For the Kids

Excelsior Girl's Night Out Opening Night

The first Excelsior Girl's Night Out of the season kicks off in downtown Excelsior on Thursday June 5.This season Excelsior Girl's Night Out is partnering with Go Red For Women and the American Heart Association. Come out opening night for exclusive Girl's Night Out store and restaurant specials.  Enjoy live music right on Water St. Meet the women of the Excelsior Fire Department who will be doing hands only CPR demos.  Tour the famous Mammo-a-go-go Mammogram bus or get a mammogram. To schedule a mammogram during the evening of June 5th call 952-993-2900.

Raptor Camp

Give your children a week of nature and excitement at this camp all about birds. Campers will be able to observe feeding, banding, hunting and more as they get to know the birds of the Lowry Nature Center. They will also learn about bird anatomy and prey. It’s not all learning though, as campers will explore and play around the nature center all week long. This is a great opportunity to keep your child’s brain and body active this summer and to get them outside enjoying nature. $187. 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

State Arbor Month Celebration and Minnesota Tree Climbing Championships

This year the DNR is celebrating Arbor Day and Arbor Month by encouraging families to play in natural settings such as your backyard, a nearby woodlot, or forested area.

The 2014 State Arbor Month Celebration will be at Oak Hill Park in St. Louis Park. The event will give families a chance to play with nature, while watching some of the best tree climbers in the state compete at the Minnesota Tree Climbing Championship.

State Arbor Month Celebration Schedule:

Summer Arts Camp

The Minnetonka Center for the Arts presents this summer-long day camp program, which offers half-day or full-day programs for children ages 5 to 15. Camps are flexible to fit your family’s schedule and will teach children a variety of artistic skills including drawing, animation, painting, sculpting, theater and knitting. Prices vary depending on class. Morning sessions 9:30 a.m.–noon, afternoon sessions 1–3:30 p.m.

Excelsior Crazy Days

Crazy Days are coming to downtown Excelsior once again! Don't miss out on the fun, including fantastic bargains and tons of food! This year's event will feature:

Camp Tanadoona Open House & Tours

Registered for camp? Want to check it out? Now’s the time to visit and take a tour to learn more about Camp Tanadoona. This event is a great opportunity to meet camp counselors and get a taste of all the great activities Camp Tanadoona has to offer for kids ages 5-17!

Tanadoona Day Camp

With activities like kayaking, arts and crafts, team sports, rope courses and much more, your child is sure to walk away with a greater appreciation for nature and a host of great memories. Camp Tanadoona offers summer camps, both day and overnight, all summer long. They also offer specialty day camps and northwoods trips to Camp Bluewater in Grand Rapids. Day camp open to children ages 5–14. $235. 952.474.8085; campfireusa-mn.org/tanadoona

Mornings on the Farm

Gale Woods Farm hosts a family event where you can meet animals, do farm chores and participate in other seasonal activities. Gale Woods is located on Whaletail Lake, making it a picturesque location for your family to spend a warm May morning outside enjoying nature. $5. 9:30 a.m. Gale Woods Farm, 7210 County Road 110 W., Minnetrista; 763.694.2001; threeriversparks.org

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