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.

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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

Dakota Curling Open House

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The sport of Curling is becoming more popular.  My husband even had a work party where they all went curling, he said it was super fun.  If you’ve been wanting to try it, or learn more about it, now is your chance.  A new Curling club is opening in Lakeville. The Dakota Curling Open House is this Saturday, January 14th from 1-4pm.

Come on over and check out the new curling club in historic Downtown Lakeville! This event is free to all who want to tour the facility and learn more about leagues, classes, and private events.

Those who are interested in giving curling a try are invited to sign up for an optional mini-lesson lasting about 45 minutes. This event is open to all ages, and all instruction and equipment are provided. Mini-lessons are $10 per person.

Groups of 16 will enter the ice every 10 minutes and move through stations where you will learn how to throw rocks, how to sweep, and how to score. Reserve your spot ahead of time to make sure you’re not standing around waiting too long!

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Rock’n Jump Opens in Eagan

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Finding indoor activities for the middle schoolers is a bit of a challenge. Even the elementary age is sometimes tough.  They’ve outgrown most of the indoor play areas, and even some of the smaller water parks. There’s a new option scheduled to open this week in Eagan.  Rock’n Jump is an indoor trampoline park and looks like it will be perfect for elementary, teen and even high-schoolers.  Of course they won’t forget the younger crowd, they will have a Rock’n Tots time for ages 6 and younger.  Adults are also welcome to join in the fun, check out their events, hours and pricing here.

The Ultimate Indoor Trampoline Park.

We’re people like you who want to exercise, but also like to have fun. Lots of fun. So instead of stairclimbers and weight machines, we decided to create a place where you can soar in open jump arenas, play trampoline dodgeball, do flips and somersaults. We also wanted a new alternative in Eagan for birthday parties and family gatherings, where quality food and private party rooms were guaranteed, and our kids could safely play while we socialized with other parents. With dodgeball, open jump arenas, slam dunk zone and much more. From kids’ parties to corporate retreats, church groups to family reunions, and of course vacationers who just want to enjoy themselves.Because your safety is our top priority, we developed the trademarked safety program JumpSafe®.  As a member of the ASTM committee that sets trampoline park safety standards, we regularly train our staff to support a safe and fun experience every time you visit any Rockin’ Jump Park. Our goal is for you, your friends and family to have Fun For Life™ in a safe, clean, fun environment. We invite you to visit The Ultimate Trampoline Park®!

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Outdoor Skating in Bloomington

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Around this time of year we spend a little extra time with family, and while that’s mostly fun, sometimes we need a break.  Ice Skating is a great way to have family time outdoors.  Thankfully most of the towns in MN have opened the outdoor ice rinks or will be doing so shortly.  Bloomington for example, has several and you can find the map, the hours and locations here. Some have warming houses, and even an area to rent skates, while others are more basic.

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Snowshoeing at Minneapolis Parks

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Winter brings some interesting challenges for getting exercise  One great way to take in the scenery while getting exercise is to try snowshoeing.  The Minneapolis Park and Recreation, offers some great options.  Tomorrow December 24th they will have a free, self guided time, open to all ages event located at the Kroening Interpretive Center.  Other upcoming snowshoe events include: Family snow shoe adventure, Full moon snowshoeing, Night owl snowshoeing and more.  Check out the different options here.  Some of the events are free, while other are low cost of $5-$10 a person.

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