A Twin Cities Mom’s Guide to May 2019

A Twin Cities Mom's Guide to May 2019 | Twin Cities Moms Blog

We are embracing spring in the Twin Cities with activities involving fun at cultural events, spring festivals, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. We’ve worked to help you keep your sanity by bringing these May activities together in one easy guide so you don’t miss a thing! We’ll update with new additions as they come.

May 2: Pint of Music: BlackStack Brewing | 7:30pm A free taproom micro-concert (30-45 minutes of music) performed by the Minnesota Orchestra’s world-class musicians at BlackStack Brewing. Hear a sampling of music and share a beer with the musicians after!

May 2-5: Festival of Nations | Times Vary The International Institute’s annual Festival of Nations is the most diverse, oldest and longest-running multicultural festival in the Midwest. Since 1932, its goal has been to inspire people to discover more about our world and embrace the rich cultural diversity in our community. Nearly 100 ethnic groups will come together for a unique, 4-day experience that celebrates cultural heritage through dancing, performances, exhibits, demonstrations, and cuisine. The Festival is a department of the International Institute of Minnesota, whose mission is to “help New Americans achieve self-sufficiency and full membership in American life.” As the Minnesota cultural landscape expands to include more immigrants, our community benefits culturally and economically. By providing a platform to showcase diversity and a stage for new artists we share and document this most precious heritage. The Festival evolves each year by welcoming new ethnic groups and by offering programming that reflects the cultural fluidity of our community.

May 3:  Forever Wild Family Friday: Tremendous Trees | 7:00-8:30pm Head to Lebanon Hills Visitor Center for family fun with park activities and s’mores. Celebrate Arbor month by learning about the amazing lives of trees on a self-guided walk. All ages. FREE.

May 3-4: Pinners Conference Minnesota | Times Vary Pinners is two great events in one. It’s a conference featuring 100+ Pinterest-based classes taught by the best presenters in the nation. And it’s also a show with over 200 top businesses providing beautiful options in the worlds of DIY, crafts, cooking, self-improvement, photography, party planning, scrapbooking, holiday, beauty and fashion and all sorts of other great things. What’s Pinners? It’s where Pinterest comes to life. And after you’ve been here, it’ll be your new favorite event!

May 4: MacPhail Free Family Music Series: Peter and the Wolf | 10:00am-12:00pm A free, family event for music-loving families and those who want to explore music for the first time! The centerpiece of this series is a live concert. Before and after each concert, the musicians will give free sample lessons to kids and adults on the instruments featured in the concert. Sing Play Learn with MacPhail® staff will also be on site to engage families in a music-themed art project. Light refreshments will follow the concert.

May 4: Vehicle Day | 10:00am-12:00pm Get up close to fire trucks, police cars, snow plows, buses, garbage trucks, dump trucks and more! Climb into the driver’s seat to see what it’s like behind the wheel. This free event is open to all ages; children must be supervised by an adult. No registration necessary. Vehicle Day is held rain or shine in the parking lot of Southdale Center.

May 4: The Bloody Mary Festival | 10:30am-6:00pm From Minneapolis to St. Paul, and beyond – we’ve scoured Minnesota for the craftiest and most creative Bloody Marys. We proudly present – the 2nd annual…The Bloody Mary Festival – Twin Cities. Your ticket includes over 2 hours enjoying the Twin Cities most delicious Bloody Marys, created by the finest bars & restaurants in Minnesota. Also, includes tastings from local food & beverage artisans, live music, more!

May 4: Home Depot Kids Workshop | 9:00am-12:00pm Make Mom’s day with a handmade blooming art piece. In this hands-on workshop you and your child can discuss the art of patience as you build a blooming work of art to gift or put on display. Once it is built, your child can decorate it with paint. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron, and pin. FREE.

May 4: Pan Asian Arts Festival | 11:00am-8:00pm Head to the Mall of America for a day of non-stop excitement with performances of music and dance from Asian regions, performed by an incredibly diverse community of local dancers and international dance groups. The event is free and open to the public! This year, we will specially focus on the Southeast Asian region to celebrate their New Year with dances, music, fashion and other demonstrations showcasing both the local Southeast and oversea Southeast Asian talents. Our oversea performers come from the Chiangmai Arts High School and Xijiang Miao/Hmong Village Performance Troupe.

