Oakdale Recreation Monthly News

January 2020


Family Fun Activities

Family Snowshoe

Snowshoe in the Oakdale Nature Preserve

Family Moonlight Snowshoe & Bonfire
Friday, January 10 | 6 – 8:30 PM | Discovery Center
Enjoy a leisurely snowshoe walk following a luminary lit trail through the Oakdale Nature Preserve. Then warm up by the bonfire for hot dogs, chips, s'mores, and hot chocolate. The luminary lit trail will close at 8:30 PM.
Fee includes snowshoes, but you can also bring your own. Just let us know when you register whether you will need snowshoes, so we can save you a pair. Bring a headlamp if desired, and dress in layers with sturdy boots. Register by January 3. $25.
Oakdale Nature Preserve Snowshoe Rental
Available Daily, Pending Snow Conditions | Discovery Center
Rates are $5 per person for a two hour rental during Discovery Center hours. Youth and adult sizes available.

Snow Sculpture Contest

Snow Sculpture Contest

Submit your snow sculpture now through March 31 | Oakdale Residents (Any address in Oakdale, MN 55128)

Winner receives a $100 Marcus Theaters Gift Card! Calling all creative Oakdale residents. Do you have what it takes to create the best snow sculpture in town? If so, head outside any time after a snowfall, and start constructing your masterpiece. All sculptures are judged on appearance, relative to the season’s theme. This year’s theme is “Everything Disney.”

Ice Skating Rinks

Ice Rinks

Northdale, Walton, and Eastside Parks

Rinks are scheduled to open late December and close the end of February (weather permitting).

Programs for the Kids

KidCreate Studio - The Frozen Princesses (Age 4 to 9)

Friday, December 27 | 1:30 – 3:30 PM | Discovery Center

We will have a blast in this class as we are inspired by the popular Disney movies Frozen and Frozen 2. The kids will create a sparkly, wintery castle scene featuring their favorite princess! Please pack a nut free snack and a drink for your child. Register by December 26. $29 per child.


Indoor Tennis Lessons

Indoor Youth Tennis Lessons (Ages 4 to 12)

Tuesdays, January 7 through February 11| Ages 4 to 7 at 6 – 6:45 PM | Ages 8 to 12 at 7 – 7:45 PM  |  Discovery Center
Learn basic fundamentals of tennis in this fun class! Skills taught include grip, stance, swing, and more in a fun and safe learning environment. We use USTA approved tennis equipment designed for youth tennis. If you have your own racquet, please bring it along each week. Oakdale Recreation has a few to loan each night. Instructor: Dan Stumpf is North High School girl's tennis coach and Hill Murray boy's. Register by December 31. $40.


Story Time for Preschoolers

Preschooler Story Time: Winter Wonderland

Wednesday, January 15 | 10:30 AM | Discovery Center

A librarian from the Oakdale Library will be visiting the Discovery Center for a special preschool story time! We will have fun talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing together.  We will focus on concepts such as counting, colors, sharing, emotions, patterns, and the alphabet. A simple craft will follow.  A free program recommended for developmental ages 0 to 5 and their grown-ups. Free. Please call 651-747-3860 to reserve your spot!

Curious Critters Club

Curious Critters Club (Ages 3 to 6)

Select Friday mornings | 9:30 – 11 AM | Discovery Center

Children participate in discussions, play games, watch DVDs, and create projects. Register one week prior to class! $8 per class.

  • Friday, January 17: Penguin Pals
  • Friday, January 31: One Winter’s Day 


Activities for Adults

Indoor Market

Indoor Market

Saturdays, January 11 & 25 | 9 AM – 1 PM | Discovery Center

Over 20 local vendors offering a unique variety of items including baked goods, meats, artisan foods, canned goods, sweets, salsas, strudels, jewelry, essential oils, and much more! Check out the Community Booths to see what is happening locally, and enter your name for a chance to win the Vendors Variety Gift Basket. This is the vendors' way of saying thank you for supporting the community and local businesses.

Oakdale Wellness 50+ - Winter Wanderland

Winter Wanderland

Saturday, January 18 | 12 – 1:30 PM | Discovery Center

Come wander with wellness. Here's an opportunity to keep moving in the winter months! Your Wellness 50+ team invites you to a send-off party to find walking partners, indoor and outdoor places to walk, tips on clothing and footwear. Team member Susan will demonstrate exercises for balance and warm-ups. Snowshoe demos will be offered. Of course there will be healthy treats, maybe even hot chocolate! All ages and neighborhoods are welcome. Free.

Snowshoe, Sip and Sample

Valentine's Day Snowshoe, Sip and Sample (Ages 21+)

Friday, February 14 | 7 – 10 PM | Discovery Center

Celebrate Valentine's Day with a night of snowshoeing along a candlelit luminary trail, a vintage game room, prizes, music, food, beer and wine samples! Plenty of chocolate too. This event is great for friends, couples, or even if you are not a Hallmark Holiday supporter! Enjoy this community event that is always a seasonal favorite. Includes snowshoes, or bring your own.
Join us for an evening that includes:

  • Snowshoeing along luminary lit trails
  • Appetizer sampling and food demonstration from Hy-Vee, including chocolate dipped strawberries
  • Locally crafted beer samples
  • Wine samples and champagne selected by local experts at Bright Wines
  • Vintage Game Room
  • Prize drawings every 30 minutes

Register by February 1 for $39 per person.


Discovery Center

ViniYoga is a therapeutic style of yoga which adapts to the needs of each student. Classes will include a blend of gentle yoga postures, breathing, and simple meditations to help the body build strength and flexibility while remaining steady and comfortable. Beginners are welcome as are those who have practiced yoga before and all students are encouraged to move at their own pace. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. Drop into any yoga class for $12. 
Tuesday Morning Yoga Flow
Now to January 28, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM. $61.   
Wednesday Evening Yoga Flow
Now to January 29 (no class Jan. 1), 5:30 to 6:30 PM. $61.

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To register for activities, please visit www.oakdalefun.com. If you have any questions

about the listings, please call us at 651-747-3860 and we will be happy to assist!

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