Take the family out to the Lowry Nature Center in the Carver Park Reserve for a full afternoon of winter fun. The Polar Bear Picnic celebrates all the outdoor activities offered at the Lowry Center that make winter great, from snowshoeing and ice mini-golf to kick-sledding and building snow forts. 763.694.7650.
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Get ready to have a little cold-weather golfing fun at the fifth annual Soggy Bottom Open at Riverside Park. Smack tennis balls through soft snowdrifts at this Carver Lions Club fundraiser—anything from five-irons to hockey sticks to baseball bats goes. Ages 12+; children younger than 17 must be accompanied by a guardian.
Got a need for speed? Head out to Waconia for the world’s largest vintage and antique snowmobile event, featuring a snowmobile show, drag racing, trail ride, silent auction and more. It’s sure to be a blast for all the “sled heads” who attend. $10–$20. 8 a.m. Lake Waconia; 651.649.4688; mwvss.com
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.
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.