together! Mark your calendars and stay tuned for our annual family guide to the fair!

Thru September 3: Story Walk at Lebanon Hills Regional Park | 8:00am-8:00pm Take a self-guided walk in the park while reading picture book pages displayed along the trail. All ages. FREE.

Thru September 3: Music & Movies in the Park: Minneapolis | Times Vary Swing, Folk, Rock, Bluegrass, Classical and much more.  The MPRB summer concert season fills the air daily with music at five concert venues running Memorial Day through Labor Day. The Movies in the Parks series runs from early through late August.  The mobile program takes place Monday through Saturday evenings and travels to more than 30 parks throughout the summer, which includes a partnership with the Twin Cities Black Film Festival. 

Thru September 3: Music & Movies in the Park: St Paul | Times Vary Music in the Parks is an outdoor music series taking place in Saint Paul’s beautiful parks during the summer months. All events are free unless otherwise noted. Bring along a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy a starlit night of fun with friends and family! Movies in the Parks provides a wide range of outdoor films at parks and recreation centers around Saint Paul. Movies in the Parks events are free and open to the public. Start times are approximate; movies typically begin at dusk but may start earlier or later. Some offer pre-show activities. Movies are weather dependent and subject to change without notice.  All children under 10 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Thru September 3: Cultural Performances at Centennial Lakes | Times Vary From June through August, free cultural performances are held outdoors at the Maetzold Amphitheater at Centennial Lakes Park. Movies in the Park are shown at sunset on Thursday evenings throughout the summer.

Thru September 3: Flicks on the Bricks and Summer Concerts | Times Vary Catch a concert, see a movie or attend a great festival this summer in Burnsville! All events are free and open to the public. 

Thru September 3: Town Green Summer Concert Series | Times Vary Free summer concert series for the whole family all summer long at Maple Grove’s Town Green bandshell.

Thru September 3: Kangaroo Crossing @ MN Zoo  | Regular Hours The Minnesota Zoo is bringing the “Land Down Under” up north this summer with an immersive walkabout experience along the Northern Trail. It will leave you feeling like you were just hiking in Australia, as you explore the multi-species habitat and see these animals up close. You literally walk through the exhibit with these outback ambassadors!

Thru September 3: Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO Bricks | 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.

September 1: Home Depot Kids Workshop | 9:00am-12:00pm Kickoff football season with a portable action-packed field goal game. In this workshop, you and your child can build a game to test your aim. Simply flick or drop-pluck the ball through the goal posts to score a field goal worth three points. Once the game is built, your child can customize it with paint and stickers—play solo or with a friend and switch between field judge/scorekeeper and placekicker. Recommended for ages 5 through 12. 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. FREE.

September 1-3: Valley Fair Corn Feast | 11:00am-7:00pm The 42nd Annual Corn Feast is coming back to Valleyfair this fall as one of the parks longest-standing traditions. There will be over 30,000 lbs of FREE corn at the park for all guests to indulge in (while supplies last). All the corn combinations you can imagine making this event a one-of-a-kind food festival, as well as exhilarating corn eating competitions every day. There will also be live music, lip-syncing battles, games, activities, and challenges all day long.

September 1-3: Threshers & Combines Weekend | 10:00am-5:00pm Threshing the grain harvest was the culmination of an entire growing season’s toil. Join the Kelley farmhands as they bring grain bundles in from the fields, thresh the grain in an 1856 horse-powered Cox and Roberts threshing machine, help bag up the grain and rake away the straw.

September 2: Canterbury Kidz Day | 12:45-6:00pm Bring the family for a day of adventure at the track, with activity stations for kids, face painting and pony rides. Kidz Day is a fun way to enjoy a Sunday with your clan, see the horses and participate in the festivities that go along with live racing at Canterbury Park.

September 5-8: Burnsville Fire Muster | Times Vary Features wine and beer tasting, entertainment, fireworks, carnival rides, kids activities, local restaurants, emergency personnel demonstrations, and of course, the fire truck parade that started it all. FREE admission this year! 

September 5-9: Defeat of Jesse James | Times Vary 

September 6-9: Happy Days Festival | Times Vary The Ramsey Happy Days Festival hosts a large array of family-friendly activities and events during the day. When the sun goes down, live music and an impressive fireworks show takeover. Most events are free thanks to the contributions of our generous sponsors. 

September 6-9: Inver Grove Heights Days | Times Vary Annual city-wide celebration. Featuring a parade, giant inflatables, pony rides, laser tag, car show, carnival games, coronation, fireworks and more! This annual event is run by volunteers from the community and area businesses.

