For the Kids
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: Read more about State Arbor Month Celebration and Minnesota Tree Climbing Championships
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. Read more about Summer Arts Camp
The Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce proudly produces and hosts the only public 4th of July fireworks event on the shores of Lake Minnetonka, at the Commons Park in downtown Excelsior. Enjoy a 4th of July celebration that kicks off with a boom and ends with a BANG! Read more about Lake Minnetonka 4th of July Celebration
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! Read more about Camp Tanadoona Open House & Tours
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 Read more about Tanadoona Day Camp
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 Read more about Mornings on the Farm
This annual event is a great way to kick off the Easter weekend for your youngsters. Join the community as children run around the Excelsior Commons picking up sweet treats in colorful Easter eggs, hosted by Our Savior Lutheran Church and School. Open to toddlers to kids 11 years old. 952.474.5181. Read more about Easter Egg Hunt
As the weather warms up, get your family outdoors for some farm fun. From seeing farm animals and their babies to playing farm games, there is something for the young and the young at heart. The event also will have farm-fresh concessions available for purchase. 763.694.2001. Read more about Spring Into Farming