A Twin Cities Mom’s Guide to March 2019

A Twin Cities Mom's Guide to March 2019 | 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 March activities all together in one easy guide so you don’t miss a thing! We’ll update with new additions as they come.

March 1:  Forever Wild Family Friday: Nature Trivia | 7:00-8:30pm Head to Lebanon Hills Visitor Center for family fun with park activities and s’mores. Have fun playing family-friendly team trivia and test your nature knowledge. All ages. FREE.

March 1: Chaska Community Center Carnival | 5:30-7:30pm You are invited to a special FREE carnival! The CCC is kicking-off the new spring season. You will be able to play all your favorite carnival games, eat a snack, and jump in the inflatable jumper. All ages welcome. FREE.

March 1: Dive-In Movie | 7:00-9:45pm Join your friends and family at the Tropics Indoor Waterpark for a Dive-In Movie Night! Guests can relax on giant sea creatures or lounge on pool-side chairs while watching a family-friendly movie. No need to register; the purchase of a daily pass the day of the movie is your ticket.

March 2: Strider Snow Cup | 8:00am Strider Bikes, the world’s leader in teaching young children to ride and rip on two wheels, has announced Buck Hill in Burnsville, Minnesota, will host the 2019 Strider Snow Cup on March 2. Toddlers ages 5 and under will shred the bunny slopes on their Strider 12 Bikes outfitted with the Strider Snow Ski accessory for a day of snow-filled fun

March 2: Home Depot Kids Workshop | 9:00am-12:00pm Spark a conversation about one of the oldest inventions—hands down—in our hands-on workshop. Together you and your timekeeper can build a freestanding clock with easy-to-read numbers, movable hands and a storage tray to house reminders or important trinkets. Use as a learning clock to make telling time fun or as a tool to encourage the value of time. Once your clock is built, your child can customize 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.

March 2: Super Suessy Storytime with the Cat in the Hat! | 9:30-10:30am In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, you are invited to an extra-special Seussy storytime with everyone’s favorite feline troublemaker, the Cat in the Hat. Our storytellers are working hard with the Cat to plan all sorts of stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays, and games guaranteed to entertain you when your mother is out. Space is limited – reserve your place today! Red Balloon Bookshop. FREE.

March 2: Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Celebration | 11:00am Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Join Barnes & Noble at multiple Twin Cities locations for storytime, games, and activities in celebration of the beloved author’s birthday. 

March 2: Bow Wow Film Fest | 7:00pm Bow Wow is a traveling film festival that celebrates, educates and inspires all things doggie (with or without their human) through the art of short film. Bow Wow Film Fest features some of the year’s best pooch themed short films all wrapped up in one beautiful, fun-loving package!

March 2: Sheep Shearing | 9:30am-12:00pm Watch the annual sheep shearing at Gale Wood Farms. Meet the sheep and learn how wool is processed from sheep to sweater through various demonstrations. Make a wool craft to take home. Purchase raw fleece from your sheep of choice.

March 2-3: 2019 Ice Show “Under the Sea” ~ A Skating Adventure | Times Vary The Chaska Figure Skating Club and Chaska Skate School are teaming up once again to host the annual Ice Show, “Under the Sea” ~ A Skating Adventure! This is sure to be a fabulous production that you won’t want to miss! Our show is suitable for all ages.

March 2-3: Minnesota Monthly Food and Wine Experience | 1:00-5:00pm Take a culinary adventure with a unique variety of local, regional and national wines, sample mouth-watering food from award-winning culinarians, taste specialty beers and spirits, and peruse locally crafted gifts at the most delicious weekend of the year.

March 4: Seasonal Opening Day for Turf Tots | 9:00am-2:00pm Turf Tots is a drop-in play program for children 5 and under. Kids can run and play with equipment provided by the Hopkins Pavilion including bounce houses, climbing wall, sport balls, crawl tunnels, blocks, trikes and more!

March 9: Wild Art: Clay Garden Art | 9:00-11:00am Join instructors from Artistry to create clay garden art pieces using basic hand-building techniques. Lanterns, animal sculptures, toad houses and bird feeders are all options. Equipment provided. Projects picked up two weeks after class. A Minnesota Legacy program. Ages: 16 and older. Registration required. FREE.

March 9: Hike: Eagles on the River | 1:30-2:30pm Though mostly solitary, this time of year eagles return to nesting sites to mate and will congregate around areas of open water on the Mississippi River to feed. Learn more about our national bird and look for these majestic predators along the river.

