Try Hockey For Free Day, February 25th

There’s no denying we live in a Hockey State.  I grew up in a small rural area, part of the experience was watching the games take place at the cold rink.  Try Hockey For Free Day, February 25th is a day for kids between the ages of 4-9 to have an opportunity to try hockey at no cost.  With 26 locations around the state, it means there’s likely one close by.  Check out the list of locations, as well as how to register in advance on the website.

On Saturday, February 25th, 2017, Minnesota Hockey and 27 local associations across the state will encourage kids, ages 4 to 9, to come to a local participating rink and try youth hockey at no cost as a part of USA Hockey’s national Try Hockey For Free day in coordination with Hockey Weekend Across America.

Each host site will have a limited amount of equipment available. All participants are required to have a minimum of a helmet, skates and gloves. If you will need help with equipment, we encourage you to contact the event host where you will be participating in advance.

For more information on Try Hockey For Free Day and what to expect, you can contact Minnesota Hockey for more information.

A current list of host locations is shown below. To register, visit www.tryhockeyforfree.com or click on the button below.

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.

TwinsFest – Target Field January 27 – 29

Although tickets for TwinsFest went on sale several months back, we know some of you of more spur of the moment or need to budget for things.  We are here to tell you, TwinsFest tickets can still be purchased and there’s still an opportunity to attend this great annual event. The brunch with T.C. is the only portion that’s sold out, however there’s still plenty of fun to be had if you decide to attend.  You can go here to the website to: purchase tickets, find the daily schedule, as well as the list of players that plan to attend.

Friday, January 27, Saturday, January 28, and Sunday, January 29

  • Player Autographs
  • Photo Opportunities
  • Sports Memorabilia and Card Show
  • Special Panel Discussions
  • T.C. Digital Clubhouse in the Twins Clubhouse
  • White Glove Tour of the Twins Archive Room
  • Twins Yard Sale
  • Cuts in the Cage and T-shirt Cannon Challenge in Twins Batting Cages
  • Interactive Activities including BINGO, human foosball, reading with Twins mascot T.C., Fan Feud, velocity testing in the speed pitch cage
  • Kid’s Day Sunday with more activities and opportunities geared towards children

TwinsFest will feature numerous new interactive activities and behind-the-scenes fan experiences that celebrate Twins baseball and Target Field.

New to this year’s event, the Metropolitan Club will host TwinsFest’s first-ever beer garden. An engaging and energetic space for families and friends to connect at TwinsFest, this new attraction will feature a selection of craft beers, yard games, pub games, a radio stage hosted by Go Media, classic arcade games and many other interactive activities for families.

As in years past, more than 60 current, former and future Twins players are expected to appear throughout the course of the weekend.

International Ski Jumping Competition

I’ve only been downhill skiing a handful of times, but love to watch Ski Jumping.  Not something I would ever have the nerve to do, but watching it is so much fun.  The International Ski Jumping Competition takes place on Wednesday January 25th, doors open at 6pm and competition starts at 7pm in Bloomington.

Olympic atmosphere ski jumping hits the twin cities as skiers from all over America, Canada, Europe and Scandinavia compete head to head for cash prizes!

Doors open at 6pm and the competition will start at 7. Concessions will be available in our Chalet

• Limited on-site parking is available. Parking is first come, first served. $20 per vehicle Off site overflow parking is available.
• 12 and under have free admission
• Walk-in admission is $10 per person over the age of 12

All major credit/debit cards are accepted!

 

National Skating Month Celebration Tomorrow in Edina

With the above average temps we’ve had recently, many of the outdoor skating rinks have had to close, just until colder weather comes back again.   There’s still some indoor places to skate and the National Skating Month Celebration tomorrow in Edina is a great indoor event.  There’s no admission and it takes place from 1:10-2:40 tomorrow January 22nd at the Braemar Arena.

Special Events

National Skating Month Celebration

Free Skating- All Ages

Join us to celebrate National Skating Month. We will have our skate school and club staff on hand to assist new skaters on the ice. Enjoy the Braemar- City of Lakes Figure Skating Club demonstrations on jumps and spins at center ice.

Time: 1:10-2:40pm, Sunday, Jan. 22

Cost: Free

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.

 

Half Price Tickets for Hard-Hitting Roller Derby: North Star Roller Girls

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If you’ve never watched the North Star Roller Girls, now is your chance.  The Roller Derby is a great action packed sport to watch. The energy when they’re all racing around, is so much fun.  Plus, when tickets are such a good deal, it’s even more reason to check it out if you haven’t. Or if you’re already a fan, grab these tickets and mark your calender. These great half price, $6.50 per person tickets can be purchased on-line here.  The event takes place February 11th at 7pm.

Cheer on your favorite team when the North Star Roller Girls hit the track in fast-paced bouts. Powered by their impressive athleticism and spirited attitudes, these skaters serve up hard-hitting, exciting roller derby. Featuring a full bar, concessions, photo booth fun, face painting, balloon animals and the mascot Gnarly the Narwhal, the whole family can get in on the action at Lee and Rose Warner Coliseum at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds in the Minneapolis area.

Snowshoeing in Minnesota

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I myself, have only tried snowshoeing once. It’s on my radar to find time to try it again, when the temps get a little bit warmer. Doing some research, I found that there are endless places to rent snowshoes.  That means there’s really not a good reason to give it a try.  Our recently retired neighbor decided this year is the year to get better nature and wildlife photographs.  He decided that snowshoes just might be the trick to getting those.  Another friend of mine wanted to exercise where there is scenery.  Whatever your reason to give it a try, check out some of these places to rent or try them out.  Also if anyone knows of a place we did not mention, please let us know and we will add them to the list.

So many different options, think of all the different scenery you can explore this winter.  A great inexpensive way to get out and see some wildlife and get some exercise.

 Snowshoeing

 

 

 

National Skating Month Free Skating Event

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January is National Ice Skating Month.  What better way to celebrate, then to go Ice Skating.  The Burnsville Ice Center is hosting a celebration tomorrow, January 8th from Noon-1:30.  Free admission, discounts on skate rental, and activities for the whole family.

Sunday, January 8

Come celebrate National Skating Month at the Burnsville Ice Center on Sunday, January 8, from Noon – 1:30pm. Besides FREE admission and discounted skate rental, we will also offer free mini private lessons for new skaters on a first come first served basis. Also, the Burnsville MN Valley Figure Skating Club will be here and will host a small exhibition that will highlight some of their skaters and Synchro teams at the beginning of the event!

Ice Skates