Sever’s Corn Maze and Fall Festival @ Shakopee
Opens for the season on Friday
You can celebrate the return of harvest season with a train-themed corn maze, a straw bale maze, an “extreme” corn pit, a giant slide (for those who didn’t get their State Fair fill), a petting zoo, humongous inflated pillows for jumping, and several other ways to exhaust the children.
$13 for ages 4 and older, and free for the younger folk
Paint Throwing @ Kiddywampus
Saturday 3 – 5 p.m.
The children can unleash their inner Jackson Pollock and drip, splatter, and throw paint all over the walls at Kiddywampus’s new digs on Hopkins Main Street. It’s part of the store’s month-long lineup of Grand Opening events.
$8 per child with a 20-minute time limit. You can RSVP to save your spot.
4th Anniversary Party @ Smarty Pants Kids
Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Educational toy store Smarty Pants Kids will fête its fourth year in the biz with face painting, prizes, a magic show, and a small colony of African Black-Footed penguins (Happy Feet dance moves probably not included but they're pretty darn cute anyway).
Selby Ave. JazzFest @ Selby and Milton Avenues in St. Paul
Saturday 11 a.m . – 8 p.m.
You can groove to a full day of live outdoor jazz at the annual Selby Ave. JazzFest, which began in 2002 as a neighborhood block party. Acts are the real deal: Headliner Harvey Mason’s drumming skills have earned him 10 Grammy noms and gigs with everyone from Frank Sinatra to John Legend.
Family Day: Night and Day @ Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
This month’s Family Day is a kiddo complement to the Institute’s new exhibition, “The Hours of Night and Day: A Newly Discovered Cycle of Bronze Reliefs by Giovanni Casini and Pietro Cipriani.” Learn about the night sky, meet nocturnal and diurnal creatures from the Raptor Center and Como Park Zoo, make sun-inspired artwork, and play a supersized game of hide and seek in the galleries.
Free Concert for the Community @ Lake Harriet Bandshell
Sunday 3 p.m.
The Minnesota Orchestra kicks off its 2014-15 season with a decidedly Russian-themed concert featuring works by Mikhail Glinka, Alexander Borodin, Richard Strauss, and Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Pack the picnic baskets!