Oakdale Recreation Monthly News

Tis the Season!

It's the holiday season, and Santa Claus is coming to town! Oakdale Recreation is excited to celebrate the season with you and your family at events and activities sure to bring holiday cheer to your month of December.


Free Holiday Family Fun Activities

Letters to Santa

Write Santa a Letter

Through Dec. 17 | Discovery Center & Oakdale City Hall

Santa's special mailboxes are at the Oakdale Discovery Center and at City Hall. Drop off your letters by December 17, and don't forget to include your wish list! Also include full name, age, and address.

Visit from Santa

Visit from Santa

Thursday, Dec. 7 | 6PM - 7:35PM | Various Locations

Santa is planning a special visit to Oakdale. He'll travel through town on a decorated fire truck. To make Santa's special visit extra special, please make plans to welcome him at one of his stops along Hadley Avenue. 

6:00 - 6:15 PM   North Fire Station           
6:20 - 6:35 PM   Oakdale Discovery Center
6:40 - 6:55 PM   Hadley Ave & Eberle Park
7:00 - 7:15 PM   Hadley Ave & Stillwater Blvd
7:20 - 7:35 PM   Hadley Ave & 15th St (City Hall)


Oakdale Indoor Market

Oakdale Indoor Market

Saturday, Dec. 9 | 9AM - 1PM | Discovery Center

More than 20 local vendors offering a unique variety of items including baked goods, jams, cheeses, meats, canned goods, sweets, salsas, strudels, jewelry, essential oils, and much more. The Indoor Market is the perfect place to start your holiday shopping! Free to browse!


Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Saturday, Dec. 16 | 9AM - 1PM | Discovery Center

The Oakdale Recreation Department, Oakdale Area Chamber of Commerce, Platinum Bank and the Maplewood/Oakdale Lions Club are partnering again to provide a variety of winter activities for the whole family.


Best Snow Sculpture of Oakdale Contest

Best Snow Sculpture of Oakdale Contest

Calling all creative Oakdale families! Do you have what it takes to create the best snow sculpture in the city? Head outside any time after a snowfall and create your masterpiece! All sculptures are judged on appearance, relative to this season's theme: "Summer at the Beach." Winning sculpture receives a $100 Marcus Theaters gift card!  Submit photo entries by March 30. Winner will be contacted by April 2.

Programs for the Kids

Curious Critters Club

select Friday mornings | 9:30AM - 11AM | Discovery Center

Children participate in discussions, play games, watch DVDs, and create projects. $7 per class. Register one week prior to class!

  • Friday, December 8: Mountains of Fire


KidCreate: Grandparent and Me Dino Discovery

Thursday, Dec. 28 | 9:30AM - 10:30AM | Discovery Center | Ages 3 to 6

Is your grandchild dazzled by dinosaurs? This is their chance to have a play date with a dino and create a fantastic work of dinosaur art. Your young artists will create their own diorama complete with a toy dinosaur! Come ready to get messy while you play right along with your grandchild. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. $15 per child.


KidCreate: Keep on Cooking American Girl Style

Friday, Dec. 29 | 9AM - 12PM | Discovery Center | Ages 4 to 9

Your child and her American GirlĀ® Doll (or another favorite doll) will love this class! We'll "cook" up a storm as we create doll sized treats out of Model MagicĀ® and an oven to cook them in. Please pack a nut free snack and drink for your child. This program is not affiliated with, endorsed by or sponsored by, American Girl Brands, LLC. $31 per child.


Activities for Adults


Yoga - At the Discovery Center. Flow from posture to posture, rhythmically linking our breath with each posture, pausing at times to reconnect and center. Balance and stretch while standing, sitting, kneeling, and lying. All students are encouraged to move at their own comfortable pace.

Road Trip "Capitol Tour and Conservatory"

Tuesday, Jan. 23 | 10:15AM - 4:15PM | Departs from Walton Park Bandshell Parking Lot

As proud Minnesotans, we're off to St. Paul for a guided tour of the Minnesota State Capitol building to see this magnificent 1905 masterpiece returned to its original grandeur. During a 45 minute guided walking tour, you will hear stories about the Capitol's history, art, architecture, and state government and see the recent restorations. After the tour, lunch is at Augustine's Bar and Bakery. Then, escape from the snow and winds of a Minnesota winter at the 2018 Annual Winter Flower Show at the Como Park Marjorie McNeely Conservatory to meander through the conservatory at your own pace. $54.

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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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