September 7: Forever Wild Family Friday: Prairies | 7:00-8:30pm Head to Lebanon Hills for family fun on the first Friday of every month with outdoor park activities and s’mores. Explore the prairie, sweep net for insects and learn about its amazing plants.  All ages. FREE.

September 7-9: Minneapolis Greek Festival | Times Vary Taste of Greece is a three day festival of authentic Greek food, live music, and cultural events, hosted by St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church. FREE Admission.

September 7-9: James J Hill Days | Times Vary  Celebrate Wayzata with an open-air street market, concerts, a carnival, logrolling, fireworks, car show, dachshund races, and much much more!

September 7-9: Carver Steamboat Days | Times Vary A three-day small town celebration featuring a parade, water fights, 5K, magic shows, mechanical bull riding, fireworks, live music, Minnesota Made Market, car show, and a bean bag tournament.

September 8: Second Saturdays at TPT | Times Vary Get ready to become a superhero reader this September at Second Saturdays! WordGirl will be zooming in to meet all of you and she’s bringing literacy games and activities galore. This month, in honor of WordGirl’s Captain Huggyface, we’re partnering with Secondhand Hounds. Please consider bringing a donation of one of the products from their wishlist to support animal rescue in Minnesota. Must register. FREE.

September 8: Grape Stomp Festival | 10:00am-6:00p Enjoy a traditional grape stomp at St. Croix Vineyard or enjoy a free tour or live music. And, of course, wine!

September 8: Eagan’s Harvest of Art | 1:00-9:00pm
First ever short film celebration, Eagan Community Supported Art (CSA), Raku Pottery, artist demonstrations. Wescott Library Art Cart, live music, and artist booths. Food truck available after 6:00pm. Short film screening begins at 7:30pm

September 8: Washington County Bluegrass Festival | 2:00-6:00pm The annual Washington County Bluegrass Festival fuses community, the great outdoors, and homegrown bluegrass music. It’s our way of celebrating a successful summer season and giving thanks to everyone for supporting Washington County Parks. Food trucks will be on site.

September 8: Family Fun Fest | 11:00am-2:00pm The Village of Blaine Shopping Center is hosting a family-friendly community event featuring music from a DJ, face-painting, promos from local vendors, prizes, food samples, and their second annual car show!

September 8: Taste of White Bear Lake | 2:00-5:00pm Enjoy a fall afternoon in the beautiful Pine Tree Apple Orchard while sampling some of the finest foods and spirits in the White Bear Lake area while helping raise fund for Rotary projects.

September 8-9: Edina Fall Into the Arts Festival | Times Vary More than 250 artists & exhibitors, food vendors and sponsors will be showing and selling their work. The festival has an assortment of exciting new artists, as well as returning favorites representing diverse media such as photography, jewelry, pottery, sculpture, wearable arts, glass, fiber arts, wood, and painting. One of the most beautiful settings in the country. Something for everyone!

September 9: Grandparents Day at the MN Zoo | Times Vary Enjoy a day at the Zoo with your grandchildren on Grandparent’s Day. Grandparents will receive free admission and special offers at the Penguin Café and Timber Lodge Traders gift store.

September 9: Nordic Music Fest | 10:00am-6:00pm Musicians and dancers dressed in colorful costumes will liven the event that is free for all to attend. Delicious food and beer too! FREE.

September 15-16: Pigs Weekend at Oliver Kelley Farm | 10:00am-5:00pm Discover what it takes to raise pigs from farrow to finish. Meet pigs and explore the changing environments that farmers use to raise pigs historically and today. Plus, enjoy readings of classic pig tales, sample BBQ-pulled pork in the Learning Kitchen, and pick up some pork cooking tips.

September 14-15: Saint Paul Oktoberfest | Times Vary Eat the wurst, drink the best, and enjoy the centuries-old German tradition with bed races, polka, and, of course, beer and games! There will be a kiddie carnival and parade as well. Cast your vote for your favorite Oktoberfest beer made by a local craft brewer in the Kaiser’s Choice Award. Admission is FREE!

September 15-16: Lakeville Art Festival | 10:00am-5:00pm The Lakeville Art Festival is proud to host over 90 exhibitors in an intimate, premium art festival featuring many art forms and mediums to include visual, performing, and literary artisans. 

September 15: Open Streets Minneapolis – West Broadway | 11:00am-5:00pm Open Streets Minneapolis is a free event bringing together community groups and local businesses to temporarily close major thoroughfares to car traffic, opening them up for people walking, biking, rolling, and playing.

September 15: Bloomington Heritage Days | 10:30am-11:30pm Don’t miss the parade, car show, inflatables, food vendors, kids’ games, BMX show, bag toss, beer tent, live music. A day of celebrating community!

