Cuddling up with a puppy has a lot of benefits, and for elementary school-age kids, one of those can be greater confidence in reading. Stop by the Chaska Library, where children can read aloud to specially trained therapy dogs for 15-minute sessions to help them practice reading skills. Sessions will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. 952.448.3886.
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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.
Brave the cold to see the tree-lighting ceremony at Center City Park in Chanhassen. In addition to the lighting of the tree, the event will feature live reindeer, gingerbread house displays and a visit from Santa Claus, as well as refreshments and lots of fun for the whole family to kick off the holiday season.
Whether you’re on the hunt for unique gifts or just looking to indulge in a little holiday cheer, downtown Waconia’s Homespun Holidays event will delight. Businesses in the area will feature specials, holiday goodies and demonstrations. Don't miss the candy cane hunt at 10 a.m. (sharp!) in City Square Park, and bring your camera to the fire station from 1–4 p.m. for pictures with Santa.
Downtown Victoria is picturesque any time of year, but holiday decorations make it that much more enticing. This holiday kickoff event celebrates the weeks to come with a tree-lighting ceremony and a special visit from Santa.
Cool weather isn’t an excuse to stay cooped up inside. 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. Free. 6–8 p.m. 952.949.8479.