EXPOS AND SHOWS

MINNEAPOLIS HOME & GARDEN SHOW: Home and garden displays and seminars; cooking demonstrations. More than 1,000 experts and vendors. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. today. $4-$13. Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Av. S., Mpls. www.homeandgardenshow.com.

"DISCOVER THE DINOSAURS": Learn about Earth's prehistoric past with exhibits and attractions. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. today. $11-$16. Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Av. S., Mpls. www.discoverthedinosaurs.com.

TWIN CITIES BRIDAL SHOW: Noon-4 p.m. today. $10-$15. St. Paul RiverCentre, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. 651-265-4800. www.tcbridalshow.com.

LET'S PLAY HOCKEY AND LET'S PLAY BASEBALL/SOFTBALL EXPOS: Information and exhibits on merchandise, camps and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Free. St. Paul RiverCentre, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. 651-265-4800. www.rivercentre.org.

TWIN CITIES AUTO SHOW: More than 400 new models showcasing everything from luxury to energy efficiency. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat.; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. next Sun. $5-$10. Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Av. S., Mpls. twincities autoshow.com.

DIVERSIONS

THE BARBIE DREAMHOUSE EXPERIENCE: Experience the iconic doll's lifestyle through activities in a replica of Barbie's Malibu Dreamhouse. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. today, next Sun.; noon-8 p.m. Mon.-Thu.; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $16.99-$23.99. Mall of America, 60 E. Broadway, Bloomington. 952-883-8810. www.mallofamerica.com/attractions.

URBAN EXPEDITION: INDONESIA: 1-3 p.m. next Sun. Free. Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St., St. Paul. 651-292-3225. www.landmarkcenter.org/urban.html.

HISTORY

HENNEPIN OVERLAND RAILWAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY: 1-4 p.m. today, Sat.-next Sun. $7 per person, $20 per family. Hennepin Overland Railway Historical Society, 2501 E. 38th St., Mpls. 612-276-9034. www.hennepinoverland.org.

WASHBURN A MILL TOUR: Extensive guided tour of the historic mill, covering its architecture, milling history and preservation. Reservations required. 1 p.m. Sat. $10-$14. Mill City Museum, 704 S. 2nd St., Mpls. 612-341-7555. www.mnhs.org.

RAMSEY TIME CAPSULE: A family-friendly program with tours through the Ramsey House. Reservations required. Noon Sat. $7-$10. Alexander Ramsey House, 265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul. 651-296-8760. www.mnhs.org.

SCIENCE AND NATURE

"SID THE SCIENCE KID: THE SUPER-DUPER EXHIBIT": Go on a scientific adventure and investigate everyday science questions around home and school using tools and simple machines. $9.95. Minnesota Children's Museum, 10 W. 7th St., St. Paul. 651-225-6000. www.mcm.org.

"SPACE: AN OUT-OF-GRAVITY EXPERIENCE": Explore the conditions of human space exploration and the science that makes it successful through this hands-on exhibit. $10-$13. Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. 651-221-9444. www.smm.org.

EXPERIENCE MAPLE SUGARING: Learn about collecting sap and watch it boil down to syrup and sample maple candy. 2-4 p.m. next Sun. $2. Pond Dakota Mission Park, 401 E. 104th St., Bloomington. www.ci.bloomington.mn.us.

BENEFITS

THE STIR: A fundraiser for the Women's Foundation of Minnesota with keynote speaker Cheryl Reeve, head coach of the Minnesota Lynx. 5 p.m. Thu. $100. Marriott Hotel, 30 S. 7th St., Mpls. 612-337-5010. www.wfmn.org.

THE EMILY PROGRAM GALA: 6 p.m. Sat. $100-$125. Muse Event Center, 107 3rd Av. N., Mpls. 952-562-5620. www.musemn.com.

GALA4GOALS: Entertainment and dancing to benefit the Sanneh Foundation. 5:30 p.m. Sat. $150-$500. The Depot, 225 3rd Av. S., Mpls. 612-375-1700. www.gala4goals.com.

ST. DAVID'S CENTER ANNUAL GALA: Live music, silent and live auction. 5 p.m. Sat. $30-$2000. McNamara Alumni Center, 200 SE. Oak St., Mpls. 952-548-8604. www.stdavidscenter.org.