September 15: Golden Valley Arts and Music Festival | 9:30am Gather with friends and family while enjoying food, beer, wine, live music and dancing, featuring work of local artists, games and interactive arts for the whole family.

September 15: Wild Rice Festival | 10:00am-6:00pm A celebration of wild rice, the Minnesota fall season and Native American culture! Highlights include children’s games and activities, hands-on apple cider pressing, Native American dance, drums and story-telling, traditional wild rice harvesting demonstrations, wild rice sausage, wild rice soup, fry bread and other tasty treats, and much more! FREE.

September 16: Sokol Minnesota Fall Festival | 11:00am-5:00pm Music, folk dancers, vendors, games, ethnic food, Czech beer, silent auction, and more! Free admission. 

 

September 21-23: Eagan’s Septemberfest | Times Vary Visit Eagan’s SeptemberFest on Friday for Family Fun Night, featuring a carnival, inflatables, bubble soccer, cakewalk, face painting, raffles, human foosball, and spray painting a bus! Other nights include Texas Hold Em and a concert featuring Arch Allies and Hairball! Great music, drink specials and food truck court!

September 22: Autumn Fest | 9:00am-8:30pm Head to Woodbury Lakes for a harvest-sized festival of entertainment, activities, and events for the whole family at AutumnFest featuring Koo Koo Kangaroo, local children’s author, Maia Haag, and her dog, Jet, and  a Goldy Gopher, Mudonna and TC Bear meet & greet

September 22: Excelsior Apple Day | 9:00am-6:00pm Apple Day is a lakeside festival featuring locally produced foods, art, antiques, crafts and a good-old-fashioned street dance in historic downtown Excelsior. 

September 22: Payne Arcade Harvest Festival | 12:00pm Payne/Arcade Harvest Festival is an East Side Celebration! And is one of St Paul’s oldest festivals. It’s a neighborhood celebration put on by everyone in the area and promoted by PABA and the East Side Lions Club.

September 20-22 Junkbonanza | Times Vary An indoor, juried vintage market for purveyors and shoppers of vintage finds, antiques, architectural salvage, artisan-repurposed, and upcycled goods! All artfully arrayed for a best-of shopping experience!

September 22: Girl Time – Girls and Engineering | 9:00am-4:00pm Explore engineering together at Girl Time, a special day for girls and their families to learn about engineering from real women engineers. Explore hands-on activities and demonstrations and have the opportunity to talk with women working in engineering and girls studying STEM fields.

September 22: Rosemount Food Truck Festival | 5:00-10:00pm Rosemount Fall Food Truck Festival will celebrate community with approximately 10-12 food trucks and two concerts in the park.

September 22: Northern Grape Stomp | 11:00am-7:00pm Join Northern Vineyards Winery in a Celebration of our harvest. Come down and enjoy a traditional grape stomp on the banks of the St. Croix River. Bring a picnic and relax with a glass or bottle of wine on our deck while enjoying live music. Ages 21+.

September 22-23: Afton Art in the Park | Times Vary  The 40th Annual two day outdoor fine arts and traditional craft fair takes place in Afton’s quaint, Town Square Park and features over 90 vendors showcasing fine arts, pottery, woodwork, jewelry, photography, sculpture, fiber and more. Plus great food and 2 days of live music!

September 22-23: Lone Oak Days | 11:00am-4:00pm Experience a nostalgic look back to 1940’s era farm life in Eagan at the Lone Oak Days Fall Festival at Holz Farm Park.

September 23: Open Streets Minneapolis – Nicollet | 11:00am-5:00pm Open Streets Minneapolis is a free event bringing together community groups and local businesses to temporarily close major thoroughfares to car traffic, opening them up for people walking, biking, rolling, and playing.

September 23: Open Streets on 50th | 1:00-5:00pm Get outside and hit the streets as the City of Edina, along with the 50th & France Businesses & Professional Association, hosts “Open Streets on 50th!” West 50th Street between Wooddale and Chowen avenues will be closed again for music, dance, games, art, yoga and other creative and active events. Civic, athletic, artistic and neighborhood groups, as well as businesses and food trucks, will participate by hosting events, demonstrations, activities and more.

September 26: Blaine Block Party | 3:00-7:00pm The Blaine Block Party is a festive and interactive way for residents to explore their city and services. Events will be occurring both inside and outside at Blaine City Hall, 10801 Town Square Drive. The event is rain or shine! Concessions available.

