It’s a party… Beach style!

Little ones explore the wild waterbug world at Elm Creek in Dayton. Children of all ages had the opportunity to capture and learn about all types of underwater lake life at the Elm Creek beach party. (Sun staff photo by Megan Hopps)

Little ones explore the wild waterbug world at Elm Creek in Dayton. Children of all ages had the opportunity to capture and learn about all types of underwater lake life at the Elm Creek beach party. (Sun staff photo by Megan Hopps)

Kids gathered to pet turtles and snakes at Elm Creek swim pond. Three Rivers workers and volunteers informed families of the creatures that dwell in Minnesota’s lakes and rivers. Did you know snapping turtles could live to be over 30 years old and their shells can grow to be up to 14 inches long? (Sun staff photo by Megan Hopps)

Kids gathered to pet turtles and snakes at Elm Creek swim pond. Three Rivers workers and volunteers informed families of the creatures that dwell in Minnesota’s lakes and rivers. Did you know snapping turtles could live to be over 30 years old and their shells can grow to be up to 14 inches long? (Sun staff photo by Megan Hopps)

Children and families came prepared with sun hats, picnic baskets and shades and enjoyed decorating a special craft at the Elm Creek beach party. Families used markers, glue, glitter, sequins and gems to take home their foam sea life friends. (Sun staff photo by Megan Hopps)

Children and families came prepared with sun hats, picnic baskets and shades and enjoyed decorating a special craft at the Elm Creek beach party. Families used markers, glue, glitter, sequins and gems to take home their foam sea life friends. (Sun staff photo by Megan Hopps)

Families enjoyed exploring a waterbug zoo, racing minnows, discovering buried treasure and building sand castles at the Elm Creek beach party. Little ones also enjoyed petting live lake and river wildlife, playing games, crafting, a beach obstacle course, and refreshingly cool treats. (Sun staff photo by Megan Hopps)

Families enjoyed exploring a waterbug zoo, racing minnows, discovering buried treasure and building sand castles at the Elm Creek beach party. Little ones also enjoyed petting live lake and river wildlife, playing games, crafting, a beach obstacle course, and refreshingly cool treats. (Sun staff photo by Megan Hopps)

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