March 9: Be My Neighbor Day with Daniel Tiger and Katerina Kittycat | 9:30am Remember how much you loved singing along with Mr. Rogers and traveling to the Neighborhood of Make Believe? That’s why you and your little ones should celebrate Mr. Rogers’ birthday with TPT and Daniel Tiger at Be My Neighbor Day! Join Twin Cities PBS at their Lowertown studios for a day of fun activities, games, snacks, and PBS Kids on the big screen!

March 10: The Puppet Adventures of Ned the Naturalist | 1:00-3:00pm It’s March and Maple Syruping time! What kind of sticky situations will Trasher get Ned and the animal crew into this time? Follow Ned the Nerdy Naturalist as he saves nature from Trasher the Trash Can. Try a take-home art activity after the show. Puppet show begins promptly at 1PM and is performed by the Silverwood Teen Arts Council. After the show, join walk with a naturalist. FREE.

March 11: Ladies Bouldering Night | 6:00-8:00pm Come one come many to the all women, ONLY women, evening of bouldering in the Cave! Minneapolis Bouldering Project instructor Hillary 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. 

March 14-17: Disney on Ice: Mickey’s Search Party | Times Vary Join Mickey Mouse and his friends at Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party, a brand-new adventure filled with world-class skating, high-flying acrobatics and unexpected stunts! Help them follow Captain Hook’s treasure map and look for clues in the search for Tinker Bell in immersive, fantastic worlds. Explore the colorful spirit realm of Coco in Miguel’s Disney On Ice debut, sail away with Moana as she bravely saves her island, see Belle in the sky above you as the enchanted chandelier comes to life, and sing-along with Elsa in the icy world of Frozen.

March 15-16: Kids at the Castle: Over & Under the Snow | 9:00-10:00am Mark your calendars for the third Friday and Saturday of every month for this action-packed, kids and family creative playtime. For an hour before the museum opens to the public, families can join us for circle time, storytelling, crafts, visual play, and music inspired by the season.

March 16: Maple Syrup Festival | 1:00-4:00pm Visit the sugar bush, tap a maple tree and collect fresh sap. Warm up by a steaming cauldron and watch sap transform into syrup (weather permitting). Play games, taste maple syrup, learn how to make maple sugar, and enjoy syrup sundaes. Solve a leprechaun’s clues to find his golden treasure and win maple syrup (first prize) or golden nuggets. Drop in anytime. Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. Eastman Nature Center.

March 16: Maple Syrup Fun | 9:30am-12:00pm Learn how to tap trees, evaporate sap and make syrup. Taste maple treats and make a craft to take home. Purchase simple supplies to get you started at home. Activities are ongoing; stay an hour or the whole morning. Gale Wood Farms.

March 16: Spring Flower Show Opening Day | Times Vary The Spring Flower Show will include red and yellow tulips, yellow daffodils and yellow crocus with a small percentage of white hydrangeas. hyacinth, asiatic and calla lilies will be the featured flowers giving this show a unique aesthetic. Como Park Zoo & Conservatory.

March 16: Maple Syrup through History | 10:00am-2:00pm Visit with maple syrup makers from the past. Journey to the sugar bush with a naturalist from Richardson Nature Center and discover how the trees of Minnesota helped serve early pioneers. Perfect for scouts working on badge requirements. Enter at the east entrance; last entry at 1 PM. Drop-ins welcome. The Landing in Shakopee.

March 16: World Down Syndrome Day Celebration | 2:00-5:00pm Come celebrate WDSD with the Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota at this FREE event at the MOA! Enjoy dancing, food and beverages, crafts and activities, and a raffle. All ages are welcome! Space is limited to 300 guests, so please make sure to register.

March 17: Maple Syrup Festival | 2:00-4:00pm It’s time to celebrate spring! Learn about the tradition of gathering maple sap and cooking it down to make maple syrup and sugar. You’ll go through the syrup process, do some maple crafts, participate in a spring scavenger hunt and taste some maple-y treats. Fun for the whole family! Pre-registration is required. Wargo Nature Center.

March 18: Women’s Climbing 101 | 6:00-8:00pm Women, take yourself to new heights and learn the ropes through hands-on experience in our Climbing Cave. Wear comfortable clothing and get ready to soar! All equipment provided. Led by Minneapolis Bouldering Project instructor Hillary. Sign up early because these classes are popular!

