A Twin Cities Mom’s Guide to November 2019

Fall in the Twin Cities is something special, and there’s always something fun to do! We wanted to make it easy for you and your family to find something to do, so we brought all of November’s activities together in this guide. Enjoy!

November 2: Gobbler Games | 10:00am-12:00pm Join the Lino Lakes Parks & Recreation Department for the 22nd Annual Gobbler Games! This FREE, fun-filled family event is the perfect beginning to the holiday season. The event consists of low-key competition in a variety of athletic events. Teams consist of one adult and one child (ages 4 – 14 years). An adult may bring more than one child. All participants will be eligible to win prizes that will help make their holiday festivities complete (winners need not be present to win). Enjoy complimentary treats and refreshments! Events Include: Baseball Throw, Bean Bag Toss, Basketball Free Throw, Floor Hockey Shoot, Football Throw, and Frisbee Toss. Special Attractions include: Bounce Castle, Temporary Tattoos, Turkey Coloring Sheet, Turkey Photo station, and Refreshments. NO REGISTRATION NECESSARY. FREE EVENT!

November 2: Twin Cities Birth and Baby Expo | 9:30am-3:00pm Sorting through all your options for pregnancy, birth, and parenting can be a big challenge! That’s why, since 2009, the Twin Cities Birth and Baby Expo has been bringing together under one roof expert speakers, educational events, and plenty of exhibitors that offer healthy and empowering services and products every year. Join us to explore, learn, and celebrate the transformative experience of growing your family! The Expo is packed with speakers, presentations, classes and other special events, making it more like a conference while still  having the same number of high-quality exhibitors. Special events will be scheduled to run all day long so no matter when you come, you are bound to learn something new!

November 2-3: Mother-Daughter Event: Loving Me Loving You Loving Us Retreat | Our Mother-Daughter events strive to strengthen the relationship and bond between a mother and daughter because we believe that this relationship is vital to the development of our girls into healthy and confident young women. This event for anyone – mother, father, grandparent, guardian – with a special young lady in their lives. This event is an overnight retreat that offers a variety of activities that include personal reflection, skill-building, wellness, and relaxation.

November 2-3: The Great Train Show | 10:00am-4:00pm The Great Train Show is the nation’s only coast-to-coast model train show. The show is designed for the general public, modelers, hobbyists, families, and the just plain curious. Each show features hundreds of tables of trains and accessories for sale, huge operating exhibits, activities for kids, and more. All aboard!

November 8: Statewide Star Party | 6:00-9:00pm Participate in the first Statewide Star Party to unite thousands of Minnesotans at sites across the state observing the Moon and engaging in hands-on astronomy activities all at the same time. Help us continue celebrating the Apollo 50th anniversary, the Moon, and beyond! This event will be held in the White Oak Classroom, the building opposite the Visitor’s Center at the back of the parking lot.

November 9: Second Saturdays at TPT | 11:00am Join us in celebrating the Fall Harvest at TPT with Curious George! Please consider bringing in clothing and supplies for Every Third Saturday, a Veterans organization that provides assistance to veterans who are in need.

November 9: Santa’s Arrival at Burnsville Center | 10:00-11:00am Line the mall corridor as we welcome Santa to his workshop at Burnsville Center in grand fashion!

November 9&10: Holiday Harvest Wine & Food Festival | 10:00am-5:00pm There is nothing like the fall season along the Mississippi, it’s just breathtaking. Why not make it even better with wine tasting? Hop on the Great River Road Wine Trail and fit all, one or several of the 12 fantastic wineries that make up the trail on a fun and relaxing weekend adventure. Buy your tickets online today OR you can pick up your tickets at any of the Great River Road Wine Trail wineries! Online ticket sales end at noon Tuesday November 5, 2019 or when sold out, so buy soon and save $10.

November 10: The Puppet Adventures of Ned the Naturalist | 1:00-3:00pm Follow Ned the Nerdy Naturalist as he saves nature from Trasher the Trash Can. This month, The sculpture Bio Scenic Travel Machine has some alien visitors trying to take samples of life on Earth. Trasher isn’t sure if he should be happy about them or not. Try a take-home art activity after the show based on the sculpture. Also, go on a scavenger hunt in the art gallery. Puppet show begins promptly at 1PM and is performed by youth volunteers. After the show, join walk with a naturalist. Free!

November 10: MIA Family Day: Dance to the Rhythm | 11:00am Enjoy this free monthly event for families, kids, and the young at heart. On the second Sunday of every month, the museum is filled with hands-on art activities, live music, dance performances, artist demonstrations, family tours and more — all inspired by Mia’s incredible collection. Shake-shake-shake! Let art and music move your body to dances from around the world!