May 4: Cinco de Mayo – West Side Saint Paul | 9:00am-4:00pm Saint Paul invites you to come early and stay all day at the Cinco de Mayo Festival. There will be plenty to do for the whole family, including a community village, family zone, live entertainment, car/truck/bike show, parade, sports zone, history zone, demonstration stage.

May 4: Prior Lake Spring-a-Ding | 9:30am-1:00pm Come out to Lakefront Park to celebrate Spring in Prior Lake. Enjoy live magic shows by Kevin Hall, who was a semi-finalist on America’s Got Talent 2011, along with a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, bungy trampolines, make and take crafts with Kidcreate Studio and more. All activities are FREE. There will be food for sale in the park, bring cash for purchasing from The Purple People Feeder.

May 4: Minnesota’s Biggest Kentucky Derby Party | 12:45-5:45pm Experience live racing at Canterbury Park and the broadcast of the Kentucky Derby! Join us Saturday, May 4 for live racing on the track, live music from Boogie Wonderland on the Mystic Lake® Music Stage and the excitement of the Kentucky Derby with thousands of fellow fans! Derby attire admired, not required.

May 4: Family Funday: Trail Trekkers | 11:15am-12:15pm Spend the morning walkin’ or a rollin’ on park paths with a naturalist guide in search of nature’s treasures during this program for families that have children with disabilities. Use different tools like binoculars and magnifying glasses to examine high up in the trees or down low under logs. Come enjoy the exploration – who knows what we may find. North Mississippi Regional Park. FREE.

May 5: MayDay Parade and Festival | 12:00pm For many in Minnesota, the MayDay Parade is a time to celebrate the coming warmth with hand-built puppets and masks (some over 10 feet tall), music, and performance in the street. But the essence of the parade is rooted in the local community and contemporary issues, concerns, and visions for a better world. By the time the parade unfolds on the first Sunday of May, more than 50,000 people from near and far fill the streets both as participants and spectators for this day of celebration and community. 

May 7: ECFE Annual Petting Zoo | 6:00-7:30pm Farmington ECFE FREE annual Petting Zoo with the Animals of Walton’s Hollow. We are going bigger this year with about 30 large and small animals, art and craft activities and face painting. Bring the whole family. Come enjoy FREE dilly bars by Dairy Queen! Please Register. FREE Event.

May 8-9: Young People’s: The Tin Forest | Times Vary The beloved children’s book The Tin Forest comes to life in this magical concert. Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s Concerts are for schools, homeschools, and families looking for an outstanding arts experience that is both educational and engaging. All orders must have at least one child (ages 1 to 17) and at least one accompanying adult.

May 10: End of the Year Vehicle Fair and Picnic | 11:30am-1:00pm Celebrate the end of the school year at Lakeville’s ECFE’s end of the year vehicle fair and picnic! Touch and tour the exciting vehicles that you see in the community and meet the people who operate them! Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the park – and get a refreshing treat from the ice cream truck afterwards! Your family can also enjoy a fun Circle Time in the shelter led by an ECFE staff member.

May 10-12: Twin Cities Ballet – Narnia The Ballet | Times Vary ​Based on the classic novel, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis, this production features an original story adaption of the book, original music compilation & production design, and highlights themes of Family, Pride, Greed, Courage, and Redemption.

May 10-12: Shepherds Harvest Festival | Times Vary Shepherd’s Harvest Festival is an opportunity for rural and urban people to meet and share information about sheep and sheep products and other fiber-producing animals. The Festival was started in order to provide a venue where wool producers, wool consumers, and wool artisans could come together and share the excitement of working with sheep and their fantastic product – wool. Gradually, the Festival has grown to include other fiber animals such as angora rabbits, alpacas, and goats. The Festival strives to be a family-oriented event that is not only fun but educational. Numerous classes are offered in the fiber arts — geared for all levels of experience — from the beginner to the expert. Each year, we offer some classes in the less well-known fiber arts so students can expand their crafts expertise Many vendors of fiber and fiber animal related products show their wares at the Festival through a juried selection of vendors of unique products. If it’s fiber related, you probably will find a vendor with just what you have been looking for.

