It’s a month full of spring fun in Woodbury and the rest of Twin Cities region. Get out your calendar and get ready to have some fun this month!
2016 Spring Parade of Homes
One of Barker and Hedges Team’s FAVORITE events! Organized by the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC), you’ll be able to tour more than 450 newly constructed homes throughout the Twin Cities Metro Region (22 of these homes are located right here in Woodbury). All the homes are free to tour (open noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays) with the exception of the four Artisan Dream Homes. More than 300 of the homes on tour will be on the Green Path Energy Tour – find out the latest in green home technology and building to save you money on your energy bills! Learn more online at ParadeofHomes.org or call the BATC at 651-697-7567.
Sure, let’s show the rest of the world just how truly nuts we are here in Minnesota; go jump in a hole cut into a frozen lake. Then, tell everyone how fun it is. Really, this event is a hoot (to watch, at least for me), so even if you don’t want to take the plunge, at least show up to cheer on those that do. Register online to plunge at reg.plungemn.org. To spectate, head to Thomas Beach at Lake Calhoun, 3700 Thomas Ave. S in Minneapolis.
There will be fireworks to wrap up the fun at 7 p.m. at Lake Calhoun.
Polar Plunge 5K
Polar Plunge weekend fun continues into Saturday, March 5. Today’s events include the Minneapolis Plunge 5K for those who prefer to run in the icy weather rather than swim. It’s family-friendly and you can walk or run in support of Special Olympics Minnesota athletes. You’ll need to register by March 4 and you can find out how to do that online at mnplunge.org. The 5K starts at 8 a.m. Enjoy snow volleyball, the Minneapolis Plunge and the Pee Wee Plunge.
March 6, 13 and 20
A chocolate lover’s dream-come-true, the Chocolate March through St. Croix River Valley is an event you shouldn’t miss. Not only do you get to taste your way through the valley but you can tour some of our most enchanting inns. Afton House Inn is on the first day of the tour but you can also see Water Street Inn and five others in Stillwater on the tour’s final day. See the schedule online at innsofthevalley.com.
March 11 and 17
Performance in the Park
Gather the family for a free performance at Central Park amphitheater. On March 11 you can enjoy “Magic Norm,” a comedy and magic show. On March 17, it’s classic country music from Darlene and the Boys. 8595 Central Park Pl. in Woodbury.
50th Annual St. Paul St. Patrick’s Day Parade
It’s the wearin’ of the green and you’re invited to sport the color at the 50th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in St. Paul. The fun starts at noon on Thursday, March 17th, 2016 and the route is down 5th St. E between Wacouta and Rice Park.
Minneapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Minneapolis holds its St. Pat’s Day Parade on the 17th as well (as they should) but it’s a bit later in the day – 6:30 p.m. The route starts at Nicollet Mall and 11th St. to 5th St.
Flashlight Egg Hunt
What fun for the kids – an Easter egg hunt in the dark! They’ll need to bring a bucket and a flashlight to find the eggs that will be filled with toys and candy. They’ll be handing out glow-in-the-dark necklaces at registration so parents can keep track of the kids as they scramble across the softball fields at Bielenberg Sports Center. This event is recommended for kids age 6 to 13 and they must be accompanied by an adult. Register online (event number 550910-01) to save $2, otherwise it will cost $6 at the gate. You’ll find the registration form at ci.woodbury.mn.us. The hunt is on from 8:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Bielenberg is located at 4125 Radio Drive in Woodbury.
Daylight Egg Hunt
The tiny ones probably prefer looking for their eggs in broad daylight so the City of Woodbury has parents covered here. The daytime Easter Egg hunt is at 5 p.m. for kids infant through 3 years; at 5:20 p.m. for kids age 4 and 5 and at 5:45 for those 6 and older. This event is free, but remember to bring a bucket.
Woodbury Community EXPO 2016
The Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce promises a “fun, ‘Main Street for a Day’ atmosphere” at the Woodbury Community EXPO 2016. Free admission gets you into all the fun, including 175 booths and samples of yummy food from Woodbury restaurants, entertainment and a K9 demonstration. The kids can enjoy puppet shows, face painting, crazy science hair a bounce house and more. Grab the family and get to East Ridge High School (4200 Pioneer Drive in Woodbury) between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
What more appropriate movie can we see during winter in Woodbury than Ice Age 3? Grab the family and head to Central Park amphitheater for the free movie of the month. For $3 per person you can get unlimited popcorn and a drink. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the movie starts at 6:30 p.m. Central Park is located at 8595 Central Park Place in Woodbury.