Celebrate the day of love a few days early. Enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner at the Baker Park Reserve ski chalet before skiing along a candle-lit trail. Stop at a campfire along your woodsy journey. Register before February 5. Ski equipment is available at no extra charge; 21 years or older may bring an alcoholic beverage. 6–10 p.m. 763.694.7860.
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Miniature golf and bowling are not solely summer and indoor sports. Try your hand at competing with a club or pins on ice. Drop in any time to tee up at a miniature golf course that presents obstacles and holes directly in the ice, and try your hand at ice bowling. Warm up around a bonfire with a steaming cup of hot cocoa after your games. 63.694.7650
Minnesota hockey players take to the rinks in pond hockey competitions. Excelsior’s North American Pond Hockey tournament includes four divisions, divided by gender and age group. The weekend also features a performance by Hitchville on Friday night. All proceeds benefit charitable causes, including Defending the Blue Line, which provides funds so kids in military families can play hockey. $500 per men’s team, $300 per women’s team. Free for spectators. Games begin at 9 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. 612.747.3030.
You’re cold, shivering and a bit stir-crazy. Your diagnosis? Arctic fever. Explore Tonka Bay, Shorewood and Excelsior to combat the winter blues. The weekend kicks off with a snow sculpture competition on Friday; view masterpieces while nibbling on pizza from Joey Nova’s. All three cities also host numerous events throughout the weekend, including wagon rides and bonfires. Free. Check the website for a full list of events, times and locations. 952.474.7635.
Embrace the beauty of a Minnesota winter by staying active. The Lake Minnetonka area is home to a handful of outdoor skating rinks featuring warming houses as well as skiing trails. Park warming houses are open through the end of February. Check the website for park times and regulations. 952.939.8200.
The Lake Minnetonka Figure Skating Club (LMFSC) is hosting its 11th annual Winter Extravaganza event on Saturday, December 7. Enjoy an afternoon of skating exhibitions, silent auction bidding and holiday treats while helping those in need obtain warm winter clothing.
Gaze at the stars indoors in the star dome at the Lowry Nature Center. Learn the ins and outs of winter constellations and hear myths and legends of their creations. Make glow–in–the–dark constellations to adorn your ceiling. Give back during the holidays by donating $1 to the Wonder Fund, an organization that creates park opportunities for school groups. 763.694.7650.