May 11: Opening Day at Valley Fair | 10:00am-8:00pm Join us on May 11th as we kick off the 2019 season in style! Enjoy the return of your favorite rides, live shows, PEANUTS characters, and be one of the first to ride on the brand new Delirious! Whatever your thrill level, Valleyfair is where families come to play the Minnesota way. 

May 11: Model Railroad Hobby Show and Sale | 9:00am-3:00pm The Twin Cities Railroad Museum hosts a semi-annual Model Railroad Show and Hobby Sale at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds – Education Building in Saint Paul in May and September of each year. Operating layouts in several scales! Over 200 tables of new and used scale models; Toy Trains HO, O, 027, N, S, & Z scale plus Antiques, Collectibles, Tools, Books, Videos, Toys, Buildings, Magazines, Prints, Posters, Photos and more! Engineer Paul performs at 10:00! Bring the kids.

May 11: Storytime and Activities Featuring In a Minute, Mama Bear | 11:00am When Mama Bear decides to throw the to-do list out the window and spend the day playing and relaxing in the park with baby Bella Bear, they find that sometimes, when things don’t go as planned, they can still have a whole lot of fun. Join Barnes & Noble at multiple Twin Cities locations for storytime, games, and activities. FREE. 

May 11: Second Saturdays at TPT: May Day Party | 9:30am This May, we’re celebrating the arrival of Spring at Second Saturdays with our May Day Party! Join us for fun activities and tasty snacks in our Lowertown studios. Activities include paper flower crowns, May Day baskets, paper pinwheels, ribbon wands, Maypole dancing, and more!

May 11: Teen Events at Redwood Center | 3:00-8:00pm Nerf Day! All sorts of Nerf games today – Nerf basketball, Nerf 500, and much more. Redwood Center is exclusively for youth in 6 – 12 grades in 2019. Free to hang out, play games, create art, meet friends, watch DVDs, listen to CDs, attend Special Events, & HAVE FUN!!!!!! FREE.

May 13: 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. 

May 13-19: Bike to Work Week | 10:00am-3:00pm Bicycling is a great way to start and end the workday, and an extensive network of trails and bike lanes make bike commuting safe and easy in the Twin Cities area. Challenge yourself to switch out your car for a bike during Bike to Work Week May 13-19 (Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 17). Stop by a scheduled event for a free bike check and coffee, discuss regional trail development, pick-up a bike bell or light (while supplies last), and more. 

May 17: Movie on the Hill: The Sandlot | 6:00pm-10:30pm Nothing says summer better than outdoor movies. Pick a spot on the hill for a movie at dusk, and enjoy music and lawn games before the show. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Hyland Hills Ski Area

May 17-18: Kids at the Castle: Littlest Vikings | 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. This May the Castle will be taken over by Vikings – come explore the open seas and learn what it’s like to be a little Viking. 

May 17-19: Art-A-Whirl | Times Vary Art-A-Whirl® is the largest open studio tour in the country, happening annually throughout Northeast Minneapolis the third weekend of May. View artwork of nearly 800 artists in every medium at more than 60 locations, including studio buildings, art galleries, homes, storefronts, and local businesses. The artists’ open studio tours may include demonstrations, mini-workshops, installations, and special exhibitions. Studio tours offer a great opportunity to ask questions, discuss techniques, experience art first-hand, and purchase unique artwork directly from the artists who make our community so vibrant! This event is free and open to the public. FREE.

May 18: Hopkins Mainstreet Day | 9:00am-4:00pm Mainstreet Days is an annual event on Mainstreet, featuring a variety of arts, crafts, and food vendors. Entertainment for the family includes train rides, a balloon twister, mechanical bull and more. In addition, enjoy live music. The Hopkins Jaycees sponsor the annual Mainstreet Days.

