Community Activities 

Upcoming Kinship Events and Activities

December 2017


Hello Kinship families and mentors!




Hello Kinship Mentors & Families,

Happy holidays!   Kinshoppe is coming again in 2017.  If you are new to the program, Kinshoppe is a great opportunity for kids to select and wrap a Christmas gift for up to three (3) of their siblings. (Children without siblings may select a gift for a friend or cousin instead.)

In order to make it a fun and easy experience for everyone we have included participation requirements and appointment scheduling information.


Saturday, December 9

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 Fridley MN


Activities around Town


Holiday Lights:

Find a Holiday Light Display Near You | Free | No RSVP needed

Multiple Dates 

6 – 9PM

Light It Up: Twin Cities & Greater Minnesota Christmas & Holiday Light Displays


Hometown Holiday Celebration | $5

Saturday, December 2, 2017 | 3:00-7:00 p.m.

Anoka City Hall Plaza

1st Ave. N.

An authentic Hometown Holiday with hayrides, carolers, Santa, special events and the kind of friendly customer service that you won’t find anywhere else. Anoka Tree Lighting Event! Join in as we all c-o-u-n-t-d-o-w-n to light-up the City Christmas Tree and enjoy horse-drawn trolly rides, music, bonfires and even Santa! Food and merriment will abound to bring back memories of an old-fashioned Christmas.


Dec 3, 2017 | 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Andover Community Center Skating Rink

1685 Crosstown Blvd. NW Andover, MN 55304

Event admission is Youth $4 and Adult $5. Skate Rental available $3/pr.

Ice Skating with Santa will be held Sunday, December 4th from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. at the Andover Community Center Ice Arena. Join us for holiday music, shopping and fun! Shopping and kids activities.

Pancake Mix Gift Jar - NEW! - Project Power

12/13/2017 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Coon Rapids Middle School

Make a gift that brings a pancake breakfast to the table of someone special. Layer the ingredients of this yummy pancake recipe into a mason jar. Tie with a ribbon and add the directions for a beautiful holiday gift. Add a homemade card and wrap in a gift bag. The Adults with Special Needs program (also known as "Project Power") provides specialized classes for adults with disabilities. Activities and classes offer educational, recreational and social activities for participants that practice life skills to increase independence, communication, and community integration. Register online.



This Spanish Christmas Musical of El Chavo | FREE EVENT | Registration Required

Saturday, December 18, 2017  |  6:30-7:30 p.m.

Emmanuel – Spring Park Campus

7777 University Ave. NE

Spring Lake Park

Come to see the presentation that includes choir, band, youth orchestra, youth dance groups, and actors, participation of people of every age. There will be a gift for every child and a cookie reception for everyone after the musical. Free event! El Chavo and all his friends await you!

Snowshoeing | low cost | Registration Required

Sunday, December 17, 2017  |  1:00-3:00 p.m.

East Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park
9750 Egret Boulevard
Coon Rapids, MN 55433

All Ages Winter is a great time to get out and enjoy nature’s wonders. Coon Rapids Dam is a wonderful setting for exploring on snowshoes. If there is enough snow, we will break out the snowshoes and get into some of the less traveled areas of the park. Pre-registration is required.


$7/adult (+ tax) $5/child 15 and under (+ tax)

Winter Recreation Sampler | low cost | Registration Required

Saturday, December 23, 2017  |  1:00-3:00 p.m.

Wargo Nature Center
7701 Main St
Lino Lakes, MN 55038

Get a taste of some of the many things to do outside in Minnesota during our colder months! You will sample a variety of recreational activities, including kick sledding, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. This event is open to families and individuals of all ages. Pre-registration is required.


$7/adult (+ tax) $5/child (+ tax)


Midtown Global Market - Family Night | Free

Every Friday night
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 Midtown Global Market
920 East Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Bring down the whole family to meet your friends and neighbors for free live music, shopping and plenty of dinner options. They'll validate your parking (with purchase) if you park in the 10th Avenue Parking Ramp, FREE for up to three hours!

Holidazzle @ Loring Park | Free 

Multiple Dates & Times:  See Website

Loring Park
1382 Willow St. 
Minneapolis, MN 55403

The Minneapolis downtown council and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board are excited to partner together and bring Holidazzle to Loring Park. As downtown Minneapolis' premier holiday celebration, Holidazzle has delighted residents, visitors and downtown employees for years.

