Children’s fun happening all day at Maple Grove Days

Are parents looking to spend some fun summer experiences with their children? Well look no further than Maple Grove Days. It will have a full line up of events to share individually with a child or as a family. Let the Maple Grove Community Organization help plan the entire weekend during Maple Grove Days, July 12 to 15.

The fun starts Thursday, July 12, at the Pierre Bottineau Parade. With over 100 entries in the parade, people will see creative units with lots of music, entertainment and, of course, free candy. People won’t want to miss this community tradition. Please remember to keep children safe by not having them run out into the street for the candy. Participants have been instructed to hand candy to parade watchers. Everyone will surely be able to enjoy the event if we keep safety a priority.

The summer fun continues Friday, July 13, with more kid-friendly events. The Junior Golf Tournament at French Lake Golf Course, starts a day of competition for the teens. Family time can be shared at "Cool Ray Skate" in the ice arena at the Maple Grove Community Center or Alley Jamz Bowling at Sundance.

There is competition for those darling baby racers in the Diaper Derby. Over 60 babies last year provided pure fun and entertainment for the adults. The Derby will be on the lawn at the Town Green.

Next in the line-up of entertainment and competition is the Children’s Parade. This is truly amazing as they dazzle viewers with decorated bikes, trikes, wagons and entertaining costumes. No pre-registration is required. Just bring the kids, parents, family and friends to cheer as kids stroll along the paths around the Town Green.

Following the Children’s Parade, pull up your lawn chairs to watch the silly antics of Tricia and the Toonies. As the sun sets the movie screen goes up for a great animated movie. Snacks will be available for purchase at the concession stand.

Start the day early Saturday, July 14, with some exercise by running or walking in the Kids Fun Run on the trail around North Arbor Lake, across from the Maple Grove Government Center.

Brush up on your fishing skills at the fishing pier on Weaver Lake while the members of the Weaver Lake Conservation Association host a Fishing Clinic. Poles and bait are provided.

If the family is interested in learning about the exciting hi-tech game of Geocaching, stop by Weaver Lake Elementary Nature Center. Registration is required for this event.

The rest of the day has great children’s entertainment beginning in the morning with a musical performance from the "Splatter Sisters."

In the afternoon check out the amazing tricks performed at the "Rich Weiber’s Bicycle Stunt Show. There is a full line of local youth talent performed at the Town Green with karate demonstrations, singing, and dancing. Who knows you might even see a friend performing.

Stop by and enjoy the Big Truck Show and see tires bigger than kids are. Don’t forget to check out the amazing cars on display at the Classic Car Show on the Main Street. There are lots of great giveaways for children in the Business Expo, too. Just down the hall there’s storytime and craft projects in the Kid’s Room or fun in the new and updated Maple Maze.

There’s plenty of fun as you make a Model Car, dig through the sand for coins in the Coin Hunt, play Bingo, test the skills at Miniature Golf and the Obstacle Course or build a family boat for the Keep a Boat a Float contest. There are games to play, like football toss, pop ring toss, batting cages and lots more.

Are you an animal lover? Well don’t miss the petting zoo or giddy-up for a pony ride. It’s always fun to bounce around on one of the great inflatable rides, too. Remember to bring the socks.

If anyone likes to skateboard stop by the skate park. Wander over to the Art Fair on Saturday or Sunday and enjoy the hands on experience at the Maple Grove Art Center making Art on a Stick.

Lots of good food awaits kids all day long and they will want to stay into the evening for the spectacular fireworks display.

For more information look for the Official Maple Grove Days Guide, Osseo Press Guide, or visit the website at maplegrovedays.org or call the voice message line at 763-494-5985.

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