May 18: Arts in the Park – Eden Prairie | 9:00am-4:00pm Shop for artwork of all types created by local and regional artists and vendors while enjoying the beautiful scenery of Purgatory Creek Park. Visit local and regional vendors selling glass, jewelry, paintings, wood, photography, sculptures and more! Also enjoy live entertainment,  concessions, art activities, food trucks, wine tasting, lawn games and more.

May 18: Spring on the Farm – Historic Eidem Farm | 10:00am-1:00pm It’s planting time on the farm! Help Farmer Eidem and Spud Olson plant our garden and potato crop, sample fresh baked items in the kitchen, plant an herb to take home, and greet the new baby animals.  Kids, get creative by entering our annual Name the Cow contest.  

May 18: Kick Off To Summer Safety | 10:00am-1:00pm Join the Hopkins Fire Department for their annual kick off to summer saftey event! The event will be a blast this year. We will have infromation for car seat safety, water safety, bike safety, fire safety and internet safety. There will be a bounce house, bubbles, free ice cream and more! Plus giveaways and drawings! They will have bike helmets for the family for sale for $10! Great time to get new helmet!

May 18: Twin Cities Burger Battle | 5:00-8:00pm The Twin Cities Burger Battle is back on May 18th, at Harriet Island in St. Paul. This year’s battle will bring out some of the Twin Cities’ best local burger joints and restaurants to serve up burgers for attendees. The $60 all-inclusive ticket will allow guests to enjoy unlimited beer and burgers from all participating local restaurants and breweries. Guests will enjoy live local music and cast their vote to crown the People’s Choice winner. A panel of judges will vote to crown the Twin Cities Burger Battle judges winner. Live musical performances and activities will run throughout the event. A portion of the proceeds are donated to The Sanneh Foundation. 

May 18: Child Safety Fair | 9:00am-12:00pm University of Minnesota Health Maple Grove Clinics invites you and your family to this year’s Child Safety Fair and Bike Rodeo. Join us for free safety demonstrations, events, and experts to teach lessons in having safe fun all summer long. FREE.

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

May 19: The Puppet Adventures of Ned the Naturalist | 6:00am-9:00pm What sorts of spring surprises will Trasher try to trash this month? Will Ned be able to convince him that spring is worth saving? 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.

May 19: Holz Farm Spring Festival | 11:00am-4:00pm Free entertainment includes garden planting demonstrations, old-fashioned laundry, barnyard animals, field plowing and discing, corn grinding, vintage equipment and tractor display, bread baking & butter churning, honeybee lesson, egg picking, chicken display, water pumping, preschool toy box tractors, farm challenge for teens. Tickets will be available for purchase for concessions, pony rides, hay rides, milking a virtual vow, pedal tractor corral, and rope making. FREE ADMISSION.

May 20: 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!

May 24: Movie in the Park  | 8:30pm Head to Sand Creek Athletic Complex for their annual movies in the park event. Enjoy the movie  (Goosebumps 2) for free, concessions available for purchase. Concession stand opens one hour before the movie – so come early, find your spot and enjoy the park play areas. 

May 24-27: Lebanon Hills Regional Park Story Walk | 8:00am-8:00pm Take a self-guided walk in the park while reading picture book pages displayed along the trail. All ages. FREE. 

May 25: 31st Annual Kiwanis Kite Fly | 12:00-4:00pm Pack a picnic lunch, bring your lawn chairs and watch the kites take flight. Or, bring your kite and fly it with members of the Minnesota Kite Society. Free kites for kids while supplies last. The event is for all ages. Free, no registration required.

May 25: Teen Events at Redwood Center | 2:00-8:00pm Spring Gardening! All are welcome to join us plan, plant, and learn. We’ll plant seedlings that have been growing at RW, taste herbs and BBQ after. Redwood Center is exclusively for youth in 6 – 12 grades in 2019. Free to hang out, play games, create art, meet friends, watch DVDs, listen to CDs, attend Special Events, & HAVE FUN!!!!!! FREE.

May 25-27: Memorial Day Weekend at the Landing | 10:00am-5:00pm Meet Civil War veterans and learn how Memorial Day began in 1868 as “Decoration Day” to honor Union soldiers who died. A formal “Decoration Day” ceremony with brass band is held on Monday at 2 PM. 

