Franconia Valentine’s Sculpture Pour

The Franconia Sculpture Park located near Shafer MN is hosting a Valentine’s Sculpture Pour.  It takes place this coming Saturday, February 11th from noon to 5pm. There is no admission fee to attend.  A unique event, you’ll be able to witness the process of art taking shape.

Join Minnesota iron artists for a real fire and ice event for 2017! Each winter, Minnesota artists crawl out of hibernation and join Franconia for an outdoor iron pour. Bring your sweetheart, potential sweetheart, or the whole family for this free event. Warm yourself by the bonfire and witness the drama of experienced artists pouring molten iron into prepared molds. It’s the perfect antidote for the winter blahs!

Come to the park on February 11th with your loved ones and some hot cocoa for a special event totally worth braving the cold for. You can warm your hands by the fire or on your freshly poured sculpture! We will offer two behind the scenes tours so you can understand the process of casting iron on a deeper level as well as a Q & A booth with participating iron artists!

NEW this year– Nordic Waffles will be attending the event to serve up their delicious hot waffles, coffee, and hot chocolate! Keeping you warm and alert in addition to satisfying your sweet tooth! Follow this link to their website to see more nordicwaffles.com

 

Lunar Eclipse Snowshoe Walk at Afton State Park

We keep hoping for a little more snow in the metro area, hopefully the forecast is correct that some is on the way.  More snow means the Lunar Eclipse Snowshoe Walk at Afton State Park will be a great event to participate in.  It takes place this coming Friday, February 10th.  Hours are from 6:30-8.   You can use your own snowshoes if you have them, or reserve a pair from the park.

 

 

Trails by Candlelight

UPDATE: Unfortunately, this even has been canceled:

“At this time, trail conditions park-wide have deteriorated further after the precipitation received Monday and Tuesday this week. Currently, all trails are rated as: icy to dangerously icy in most places, and are not safe for use for the Trails By Candlelight event. In addition to unsafe event trail conditions, local weather predictions anticipate rain all day and into the evening on Saturday, February 11, which will further deteriorate trail conditions and disintegrate and extinguish luminaries.

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There’s something about being outdoors at night, with the white snow beneath you.  Something magical and something mysterious. The Trails by Candlelight event at Lebanon Hills Regional Park is a a great event to enjoy a magical winter evening.  It takes place Saturday Feburary 11th from 6-9pm.  There is an admission of $10 per person, cash preferred at the time of arrival.

Trails by Candlelight

More than 1,500 luminaries will line more than 2 miles of hiking and snowshoeing trails and nearly 4 miles of cross-country ski trails at the Trails by Candlelight event in Lebanon Hills Regional Park.

Enjoy candlelight hiking, snowshoeing, sledding a lit hill, ice skating, kicksledding, bonfires and food trucks.

Date: Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, 6-9 p.m.

Location: Visitor Center, Lebanon Hills Regional Park

Admission: $10/person. Tickets at the door only. Ages 5 and younger are free.

Cash payment is preferred, checks and credit cards (Visa, Mastercard and Discover) will be accepted.

Plan ahead to fast-track the admissions line. Bring cash for ticket payment and a signed Event Waiver for each person attending.

Parking
Free parking is available onsite or at Woodcrest Church (525 Cliff Road) with a free shuttle to and from the event. Shuttle rides will start at 5:45 p.m.  The last shuttle ride back to the Woodcrest Church leaves the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center at 9:45 p.m.

Food
Hot concessions will be available to purchase from Xstream Cuisine and Kabomelette.

What to bring
Bring your own sled, skis and snowshoes. Snowshoe and ski rental will also be available for an additional fee. The last rental of the night goes out at 8 p.m. Dogs, except for assistance and guide dogs, are not permitted at the event.

Kicksledding and Cocoa

Have you ever tried Kicksledding?  Although I have not, it sure looks fun.  It’s supposed to use the same motions as skiing, so perhaps it’s something most of us would be able to catch on to easily.  Saturday is a chance to give it a try at the Lee & Rose Warner Nature Center.   The nature center is hosting an event called Kicksledding and Cocoa.  There’s a small fee of $10 to attend the event.

