Kids can learn about the earth, from the bottom of the ocean to the top of the sky. Centered on hands-on learning, this class will teach students all about the natural world. Subjects include geology, weather patterns, the four seasons and their effect on the earth’s inhabitants, erosion and even volcanic eruptions. Indulge your child’s curiosity and inspire scientific inquiry into the natural world. Ages 3½ to 6. $40. Read more about The World We Share
For the Kids
Celebrate National Train Day with the Twin City Model Railroad Museum. Patricipate in a childrens coloring contest, and all ages photography contest. See Amtrak trains on the layouts! Plus take a free bus ride between our museum, the Jackson Street Roundhouse, James J. Hill House and the Union Depot! Read more about National Train Day
Swede Hollow Park ~ just a mile from downtown St. Paul ~ feels 100 years away.
This, the first neighborhood in St. Paul’s immigrant history, lies languorously all spring waiting to bloom in June with open air artists, performers and a public sculpture contest. Our tradition of nurturing and showcasing local talent continues with performances and demonstrations/sales and plein air artists creating in the park representing past and current cultural communities. Read more about ART IN THE HOLLOW: A hidden urban wonderland comes alive with Artists in Action!
Spark a love of the arts in your child with a day full of live music and opportunities for your toddlers and grade school children to explore different instruments. The day also includes arts and crafts, dance lessons and a menu of other activities—fun for the whole brood. Free. 9 a.m.–noon. Ordway Center for Performing Arts, 345 Washington St., St. Paul; 651.224.4222; ordway.org. Read more about Family Day at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts
There’s good reason for this event to be called Kids’ Fest: Anything and everything a kid could want out of a party is here! There are the classics like face-painting, a magic show and bingo, and then there are winter fun activities that include snowshoeing, dog sled rides and a bonfire with s’mores. All ages. Free. Noon–3:30 p.m. Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd., Minnetonka; 952.939.8390; eminnetonka.com Read more about Kids’ Fest
This evening parade makes its way to the entrance of the Christkindlsmarket market, where Santa will lead children in Christmas carols. Santa’s very own reindeer, decked in lights, will also make an appearance. 5 p.m. The parade begins at Lake and Water streets, Excelsior; 952.292.8898; excelsiorchristmas.com Read more about Children’s Lantern Parade
Come in your costume and trick-or-treat at Minnetonka Orchards! There will be sales in the retail barn, pumpkins available for purchase and plenty of other kid-friendly activities. All ages. Minnetonka Orchards, 6530 County Road 26, Minnetrista; 763.479.6530; minnetonkaorchards.org Read more about Trick-or-Treat
Help make fresh apple cider using Minnetonka Orchard’s antique cider press from the old days. Bring buckets for the apples they’ll be pressing and you can make some hard cider at home. Fresh raw apple juice also available. Minnetonka Orchards, 6530 County Road 26, Minnetrista; 763.479.6530; minnetonkaorchards.org Read more about Cider Fest