Night Before New Year’s Eve Party @ Lake Nokomis | Free

Saturday, December 30th , 2017  |  5:30pm – 8pm

Lake Nokomis Community Center
2401 E. Minnehaha Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55417

Join us for Nokomis East Neighborhood Association's (NENA) Annual Night Before New Year's Event. A family friendly event that includes fun for all ages!

FeZtival of Trees, Zuhrah Shriners | Free

Friday, December 1, 2017  |  5pm – 9pm

Zuhrah Shrine Center
6120 Blue Circle Dr.
Minnetonka, MN 55343

Join the Zuhrah Shriners for the 1st Annual FeZtival of Trees with the always fun and friendly Zuhrah Shriners. This family event offers something for everyone and benefits the Zuhrah Shrine Temple. Bring the kids for pictures with Santa and bring your holiday list to check off as you browse one-of- a-kind gifts from local vendors. Guests will enjoy free admission and the following over the two-day event, December 1-2: · Holiday Marketplace · Trees decorated and ready to take home (raffle to win one!). Raffles ticket prices $2-$5 · Kid Activities including carnival games and a jungle gym · Photos with Santa · Holiday Musical Entertainment · Concessions including hot chocolate, hot dogs, pulled pork sandwiches and more. 

Contact or Jennifer at 952-426- 3023 for more information.

Home Depot Kids’ Workshop  | Free

Days & Times Vary…check your nearest Home Depot
Most Home Depot locations

Home Depot hosts a free building workshop for kids on the first Saturday of each month. November’s activities vary, but include an array of Holiday themed age appropriate projects! Find the Home Depot location closest to you and register online.

History Day Hullabaloo Free

Saturday, December 16th |   11am – 3pm

Minneapolis Central Library
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Minneapolis Central Library is hosting History Day Hullabaloo, where students can get mini-lessons on a range of topics, plus one-to-one help from Minnesota Historical Society staff or a University of Minnesota mentor.

Open House at Pond Dakota Mission Park Free

Sun, December 24th, 2017 |  1:30 - 4 p.m.

Pond Dakota Mission Park
401 East 104th Street
Bloomington, MN

The Pond House is open year round on Sundays from 1:30 – 4 p.m. Admission to programs and tours is free for Pond Dakota Heritage Society members and youth through high school. Suggested donation of $2 for non-member adults.

Target Free Thursday Nights @ the Walker | Free

Thursday, November 30th, 2017
5:00-9:00 p.m.

Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Get inspired. Get in free. Gallery admission is free from 5 to 9 pm every Thursday night.


Santa’s Workshop | Free

Sunday December 10th  |  1-3 p.m.

Landmark Center
75 W 5th St.
St Paul, MN 55102

Santa’s Workshop is open for holiday gift-making, picture with Santa and “Reindeer Games”

Cost: FREE

Star Wars Party | Free

Monday, December 4th  |  5:30 - 7 p.m.

Ramsey County Library – Maplewood
3025 Southlawn Dr.
Maplewood, MN 55109

Appropriate for all ages. Celebrate all things Star Wars! Take photos with some of your favorite characters, learn about real lightsaber dueling, make Star Wars art and more. With appearances by the 501st Legion, Rebel Legion, and Saber Legion.

Summit Avenue Artisan Festival (Grand Meander)

Saturday 2nd | 10am – 4pm

St. Paul’s United Church of Christ
900 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105

Families will enjoy the children’s activities hosted by the staff of the award-winning St. Paul’s Childhood Center and can take a photo with St. Nicholas between noon and 3 p.m.

Minnesota History Center Free Tuesday Nights | Free

Every Tuesday evening  |  5:00-8:00 p.m.

Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
Saint Paul, MN 55102

Enjoy free admission to the museum exhibits.

Gingerbread House @ Roseville Library Free

Friday, December 22nd  |  2:30 – 3:30pm

Ramsey County Library
2180 Hamline Ave. N
Roseville, MN 55113

Appropriate for ages 4 - 12. Celebrate the season by dropping in to decorate your own gingerbread house. Using graham crackers and candies, create an edible masterpiece, while supplies last. 

Noon Year’s Party @ Como Zoo | Free

Sunday, December 31st  |  10a.m.-1p.m.

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Drive
St Paul, MN 55103

A family event so popular, we're doing it twice! Ring in the "Zoo" year during a special Noon Year's Celebration on December 31 & January 1. Kidsdance, Minnesota's favorite high-energy, interactive DJ service for kids, will be here both days with tunes, contests, and fabulous prizes! We will have craft making, special animal enrichment, giveaways, and a countdown to noon with hundreds of beach balls dropped from the ceiling. Learn More About Como Zoo


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