September 29: Day of the Dozers | 1:00-5:00pm This event provides an opportunity to educate families about the construction industry, while at the same time raising money for Children’s Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota. At the event, children can ride inside a wide variety of construction vehicles alongside a friendly certified machine operator, play in sandpits, participate in other fun activities, and enjoy great food from some delicious local food trucks.

September 29: Downtown Chaska Block Party | 12:00-5:00pm 2nd Annual Block Party with lots of food drinks, music, fun, and games! Including bounce houses, an obstacle course, kids dress up parade, glitter tattoos, balloon animals and more. Shop our local businesses and the Farmers Market vendors or grab some food and drinks. 

September 29: Family Fun & Food Festival | 12:00-6:00pm Beer & wine tastings, live music, food trucks, and KidX Activity Zone** at the Maplewood Mall.

September 29: Flying Colors Kite Fly | 11:00am-4:00pm This is the Minnesota Kite Society’s BIG summer kite fly! This event will take place at the lower ball fields of Valley View Middle School and Valley View Elementary School. The ball fields are located northwest of the intersection of 90th Street and Portland Avenue South in Bloomington, MN. This year Flying Colors will be a smaller kite fly event. We will not have kids kitemaking or food vendors. All are welcome to join us. Bring your kites and help us fill the sky.

September 29-30: Fall Festival at Pahl’s | Times Vary Hear squeals of joy around the market as the young & young at heart enjoy the straw maze & corn pit. Watch the big Bouncy Pumpkin smile as kids 45″ or shorter jump to their heart’s content. We will have face painters, story time, food sampling, and more!

September 30: Open Streets Minneapolis – University of MN + Motley | 11:00am-5:00pm Open Streets Minneapolis is a free event bringing together community groups and local businesses to temporarily close major thoroughfares to car traffic, opening them up for people walking, biking, rolling, and playing.

September 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29: Eagan Parkrun | 9:00am This free weekly timed 5K event takes place at Thomas Lake Park.

September 7: The Big Fat Greek 5K | 6:30pm You might not have a Yia-yia or know how to make baklava from scratch, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be part of the Big Fat 5k! Help us kick off the Taste of Greece, Minneapolis’s largest celebration of Greek culture by raising money for researcher’s at University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital to cure rare diseases. The run begins Friday evening at beautiful Lake Calhoun and ends under the food and music tents at the Taste of Greece. All registrants will receive complimentary food/drink tickets to start the evening off right. Opa!

September 8: MN Run Relay | 6:00am Round up your friends and take on the MN Run Relay!  This 50-mile relay run highlights a handful of regional trails and regional parks of the Twin Cities!  Create your team of 2 to 8 people for this one-day event that starts and finishes at the scenic Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis.

September 9: Finish the Run | 11:00am Finish The Run is a movement of people aiming to do the right thing, with intention and meaning, positively impacting and inspiring others.

September 9: Saint Paul Classic Bike Tour | 7:15am-1:15pm The Saint Paul Classic is a showcase for the handsome parks and parkways of Saint Paul. The 24th annual Saint Paul Classic Bike Tour will take place on Sunday, September 9, 2018. Don’t miss this family-friendly Saint Paul tradition!

September 9: City of Lakes Half Marathon | 8:00-11:00am Run the scenic parkways around Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun in the #1 ranked park system in the United States! The Jeff Winter City of Lakes Half Marathon provides a great stand-alone challenge or a perfect training test for those running Twin Cities Marathon or other fall marathons. Selected to host the 2017 Minnesota Half Marathon Championship and a USATF Minnesota Team Circuit event. 

September 15: HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer | 7:30-11:00am Walk. Run. Fundraise. And make a difference against ovarian cancer at the 19th annual HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer!

September 15: Rugged Maniac | Times Vary You step out you notice the people around you admiring your group’s coordinated “Avengers-in-bathing-suits” costumes and your on-point Hulk-green body paint. In the festival, people are already riding the mechanical bull and playing beach volleyball (Rugged Maniac is definitely more than just a mud run), but you’re more interested in the stein-hoisting contest on the main stage.  You make a note to sign up for that and the pie-eating contest after you run.   You see obstacles in the distance – mud-covered people jumping over fire, bouncing on trampolines, rocketing down a huge water slide – and your surging excitement confirms what you already knew: Today is going to be awesome!

September 15: Tiger Tracks 5K | 8:00-11:00am The 5K starts at the Shady Oaks Picnic area and goes through the Zoo along the outdoor trails. Registered participants will receive a t-shirt and free admission to the Zoo on race day. Strollers are allowed on the course. Help save wildlife and wild places!

September 15: HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer | 7:30-11:00am Walk. Run. Fundraise. And make a difference against ovarian cancer at the 19th annual HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer!

