Fun lineup planned for children at Maple Grove Days

There are numerous events and activities designed for children and their families as they plan their visit to Maple Grove Days, July 12 to 16. Fill days and evenings around the community while searching out entertainment for children of all ages and all members of the family. People can participate in the fun or cheer on races and competitions or settle in for a relaxing entertaining event. Don’t forget the camera for family photo opportunities.

Town Green will get people dancing, playing, bouncing and shaking to music at Zumba Kids on Thursday morning, July 13. This is a new event for kids of all ages who may need an introduction to the Zumba fun. Susan Gahan with MGPR is the instructor. Wear tennis shoes and bring a water bottle. Then stay to be entertained by Splatter Sisters. This group of three, multi-talented musicians paints an adventure for children through song with lots of audience participation.

What would a hometown festival be without a parade and Maple Grove offers the best. Bring the whole family to see the Maple Grove Days Parade on Thursday evening. With over 100 entries in the parade, parade-goers see creative units with lots of music, entertainment and, of course, free candy. Parents are asked to instruct their children to stay safe behind the white line along the curb and not running into the street for the candy. Parade participants have been directed to hand candy to parade watchers. Everyone will surely be able to enjoy the event if everyone keeps safety a priority.

Head to Central Park on Friday evening where people will find so many choices of fun in a beautiful setting. Those Diaper Derby darling baby racers will get people giggling and smiling with all of the cuteness as those little legs and hands discover how to navigate through the prickly grass. Shortly thereafter will be the little bit bigger kids in the Kids Parade. People won’t want to miss the young entrants riding on their themed bike, trike or wagon. Cute costumes and clever outfits adorn all who walk, skate or stroll along. No pre-registration is required.

Following the Kids Parade, people can make themselves comfy to watch the park turn into party time with Kidsdance DJ Jay Diggs. This interactive DJ fun was voted “Best Entertainment for Kids” from readers of Minnesota Parent Magazine. Dusk will be coming soon so head to the Town Green, find a special seat and settle in for the Outdoor Movie. “Trolls” is showing on the amphitheater stage in this beautiful summer atmosphere. Snacks will be available for purchase at the concession stand.

Head into the Community Center Ice Arena for Cool Ray Open Skate Friday as well. Skate to Beach Boy sounds and remember, all skaters wearing sunglasses pay only $2. The regular charge is $5 for Maple Grove residents and $6 for non-residents.

An even bigger day of events takes place all day and evening Saturday, July 15. Begin the morning with a good workout in the Kids Fun Run. Kids will run/walk around the Central Park lake which is a .8 mile route. Maple Grove Police will escort runners to ensure safety of everyone. Additionally, support the people of Guyana, South America by bringing your gently used shoes. All sizes and types are being collected.

Stay in the park for Family Yoga, which is another new event this year. This family-centered class fosters healthy habits that will last a lifetime. Laura Honeck of MGPR is the instructor. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Another new event this year for the family is the Puzzle Challenge. Teams of four are formed, to put together a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle in a winning time. Must be 12 years of age and older to participate. Be creative with a team name or a costume and win a prize.

Kids, grab the hand of your favorite adult and partner up to learn about Geocaching. That gets people out on a cache scavenger hunt in the beautiful setting of the Nature Center behind Weaver Lake School. Nearby at Weaver Lake, people can brush up on their fishing skills at the fishing pier while the members of the Weaver Lake Conservation Association host a Fishing Clinic. Poles and bait are provided.

The rest of the day has great children’s entertainment beginning in the morning at the Main Stage with a musical performance from the AlphaBits. Town Green stage won’t disappoint with a variety of demonstrations, performances and presentations. Grand Master Lee’s World Taekwondo Academy, Dancin On Broadway, Duct Tape Fashion Show, Battle of the Bands Winner, Emmanuel Live and Fam Jam fill the day with enjoyment for the whole family. Local businesses and government and city departments display a variety of vehicles, all for exploring, at the Big Truck Show. Don’t forget to check out the incredible cars on display at the Classic Car Show on the Main Street. While still strolling that side of town, stop into the cool, quiet Maple Grove Library Book Sale. Proceeds support the library programs.

The Maple Grove Community Center hosts the Business Expo with many handouts, giveaways and interactive visits to a superb variety of businesses and organizations. Take a trip through the Maple Maze or relax and enjoy the Kids Room with crafts and quiet time activities hosted by Beyond the Yellow Ribbon members. Cruise on outside to the Lazy River for watching the Float-a-Boat contestants. These entries are creative, floating fun and make sure you don’t witness the case of soda sliding off the boat. It isn’t supposed to get wet. Looking to do something “cool”? If accompanied by an adult, kids can join in the Frozen T-shirt Contest. Thaw the shirt as fast as you can, put it on to wear and win.

Put on a builder’s hat and grab tools while making and take a wood project from the Home Depot Little Builders Shop or build a Model Car. Hunt for the buried Culver coins in the Coin Hunt. Be the first to shout Bingo at the family-favorite game in the Lions Pavilion. There are Games Galore like tic-tac-toe, plinko, crazy driver, knock down the clown, mini golf, giraffe bell ring and an obstacle course. The Inflatables return with new and past favorites. Remember to bring socks. Don’t miss the Petting Zoo or giddy-up for a Pony Ride.

Feeling hunger? What would a festival be without tasty treats of all kinds? The ever-popular Lions Corn Feed makes for messy, buttery fingers and faces. Fair Fare, Mexican, Italian, Greek and American goodies will keep tummies satisfied. Go inside the community center for π’s-R-Us for pie and ice cream.

Kids and adults alike won’t want to miss the evening culminating with a spectacular fireworks display. It begins at dusk with all simulcast on BOB106.

For more information, look for the Official Maple Grove Days Guide, Osseo Press Guide, or visit maplegrovedays.org.