The Flint Hills International Children’s Festival is one of the largest children’s festivals of its kind in the country. The festival features local, regional and international professional artists representing more than 25 countries on seven indoor and outdoor stages. Tickets for all indoor performances are $5. Free outdoor performances and activities will also be held throughout the weekend in Rice Park, Landmark Plaza and surrounding areas.
For the Kids
On Thursday, May 5, St. Therese welcomes the Grammy Winning Okee Dokee brothers for a free concert! The Okee Dokee brothers perform American Folk music focused on families and the great outdoors. They inspire children to get out and get creative through their music; believing they can motivate kids to gain a greater respect for both their communities and themselves. All are welcome!
The Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society will once again team up with the Minnesota Streetcar Museum to present the annual Booseum & Ghost Trolley on Friday and Saturday, October 23 and 24 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Society’s museum. This event is fun for all ages. It features live music by Mystic 5, costume parade, youth performances, tours of our haunted museum, and a thrilling trolley ride with Halloween characters along the route.
The Nativity County Fair began in 1975. The Nativity community pulled together in order to facilitate a fun way of giving to the school that has given so much to their children and their community. The early start of the fair was a small group of volunteers who organized the parish to provide games, food, fun and even a helicopter ride in order to draw the community together in the spirit of giving. Since then many things have changed but one thing has stayed the same the NCF is a group of volunteers that come together to support our school.
Can’t get the kids to stop watching Disney’s Little Mermaid? Take them to a live performance of this classic. Join Ariel on her quest to become human through true love’s kiss with the help of Ursula, the evil sea-witch. Get ready for a little musical magic, with songs like “Part of Your World,” “Under the Sea” and “Kiss the Girl.” All ages. Price and times may vary; check online. Stages Theatre, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins; 952.979.1111; stagestheatre.org.
Love a good day of LEGO fun, but hate stepping on them? Leave the mess at camp and let your kids explore the wonderful world of design and engineering with all kinds of LEGO blocks, large and small. It’s a challenge, too: In each class, the kids get an assignment to build, modify and test. They’ll have fun while learning. Ages 4–6. $107. 9–11 a.m.
Unleash your child’s creative side without the mess with this class through the Glen Lake Activity Center. Each artist-to-be will get a real canvas board and plenty of paint; they can bring the enthusiasm. Please bring a nut-free snack and drink, and get ready to bring home a real masterpiece. Ages 3 to 6. $30. 9 a.m.–12 p.m., Excelsior Room, Glen Lake Activity Center, 14350 County Rd.
When the puppy craze strikes, it strikes hard. Unleash your child’s love of dogs with this art class focused on canine appreciation. The class will begin with a reading from a book about puppies to get artists in the right mindset. Then students will create a plush puppy, complete with its own special collar and dog house. Please bring a nut-free snack and drink to this event. Ages 3 to 6. $30.
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.
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!