March 22: Neighbor Day  | 4:00-7:00pm Celebrate the legacy of Fred Rogers by joining your city-wide neighbors for an evening of fun. There will be hands-on activities, youth performances, a community meal, the Metro State Dome (an inflatable planetarium), a bouncy house, inflatable obstacle course and more! This FREE event is hosted by the Saint Paul Public Schools’ Community Education department. Please RSVP ahead of time. FREE.

March 22: Tiny Tot Spring Party | 10:00am-12:00pm Celebrate spring at Logan Park on Friday, March 22nd! There will be open gym, face painting, art projects, a treat bag, and of course a visit from the Easter Bunny. This program is for children ages 1-6. This is a free event, but please pre-register. FREE.

March 23: KCA Kick-off with Koo Koo Kangaroo | 6:00pm Koo Koo Kanga Roo will be taking over the Rotunda for a fun and engaging musical performance to kick off the 2019 Kids’ Choice Awards View Party. The doors will open at 6 p.m. and the performance will begin at 6:15 p.m.  After the performance, stick around to watch the Kids’ Choice Awards starting at 7 p.m. FREE.

March 23: Maple Syrup Festival and Pancake Brunch | 10:00am-1:00pm Identify a sugar maple without leaves, tap a tree, collect and taste sap, and learn about the syruping process. Brunch from B’s on the River includes pancakes, sausage and fruit and is served with syrup made at Lowry Nature Center. Reservations required by March 20. Children under 2 free.

March 23: Indoor Block Party for Kids and Adults | 10:00am-1:00pm Head to Lake Nokomis Community School, Keewaydin Campus to check out all of the great offerings our local businesses can provide for you. Local food, games, crafts, bounce houses, and more! Tons of fun for kids and adults. FREE.

March 23: Free Ink Day | 12:00-4:00pm Three times a year Highpoint invites the community to an afternoon of hands-on printmaking and creative fun. At these free, public events visitors of all ages can drop in anytime during the afternoon to make unique, hand-made artwork. All materials for the planned activity are non-toxic and supplied by Highpoint (while supplies last), and no registration is necessary – just drop in, bring your creativity, and be ready to get inky! Staff and volunteers will be able to answer any questions along the way. All ages. FREE.

March 24: Rock the Cradle | 11:00am The Current’s annual free, no ticket required Rock the Cradle event for kids and their grownups to explore music, art and culture returns Sunday, March 24 to the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Children’s Theatre Company. Enjoy annual favorites such as the Kids’ Disco and Pop Up Story Time with The Current’s DJs plus live music and more. Rock the Cradle is perfect for kids up to age 8.

March 24: Garden Party: An Uncommon Floral Experience | 10:30am Immerse yourself in an uncommon floral experience at Galleria. Over 25 breathtaking floor-to-ceiling arrangements by Bachman’s Floral, Gift & Garden’s floral experts will raise your eyebrows and your spirits.

March 27: Teen Events at Redwood Center | 3:00-8:00pm Murder Mystery! Join in the fun and try to solve the murder mystery! Lots of fun for everyone! Plus – games, snacks, music, and more! Redwood Center is exclusively for youth in 6 – 12 grades in 2019. FREE.

March 28: Twins Home Opener | 3:10pm The Twins take on the Indians at 3:10 p.m. on March 28.
The first 30,000 fans will receive a Twins puffer vest.

March 29: Masters of Illusion | 8:00pm Masters of Illusion has performed live in front of tens of thousands of people around the U.S. for the past six years and been seen by more than 100 million viewers on the CW network as well as in 126 countries around the world. Mystic Lake Casino

March 30: Kids Kraft – Make your own bobble-head! | 10:30-11:15am Have you ever wanted to be a bobblehead? Now you can! Design and color your own face and body and create the booble-head of your dreams. There will be some patterns available for you to color, or you can make your own! Kids craft is FREE, but registration is required. Scott County Historical Society. FREE.

March 30: Spring into Farming | 9:30am-12:00pm Celebrate spring on the farm at Gale Woods Farm. Meet farm babies, visit the sugarbush to help with maple syrup making and plant seeds in the greenhouse.

March 30-31: Harlem Globetrotters | Times Vary Featuring some of the most elite dunkers on the planet, exceptional ball handlers, and Guinness World Records™ record holders, a Globetrotters game is more than just basketball – it’s the ultimate in family entertainment that will bring smiles and fan interaction to people of all ages. The Globetrotters will share their unrivaled show to fans in over 250 North American cities during their upcoming tour.