November 14: Stillwater Ladies Night Out | 2:00-8:30pm Spend the day and evening with your friends, shopping and dining your way around historic downtown Stillwater! Win prizes! Visit stores and restaurants and collect stamps on your passport. Bring your passport to the finale and win prizes! You can start shopping at 2pm! Pick up passports and swag bag (50 while supplies last) anytime after 2pm Cooks of Crocus Hill. Collect stamps or punches at participating businesses as you explore downtown. You can bring your passport to the Finale location Ziggy’s Restaurant at 8:30 for the chance to our grand prizes. Not able to join us for the finale, no worries! Drop your stamped passport back to the start Cooks of Crocus Hill or the other 2nd chance locations noted on the passport. You don’t have to be present to win our 2nd chance prize.

November 15&16: Kids At The Castle: Thankful Hearts | 9:00am This month’s morning playdate at the Castle is inspired by Thanksgiving, where we’ll explore themes related to gratitude. Mark your calendars for the third Friday and Saturday of every month for this action-packed, kids and family creative playtime. Enjoy circle time, storytelling, crafts, visual play, music and movement in the Turnblad Mansion. Suggested for ages 2-5. Adults must accompany children. $8 per family; no registration required.

November 16: Movies in the Outfield | 6:30pm Visit Savage Sports Center for a FREE indoor movie night. Bring your lawn chair and blankets, grab a treat from the on-site food truck and enjoy an evening with friends, family, and the community. The movie shown this time will be Aladdin [PG] at 7:00pm.

November 17: The Okee Dokee Brothers | Times Vary Justin Lansing and Joe Mailander have been exploring the outdoors together since they were kids. Now, as the Grammy-winning Okee Dokee Brothers, they write songs to encourage kids and families to get outside and get creative. Their brand new album Winterland is a tribute to the season of coziness, family time, and outdoor fun! This cold-weather project is the follow-up to their wildly popular Adventure Album trilogy which was inspired by their extended canoe trip down the Mississippi River (Can You Canoe?), their month-long trek along the Appalachian Trail (Through The Woods), and a joyous horseback adventure through the American West (Saddle Up).

November 17: MN Christmas Market | 10:00am-5:00pm Held at Nicollet Island Pavilion, The MN Christmas Market is an annual pop-up holiday shopping event that showcases homegrown brands and makers, with a charitable twist. All vendors will donate 7% of sales from the event to a local charity that is fighting for kids in the Twin Cities.

November 22-24: Christmas at the Courthouse | Times Vary  Experience the splendor of the holiday season with the 27th Annual Christmas at the Historic Courthouse! This 3-day event is full of holiday spirit and merry memories. All proceeds raised from this event benefit the Historic Courthouse Restoration Fund and help preserve this historic landmark. Whether you’re looking for a special date night or fun the whole family can enjoy, Christmas at the Historic Courthouse has memorable experiences for all!

November 22-December 28: Elf the Musical Jr. | Times Vary Join us this holiday season as we follow Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. After being raised as a would-be elf at the North Pole, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities causes him to embark on a new beginning to discover who he really is. Through his heart-felt determination to win over his new family, Buddy helps us all remember the true meaning of Christmas. Based on the beloved holiday film from New Line Cinema, this hilarious musical is filled with memorable music and lots of laughs for the whole family to enjoy.

November 23: A Yankee Thanksgiving Tour | Times and dates vary In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday. Experience what preparations for a Thanksgiving celebration were like 150 years ago. On a 90-minute guided tour, visitors will hike along the wooded trails to the historic Kelley Farm, meet farm animals, and visit the historic house filled with the sights and smells of a harvest celebration. Following the tour, pie and refreshments will be served in the visitor center.

November 23: Crafting with Santa | 12:00-3:00pm This family fun event includes: cookies and cocoa with Santa, free digital photo download, make and take holiday craft, and a Toys for Tots Drive.

November 23-December 22: Santa and Albert’s Holiday Play “The Snowflake Dance” at Bachman’s | 9:00am-3:00pm Kick off your holiday season at Bachman’s! Albert the Elf has been invited to the hottest dance at the North Pole, but there’s just one problem: He’s worried he can’t dance. Santa is ready and willing to dish out helpful tips on how to boogie, but Albert’s not sure he can trust his old friend for advice on the dance floor. Will Albert gather the courage he needs to bust a move with his best elves, or will his wavering confidence keep him from enjoying the most exciting event of the season? For more than 30 years, it has been a beloved Bachman’s tradition to host an annual holiday play. All ages are welcome. Following the play, guests are invited to participate in a sing-along of holiday carols and take their picture with Santa and Albert. (Bring your own camera. Play lasts approximately 20 minutes. Seating is first come, first serve.)

