From the creators of The Color Run comes Pumpkin Nights, a one mile long walking path with 12 worlds of marvelous art and Halloween fun, lined with over 3,000 hand-carved pumpkins in larger than life displays. Launching in Twin Cities at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on Friday, October 14, Pumpkin Nights will be open for 18 days until Halloween Day—Monday, October 31. Read more about Pumpkin Nights Comes to the Twin Cities
For the Kids
Spark a love of the arts in your child with a day full of live music and opportunities for your toddlers and grade school children to explore different instruments. The day also includes arts and crafts, dance lessons and a menu of other activities—fun for the whole brood. Free. 9 a.m.–noon. Ordway Center for Performing Arts, 345 Washington St., St. Paul; 651.224.4222; ordway.org. Read more about Family Day at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts
Pac-Man is a game that has withstood the test of time. Generations alike join together in appreciating this simple, yet thrilling game. Now, teens can get the chance to be Pac-Man in this life sized game. Grades 6-12. Free. 1-4 p.m. Eden Prairie Library, 565 Prairie Center Drive; 612.543.6275; hclib.org Read more about Game On! Life Size Pac-Man Game for Teens
Dancing is a great way to let loose and release energy. Bring your toddler to this sweetheart dance for preschoolers and their parents. Do the hokey pokey and other fun dances. Refreshments will be served. Children under 1 are free. Space is limited and registration highly encouraged. $3 per person (parents and children). 6:30–8 p.m. Chaska Community Center, 1661 Park Ridge Drive, Chaksa; 952.448.5633; chaskacommunitycenter.com Read more about Tot Time Sweetheart Dance
Spend the morning exploring with your preschooler through indoor activity stations, crafts and outdoor exploration. Bring a lunch for after the program. Reservations required. Ages 2–5. $5–$6. 10–11:30 a.m. Lowry Nature Center, 7025 Victoria Drive, Victoria; 763.694.7650; threeriversparks.org Read more about My Preschooler & Me: Lowry Little Ones—Oh Deer!
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
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