Come Play in the Park!

By Kate Havelin, Community Outreach

Ah! Summer’s here and the living is busy. But this Saturday, let the chores wait and come play in the park.

From 9 AM to noon, this Saturday, June 14th, and the second Saturday of each month through October, the Mississippi River Fund and National Park will have geocaching, scavenger hunts, a make-and-take activity, and a chance for kids to earn a Junior Ranger badge. It’s all part of our Second Saturdays free family fun.

Each Saturday will feature a new theme. This Saturday is all about animals. Deer, fox, eagles, herons, and wild turkeys are some of the wildlife seen at the park. We’ll have Touch and See skins and skeletons and an animal tracks matching game.
Today, when I walked through the park, I spotted a heron flying overhead. I listened and watched as red-winged blackbirds and other birds flitted from tree to tree, chirping and singing. Walking along the gravel path, I noticed two dragonflies, their bluish green bodies almost dazzling, skimming along the path and nearby grasses. Seeing a dragonfly is a simple pleasure—tiny bug bodies with splashy colors and see-through wings. They’re the kind of bugs that can wow a kid.

So this Saturday, come take a walk in the park, try geocaching, try a scavenger hunt, do an easy craft activity. Help your kids earn a Junior Ranger badge. You don’t need reservations—just come ready to play. Let the laundry and lawn wait; this Saturday morning, make some summer memories with your kids.

Coldwater Spring is located at 5601 Minnehaha Park Drive South, between Minnehaha Falls Park and Fort Snelling State Park. You can bike, drive, or take light rail to Coldwater. Limited parking is available, for free in the park, and at meters nearby.