For the Kids

The Velveteen Rabbit by Stages Theatre Company & Escalate Dance

Stages Theatre Company & Escalate Dance bring the cherished tale about the transformational magic of love to the main stage this March. “Real isn’t how you are made,” the old Skin Horse tells the Velveteen Rabbit, “It’s a thing that happens to you when a child loves you for a long, long time.” This treasured story of a stuffed rabbit’s desire to become REAL is told through original music and dance. It continues our popular performance collaboration with Escalate Dance that brought you Owl Moon, Twelve Dancing Princesses and The Snow Queen. Read more about The Velveteen Rabbit by Stages Theatre Company & Escalate Dance

Awesome Amphibians Camp

Prepare for a full day of amphibian adventure with the captive and wild specimens of the Eastman Nature Center. Kids will learn about many native species of amphibians and their unique differences. They’ll check out the ones that live in and around Maple Grove in an indoor setting before exploring the nearby woods for frogs, salamanders and much more. Pair this excellent camp with the Rockin’ Reptiles Camp for four days of games, crafts, hikes and wildlife excitement. Reserve your kid’s spot today, as this multi-day camp is expected to fill fast. Ages 6–9. Read more about Awesome Amphibians Camp

Afterschool Adventures—Spring

Drop off the kids for the afternoon to discover the beauty of nature in the Maple Grove area with the arrival of the spring season. “Flowers Abound,” is a kid’s activity that explores the variety of wildflowers and plant life that thrives in the Elm Creek Park Reserve, as they will identify and compare many different flower species. Reservations are required as space is limited. Restricted to ages 6–8. $10 per child with optional $1 donation. Read more about Afterschool Adventures—Spring

School Year Camp: Frog Hunt

Leave the grown-ups behind for this afternoon of amphibian adventure for the kids, as they search the Elm Creek Park Reserve for wild frogs. Kids will have the opportunity to feed and visit the resident amphibians inside the nature center, try their hand at identifying the species of frogs that live in Minnesota and spend time outdoors searching the grounds for frogs on the many trails and nearby ponds and marshes. Restricted to ages 8–11. Read more about School Year Camp: Frog Hunt

Royal Tea Party

The Maple Grove Ambassadors kindly request your presence at their annual event, “Mommy, Tea, and Me,” hosted by the Maple Grove Ambassador Scholarship Program. The afternoon features a variety of elegant treats and beverages geared specifically for young ladies, ages three and older, and their mothers for an afternoon of creative activities and fun. Read more about Royal Tea Party

Family Day at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts

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

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