Recreation & Springbrook Programs

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we all have had to rethink how we live, work and play. The Recreation and Springbrook teams have been working creatively to safely offer new types of programs both in-person and at-home. This page lists all the Recreation and Springbrook programming for 2021. 

If you have questions, please reach out to Fridley Recreation at 763-572-3570 or Recreation@FridleyMN.gov or Springbrook Nature Center at 763-572-3588 or Springbrook@FridleyMN.gov

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Recreation Programs

Free Events

  • Finding Your Fun in Fridley Pop-up Events: Get out and enjoy the winter weather in Fridley Parks! Join our staff for a variety of activities including: ice skating, snowshoeing, hiking, crafts and more. Receive a FREE thermal mug at your first event. Check out our Facebook and Instagram to keep updated in where we'll be visiting throughout the season and to share your adventures.
  • Ice Skate Drive: Lack of equipment, limits wintertime fun.  We are collecting used and unwanted ice skates to be offered for use at the Commons Park warming house free of charge. Skates can be dropped off at Fridley City Hall and Commons Warming House during open hours.
  • Snowman Contest: Build a snowman in a Fridley Park and then post it to your Instagram story and tag us @FridleyRecreation to enter the contest (Direct Messages also accepted) or send us an email at Recreation@FridleyMN.gov
    • Win a $50 certificate for Fridley Parks and Rec Programs and your picture of your snowman featured in our brochure!

Preschool Activities – Ages 3-5 

Arts & Crafts:

  • Parent/Child Sculpture & Clay Creations: Come play with Clay!  Learn building and shaping techniques using a variety of clay.
  • Parent/Child Painting: Painting is all about expression and exploring your creativity. This class is structured to teach the basics while having fun. Join us to try out a variety of painting techniques while learning about different styles of art from still life to abstract. 

STEM:

  • Parent/Child, Be an Inventor: Improve a product or a process while building problem-solving skills. The act of inventing is a process that requires creativity and determination. In this class we’ll play fun idea-generating games, create experiments and develop our very own inventions. Let’s crack some eggs!

Sports:

  • Parent/Child Floor HockeyParticipants will learn the basic fundamentals while having fun with friends.
  • Parent/Child Soccer & T-Ball: Focusing on these two sports, this class is well-suited for first-time players.
  • Parent/Child Tae Kwon Do: Children will learn self-defense skills through fun games, obstacle courses and pad striking. 
  • Parent/Child Gym Games: Bring your energy, because it’s gym time! We will be playing social distanced games like gator bowling, survivor, and other active games. Participants will learn how to work as a team while enjoying games that bring out the best in themselves! 
  • Parent/Child Olympic Sports: This exciting class offers the opportunity for youth to experience a different Olympic activity each week including track and field events, as well as sports such as basketball and soccer. We will have fun learning the basic fundamentals of each sport and get you ready to be a gold medalist. 

Evening Youth Activities – Gr. K-4

Arts & Crafts:

  • Sculpture & Clay Creations: Come play with Clay!  Learn building and shaping techniques using a variety of clay.
  • Painting: Painting is all about expression and exploring your creativity. This class is structured to teach the basics while having fun. Join us to try out a variety of painting techniques while learning about different styles of art from still life to abstract. 

STEM: 

  • Parent/Child, Be an Inventor: Improve a product or a process while building problem-solving skills. The act of inventing is a process that requires creativity and determination. In this class we’ll play fun idea-generating games, create experiments and develop our very own inventions. Let’s crack some eggs!

Sports:

  • Floor Hockey: Participants will learn the basic fundamentals while having fun with friends. 
  • Soccer & T-ball: Focusing on these two sports, this class is well-suited for first-time players. 
  • Musketeer FencingThis program introduces children to the fundamentals of fencing..
  • Tae Kwon Do/Karate: Children will learn self-defense skills through fun games, obstacle courses and pad striking.
  • Gym Games: Bring your energy, because it’s gym time! We will be playing social distanced games like gator bowling, survivor, and other active games. Participants will learn how to work as a team while enjoying games that bring out the best in themselves! 
  • Olympic Sports: This exciting class offers the opportunity for youth to experience a different Olympic activity each week including track and field events, as well as sports such as basketball and soccer. We will have fun learning the basic fundamentals of each sport and get you ready to be a gold medalist.

Teen Activities

Get Hired: Calling all first-time job seekers! We want to help you prepare for success and this program will provide you with the tools to land your first gig. Parks and Recreation has been a “first job” for many folks and our team has much experience working with young people to succeed. Class topics covered will be how to fill out online applications, where to gain experience, interview techniques, dress code, mock interviews and more. Deadline is one week prior to start date. 

