MEA day camps and events for 2018

Every year, MEA Days sneak up on parents. October comes and they scramble to find something for their kids to do. Plan ahead this year! There are plenty of Minnesota institutions offering fun stuff for kids. Here is a sample:

Full-day camps


Apple Valley

 

Minnesota Zoo 

Grades: 1–3 and 4–6

Cost: $55 per day for non-members, $45 per day for members; before and after care available

Days and Times: October 18 and 19, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Info: mnzoo.org


Bloomington

 

The Works Museum

Ages: 5–10

Cost: $79 per day

Days and Times: October 17, 18 and 19, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (aftercare available too) 

Info: theworks.org


Burnsville

 

Elite Gymnastics Academy 

Ages: 4 and up

Cost: $55 per day for non-members, $50 per day for members

Days and Times: October 18 and 19, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Info: elite-gymnastics.com


Eagan

 

Forest Friends Day Camp

Ages: 7–10

Cost: $50 per day

Locations: Lebanon Hills Regional Park

Days and Times: October 18 and 19, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Info: www.co.dakota.mn.us


Excelsior

 

Camp Fire Camp

Ages: 6–14

Cost: $50 per day

Where: Tanadoona

Days and Times: October 18 and 19, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Info: campfiremn.org


Falcon Heights

 

Gibbs Farm Detective Camps

Ages: 6–10

Cost: $49 for one day, $80 for both

Days and Times: October 18 and 19, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Info: rchs.com


Golden Valley

 

Animal Humane Society 

Ages: 3–4 and 5–6

Cost: $55 per day

Days and Times: October 18 and 19, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Info: animalhumanesociety.org


Minneapolis

 

Creepy, Crawly, Creatures at Kroening Interpretive Center, North Mississippi Regional Park

Ages: 6–12

Cost: $90

Days and Times: October 17, 18 and 19, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Info: apm.activecommunities.com

 

Children’s Theatre Company

Grades: K–5

Cost: $175

Days and Times: October 18 and 19, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Info: childrenstheatre.org


St. Paul

 

Hazel Park, Jimmy Lee, North Dale and Palace Recreation Centers

Ages: 6–12

Cost: $10

Days and Times: October 18 and 19, 8:30 am.–5 p.m. 

Info: stpaul.gov/departments/parks-recreation


West St. Paul

 

Dodge Nature Center

Grades: K–8

Cost: $55

Days and Times: October 18 and 19, 8:15 am.–3 p.m. 

Info: DodgeNatureCenter.org


Happy kids

Half-day camps


Blaine

 

Twins Off-season Baseball Camps

Ages: 6–14

Cost: $80 per half-day session, $150 for both

Days and Times: October 18 and 19, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Info: mlb.com


Elk River, Prior Lake, St. Michael–Albertville, Chanhassen, Lakeville and Wayzata

 

Timberwolves and Lynx Academy MEA Clinics

Grades: 2–4, 5–7

Cost: $50

Days and Times: October 18 (Elk River, Prior Lake and St. Michael–Albertville) and 19 (Chanhassen, Lakeville and Wayzata), 9 a.m.–noon (grades 2–4) and 1–4 p.m. (grades 5–7)

Info: timberwolvesbasketballacademy.com


Minneapolis

 

The Bakken Museum Mad Scientist Sampler

Grades: 3–6

Cost: $40 per half-day session

Days and Times: October 17, 18 and 19, 9 a.m.–noon or 1–4

Info: thebakken.org/break-camps/


St. Paul

 

Como Zoo and Conservatory

Grades: 1–4

Cost: $60–$95

Days and Times: October 18 and 19, 9 am.–noon or 1–4 p.m. 

Info: comozooconservatory.org

 

Fall Blast

Ages: 6–12

Where: St. Paul Recreation Centers: Arlington Hills, Dayton’s Bluff, Duluth & Case, Edgcumbe, El Rio Vista, Hancock, Hayden Heights, Langford Park, Linwood, McDonough, Martin Luther King, Merriam Park, Phalen, Rice, Scheffer, West Minnehaha, Wilder

Cost: FREE

Days and Times: October 18 and 19, 1–4 p.m. 

Info: stpaul.gov/departments/parks-recreation

 

Jedi Master Engineering w/ LEGO

Ages: 7–12

Where: North Dale Recreation Center, St. Paul

Cost: $46

Days and Times: October 18 and 19, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. 

Info: stpaul.gov/departments/parks-recreation

 

Como Zoo and Zero Gravity Field Trips

Ages: 7–14

Where: Northwest Como Recreation Center, St. Paul

Cost: October 18: $5 and October 19: $35

Days and Times: October 18 and 19, 1–4 p.m. 

Info: stpaul.gov/departments/parks-recreation


Happy family

For parents and kids


Sever’s Fall Festival

Where: Canterbury Park, Shakopee

Cost: $15 at the gate, free for ages 3 and younger

Info: seversfallfestival.com

 

Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze

Where: Twin Cities Corn Maze, Brooklyn Park

Cost: $10 per person online or $12 at the gate. Children under 36" are free.

Info: twincitiesmaze.com

 

Which Witch is Which??

Where: Avalon Theater, Minneapolis

Cost: $10-$12; free for ages 2 and younger with lap pass.

Info: dancecomn.com

 

Harvest Days

Where: Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River

Cost: Included with $6-12 site admission/MNHS members free

Info: mnhs.org

 

See our online calendar for more!