Lil’ Explorer Thursdays ~ Free Fun for the Lil’ One!

Lil’ Explorer Thursdays return! FREE program from 10:00AM-noon each Thursday from September 2013 through April 2014. Perfect for the 1-3 year old to meet animal and plant visitors, see story time, play games and many other fun activities. Different theme each week!


4th Fantastic Frogs

11th Fancy Flowers

18th Bird Buddies

25th Furry Friends


2nd Seeds & Sprouts

9th Down on the Farm – NEW!

16th Teddy Bear Picnic

23rd Junior Gardener

30th Night Time – NEW!


6th Fun with Fish

13th Busy Bugs**

20th None – Happy Thanksgiving!

27th Diggin’ Dinos – NEW!


4th Animal Families

11th Junior Zookeeper**

18th Animals in Winter

25th None – Happy Holidays!


1st Down on the Farm – NEW!

8th Reptile Rock n’ Roll**

15th Bird Buddies

22nd Night Time – NEW!

29th Furry Friends


5th Animals in Winter

12th Junior Gardener**

19th Diggin’ Dinos – NEW!

26th Teddy Bear Picnic


5th Animal Families

12th Seeds & Sprouts

19th Fantastic Frogs

26th Under the Sea – NEW!


2nd Reptile Rock n’ Roll

9th Junior Zookeeper

16th Fancy Flowers

23rd Busy Bugs

** Members-only early access! Lil’ Explorers starts at 9:30 for members on these special Thursdays! Not a member? Join on-site or at

Lil’ Explorer Thursdays is funded in part by the Minnesota State Arts Board through the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment. The Legacy Amendment  is a constitutional amendment adopted by Minnesota voters in November 2008. It raised the state sales tax by 3/8 of 1% for a period of 25 years and dedicated the earned revenue to clean water, parks, outdoor habitat, and arts and cultural heritage.

A website was also created by the Minnesota Legislature to help citizens monitor how funds from the Legacy Amendment are being used. On the Minnesota’s Legacy: watch the progress website you can see how funds are being invested across the state.