March 31: Family Funday: Spring Arts & Animals | 1:00-3:00pm Come learn about our neighborhood native species. Meet some MN animals up-close and personal. Then, let nature inspire your creation of spring-themed artwork to take home. North Mississippi Regional Park. FREE.

March 9: Saint Paul LuckyPalooza | 2:00pm Start your St. Patrick’s Week off right at LuckyPalooza on West 7th! This two-block street party is full of action including three tent parties at Burger Moe’s, Cossetta’s and Patrick McGovern’s, outdoor food stands and bars, DJs and live music, a mechanical bull, Ride MNactivation and official LuckyPalooza merchandise! The action starts at 2 p.m. and goes until 11 p.m. in the street and even later in the tents. Then the party moves indoors at all of the 10 bars and restaurants within the two blocks and rocks until bar close.

March 12: MOA Toddler Tuesday: Rince na Chroi | 10:00am-12:00pm Join members of the Rince na Chroi Irish Dancers for a lesson in Irish step dance right before St. Patrick’s Day! Rince na Chroi, which is Irish for “dance of the heart,” teaches Irish dance classes to over 200 students, as young as three, up through adults. They hold classes in St. Paul and perform over 100 times per year at festivals and events throughout the Midwest. 

March 16: Minneapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade | 6:30pm The parade route goes right through the newly remodeled Nicollet Mall. Head on over to the Westminster Church for the Blarney Blast post-parade celebration!

March 16: Saint Paul St. Patrick’s Day Parade | 12:00pm This is the 53rd annual family-focused parade in the heart of Saint Paul. The festivities include appearances by Miss Shamrock and the Blarney Brothers.

March 16: Irish Celebrations at the Landmark Center | 10:00am-5:00pm The Irish Music & Dance Association (IMDA) proudly hosts its 37th annual St. Patrick’s Day Irish Celebration featuring regional and local Irish entertainment, Irish dance, Celtic vendors, Irish cuisine, pipe bands and children’s crafts and entertainment. There will be something for everyone! 

March 16: Family-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day  | 3:00-9:00pm Spend your St. Paddy’s Day at the family-friendly River Oaks Event Center. Air hockey, foosball, basketball and more! Corn beef and cabbage, Irish stew, and fish & chips with your favorite Irish beer.

March 16: St. Patrick’s Day Storytime | 11:00am Become a master limerick writer, learn how to leprechaun-proof your home, and take home fun giveaways as we celebrate the release of Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles. Join Barnes and Noble for this special St. Patrick’s Day Storytime, with activities to follow. Multiple Twin Cities locations.

March 16-17: Irish Heritage Weekend at James J. Hill House | Times Vary Explore the Irish heritage of one of the most influential families of the Gilded Age. Mary Theresa Mehegan, the daughter of Irish immigrants, wed James Jerome Hill, a young Canadian immigrant of Scotch-Irish stock, who went on to achieve incredible success and fortune with the Great Northern Railway. Though proudly American, the Hill family retained their Irish values and culture through their love of traditional Irish music as well as women’s needlepoint and lace-making. Themed tours will include favorite Irish songs and organ music. Stories of the Hills and their servants, many of them Irish, will engage visitors in the history of Irish Americans in Minnesota.

March 17: Irish Music & Dance at the Landmark Center | 11:00am-5:00pm A day of Irish Dance for the whole family!

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

March 2, 9, 16, 23, and 29: Eagan Parkrun | 9:00am This free weekly timed 5K event takes place at Thomas Lake Park.

March 2: Minneapolis Plunge 5K | 8:00am Looking for a cool way to beat the winter blues? Switch off your treadmill and head outside for the fifth annual Plunge 5K! This family-friendly walk/run is a great way to embrace the chilly weather, boost your energy level, and warm your heart by supporting more than 8,200 Special Olympics Minnesota athletes. You’ll even receive a rad shirt AND finisher’s medal for your efforts!

March 10: St. Patrick’s Irish Traditions 5K | 9:00am Run or walk around Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove, MN on USATF certified 5k course with family & friends returning to Complimentary Claddagh Irish Pub & Restaurant for breakfast, beer, Irish Coffee, cold and hot light beverages (Irish Breakfast & beverages is a $15 value that is included with 5k registration!), Irish Music & More Irish Hospitality!

