MPRB Events at Kroening Interpretive Center
These Minneapolis Park and Recreation board public programs are free unless noted otherwise. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a registered adult. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. Kroening Interpretive Center, 4900 North Mississippi Court, Mpls. Building hours: Tuesday and Thursday: 9 am-5 pm; Wednesday and Friday: 10 am-5 pm; Saturday: 10 am-4 pm; Sunday: 12-4 pm; Monday: closed. Trails: 6 am-10 pm daily. Call them at 612-370-4844 or go online at minneapolisparks.org/register.
Outdoors: Soil Critters: Saturday, Oct. 20, 1:30-2:30 pm. Who lives in the mysterious world of soil? What are the benefits and challenges to living underground? Prepare to get dirty as you explore below the surface. Ages 6 and up.
Nature Nuts play group: Explore the natural world through play and sensory experience in this naturalist-led early childhood program for kids five and under with an adult. $16 per 4-week session. Wednesdays 10:45-11:45 am. Fall Session 2: Oct. 24-Nov 14. Fall Session 3: Nov. 28-Dec. 19.
Family Funday: Animal Masquerade Party: Sunday, Oct. 28, 1-3:30 pm. Party animals come to the animal costume party. Come dressed as your favorite animal to enjoy an afternoon of games, dancing and fun. Disguise your identity in natural style by making a leaf mask to complete your costume. All Ages.
School Release Days: Predator-Prey Adventure: Nov 1-2, $50/child. Find out how animals battle for survival. Learn about food webs and adaptations by looking at skulls, furs and more. Search for animal signs and play games. Ages 6-12.
Early Birding: Mississippi River Flyway: Saturday, Nov. 3, 9-10:30 am. Join Spend a morning bird-watching. Learn how and why birds use the Mississippi River to guide them during their roundtrip migration. Binoculars provided. Ages 8 and up.
Hike: Our Park, Past and Present: Saturday, Nov. 10, 2-3 pm. The Mississippi influences our lives as it runs through our city. Hike with a naturalist to learn more about how the river and the people who use it have changed over time.
Nature Art: Cornucopias: Saturday, Nov. 17, 1:30-2:30 pm. As a symbol of the harvest’s bounty, cornucopias are a great reminder to show thanks for the bounties in our own lives. Craft your own “horn of plenty” this year using natural materials found in the park. All ages.
Nature’s Black Friday Fun: Friday, Nov. 23, 11 am-3 pm. Ditch the mall crawl and opt outside this year. Naturalist programming and self-guided nature exploration activities. Hike the park, build a fort, go on a scavenger hunt, play games and more. All Ages.
Family Funday: Turkey Time: Sunday, Nov. 25, 1:30-3 pm. Get ready for goofy gobbles as kids discover more about turkeys. Play games and have fun investigating feathers, tail fans, snoods and feet to learn more about these big birds.