September 22: Surly Trail Loppet | 9:00am Discover the secrets of Theodore Wirth Park at the Surly Brewing Co. Trail Loppet. About the same size as Central Park in New York, Theodore Wirth Park is mostly wooded – with hidden trails, ponds and lake, bogs and wildflower gardens – and occasional dramatic views of the downtown skyline.

 

 September 6-9: Just Between Friends Sale – Andover/Blaine | Times Vary 

 September 8-9: Munchkin Markets – Stillwater/Woodbury | Times Vary 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.  

September 13-15: Just Between Friends Sale – Edina/Minnetonka | Times Vary

 September 15: Mothers of Multiples Sale – Eagan | 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.

September 20-23: Just Between Friends Sale – Maple Grove | Times Vary

September 22-23: Munchkin Markets – MN State Fairgrounds | Times Vary 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.

September 26-29: Just Between Friends Sale – Woodbury | Times Vary

September 28-30: From Yours to Mine – Lakeville | Times Vary Sell or shop gently used items for your baby, toddler, or yourself. Toys, cribs, car seats, excersaucers, bouncy seats, highchairs, wagons, more toys, and lots of clothing items for infants, toddlers and big kids up to a size 12.

American Sign Language Interpretive Day at Como Zoo September 5 | 10:30am American Sign Language Interpretive Day takes place on the first Wednesday of every month Como will have an American Sign Language interpreter on-site interpreting our public Zoo and Conservatory talks. These ten-minute talks will be interpreted between the hours of 10:30AM-1:15PM.

Early Entry at Como Zoo September 9 | 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 Speaks Minnesota Walk September 29 | 9:00am-12:00pm Walk (or dance like Justin Timberlake) on the field of U.S. Bank Stadium for the largest event to support autism awareness, research, education, and community. This event is family friendly and sensory friendly. Registration is free.

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. 

Minnesota Renaissance Festival Now-September 30 | Times Vary King Henry and his royal court invite one and all to his 16th Century European village featuring 16 stages of live entertainment. Over 250 artisans fill the Festival marketplace to display and sell their handcrafted wares for a truly unique shopping experience. Patrons can interact with hundreds of memorable characters roaming the village streets, as well as view, live armored jousting throughout the day. Come to celebrate our 47th season by visiting the Festival grounds in Shakopee, MN. Huzzah!

Story Time Trolley in Stillwater Now-October 27 | Times Vary This event for families includes a short ride on the trolley with an author or storyteller! Your $5 registration includes a token to board the trolley, a discount for 20% off a children’s book the day of the event and a snack after your ride.

Aamodts Apple Farm Fall Fun Now-October 31 | Times Vary Aamodt’s Apple Farm Peak Fall Season Activities may include hay wagon rides, honeycrisp express kids train, hay bale maze, apple picking, apple goods shop in apple barn, and John Deere tractor trikes. Varies based on harvest season.

Last Stop on Market Street at Children’s Theatre September 15-October 21 | Times Vary Six-year-old CJ is (reluctantly) staying with his (extremely over-the-top) Nana, in a world considerably different from the one he’s used to (his phone and tablet). The disagreeable (and let’s just admit it, whiny) child is dragged on a bus ride that’s loud and gritty and weird. Guided by his veritable force-of-nature Nana, CJ travels a little closer to his roots and sees that things are not always what they seem. This is one hip-hop, eclectic, heart-thumpin’, toe-tappin’ joy ride.

Charlotte’s Web at Stages Theatre September 21-October 21 | Times Vary It’s not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer.” We kick off the celebration of our 35th anniversary season with an all-time audience favorite. The classic story of friendship, based on the book by E.B. White, will warm hearts young and old as it charms its way onto our main stage this fall. Down on the Zuckerman Farm, Wilbur, an irresistible young pig is determined to avoid the butcher. With the help of his friends (especially the magnificent spider, Charlotte) Wilbur is not only safe, but learns that true friends live in our hearts forever. This 60-minute adaptation of the novel, named one of the best American children’s books of the past two hundred years, will enchant audiences of all ages.

The Great Pumpkin Fest at Valley Fair September 22-October 28 | 11:00am During the day, tiny terrors can join Snoopy and the rest of the PEANUTS gang for some not-so-scary Halloween activities for kids at The Great Pumpkin Fest! Enjoy your favorite rides, live entertainment, and great fall activities at The Great Pumpkin Fest.

Toddler Tuesdays at MOA Tuesdays | 10:00am-12:00pm 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.

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) | 9:00-10:00am 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.

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.

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.

Farmers Market | Twin Cities Moms Blog

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