For the Kids

ART IN THE HOLLOW: A hidden urban wonderland comes alive with Artists in Action!

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.

Family Day at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts

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;

Kids’ Fest

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;

Children’s Lantern Parade

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;


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;

Cider Fest

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;

Long Lake Area Art Show

Come to the fifth annual fine arts event with more than 40 vendors, featuring local and regional artists. Browse paintings, photography, pottery, jewelry, mixed media, and fused glass with entertainment including live music, henna tattoos, door prizes and more. Free. Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Orono High School cafeteria, 795 Old Crystal Bay N., Orono;


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