photo from Am. Swedish Institute Facebook page
Polarn O. Pyret “One on One” Launch @ Galleria, West Atrium
Friday 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
On Friday, Swedish childrenswear line Polarn O. Pyret will launch One on One, a private shopping program for families with special needs. Learn about the program, see fashion and toy demonstrations, chat up Grandparenting a Child with Autism author Sylvia Grubb, and enter to win tickets to a sensory-friendly performance at The Children’s Theatre of Minnesota while you nosh on treats from Peoples Organic. Free.
Winter Wonderland Kick-Off Family Day @ American Swedish Institute
Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Opening day of “Winter Wonderland: A Nordic Christmas” will have you snapping photos with Tomte the elf (pictured above), fashioning gingerbread heart ornaments, playing Swedish Christmas bingo, and exploring Scandinavian holiday décor in the castle’s ornate Christmas Rooms, likely prompting pre-Thanksgiving tree decorating at your own house. Adults $9, kids 6-18 years $5, kids 4 years and younger free.
Red Balloon Bookshop 30th Birthday Bash @ Red Balloon Bookshop
Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Celebrate the St. Paul institution’s 30th birthday with cake, face painting, scavenger hunts in the store, giveaways, a concert from the Roe Family Singers, and of course, balloons. Free.
Free Family Music: St. Paul Chamber Orchestra @ Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
Saturday 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
A puppet leopard, a talking tree, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra will guide your family through the pastoral settings depicted in Ludwig van Beethoven’s 6th Symphony as part of the orchestra’s Target Free Family Music series. In other words, there will be gorgeous music and the children will be thoroughly entertained. Feel free to meditate during this hour. Free.
Target Free Third Sunday @ The Children’s Museum of Minnesota
Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Turn the children loose in a human-sized anthill, and let them brush and floss teeth inside a gigantic mouth, race boats down a water chute, and splash in the soapy bubble station. Extra shirts encouraged. Free.