Spring Break Bucket List
Spring break is just around the corner. Whether that means a low-key staycation where you get much needed time off, or a destination break, we’ve got ideas to keep you busy in Maple Grove or in your spring break destination of choice.
We’ve put together a collection of ideas below to spend your Spring Break in Maple Grove or elsewhere!
Plan a Game Night
The best part about planning a game night with family and friends is that there is a game out there for everyone. Check out Grey Duck Games & Toys to find a selection of games whether they are played right here in your living room or are travel-friendly to take on vacation. They have a fabulous selection of toys and sensory activities to keep the kiddos occupied on a flight or long roadtrip. Plan an evening of it, have a great meal, and gather around for an evening of laughs, memories, and some friendly competition.
Take a Hike
With an abundance of paved city trails in Maple Grove, to the hikes in Elm Creek and Fish Lake, check the weather and plan a trip to walk around and explore outside. There are numerous health benefits to walking outside, so make a point to get out during your Spring Break to soak it all in. If the group mentality helps you get outdoors or you’re new to hiking, check out the Wellness Wednesday hike in Elm Creek Wednesdays from 9:30 – 10:30AM.
Additional fun activities to engage kids, is to bring a notebook or blank paper with some colored writing utensils and have them create a nature journal. Walk similar hikes during each season (or new environment if you’re not in Minnesota) and compare their record of what they saw, smelled, felt, and heard in each new environment.
Go for a Dip
Explore the The Grove Cove Aquatics at the Maple Grove Community Center for a day trip of swimming. Want to make it a local getaway? Stay at the Holiday Inn & Suites Maple Grove and splash the day away at the Venetian Indoor Waterpark
Popping up in the Twin Cities are the “ice dips” in various lakes in the Metro. If you’re lucky enough, you might even find a portable sauna nearby after your chilly dip.
Watch a Hockey National Championship Game
Coming to an ice arena near you, attend a U18 Tier I
I USA Hockey National Championship game between March 30 – April 3rd. Free to the public, spanning between the Maple Grove Community Center and Brooklyn Park Ice Arena, 36 teams from all over the country will battle
it out for the top title as National Champion. This is top tier hockey that’s sure to entertain. Fun will be had throughout the tournament from hockey hair contests, to hidden prizes in the Community Center. See their website for more information and schedule as we approach game day!
Eat at a New Restaurant
There are so many restaurants in Maple Grove, challenge your palate to a restaurant that is new to you! Have you tried the Goat Karahi at Tandoor Indian Cuisine? How about the elk, jalapeno and cheddar cold smoked sausage (aka The Bugle) at Brick & Bourbon? Boboa tea new to you? Try Nice 2 Meet Cha, we recommend the Dirty Brown Sugar or Classic Milk Tea as some favorites. They also feature poke bowls for a fresh, healthy, and delicious meal.
Plan Your Summer Garden
Make a plan, get your supplies and seeds, and start growing! Spring Break is the perfect time to plan our your summer gardening adventures and get your seeds started before planting them in the ground. The Lynde Greenhouse & Nursery Garden Center will be reopening March 20th, so just in time for Spring Break plant planning. You can find a variety of gardening accessories and kits at Good Things in Arbor Lakes to get you excited for the warm weather to come.
Volunteer in Maple Grove
Spring is the perfect time to find a new organization to volunteer with in Maple Grove. From the Maple Grove Community Organization (MGCO), to the Maple Grove Lions Club, or Maple Grove Rotary Club, there are many options. For the pet lovers out there, No Dog Left Behind is always looking for additional assistance as well as the newly formed Maple Grove Giving Connection. Are you a history buff? Check out the Maple Grove Historical Preservation Society at the Maple Grove Museum and sign up to volunteer while you’re there! Just a short drive over to Rogers, Cross Services is also always looking for volunteers.
Get Arts & Craftsy!
Let your artistic side shine on this Spring! Or if you’re new to arts and crafts take a class.
Maple Grove Art Center offers a wide variety of classes for adults and children. They also host a wide range of shows throughout the year as well as a boutique to purchase those one-of-a-kind pieces.
Want a “done in a day” keepsake? Try Color Me Mine in The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes. They often have pop-up acoustic music and different themed days if you need a little inspiration. Another “done in a day” neighbor at The Shoppes is Olfactory Scent Studio. You can create your personal scent mixed from a whole wall of scents. Sniff and mix your way to a blend that expresses you in a candle, bath salts, room spray, or lotion.
Fiber more your thing? Try Amazing Threads, the local yarn shop and largest yarn shop in the Twin Cities Metro. They offer an incredible variety of yarns as well as classes, patterns, and guidance that range from beginner to expert.