March 16: Get Lucky 7K, 14K, and 21K (Half Marathon) | 8:30am  After the race there is LOTS to do in St. Paul so plan your celebration. The St. Patrick’s Day parade is at Noon and there’s the ongoing farmer’s market. Both are near the Start/Finish of Get Lucky MN at CHS Field! The awesome swag includes Half Marathon/14K/7K: Hoodie or Pullover + Medal or Youth 7K: Get Lucky Therolite Knit Hat + Medal.

March 16: Bridgewater Bank Luck O’ the Lake 5K Fun Run | 9:00am-12:00pm The 7th Annual Bridgewater Bank Luck o’ the Lake 5K Fun Run and 1 Mile run will be held on the beautiful streets of downtown Excelsior and through the streets of Greenwood, on St. Paddy’s Day. You will enjoy the scenic route along the shores of Lake Minnetonka. Finish up with a St. Paddy’s Day Celebration in Excelsior! The 1 mile starts at 9:00am and the 5k starts at 9:30am.

March 23: Hot Dash 5K and 10 Mile | 8:00am-12:00pm Break out your lumberjack best for this Minnesota-themed event. From start to finish, you’ll feel the Minnesota-love! After the race, sample a tasty new hotdish recipe and other Minnesotan-themed snacks!

March 30: 3rd Annual Minnesota Endo March | 11:00am The Minnesota Endo March is the local Minnesota extension of the Worldwide Endometriosis March hosted and produced by the Minnesota Endo Warriors. March is endometriosis awareness month and on the last Saturday groups around the world gather to raise awareness and advocate for women with endometriosis.

Now-March 3: Just Between Friends Sale – Coon Rapids | Times Vary Plenty of space to fill with bargains for your family from 350+ sellers.

March 16: Mothers of Multiples Sale | 10:00am-3:00pm Gently Used Infant and Children’s Clothing & Shoes, Cribs, Highchairs & Boosters, Baby Swings, Toys, Crib Bedding, Books, Pack-N-Plays, Bouncers, Jumpers & Saucers, Car Seats, Strollers, DVDs, Bath Tubs, Baby Gates, Seasonal Items, Much More! * 100+ SELLERS! Thousands of items!

March 30: Super Kids Sale | 9:00am-2:00pm Everything from infant to tween!! Books, clothing, shoes, jackets, toys, nursery items and MUCH more! Bake sale items also!

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

This event is geared towards moms who are currently expecting a baby, had a baby within the last year, foster moms of infants, or are planning on growing their family soon through birth or adoption. Whether it’s your first baby or third, you are sure to have a morning of fun at this event! This event will provide a morning of pampering, educational resources, breakout sessions, giveaways and swag, food and drinks, shopping and connecting moms and families with relevant local resources.

 

American Sign Language Interpretive Day at Como Zoo March 3 | 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.

Sensory Friendly Mornings March 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.

OWL MOON – Stages Theatre Company March 16 | 10:00am “When you go owling you don’t need words or warm or anything but hope.” In celebration of our 35th anniversary, we are bringing back the magical production that started our continuing collaboration with Escalate Dance. Journey with us into the magnificent wintery woods, where a father and child venture out hoping to spot an owl. Surprises abound behind every tree in this ballet-inspired story adapted from the Caldecott Medal book by Jane Yolen and illustrated by John Schoenherr.

World Down Syndrome Day Celebration March 16 | 2:00-5:00pm Come celebrate WDSD with the Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota at this FREE event at the MOA! Enjoy dancing, food and beverages, crafts and activities, and a raffle. All ages are welcome! Space is limited to 300 guests, so please make sure to register.

Sensory Friendly Sunday at the Science Museum of Minnesota March 17 | 9:00am See a lights-up, sound-down Omnitheater show at 9 a.m., visit the exhibit galleries before they open to the public, retreat to a designated quiet space to relax and recharge, and enjoy lighter crowds.

Sensory Sundays at Urban Air Adventure Park  | Select Sundays 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 | 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 Zoo Tropical Beach Party February 16-March 10 | Times Vary It’s all about the sand!  Bring the whole family to a winter getaway at the Zoo.  We’ll supply the sandbox, palm trees, exotic animals and more. BYOP (Bring your own pail) or favorite sandbox toy!