May 25-27: Memorial Day Weekend at Fort Snelling | 10:00am-5:00pm Over Memorial Day Weekend, explore the grounds and engage with the many stories that make up this location’s history. Learn about Native American history and the fort’s role in US expansion. Explore stories of African Americans at Fort Snelling, including Dred and Harriet Scott whose struggle to gain freedom from slavery helped ignite the Civil War. Join in activities and watch demonstrations like cannon firings, blacksmithing, and more.

May 27: Memorial Day Celebration | 11:30am Lakewood Cemetery’s Memorial Day ceremony is held near the Soldiers Memorial monument. This year’s ceremony will include Robert Robinson, the Minneapolis Police Band, and a dove release. 

May 27: Como-Harriet Streetcar Line | 9:30am-8:30pm Beautiful Lakewood Cemetery is the perfect setting to honor our nation’s veterans. Ride the streetcar right to the Lake Calhoun gate, open only once each year for this special event. Stay as long as you like before catching the trolley back to Linden Hills.

May 28: Toddler Tuesday at MoA – St. Paul Saints | 10:00am-12:00pm The St. Paul Saints and Mackin Educational Resources, in conjunction with St. Paul Public Libraries, is bringing their Reading Tree series on the road to you! The Saints will bring along some special guests, such as their furry pink mascot Mudonna + a local children’s book author.

May 31-June 1: Flint Hills Family Festival | Times Vary Presented by the Ordway, the Flint Hills Family Festival is an annual multi-day event featuring performances, free activities, art-making, and more. Families will be swept away on adventures that spark imagination and inspire exploration, with performances by artists from all over the world and right here at home.

May 31-June 2: Edina Art Fair | Times Vary The First Official Art Fair of the Year! Ranked #1 in MN and top 50 of the fine arts fairs in the Nation. Featuring the top 280 fine artists from Minnesota, the U.S and Canada. FREE Admission

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

May 11: Mother’s Day Tea | 3:30pm Join the LeDuc Estate as we celebrate Mother’s Day with you and your loved ones! Celebrate by enjoying a three-course meal paired with a variety of tea as you enjoy the ambiance of the house. Live music will flow throughout the house and provide the perfect backdrop for the event. Visitors will also have the opportunity to enjoy history by costumed reenactors! A tour of the house will be included after the final course is served.

May 11-12: Take a Mom Fishing Weekend | Varies Mothers who are residents of Minnesota can fish without a license during Take a Mom Fishing Weekend. During the weekend, mothers can fish only for species that have open fishing seasons. Take a Mom Fishing Weekend each year coincides with Mother’s Day.

May 11-12: Mother’s Day Bonsai Show at Como Zoo | 10:00am-6:00pm Take Mom to this annual tradition! The Minnesota Bonsai Society will be displaying some of their finest work on the Covered Porch. Trained professionals will also be on-hand to answer any questions you may have about the art of Bonsai!

May 11-12: Explore Kelly Farm | 10:00am-5:00pm Celebrate mothers of all species as the Kelley Farm springs to life. Help plant seeds in the gardens, harvest the first spring greens from the hotbeds, and meet the baby animals and their mothers at the historic farmstead and in the Farm Lab barn. Be sure to see what’s cooking in the Learning Kitchen and historic house kitchen. Mothers admitted free when accompanied by a child of any age.

May 12: Como-Harriet Streetcar Line | 12:30-8:30pm After all she’s done for you, bring Mom for a nice streetcar ride (she rides free!).

May 12: Mother’s Day Make and Take at Canterbury Park | 12:00-5:00pm Get creative on Mother’s Day with a Make and Take succulent planting and wine glass painting events! Then enjoy shopping, food and live racing fun!

May 12: Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk | 11:00-11:45am Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Garden! Join a garden naturalist on a wildflower focused walk in the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden. Learn about and look for wildflowers of spring including trilliums, trout lilies, bluebells and more.

May 12: Mother’s Day Brunch at the Science Museum of Minnesota | 10:00am-2:00pm Give Mom the day off and let our executive chef do all the cooking! Enjoy a delicious Mother’s Day brunch with a beautiful springtime view of the Mississippi River. Price includes general admission to the museum.