Join us for a fun afternoon using our Norwegian kicksleds! Ridden with the same kicking and gliding motion as skiing, kicksleds provide a fun outdoor experience during the winter. After we try out the kicksleds, we will warm up by the fireplace with a hot cup of cocoa! All ages. $7 WNC friends/SMM members; $10 non members. Call to register.

Candlelight Valentine’s Walk

February is just around the corner, which means it’s almost time for Valentines Day.  The Candlelight Valentine’s Walk takes place at the River Bend Nature Center on February 11th. It’s open to all ages. The cost is $10 but if you register by February 4th it’s only $8. There’s no better way to enjoy the outdoors than an evening stroll along a snow covered path.  You can find more information and also register here on the park website.

Candlelight Valentine’s Walk

Open to all ages. Cost: $10 ($8 for River Bend members).
Early bird pricing available!  Pre-register by Saturday, February 4th. Cost: $8 ($6 for River Bend members)

Saturday, February 11th, 2017, 6:30-8:00pm

Grab your sweetheart, and join a naturalist for a special Valentine’s walk around the nature center.  Wear snowshoes or boots, and bundle-up!  You’ll follow 1-mile of trail illuminated by candlelight, and then warm up by the fire with a marshmallow roast.  *Note: Your sweetheart can be anyone you care about, this walk is not reserved for romantic partners!

 

 

 

Free Fun at the St. Paul Winter Carnival

There’s a ton of free fun at the 2017 St. Paul Winter Carnival, not only this weekend but into next week as well.   The great thing is, so far the weather is cooperating.  It’s not -30 below, so minimal layers will be needed to enjoy the fun.  My top picks focus on the family friendly events but there’s also things for those 21 and up.  You can find the full schedule here.

Parades: We usually go to at least one if not two of the parades.  It’s been a fun family tradition to bundle up and watch the winter fun pass by.  With three different parades, there’s sure to be one that fits your schedule.  It’s a toss up to say if we like the Grand Day Parade or the Torchlight better, both have their own fun.

Ice Carving Displays:  The Ice Carving Displays take place in Rice Park.  The talent that is shown each year is simply astounding. We try to see them at night when they are all lit up and take on a magic all their own.

Music:  There is a ton of music that takes places during the winter carnival.  Last year we didn’t check the schedule, but enjoyed some great music while we wandered Rice Park looking at the Ice Carvings.  You can find the Rice Park music entertainment schedule here.

Frozen Family Fun Night:  Next Tuesday January 31st is the Frozen Family Night.  From 5-8pm it’s all about the kids, with tons of fun to be had.

This is just a small glimpse of the fun to be had at the St. Paul Winter Carnival.  Check out the full calendar for all the fun to be had. Then find the things that work for your schedule.

 

 

 

HANC Open House

If you’ve never been to the Harriet Alexander Nature Center, here is your chance to check it out.  We were there last year for the first time and will be going back.  We enjoyed the great walking trails and the nature center itself offers some great learning opportunities.  This Sunday January 29th is the annual open house at HANC (Harriet Alexander Nature Center).  It takes place from 12:30-4:30.  The theme is “The Year of the Rooster”, with all sorts of great activities, crafts, treats and exhibits to enjoy.

There’s something to crow about! On Sunday, January 29, the Harriet Alexander Nature Center (HANC) in Roseville will be celebrating the Year of the Rooster at the annual Open House from 12:30-4:30pm.

From Henny Penny to the Chicken Dance, roosters (chickens) and other birds have a long history in relation to human culture. Whether in folklore, artwork, or your favorite recipe books, birds have played a significant role in our lives. Compare bird eggs, taste our chicken soup, make a feather craft, and try Ukrainian egg-dyeing, all while enjoying some of the fun customs of Chinese New Year.