Ice Castles in Excelsior Now Open | Times Vary Ice Castles is an award-winning frozen attraction located in six cities across North America. The experience is built using hundreds of thousands of icicles hand-placed by professional ice artists. The castles include breathtaking LED-lit sculptures, frozen thrones, ice-carved tunnels, slides, fountains and much more.

Garden Party: An Uncommon Floral Experience  March 24-April 7 | 10:30am Immerse yourself in an uncommon floral experience at Galleria. Over 25 breathtaking floor-to-ceiling arrangements by Bachman’s Floral, Gift & Garden’s floral experts will raise your eyebrows and your spirits.

The Biggest Little House in the Forest – Children’s Theatre Company January 29-March 10 | Times Vary A Children’s Theatre Company original production for the littlest theatre-goers! Meet Bernice the butterfly, who discovers a vacant house one day and makes it perfect just for her. Before long, a menagerie of creatures begin moving in one by one. While it’s difficult for Bernice, she accommodates…until…she can “bear” no more. Together they discover when you open your heart, there’s always room for more. The audience joins this newfound family of delightful critters to bring it all to life. Get ready for a pillow fight, bubble bath, and dance party as you help them create a very special version of Home, Sweet Home.

OWL MOON – Stages Theatre Company March 8-24 | Times Vary “When you go owling you don’t need words or warm or anything but hope.” In celebration of our 35th anniversary, we are bringing back the magical production that started our continuing collaboration with Escalate Dance. Journey with us into the magnificent wintery woods, where a father and child venture out hoping to spot an owl. Surprises abound behind every tree in this ballet-inspired story adapted from the Caldecott Medal book by Jane Yolen and illustrated by John Schoenherr.

The Hobbit – Children’s Theatre Company March 12-April 14 | Times Vary A Children’s Theatre Company World Premiere Production. Our unlikely hero, Bilbo Baggins, would much rather be sitting in his cozy Hobbit Hole with a cup of tea and a plate of bacon and eggs. However, he somehow finds himself on a magically mystical adventure. Staged with speed and surprises, you’ll be delighted as things change before your very eyes. Discover what happens as Bilbo travels on an epic journey over freezing mountains and a frightening forest, meeting all sorts of fierce creatures—some who want to eat him, others who turn into dear friends.

Seussical (The Musical) – Prior Lake Players Community Theatre March 14-24 | Times Vary Now one of the most performed shows in America, Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Tony winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, Once on This Island, Ragtime), have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination – Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos. ~ Music Theatre Int’l

Disney’s “Newsies” – Children’s Castle Theater March 15-24 | Times Vary Inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City, Jack Kelly hawks the headlines day-in and day-out with countless other newsboys trying to save enough to make his dreams a reality. New York World publisher, Joseph Pulitzer, realizes he can maximize profits by raising the price of the “papes” and does so without a word to the “Newsies.” Upon seeing Pulitzer’s greed, the newsboys protest and declare a strike against all the publishing giants. Realizing it will take more than his friends to make a difference, Jack rallies all the “Newsies” in New York City. Through courage, determination, and friendship the “Newsies” are ready to seize the day and take a stand. With astounding choreography, unforgettable songs and inspirational storytelling, “Newsies” is a not-to-be-missed, high-energy show for all ages.

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.

Tent Tales for Tykes Tuesdays | 12:30pm Head over the L.L. Bean’s Adventure Dome Tent for storytime after Toddler Tuesdays in the L.L.Bean store! During each session, you’ll explore a different nature or outdoor theme, followed by related activities, games or crafts provided by Creative Kidstuff! Recommended for children ages 3-6. Caretakers must remain on-site and are welcome to join in the fun or spend the time shopping.

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.

Play Area Storytime at Burnsville Center 3rd Thursday of every month | 10:00-11:00am Join Pretty Awesome Appearances at Burnsville Center’s Play Area for a storytime on the third Thursday of every month at 10am with a special guest appearance by one of our favorite princesses or superheroes (This event is FREE and includes free treats and coupons from a variety of Burnsville Center retailers). The event runs from 10-11am and includes a meet & greet, photos, and storytime.

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.

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.

Animal Feedings at Springbrook Nature Center Sundays | 11:00am Have you ever wondered how snakes eat, what’s for breakfast when you’re a turtle? This is the program for you.Watch our exhibit animals enjoy a delicious meal while a naturalist explains their feeding behaviors and taste preferences. Experience the predator-prey relationship in front of your eyes! Free, donations welcome.

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