May 12: Patio Pots at Lebanon Hills Visitor Center | 1:00-3:00pm Head to Lebanon Hills on Mother’s Day to make something for a mom in your life. Learn about the importance of native plants for local pollinators. Design and build a small patio pot for your porch or balcony. Ages: Ages 5 and older.

May 12: Mother’s Day Brunch at the Arboretum | 9:30am-2:30pm Mother’s Day at the Arboretum: Blooms and Brunch – create an incredible holiday for family and friends with a sumptuous spring menu featuring traditional favorites plus made-to-order specialties, and a dessert buffet. Mother’s Day is one of the busiest holidays of the year at the Arboretum – with 38,000 gorgeous tulips in bloom and a luxurious, chef-made savory and sweet brunch – visitors will have an amazing holiday experience on May 12!

May 12: Mother’s Day Succulent Make & Take | 12:00-4:00pm Join Minnesota’s original traveling succulent bar, Succ It Up Buttercup, on Mother’s Day at Excelsior Brewing Company in Excelsior for a succulent bar make and take event! Anyone and everyone is welcome to attend this event.. Moms, Dads, Sisters, friends, or your significant other! Grab your person(s) and share a fun experience with them by creating your own beautiful succulent/cacti arrangement.

May 12: Saint Paul Civic Symphony Mother’s Day Concert | 1:00-3:00pm Don’t miss the 32nd annual Mother’s Day Concert.  It’s the perfect way to spend the day with the mothers in your life.  Seats fill up quickly so arrive early. FREE.

May 4, 11, 18, & 25: Eagan Parkrun | 9:00am This free weekly timed 5K event takes place at Thomas Lake Park.

May 4: Food Allergy Awareness 5K Walk & Run | 10:30am This unique event is family-friendly and stroller & wheelchair accessible. Funds raised by donations support AFAA (the Anaphylaxis & Food Allergy Association of Minnesota)’s life-saving education programs; year-round support and outreach activities; and local, state, and federal advocacy efforts.

May 5: Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon | 7:00-11:00am With a rich history among distance runners and tremendous support from the community, the Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon stands as one of the premier half marathons in the state of Minnesota!  The Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon features a beautiful race route starting in downtown Wayzata and ending at Commons Park in Excelsior.

May 5: Bud Break 5K Run/Walk | 9:00am-12:00pm Registration is open for the 22nd annual Bud Break, one of the most beautiful and challenging 5K courses in the state! Take your running to the next level with an Arboretum training run, grab friends to start a running group, go for your personal best. A gorgeous, scenic course! 

May 9: Medtronic TC 1 Mile | 6:30pm It all starts with the first mile. This unique event is the perfect weeknight evening in downtown Minneapolis. Run with friends, enjoy a local happy hour, and cheer on the pros!

May 11: Maple Grove Half-Marathon, 10K, and 5K | 7:30am The Maple Grove Races are in May every year, beginning and ending at the Maple Grove High School. The event is presented by the Maple Grove Lions.

May 12: Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure | 7:00-10:00am The Susan G. Komen Twin Cities Race for the Cure® will once again be at Southdale Center in 2019!  Join us onMother’s Day, May 12, 2019, where thousands of people will gather at Southdale Center to raise funds, bring awareness, celebrate cancer survivorship and honor those who have lost their battle to the disease. The route will take participants on a 5K or 1K co-ed trek around beautiful Lake Cornelia in Edina and it is great fun for the entire family.

May 18: Twin Cities Heart Walk | 7:00am-1:00pm We aren’t just walking, we’re Heartwalking! Join 25,000 others for an incredible morning at Target Field and help us raise over $3 million for heart disease, stroke research, and education!

May 18: The Autism 5K | 9:00-11:00am Runner? Jogger? Walker? All will enjoy the Autism 5K at beautiful Lake Calhoun. Join over 1,500 participants, evenly split between runners and walkers. Some participate to compete in a certified 5K and achieve a personal best, while others are here to gather and walk for a great cause!

