For the Kids

Edina Tree Lighting Ceremony

Kick off the holiday season in downtown Edina, which will be outfitted in holiday décor. The fun-filled day will feature appearances by Santa and The Ashley Ballet Arts Academy, who will perform excerpts from the Nutcracker. Listen to carols sung by the Chamber Singers of Edina High School as you wait for the anticipated tree lighting, with City of Edina Mayor Jim Hovland. A food and clothing drive will also take place, benefitting the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota.

Holiday Inn Variety Show

This special event presented by Mrs. M will feature singing, music, dancing, hors d’oeuvres and even a special guest appearance by Vikings Hall of Fame star Randall McDaniel. All proceeds benefit the scholarship program Nature 4 Kids. Southshore Center. 952.474.7635.

Hot to Cold Hawaiian and Winter Party

Aloha! Transport your kiddo to a warmer climate during the Thanksgiving break with a Hawaiian celebration. Mrs. M. invites children ages 5–12 for a day of limbo, games, fruit kabobs, ice cream and penguins. $70 each day, $130 for both. 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Southshore Center 952.474.7635.


A fairytale world awaits your family at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory’s kid-friendly Halloween festival and fundraiser. More than 200 volunteers will be dressed in costumes and ready to provide a gently scary good time. $6–$7. Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. 1225 Estabrook Drive, St. Paul; 651.487.8201;;

Halloween Enchanted Forest

A special night of trail trick-or-treating awaits you and the family at Lowry Nature Center’s Enchanted Forest Halloween. Visitors can enjoy a sweet and salty mix of popcorn and treats while watching live storytelling, a mad scientist skit and puppet show. Costumes are encouraged. Restricted to ages 2 and over. $9. 5–9 p.m. Lowry Nature Center, 7025 Victoria Drive, Victoria; 763.694.7650;

Fall Colors Festival

Fall is rich in seasonal traditions, and this festival makes it possible to participate in many of them. With nostalgic activities like a tractor-drawn wagon ride, apple cider pressing and various craft workshops, there is something for everyone. Roast a complimentary hot dog over the nearby campfire for a complete experience. $7. Noon–3:30 p.m. Lowry Nature Center, 7025 Victoria Drive, Victoria; 763.694.7650;


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