For the Kids

Father’s Day Gift Making

What dad wouldn’t love a gift made just for him? Let your little one surprise dad this Father’s Day with a handmade gift. The first class of the day is for ages 18 months to 6 years, and your child will paint, cut, draw and glue to create a special toolbox-themed card for their favorite handyman. The second class is for ages 4 to 9; kids will paint a fish-themed t-shirt. Please bring a dad-sized white t-shirt to class. First class $13.50 member/$15 nonmember, 9–11 a.m.  Second class $22.50 member/$25 nonmember, 10:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Read more about Father’s Day Gift Making

Date Night: Finger Print Pooch

Do you ever long for plans that don’t include your little ones? Do you want to see a movie that isn’t animated, or enjoy a dinner that doesn’t include French fries? Sign your kids up for their own night out. We’re going to roll up our sleeves and create! At this month’s “date night,” kids will paint an adorable fingerprint pup. Please pack a nut-free snack and drink for your child. Ages 3–9. $28.80 members, $32 nonmembers. 5:30–8:30 p.m. KidCreate Studio, 1785 Radio Drive; 651.735.0880; kidcreatestudio.com. Read more about Date Night: Finger Print Pooch

Mommy’s Time Off

This drop-off class is great for moms, dads or other caregivers who need a little break to run errands or veg. Let your kids express their creativity while you enjoy some personal time. Your young artist will work on multiple projects using a variety of materials, with a new theme at each class. Mommy’s Time Off is an extremely popular class; register early to ensure your child’s spot. Please pack a nut-free snack and a drink for your child. Ages 3–9. $28.80 members, $32 nonmembers. 9 a.m.–noon. Read more about Mommy’s Time Off

Preschool Storytime

Spark a love of reading in your child. Preschool Storytime provides the opportunity for preschool-age children to learn those early literacy skills with their parents or guardians. This is great prep for Kindergarten. The time will be filled with stories; songs and other activities will be used to encourage literacy learning while having fun. Free. 10:30 a.m. R.H. Stafford Library, 8595 Central Park Place; 651.731.1320; co.washington.mn.us. Read more about Preschool Storytime

May Day Tea

Invite all the special women and young ladies in your life to a morning of tea. Come in your best dress to begin the morning with tea tasting, followed by decadent finger foods from Angelina's in the Park. The day will be complete with tea party Bingo, a girly craft and a photo opportunity so that this day of fun will never be forgotten. Please bring your own special tea cup and camera. Adults must register with their child. $12 per person. 10:30 a.m. Read more about May Day Tea

Easter Craft Party

What’s the best part about Easter? For most, the answer is pretty simple: the candy. Your child can take playing with food to a whole new level and create a beautiful springtime scene made out of “sweet” art supplies including frosting, jelly beans and marshmallow Peeps. Please pack a nut-free snack and drink for your child. Ages 4-9. $28.80 member/$32 non-member. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. KidCreate Studio, 1785 Radio Drive; 651.735.0880; kidcreatestudio.com. Read more about Easter Craft Party

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; ordway.org. Read more about Family Day at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts

Easter Egg Hunts

One of the greatest things about holidays is their ability to draw a community together in celebration. When it comes to Easter, an Easter egg hunt is the most classic and beloved way to get out in the spring air together. An old-fashioned hunt takes place at Carver Park at 6:30 p.m. (for kids under 7); a flashlight egg hunt begins at 8 p.m. (for kids 7 and up). Read more about Easter Egg Hunts

I Make Music

Music is often called the universal language, inspiring feelings in people of all languages, cultures and of course, ages. The MacPhail Center for Music staff will take a trip to the R.H. Stafford Library to conduct I Make Music, a 45-minute program exposing young children to the magic of music through a number of hands-on musical activities. Read more about I Make Music

Baby Storytime

The benefits of reading to babies and young children go beyond having fun; it’s a critical factor in their development. Baby Storytime is a great program to fulfill this need, as well as a nice space to meet with other local babies and mothers (and have a little fun too!) Free. Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. R.H. Read more about Baby Storytime

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