May 18: Daisy Dash 5K Walk/Run | 10:00am-12:00pm Come join us as we celebrate Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Minnesota’s Daisy Dash 5k! This family-friendly event will again be at Rosland Park in Edina! Events for kids and adults alike! Strollers and baby carriers welcome! We support all families!

May 18: TC Kids Cross Country Fun Run | 8:00am Experience the joy of physical fitness and the satisfaction of achieving a goal at this race! It is specifically for kids and is designed to help kids challenge themselves, have fun, and feel successful. Optional obstacle on-course adds difficulty and fun! 

May 19: Momboss 5K | 8:30am-12:00pm More than a run…this is a gathering to empower encourage and cheer on the significant women in our lives. Whether you are a mom, have a mom, dream of being a mom, or mother those in your tribe, this event is to celebrate you! Join with other women in our community to embrace wellness and treat yourself because…we all MOM LIKE A BOSS!

May 19: Women Run the Cities | 8:00am Voted one of the top races for women in the country, the Women Run the Cities is the premier women’s race in all of Minnesota. The race features a 5K, 10K and 10 mile distances. It’s an all women’s affair, but all experience levels are welcome. You’ll be at home if you are an experienced runner in your 100th race, or you’re taking to the start line for the first time. Plus, enjoy a post-race brunch bar with your girlfriends to celebrate your morning!

May 19: MN Brain Tumor 5K | 9:00am What sets the MN Brain Tumor 5K apart from some other races, events, etc. is that 100% of your donations go directly to the Musella Foundation for Brain Tumor Research and Information, Inc. It also serves as a resource for victims and their families both financially and emotionally 

May 2-5: Just Between Friends Sale – Eagan | Times Vary We understand, kids are expensive and they grow fast. So we created a community event, where you can shop 50-90% off retail on thousands of name brand items. Giving parents an affordable option for things they need and want for their growing families.

May 4-5: Munchkin Markets – Washington County 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.

May 8-11: Just Between Friends Sale – Woodbury | Times Vary This special event only happens twice a year – don’t miss out!

May 16-18: Christ the King Kids Lutheran Church Consignment Sale | Times Vary This sale contains new and “gently used” baby/child/pre-teen clothing, maternity wear, shoes, accessories, baby items, indoor and outdoor toys, games, books, DVD’s, CD’s, baby/juvenile/youth furniture, bedding, sports equipment.

American Sign Language Interpretive Day at Como Zoo May 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.

Sensory Friendly Mornings May 12 | 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.

Sensory Friendly Sunday at the Science Museum of Minnesota May 19 | 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. 

The Most Magnificent Thing – Stages Theatre Company Now-May 12 | Times Vary The design process comes alive on our main stage this spring! A young girl has a wonderful idea. “She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. All she has to do is make it, and she makes things all the time. Easy-peasy!” But as the girl tries and fails, repeatedly, she finds invention is anything but easy. Working through her anger and frustration she “smoothes and wrenches and fiddles,” and she “twists and tweaks and fastens,” until she manages to get it just right. Our world premiere musical adaptation shows that it’s okay to make mistakes as we create, tinker and achieve

Hidden Heroes The Black Women of NASA Now-May 19 | Times Vary “It doesn’t matter what you look like, what your size is, what your color is. You can be anything you want to, but you do have to work at it,” says Annie Easley’s mother to her young daughter. In the 1950’s and 60’s the black women of NASA fought against racial and gender discrimination for a place on the leading edge of math, science and technology. Be inspired this spring, as we tell the stories of how these women were influenced as young girls to eventually make critical contributions that launched US astronauts into space and returned them safely back to Earth.

Matilda – Children’s Theatre Company Now-June 23 | Times Vary Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, this is the story of Matilda. Her dreadful parents can’t stand her. Her headmistress is a horrible, nasty, name-calling, life-sucking tyrant who puts kids in cupboards with nails and broken glass. (And you thought you had it bad.) This captivating kid-power romp revels in the anarchy of childhood. Celebrating the tenacity of the small, Matilda proves that the strength to be yourself (along with a little telekinetic power) will prevail at the end of the day.

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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