Oakdale Recreation Monthly News

May 2019


Family Fun Activities


Oakdale Summerfest Community Celebration

June 20 to 23 | Walton Park

  • June 20: Parade
  • June 22: Rockin Hollywoods & Fireworks

Plus: Food, entertainment, carnival, medallion hunt, royalty, 5K, skateboard contest, and much more!  

Summerfest 5K

Summerfest 5K

New Race Course in Oakdale Nature Preserve!

Saturday, June 22 | 7AM Check-in, 8 AM Start Time | Discovery Center
Get ready for the annual Summerfest Oakdale 5K with a brand new race course for 2019! This race is for runners and walkers of all abilities. The route starts and finishes at the Discovery Center, 4444 Hadley Ave. N. Entry fee includes a t-shirt, chip timer, postrace drinks and snacks, and chance for prizes! Register by June 1 for early pricing. $20.

Amped Up Entertainment

Amped Up Entertainment

Select Thursdays | 10–11 AM | Discovery Center Amphitheater
Are you looking for free summer programs for your children, grandchildren or even yourself? Then the Discovery Center Amphitheater is the place to be! On select Thursday mornings, the amphitheater will play host to a variety of programs geared to all ages.  (In the event of inclement weather, the program will be moved into the Discovery Center).

  • June 13: Story Time & Crafts with April
  • June 27: The Raptor Center (U of M) 


Tower Park Waterslide

Tower Park Waterslide

Friday, June 28 | 1–3 PM | Tower Park, 8th Street and Guthrie Avenue
Discover Oakdale’s very “cool” and popular water slide! Grab a towel, pack a lunch, and spend the afternoon cooling off at our water slide at Tower Park, located at 8th Street and Guthrie Avenue. All kids need to be accompanied by an adult. Please bring along non-perishable food items to be donated to the local food shelf. Free.

Programs for the Kids

Summer youth recreation programs

Summer Youth Recreation Camps – Special Package Promo

Eight weeks of summer fun for your child! Campers play games, create arts and crafts, and participate in special events for each weekly theme. One week of camp is free when you sign your child up for all eight weeks!

Small World Camps for preschool ages 3 to 5 (must be potty trained)
Monday – Thursday | 10 – 11:30 AM | Eberle, Oakdale Nature Preserve, Oakfield, and Walton Parks

  • June 10 to 13 at Eberle Park: Space Cadets
  • June 17 to 20 at Oakdale Nature Preserve: A Camping We Will Go
  • June 24 to 27 at Oakdale Nature Preserve: Trolls Camp 2
Register one week prior to camp. $23/week.
Mini Camps for ages 6 to 11
Monday – Thursday | 1:30 – 4 PM | Walton Park or Oakdale Nature Preserve
  • June 10 to 13 at Walton Park: Color Wars
  • June 10 to 13 at Oakdale Nature Preserve: Mad Science & Grossology
  • June 17 to 20 at Walton Park: Around the Campfire
  • June 17 to 20 at Oakdale Nature Preserve: Shipwrecked
  • June 24 to 27 at Walton Park: Shipwrecked
  • June 24 to 27 at Oakdale Nature Preserve: Fear Factor

Register one week prior to camp. $33/week.

Monday Morning Yoga for Teens (Ages 12-18)

Mondays, June 10-July 22 (no class July 1, 15) | 9:30 – 10:30 AM | Discovery Center

Build strength, increase flexibility, learn tools to reduce stress, and improve your focus. Classes include yoga poses, breathing techniques, and relaxation, in a serene setting overlooking the Oakdale Nature Preserve. No experience necessary. Take some time this summer to tune into yourself and spend time with nature. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. Instructor: Jennifer Brandt, Owner and Yoga Therapist at Body & Mind Yoga Therapy. Register by June 3. $45.

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. $7 per class.

  • Friday, June 14: Butterflies
  • Friday, June 28: City Under the Sea


"Summer" Story Time for Preschoolers

Wednesday, June 19 | 10:30 AM | Discovery Center

Join a librarian from the Oakdale Library 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. Please call 651-747-3860 to reserve your spot! Free.

Activities for Adults

Farmers Market

Wednesdays, June 5 to October 2 | 2 - 6 PM | City Hall Parking Lot

Purchase locally grown products that promote healthy lifestyles, while sustaining local agriculture at the Oakdale Farmers Market. Pick up a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, a bouquet of flowers, a loaf of bread, dessert, and so much more! Check out the Community Booth 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.

Summer Concerts

Select Wednesdays | 7 - 8:30 PM | Walton Park Bandshell

Bring your own chair to the following free concerts at the Walton Park Bandshell:

  • June 12: Rock Brigade – Classic Rock
  • There will also be free concerts at the Summerfest Celebration June 20 – 22: Jake Nelson Music, Free and Easy, and Rockin Hollywoods



ViniYoga is a therapeutic style of yoga which adapts to the needs of each student. Classes are held in a serene setting overlooking the beautiful nature preserve and 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. Instructor: Jennifer Brandt, Owner and Yoga Therapist at Body & Mind Yoga Therapy 
Tuesday Morning ViniYoga
Tuesdays, June 11 – August 20 (no class July 2, 30, Aug 13) | 9:30 to 10:30 AM | Discovery Center | $69

Wednesday Evening ViniYoga
Wednesdays, June 12 – August 21 (no class July 3, 31) | 5:30 to 6:30 PM | Discovery Center | $77



Adult Pickleball Drill Class

Tuesdays, June 4 to 25, 6 - 7 PM | Tanners Park Pickleball Courts (Tanners Park Road, south of 7th Street)
Build on what was learned at the Beginner Pickleball class. Get to practice various pickleball shots and strategies under guided supervision. Equipment will be provided or bring your own. Ages 18 and up. Register by May 31. $25.

Chicken Keeping

Saturday, June 8, from 11 AM – 12:30 PM, or Thursday, June 13, from 6:30 – 8 PM | Discovery Center

Learn everything you need to know about keeping chickens, such as coop construction, chicken comfort, safety, sanitation, and doing it all with minimum expense by using ordinary materials and equipment. Program for those considering raising chickens as well as those who are raising chickens. Instructor Les Larson has raised chickens, pigeons, and doves for many years. Les will be available for a half-hour after class to take questions. Free.


Walk & Talk with Washington County Commissioner Karwoski

Thursday, June 13 | 5 -6:30 PM | Discovery Center
Walk with County Commissioner Karwoski along the trails of the Oakdale Nature Preserve. Ask him questions, share ideas, and learn more about your county. Stan is a strong supporter of Oakdale Wellness 50+ and of staying healthy! (Rain Date: June 15, at 12 PM). Free.


Adult Road Trip: "Five Presidents" at Old Log Theater

Wednesday, July 10 | 11 AM - 4:45 PM | Departs from Walton Park Bandshell Parking Lot
Author Rick Cleveland, who has written for The West Wing and House of Cards, demonstrates that he can also make government leaders engaging on stage. Former presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush joined the incumbent president, Bill Clinton, at the 1994 funeral of former president Nixon. It had been more than twenty years since the world’s most exclusive club had lost a member through death. “Five Presidents” is an 85-minute imagining of what the five might have chatted about while gathered. Perhaps some soul searching or perhaps these leaders of the free world prefer banter, small talk, jokes, or petty bickering? “Five Presidents” is a smart and funny drama/comedy. Lunch will be served at Old Log Theater prior to the show. Register by June 12. $85.


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