Family Arts Day in Bloomington

Check your calendar and plan to get the family together! Saturday, December 15th is Family Arts Day at the Bloomington Arts Center – a day to enjoy free interactive art activities, theater games, artist demos, and get an inside look at the studios and theaters. You can find the schedule for the day here on their website

FAMILY ARTS DAY
Saturday, December 15
10:00a.m. – 1:00p.m.
Bloomington Center for the Arts

Join us in the studios and BCA lobby December 15 where families can create and learn with local artists, enjoy interactive arts activities and games, enter our summer camp raffle, and much more. This is a great time to swing by Artistry not only for this very fun event but also for our Gifts in the Gallery sale in the Greenberg Gallery. Enjoy this free day of art with your loved ones and celebrate the season and your creative side all in one stop!

Be the Light Winter Solstice Walk

Not everyone is happy this time of year.  Many of us have lost someone this past year and we are struggling to enjoy the upcoming holidays.  The Be the Light Winter Solstice Walk is a chance to take some time and think of those that are struggling and trying to get through each day.  it takes place Friday, December 21st from 6:30-8 at the Westwood Hills Nature Center. The event is free but registration is required.

We will use this shortest day of the year to help us remember that many in our community aren’t able to “see the light” because of struggles with mental illness or difficult situations. Together we can be the light for those in our community and help them take their first “steps” out of the darkness. Activities will include a self-guided luminary trail, a fire 🔥, s’mores 🍫 and making your own luminary 🕯️. The event is free, but registration is required at https://bit.ly/2KlfSd9.

Cross Country Skiing at Night

Many of us look forward to Winter for one reason, the snow.  We live in Minnesota so we might as well embrace it and enjoy the winter activities right?  While cross country skiing is fun, many of us work during the day and have a hard time fitting it into our schedule.

The Three Rivers Park District has the perfect solution; skiing at night and saving money at the same time.  If you ski during evening after 6pm you can save 50% off of ski rentals.  With four different locations to choose from, it provides a nice variety of scenery. You can choose from: Cleary, Elm Creek, French or Hyland and take advantage of 50 percent off cross-country ski rental sets. View regular rental rates.

Trail conditions are available here.

Santa and His Reindeer at Twin Cities Premium Outlets

This Saturday you can see Santa and His Reindeer at Twin Cities Premium Outlets!  A chance to get up close, take a few photos and enjoy some shopping too.  This free event takes place from 10-noon on December 15th.  A fun event for the kids and adults too!

Head to the outlet for some holiday shopping but don’t forget your camera to snap some photos.  

 

Candy Cane Hunt at Silverwood Park

What could be more fun in the winter than a Candy Cane Hunt?  Silverwood Park in St. Anthony is hosting a Candy Cane Hunt this coming Saturday, December 15th.

  • Warm Treats
  • Games
  • Arts
  • Pictures with Santa
  • Search for Candy Canes

This is a great event for the kids.  You can register in advance here on the park website.

Search for candy canes hidden by Santa’s elves, find 3 and get a prize. Look for canes with golden ribbons for larger prizes. Enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride, warm treats, arts, winter games, and photos with Santa. Hunts for children ages 0-4 begin at 1:30 PM and 2:30 PM; hunts for children ages 5+ begin at 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM. $6/person.

Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Minnesota Boychoir Annual Winter Concert

The Minnesota Boychoir Annual Winter Concert takes place next Sunday (December 16th) beginning at 7pm.  All four ensembles of the Boychoir will perform a free concert at Ted Mann Concert Hall on the University of Minnesota campus. No tickets are necessary.  If you can’t make this concert, they will have additional concerts in January.  More information about all of their events can be found on the website here

For 56 years, the Minnesota Boychoir has helped boys find their voice. The Boychoir’s excellence is observed around the world. The choir has performed in the Sydney Opera House, in St. Peter’s Basilica inside The Vatican, and on National Public Radio.

Adult Night at Cheap Skate

As a kid many of us went to at least one rollerskating birthday party.  I grew up in a small town that had a large rollerskating rink, great memories of that place.

If you’re an adult and want to have some rollerskating fun, we found just the place.  Adult night at Cheap Skate in Coon Rapids takes place most Saturdays from 9pm-12am.  **Check their calendar to make sure it’s still taking place, especially if you are driving several miles.

Adult Night starts up weekly on Saturday nights in December and continue for the season! Your favorite music from “back in the day”.

Admission $7.99 (Ages 18+)

Quad Rental $3.00 / In-Line $4.00 (extra)

80’s Funk, 90’s R&B and Hip-Hop + Your Requests! *Tax not included

Glow in the Dark Sledding Party

Are you looking at the calendar and wondering what your kids will do over their winter break?  All those hours to fill?  Put the Glow in the Dark Sledding Party on your calendar for December 28th.  An evening of free fun in St. Louis Park from 5-7pm.  The kids would be outside and burning off some energy helps them sleep better!  Make sure to check the FB event page here in case temps are too cold or not enough snow.

Join the Park and Rec Commission for our Annual Glow in the Dark Sledding Party on the hill behind City Hall. Free refreshments will be provided, pizza will be sold by the slice, and there will be a bonfire. We can’t wait to see you all at this free event on December 28th from 5 to 7!

MiniSota Play Cafe

Winter is here and even when it’s not here, Minnesota still has plenty of those “weather” days.  It just means being inside, is sometimes more of a priority than other days.  Either way, we were very excited to learn about a new indoor place to bring the kids so they can burn off some energy.

The MiniSota Play Cafe just opened and is located in Champlin.  I Love the fun local theme: Infant Grove Heights, MiniSota, Mini Grove, MiniSota, Lake MiniTonka, MiniSota and Voyager’s Café.  You can find their prices and other specifics here on their website.  Be sure to check our their FB page, you’ll find special events as well as special admission prices posted there.

MiniSota Play Café is a clean and safe creative play space for kids to explore their imagination. A miniature Minnesota with a city center “Mini Grove”, group area” Lake Minitonka”, and for the littlest Minnesotans, “Infant Grove Heights”. In addition to the play area, adults and kids alike can enjoy tasty drinks and snacks from the cafe!

Anoka Holiday in Lights

The Anoka Holiday in Lights event takes place this weekend, December 7-9th.  Fun for all ages at the Anoka County Fairgrounds.

  • Holiday Lights
  • Wagon Ride through the lights
  • Entertainment
  • Toys for Tots Drop off
  • Santa

Take a look at the FB event page here for more information.