November 26&27: Rudolph the Musical  | Times Vary The beloved TV classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special.

November 29-December 22: Holidazzle | Times Vary You and yours are invited to join in the festivities! Holidazzle is a special tradition that brings people from all over the region together to celebrate in a Winter Wonderland here in Downtown Minneapolis. It’s about stories of people, products and places that unite for a spectacular holiday event. Join us Thursdays through Sundays from November 29 through December 22, 2019!

November 29: Opt Outside: Gnomes Who Roam | 10:00am-4:00pm Stop in anytime for ongoing outside (and a few inside) activities throughout the day: Go on a superhero scavenger hunt (find items hidden along a trail in the park). Complete the hunt and receive a prize. Trail distance is a half-mile and is stroller friendly. All ages (especially fun for ages 0-6). Crack the code on a heroic geocaching mission and search for specially hidden treasures for a prize. All ages, especially fun for ages 5 and older. Solve clever riddles in our famous medallion hunt to find the greatest superhero of them all hidden somewhere in the park. All ages, especially for ages 10 and older. Riddles posted on Dakota County Parks – forever wild’s Facebook page at noon on Nov. 27, 28 and Nov. 29. The Lebanon Hills Visitor Center will be open with a crackling fire and cozy chairs. There will be themed puzzles and games, a book nook, coloring corner, and photo booth. Superhero attire encouraged.

November 29-December 1: Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt | Times Vary At Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt, there is a little bit of fun for everyone! KinderWorld is a main attraction for the children, where they can enjoy story-telling, face painting, parades and more! Adults can keep the fun going even after the events end at the Biergarten.

November 29-December 1: Disney and Pixar’s Up in Concert | Times Vary Get your tickets for balloon-powered fun, and fly away with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Disney Pixar hit Up for a live movie and music performance. Stylish, vibrant and laugh-out-loud funny, Up is the story of widower Carl (voiced by Ed Asner) as he makes new friends and gains new wisdom when he uses balloons to fly his house to South America. Performing Michael Giacchino’s Oscar®-winning score in full, the Minnesota Orchestra, led by Sarah Hicks, brings this perfectly-crafted buddy movie to life.

November 29-December 1: The Stillwater Nutcracker | Times Vary The Stillwater Nutcracker, now in its 29th year, is a family-friendly version, choreographed to the music of Tchaikovsky, and follows the traditional story line of the young girl named Clara and her Christmas dream. Our version includes a live narration and the exuberant dancing of children from the age of five through professional level dancers who grace the show with beauty and spirit.Performed by the dancers of Stillwater’s own, St. Croix Ballet.

Every Saturday in November: Eagan Parkrun | 9:00am This free weekly timed 5K event takes place at Thomas Lake Park.

November 2: Chocoholic Frolic Run | Times Vary Love chocolate? This run is for you! The Chocoholic Frolic 5k &10k races are chip timed runs that reward you with chocolate at the finish line. Just want to take your sweet time? Run, jog, or walk your way through these courses and enjoy a chocolate stop along the way! At the finish line you will be greeted with chocolate and treats for dipping in chocolate. Kids can join in the chocolate fun with their very own KidsK!  Every KidsK participant will receive a participant t-shirt and a medal. Held in Saint Paul.

November 2: Jingle Bell Run Twin Cities | Times Vary The Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run is the original festive race for charity. It’s where you can strut your stuff in your favorite holiday costume and FEEL GOOD about DOING GOOD. Together, we’ll jingle all the way to a cure – and have a fantastic time every step we take! Bring a team of friends, family and co-workers to run or walk. Get your jingle on and spread the Spirit of Yes: Yes to having fun and celebrating what you love. Yes to living life to the fullest. Yes to conquering arthritis for good. 100% of your registration fee and fundraising go to a great cause! Held in Saint Paul at the MN State Fairgrounds.

November 9: Chaska Turkey Trot | 8:15am Join us for a fun family event on the second Saturday in November at the Chaska Turkey Trot 5k Race.  Runners, walkers, and local residents gather at the Chaska High School to raise money for two worthy organizations.

November 10: Girls on the Run 5K | 7:30am Join Girls on the Run-Twin Cities at their bi-annual 5k held at the Mall of America; a fun, community-based event that is open to the public. Come + take advantage of this awesome opportunity to learn about GOTR – a curriculum-based, youth development program intended to develop + enhance girls’ physical, mental, social + emotional competencies to positively navigate life experiences – and be part of a movement to empower young girls in our community.

