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!

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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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Santa Skate in Blaine

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Are you looking for something fun to do tomorrow evening?  Head to the National Sports Center in Blaine for their Santa Skate event.  It takes place tomorrow December 22nd, from 5:30-7:30.  Admission is $7 a person and that includes:  cookies and juice, photo with Santa, games, photo booth and more.

Santa Skate

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

5:30-7:30 p.m.

  • Open skate and ugly holiday sweater contest
  • Enjoy cookies and juice
  • Picture with Santa
  • Photo booth, games and prizes
  • $7 per person, no pre-registration necessary. Skates and helmets available for rent.

The Depot Ice Rink

Fun Family Friendly Events at Canterbury Park this Weekend

Fun Family Friendly Events at Canterbury Park this Weekend

Are you looking for some fun family friendly events this weekend?  Canterbury Park in Shakopee is the place to be.  Sunday is Pepsi Family Fun Day and Monday is the 2016 Wiener Dog Wars.   You can choose between two fun days to take the whole family to, or perhaps attend both if you can’t decide.

 

Fun Family Friendly Events at Canterbury Park this Weekend

SUNDAY PROMOTIONS

Pepsi Family Day

First Post: 12:45 PM

Free Family Activities • 12:30 PM – 4 PM

Pony Rides
Petting Zoo
Face Painting
Old Dutch’s “Kids Race the Track” following the last race

Food & Beverage Specials

$5.50 Hormel Hot Dog Basket with Old Dutch Chips and a Regular Pepsi

Contests & Giveaways

Horseshoe Pitch

Culver’s Kid of the Day

Kwik Trip Fan of the Week

Mystic Lake Mad Dash for Cash

T-Shirt Shoot Into the Crowd

Fan Photo of the Day

Hat Photo of the Day

Basketball isolated on White Background

2016 Wiener Dog Wars at Canterbury Park

Our Biggest Dachshund Race Day!

Labor Day – Monday, September 5, 2016

Horse racing begins at 12:45 PM • PREMIUM DAY

Wiener Dog Wars is back this year on Labor Day.  Our biggest dachshund race day will include qualifying and championship races held on the same afternoon. Plus, Family Day Activities!

More Dogs! More Races! More FUN!

 

 

 

Kayak and Canoe Rental

Kayak and Canoe Rental

Are you trying to squeeze in some summer fun before the Labor Day holiday arrives?  Perhaps Kayak and Canoe Rental would be something fun?   The Three Rivers Park District has several locations that offer this service through Labor Day.

Kayak and Canoe Rental

Equipment Available for Rent

Need some gear? No problem! Three Rivers offers rental equipment for almost any activity. Equipment is available on a first-come, first-served basis and varies from park to park. Please call ahead to check hours and availability, particularly if you’re planning a group activity. Recreation equipment rental fees are due at the time of use. There is a $15 late return fee (sales tax not included). A driver’s license or photo ID for deposit is required. Dogs are not allowed on watercraft rental equipment.

Note: A person 16 years or older is required in each watercraft. Ages 12 to 15 may rent a single kayak or stand-up paddleboard if accompanied by a parent or guardian age 16 or older in an adjacent boat.

Adapted Equipment Rental
Three Rivers offers the use of adapted equipment to people with disabilities for participation in general recreation and education programs. See a list of the adapted equipment available for rent.

Guided Historic Stairs Fitness Hike

Guided Historic Stairs Fitness Hike

Stairs have always been an intriguing thing, and our girls usually laugh because I have many pictures of them.  If you like stairs, history or fitness, then the Guided Historic Stairs Fitness Hike is an event for you.  It takes place on August 27th and then again on September 24th in Stillwater, from 9-10am.

Guided Historic Stairs Fitness Hike

Hike On with History!

The Washington County Historic Courthouse invites you to experience a guided, 60 minute Historic Stairs Fitness Hike in beautiful Downtown Stillwater. Hikes will include a warm-up and fitness challenges along the way with a little history mixed throughout.

Participants should plan to arrive a few minutes early.

FREE with a $10 recommended donation/person. Hike proceeds benefit the Restoration Fund. *Cash, check and charge accepted.

For ages 13+; minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Hikes traverse uneven and steep historic staircases, paved trail, grass and sidewalks. Please wear athletic footwear and dress for the weather.