Adult Activities

Fitness:

  • Zumba: Enjoy the party as we shake to the rhythms of Latin-infused music/dance with our instructor Lenka Seferovic!
  • Aqua Zumba: Aqua ZUMBA gives new meaning to to the idea of a refreshing workout. Integrating the ZUMBA philosophy with traditional aquatic fitness, every class is a party!
  • Tae Kwon Do: This Korean Martial Art class will teach you to use your hands and feet without weapons.  Focusing on technique in the virtual sessions on Wednesday and fine tuning these skills during the in person classes on Saturdays.
  • POUNDTransforms drumming into an incredibly effective way of working out. Instead of listening to music, you become the music in this exhilarating full-body workout that combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and Pilates-inspired movements.

Athletics/Sports:

  • Broomball: Get outside and play a sport for all skill levels! Teams will play 8 games (weather permitting). These games are officiated, no-checking league. Registration is currently open, and ends on January 24th. The league will begin January 28th and go until March 18th (weather permitting). Games will be scheduled to start each hour, and will happen between 6pm-8pm. Games will be located at Commons Park, 555 61st Ave NE, Fridley, MN 55432. A schedule will be emailed to the team manager on January 25th. The Rinks are located near the water tower and sledding hill. The cost of this league is $260. All broomball equipment provided! 
  • Bag Toss: Grab a partner and play in our indoor Bag Toss league. Teams are made up of 2 players with any gender combination. The league will be 7-weeks in length with 5 regular season games and a 2-week playoff period. Games will be won on a best of three set basis. All teams will make the playoffs, and prizes will be awarded to the top teams. Music can be played upon request!
  • Open Pickleball
    Looking to play Pickleball this winter? We will be offering indoor court rental at the Hayes Gym from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays beginning on January 23. Fee is $15 per hour; balls and paddles are available.  Reservations must be made at least one week in advance. Please contact us at 763-572-3570 to reserve a time. 

All Ages Programs:

Sweetheart's Ball
Grab your dance partner and get ready to dance the night away in the comfort of your own home with the help of the Recreation team! Prepare for an enchanted evening by getting dressed up and heading out to City Hall where magic awaits you. Following registration, you will be invited to schedule an appointment to stop by City Hall’s Fireside Room for a special photo opportunity, and to pick up a special package that includes a flower, dessert, playlist, crafts and more. Families will be provided with digital print of their picture. Deadline February 5th, pick-up the package by appointment by February 12th from 4:30-6:30pm.  

ROX: Recreation in a Box
We have you covered for fun at home with some exciting themed activities that will keep everyone entertained. Simply sign up and you will receive a kit full of goodies to get the party started.

  • Winter Wonderland: Make the most of the chill in the air with this kit that is sure to warm everyone’s heart! Pick up your kit on January 29th. Deadline to register is January 22nd. 
  • Funny Valentine: Cupid has been busy creating a lovely set of activities and treats for the family! Pick up your kit on February 12th. Deadline to register is February 5th. 
  • Lucky Day: Get your green on and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a lucky way! Pick up your kit on March 12th. Deadline to register is March 5th. 

Springbrook Nature Center Activities

 

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Virtual Programming


Nature Out of the Box - Feb Polliwogs EditionNature Out of the Box - Polliwogs Edition

It's your favorite polliwogs class but in the comfort of your backyard or any of your favorite outside spaces!  This box includes supplies for four weeks of polliwogs classes.  Every Tuesday morning in January at 10 am a naturalist will start off the class virtually by reading a story and giving adults some tips and tricks to help their 2-5 year old child learn and grow through play!

$30/box (enough supplies for 1 child)

**UPDATE*** Registration closes January 25th!!

Pick up your box at Springbrook Nature Center between Saturday, January 30th - Tuesday, February 2nd.

Register for your Polliwogs Box Here


Community Connections - Animal Folklore

Curious Connections:  Animal Folklore

We will cover Animals in Folklore in this 3-part virtual mini-course.  Find out the real life inspirations for mythological beasts and the amazing adaptations they feature!  Join a Springbrook naturalist for three Wednesday evenings in February (10th, 17th, 24th) then head out to your backyard or a local greenspace with a new perspective!  This class in intended for adults.

Class fee:  $15

Registration closes February 8th.

Register for Curious Connections: Animal Folklore here.

Curious Connections - Maple Syrup Basics

Curious Connections: Maple Syrup Basics

March 13, 10:30 - 11:30 am     $15

Maple trees give shade from the summer sun, foliar fall fireworks, and best of all: Maple Syrup!! Join the Springbrook Naturalists in this virtual workshop to learn:

  • The rich culture of the “sugar bush”     
  • What basic supplies you need to get started    
  • How to tap a tree & boil down the sap    
  • How to properly store that sweet, sticky, gold.    
  • Local events and festivals

Registration closes at 12 pm on Friday, March 12th. 

Register for Curious Connections: Maple Syrup Basics here.