November 28: Walk to End Hunger | 7:00am The Walk to End Hunger is a family-friendly 5K fun walk presented by The Mosaic Company. Held on Thanksgiving morning in the Mall of America, it’s a great way to start your holiday off right – giving back before you give thanks!

November 28: Drumstick Dash | 7:30am The Drumstick Dash 10K course laps twice around Lake Harriet. The race is chip timed by MTEC, is USATF certified, and all participants receive a technical shirt. Course is moderately hilly on north and south ends, flat on east and west sides. Also there is a Cranberry Cruise One Mile, Cranberry Kids Half Mile, and a Pi Run.

November 28: Giving Thanks 5K | 8:00am Run or walk around Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove, MN on USATF certified 5k course with family & friends then return to Claddagh Irish Pub & Restaurant for breakfast sandwiches, beer, cold and hot light beverages.

November 28: Turkey Day 5K | 6:30am Since 1989, the Turkey Day 5K has brought family and friends together to start the day in a healthy way. Join runners, joggers and walkers for Minneapolis’ Thanksgiving day – turkey trot – tradition.

November 28: Turkey Trot St Paul | 7:30am Get out on Thanksgiving morning and burn some calories in before you feast with family and friends! Run with thousands of others in St. Paul. The Turkey Trot Saint Paul is now in its 7th year. Each year they have partnered with the Open Door – Food Shelf to deliver food to those in need across the south metro area. Help with their goal of raising $12,000 in 2019 and supplying approximately 8,622 meals.

November 30: Moustache Run | 8:30am From the custom knit pom stocking caps to the moustache medals, the Moustache Run is simply the most fun run of the year in Minneapolis / St. Paul. Join us to create awareness and raise funds to fight prostate and other men’s cancers.

November 15-17: Just Between Friends NE Metro Sale | Times Vary They provide a marketplace for you to buy and sell new and gently used childrens items! JBF anticipates 450+ families participating and thousands of shoppers finding bargains during the 4 day event.

November 21-24: Just Between Friends Coon Rapids Sale |Times Vary They provide a marketplace for you to buy and sell new and gently used childrens items! JBF anticipates 450+ families participating and thousands of shoppers finding bargains during the 4 day event.

Autism Friendly Early Entry November 10&13 | 9:00-10:00am Head to the Como Zoo during the listed dates for an inclusive experience at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory. Spend time exploring exhibits, and activities designed for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. Use the “social narrative” and the “create your own visual schedule” to help prepare you for your Autism Friendly Early Entry day.

Sensory Friendly Play at Urban Air Adventure Park  | Select days, see event calendar An event specifically designed for children with Autism and special needs to enjoy time at the park without loud music, flashing lights and to have a lot of fun! See calendar for timing and details.

Sensory Jump Night @ Pump It Up Third Tuesday of Every Month | 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.

TPT Second Saturdays Sensory-Friendly Hour 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 November 2,9,& 23 | 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.

Elf the Musical Jr. Accessible Performances November 30 | 10:00am Join us for a SENSORY FRIENDLY PUBLIC PERFORMANCE this holiday season as we follow Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. After being raised as a would-be elf at the North Pole, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities causes him to embark on a new beginning to discover who he really is. Through his heart-felt determination to win over his new family, Buddy helps us all remember the true meaning of Christmas. Based on the beloved holiday film from New Line Cinema, this hilarious musical is filled with memorable music and lots of laughs for the whole family to enjoy.

Cinderella November 3-January 5 | Times Vary You’re invited to a beautiful Victorian Holiday party—but be prepared to check your coat, and all sense of tradition, at the door! Join us for this high-spectacle, glamorously shameless comedy where anything can happen. We’re really not supposed to say, but there may be… A kiss cam? Cake? T-shirt cannons? Jokes ripped straight from the headlines? Absolutely yes! With a track list filled with modern pop hits and an updated script that spins stunning elegance into madcap, sidesplitting comedy at high speed, this is one party you won’t want to miss!

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular Ending Nov 3 | Times Vary An enchanted forest, nestled in the heart of the Zoo, plays host to this strolling exhibit. The trail features over 5,000 illuminated pumpkins of all different sizes, shapes, and faces creatively carved and displayed from ground to tree-top. A variety of musical vignettes and fog make the perfect backdrop for a special date night or family-friendly fall outing.

Pre K Program at The Works Museum Select Mondays October-May| 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.

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 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 Mark your calendars for the third Friday (and selected Saturdays) of every month for this action-packed kids and family creative playtime. Join us for circle time, storytelling, crafts, visual play, music and movement in the Turnblad Mansion. Suggested for ages 2-5. Adults must accompany children.

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.

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 | 1-3pm Explore through hands-on activities that everyone can enjoy at their own pace. Drop in anytime. Held at Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park.


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