There will be a craft project and traditional Chinese New Year treats to enjoy. Check out the nature center’s recent indoor upgrades including the fabulous tree feature, explore the boardwalk out in the marsh and enjoy the center’s informative exhibits.

The HANC open house is held on the same day as the annual open house at our parking lot neighbor, the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. This is a once-a-year opportunity to peek behind the scenes at this very busy animal “hospital.”

The Harriet Alexander Nature Center, an oasis of natural beauty and tranquility nestled within the borders of Roseville, is located at 2520 N. Dale Street. For driving directions or more information visit cityofroseville.com/HANC or call 651-765-HANC (4262).

Nature Rocks! Outdoor Center Open House in Eden Prairie

Are you looking for something to do tomorrow? We found a great free event.  Each Saturday morning from 10-12pm the Outdoor Nature Center in Eden Prairie hosts an open house.  There will be free family activities including:  crafts, hiking, interaction with live animals and more.

The Eden Prairie Outdoor Center is a refurbished cabin located on the north shore of Staring Lake at 13765 Staring Lake Parkway.

A wide range of classes, workshops, trips and activities in outdoor recreation and environmental education are offered.

Enjoy free family-friendly activities such as hiking, hands-on interaction with live animals, craft projects and more!

Every Saturday from 10-12pm.

 

Winter Trails Day 2017 @ Fort Snelling State Park

With warm spring like temps lined up for the weekend, it’s a great time to enjoy the Winter Trails Day 2017 @ Fort Snelling State Park.  Taking place on Saturday January 21st from 11-4pm.

Join us for Winter Trails Day 2017! This annual tradition is a day of fun, free winter activities. Partners from the National Park Service, REI, Minnesota DNR, U.S. Forest Service, and others will come together to provide a range of activities to help you make the most of the season. Try ice-fishing, cross-country skiing, fat biking, quinzee building, and much more!

This event is free and open to everyone, however Minnesota State Parks require a vehicle permit – $5 for the day or $25 for the year.

Trapp Farm Park Tubing Hill- Eagan

I’m seeing some warmer temps this week, a perfect time to find a new spot for tubing.  Trapp Farm Park Tubing Hill is located in Eagan.  Admission is very reasonable, only $4 person and kids under 42” in height are free when accompanied on a tube by a paid adult.  This hill does not have a tow rope, so it’s a great way to get some exercise and burn off extra energy.

Trapp Farm Park Tubing Hill

The tubing hill is open for the season. For weather related closings, please call the hotline:  (651) 675-5511, option 3.

The Trapp Farm Park Tubing Hill is located on Wilderness Run Road between Dodd Road and Lexington Avenue is open for the season. Approximately 75 tubes designed for winter tubing are available. To ensure the safety of all guests, you may not bring any of your own inner tubes, sleds, toboggans or other sledding devices during regular hours in the designated tubing area. Participants must be able to walk up the hill as tow ropes are not available at this facility.

Trapp Farm Park is a very busy site and birthday parties, presents, food or group events will not be allowed in the shelter during regular hours. However, groups and/or parties are encouraged to reserve the facility for their event by calling Eagan Parks & Recreation at (651) 675-5500. Check out Group Reservations for more details.

Eagan Parks & Recreation encourages you to call the Recreation Hotline at (651) 675-5511, select option #3 for Outdoor Ice Rinks and Tubing Hill. The hotline is typically updated one hour prior to opening times and updated throughout the day if weather and site conditions change. Sites may be closed and programs cancelled, if any of the following weather and ice conditions occur:

  • The temperature is –10 degrees or colder.
  • The wind-chill index is –15 degrees or colder, as per the National Weather Service.
  • Snow or ice has accumulated to the point where it can not be cleared by City staff.
  • Warm temperatures cause significant melting on the sledding hill.

Fees

  • $4.00 per person
  • Children under 42” in height are free when accompanied on a tube by a paid adult.
  • $24 for a 10 visit punch card

Regular Hours

Day Hours
 Thursday  4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
 Friday

 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 Saturday

 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 Sunday

 Noon – 8:00 p.m.