Sheep and pigs, soaps and wool—Gale Woods Farm specializes in not only caring for animals, but also in education. Kids can discover the science behind Gale Woods Farm-produced foods and specialties. Learn how to care for animals and explore the farm’s acreage. The weekend features two age-group sessions, ages 6–9 and 10–14. 763.694.2001.
For the Kids
Count down to the new year with the kids a few hours early. Celebrate with crafts, snacks and other events hours before the ball drops. The library invites children of all ages and their families to attend. 612.543.6150.
Kurt and Kathy Hunter launched their puppetry collaboration 20 years ago. The Hunters sing, juggle and pull the strings on their entertaining puppets. Laugh along with Sam the juggler, Raven the ballerina, the sock puppet marionette, Charlie the caterpillar and more. 612.543.6150.
He’s making a list and checking it twice. Each December, jolly old St. Nicholas visits the Cottagewood General Store to wrap up the year. Visit the store for last-minute holiday shopping, hot chocolate, holiday treats and photographs with the man in the red suit. 952.470.8400.
Add Christmas flair to your regular breakfast routine. Enjoy a continental breakfast, sing carols, decorate Minnetonka Community Center’s Christmas tree and snap a picture or two with Santa Claus with your child, from 1 to 7 years old. Pre-registration is required; 9:30–11 a.m. 952.939.8390.
Santa Claus, accompanied by Sparky the Fire Dog, visits the Excelsior Fire Department each December to spread holiday cheer. After the meet and greet, head into Dock Cinema for a movie screening. 952.401.8801.
Nearly every culture worldwide celebrates the coming of the new year. Different countries celebrate New Year’s Eve with different traditions in food, music and decoration. For kids ages 4–12. 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. 952.474.7635.