Keep warm as you skate and groove to the beats of old-time rock ’n’ roll tunes. If you do start to get chilly, make a stop at the bonfire for refreshments—did someone say “s’mores?” Be sure to bring your own skates; rental is not available. 952.949.8449.
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Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t give you an excuse to sit on the couch. Stay warm outside as you get in a workout that takes advantage of snow and ice—rather than being hindered by them. Come dressed to slip and stomp around as you celebrate winter activities. 763.694.7676.
Bring your own camera or borrow one from the Lowry Nature Center for a special winter trek where you’ll “take only pictures and leave only footprints.” Learn the basics of winter digital photography as you go on a hike led by a naturalist guide. 763.694.7650.
Feel like ice skating without the threat of frostbite? Escape the cold with open skate hours at Chaska Community Center. Trade in heavy coat and wooly mittens for a warm lobby and readily available hot chocolate from the concessions stand, and take part in a little winter fun without freezing. 952.227.7758.
Looking for a new way to travel through deep snowdrifts? Head to the Arboretum to learn all about the ins and outs of showshoeing with the help of experts from Hoigaard’s, and enjoy the gorgeous landscapes and sweeping views as you trek through fresh powder. Times vary throughout the day. 952.443.1440.
Getting cabin fever from avoiding cold days outdoors? Head to the Eden Prairie Outdoor Center for the regular Nature Rocks! Event, and burn off a little of that excess energy. You and the kids can take part in fun, family-friendly, nature-oriented activities such as hiking, crafts and hands-on interaction with animals. 952.949.8479.
It’s easy to find your center when you’re surrounded by gorgeous flowers. Yoga in the Gardens at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, a collaboration with Life Time Fitness, provides the perfect setting to help you get your Zen on in the midst of holiday-season stress. Bring your own mat, water and towel, and be sure to register early—classes fill up fast. 952.443.1440.