If your child wants to grow up to be a veterinarian, this 3-hour program can set them down the right path. They’ll learn about surgery skills using a pretend patient, how to recognize common illnesses and what it’s like to work at a shelter. Kids grades 3-6. Read more about Shelter Vet Camp at the Animal Humane Society
For the Kids
(FOR CHILDREN BIRTH-5 YEARS, BEFORE KINDERGARTEN) OAKLEY- MIN 4 KIDS, MAX 15 KIDS
AT MAPLEWOOD NATURE CENTER, 2659 E. 7TH ST., MAPLEWOOD, MN 55119Make nature discoveries, and meet new friends! This class is offered at the Maplewood Nature Center in collaboration with Early Childhood and Family Education (ECFE) staff. Parents stay with their children during the entire class. Preregistration is required
(FOR ADULTS, AND KIDS AGES 10 AND OLDER WITH ADULT)
ANN MIN 4/MAX 20
Search colorful asters and goldenrod flowers for our helpful pollinators. After meeting a few; we go inside to create some through the craft of needle felting. We’ll use cookie cutters, wool roving and needles to make a bumble bee, green sweat bee, monarch or swallowtail butterfly. Snack provided!
(FOR CHILDREN, AGES 8+ WITH ADULT)
Stella the Squirrel has done it again! She’s rummaged through your belongings and now your precious magnifying glass is missing. Where can it be? Track down clues using a GPS unit to piece together where she’s hidden it. Closed-toed shoes and long pants recommended. Read more about SNEAKY SQUIRREL MYSTERY
(For Children Ages 8+, with Adult)
Build solar ovens to cook tasty treats, power fans with real solar cells, meet an animal that uses the sun to power its movement, go on a hike around the pond, and finish up with fun activities in the nature play yard! Weâ€™ll learn a lot about how nature and people use the sun to survive.
(Ages 4-10, with adult, 11+)
Spiders are nature's bug zappers! Meet live spiders and learn about webs and spider silk. Put together a spider identification book to take home. Hike to look for orb, funnel, jumping and crab spiders. Wear shoes suitable for hiking.
Congregation and members of the community alike make their annual journey to view the classic manger scene displayed on the grounds of St. Stephen Lutheran Church. Featuring live animals rented from Hugo and volunteering actors adorned in handmade costumes, the scene is a reminder of the season.
“It’s pretty moving,” says Teri Cinis, a longtime member of the congregation. “It brings everything together, especially if it snows lightly.” Read more about Room at the Inn - Living Nativity
Albert the Elf has been admiring the skills of his favorite superheroes and is eager to become one himself! But when Super Rudolph - a popular Christmas toy and Albert's desired sidekick - is in high demand and short supply, Albert's superhero dreams are at risk. Will our favorite elf get everything he wants this Christmas, or give up on his dream and turn in his cape? For more than 30 years, it has been a beloved Bachman's tradition to host an annual holiday play. Read more about Santa and Albert's Holiday Play at Bachman's on Lyndale
From the creators of The Color Run comes Pumpkin Nights, a one mile long walking path with 12 worlds of marvelous art and Halloween fun, lined with over 3,000 hand-carved pumpkins in larger than life displays. Launching in Twin Cities at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on Friday, October 14, Pumpkin Nights will be open for 18 days until Halloween Day—Monday, October 31. Read more about Pumpkin Nights Comes to the Twin Cities
The weather outside may be frightful but the ice will be delightful! Redeemer Lutheran Church is hosting its annual community Ice Block Party to beat the winter blues. There will be professional ice carving demonstrations and adults and kids will have a chance to do some carving, too! Join us for free sledding, s'mores and hot chocolate. There will be indoor and outdoor childrens' activities. This event is free and open to the public. Pizza and pop will be available for purchase. Call 651-429-5411 for more information. Read more about Ice Block Party