Held the first Saturday of February, this annual event attracts roughly 1,500 to 2,000 participants, spectators and visitors. It’s a winter celebration with ice skating, s’mores cookout, bonfire, horse-drawn hayride, sledding hill, door prizes and concessions. And don’t forget about the ever-popular ice-fishing contest (with more than 1,000 fishing holes drilled in the ice). Free. Noon–3 p.m. Lake Ann Park, 1456 W. 78th St., Chanhassen; ci.chanhassen.mn.us Read more about February Festival
For the Kids
Bring a pillow, unwind with friends and watch as a boy, once bitten by a spider, swings between skyscrapers. Spiderman embraces his heroic nature until opposed by a new villain. Don’t forget to wear a face mask to enter into a drawing to win prizes. Grades 6–12. Registration required. Free. 1–4 p.m. Eden Prairie Library, 565 Prairie Center Drive, Eden Prairie; 612.543.6275; hclib.org Read more about Teen Movie: Spiderman
Spend your Sunday with your family playing miniature golf on ice. The course is complete with tunnels, obstacles, and holes drilled into the ice. Ice bowling will also be set up for visitors. Warm up afterward with hot cocoa by the fire. 20 percent discount for groups of four or more. Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. $5–$6. 1–3 p.m. Lowry Nature Center, 7025 Victoria Drive, Victoria; 763.694.7650; threeriversparks.org Read more about Bowling and Golf–On Ice!
Bring your kids, ages 2 to 6, to the Chaska Community Center for Donuts with Santa. This morning will feature crafts, games, and snacks, as well as activities for parents to share with their children. $5.50 member, $7 non-member. Parents free with paid child. 9:30–10:30 a.m. Chaska Community Center, 1661 Park Ridge Drive, Chaska; 952.448.5633; chaskacommunitycenter.com Read more about Donuts with Santa
La Danse Fatale artistic director, Julia Levina, warms up the dancers and tells the story. The company dancers then teach each group, choreography from the various pieces. At the end of the clinic there will be a performance for family and friends.
La Danse Fatale is a non-profit youth ballet company. Read more about Nutcracker Ballet Clinic
Examine herbs with a microscope, search the greenhouse for medicinal herbs and learn where herbs get their flavor and fragrance at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Free with arboretum admission. Noon–4 p.m. Learning Center, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chanhassen; arboretum.umn.edu Read more about Family Fun: Herbs
Dress up in your favorite costume and bring your kids for a night filled with Halloween fun. There will be more than 30 carnival games, a moonwalk, food and candy. Admission is $2 per person, which includes 10 carnival tickets. Bring canned food items for a free ticket; limit 10. 4–7 p.m. Safari Island, 1600 Community Drive, Waconia; waconia.org Read more about Waconia Fall Festival
Each weekend features live music, exotic petting zoo, giant slide, magic shows, jumping pillows and more. Make sure to allow enough time to explore the main attraction: the gigantic corn maze. Ages 3 and under free; ages 4 and older $13. Times vary by day; check website for details. 1100 Canterbury Road, Shakopee; 952.974.5000; severscornmaze.com Read more about Sever’s Corn Maze
The Kindermusik Program has expanded, and now has two studios in Chanhassen at the same location! Come meet their teachers, see the expansion and join in the musical fun as they dance, sing and play instruments!
Free playdates held at the Kindermusik With Friends studios in Chanhassen and are for children newborn to 6 years old with a caregiver. This preview is 45 minutes long with an additional 10 minute playtime prior to class. Read more about Kindermusik With Friends
As part of the youth adventures program at the Chaska Community Center, your pre-teen or teenager can enjoy some of the most exciting outdoor activities of summer. The horseback riding event will include equipment, instruction and transportation to and from the farm. Maybe your teenager will even pick up a new hobby along the way. $32. 12:15–2:45 p.m. Chaska Community Center, 1661 Park Ridge Drive, Chaska; 952.448.5633; chaskacommunitycenter.com Read more about Horseback Riding