5 Fun Indoor Play Areas

If you’re looking to escape the cold this winter and let the kids have some fun, one of these 5 great indoor play areas may be just what you need!

1. Monticello Community Center

There’s something for every age at the Monticello Community Center. Little ones will enjoy the Romp ‘n Stomp play area, while older kids and teens will find the gym and rock climbing wall more their speed. And, of course, everyone can have a blast in the indoor pool, complete with water slide and kids’ play area.  (more info)

2. Brooklyn Park Library

The relatively new library in Brooklyn Park holds over a dozen hands-on activities for kids. Our favorites are the giant Lite-Brite, the interactive microscope, and the wind tunnel that spans an entire wall. Many of the activities give kids experience with STEM concepts, while others encourage exploration in reading and pretend play. (more info)

Walmart Free Grocery Pickup

Get $10 off your first purchase with Walmart’s FREE grocery pickup!
(see details below)

As a long-time resident of Minnesota, I’ve pretty much made my peace with winter. I don’t love it, but I can tolerate it. Since becoming a mom, however, I’ve discovered a whole new disdain for the cold and snowy months that revolves around… grocery shopping.

I’m not sure which is worse—pushing a cart full of groceries through the snow, or dragging kids and and out of stores when the temps are below zero. And when BOTH snow and sub-zero temps arrived on my typical grocery shopping day this week, I figured it was time to give Walmart’s free grocery pickup a try. 🙂 And let me tell you, ladies, I may never go back!

STMA-Area Preschools

Believe it or not, preschool registration season is already here! There are LOTS of preschool options in and around STMA, so for your reference, I’ve put together a list of schools and programs in St. Michael, Albertville, Otsego, Rogers, and Monticello.

The list is broken down into two basic categories—preschools that meet in/are associated with churches, and those that are not. If you are specifically looking for one or the other, you may use these links to jump to that part of the list:  Traditional Preschools  Church Preschools  (schools are sorted alphabetically)

Winter/Spring 2018 Community Ed Brochure

Registration opens this Thursday for the Winter-Spring session of Community Education. You should’ve received the brochure in your mailbox this week, but just in case, I’ve posted the electronic version below.

In the brochure you’ll find information about early childhood (ECFE) programs, youth sports, music lessons, art classes, and MUCH more for your kids… as well as a handful of classes, trips, and athletic opportunities for adults.

January Events Calendar

Click here to submit your event to the calendar!

Preschool Fair
Thursday, January 4  5:30–7:30pm | St. Michael City Center
Stop by to meet local preschools and find out about activities for preschool-aged kids and their parents.
More info: facebook.com/events/1938474666472727

Click here to get the printable version!

Saturday Cinema: “The Tale of Despereaux”
Saturday, January 6  10:15am | Monticello Library
Bring a pillow and blanket, we’ll provide the popcorn!
More info: griver.org/events

Library Storytime: “Let it Snow”
Monday, January 8  Toddlers 10am / Preschool 11am | St. Michael Library
More info: griver.org/events

Motivating Hope
An inspiring free event designed to encourage students and families, support local schools, and strengthen the community. Featuring motivational speaker Reggie Dabbs.
Monday, January 8  7–8pm | Prairie View Elementary & Middle School
More info: facebook.com/events/1976453295960629

Ice Skating Lessons

It’s ice skating season! And whether your kids plan to spend time at the rink or on the pond, you want to make sure they know how to skate well in order to stay safe and have fun!

Here are some places in our community where they can sign up to take ice skating lessons.

Learn to Skate courses (ISD 728 Community Ed)
Rogers Activity Center — Ages 3.5+
Sessions beginning January 20 or March 3
More info: isd728.org/skate
Register: enrole.com/isd728/jsp/index.jsp?categoryId=10043

Buffalo Figure Skating Club
Buffalo Civic Center — Ages 3+
Winter session begins January 9  (Registration deadline: December 29)
More info: buffalofigureskating.com

Christmas Eve Services – Sunday, December 24

If you’re looking for a church service to attend with your family this Sunday, here is a list of local churches with services on Christmas Eve, ranging from casual to candlelit. See church websites (linked) for specific service details.


Church of St. Albert, Albertville
Sunday Mass — 9am

Life in Christ Lutheran, Albertville
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service — 5pm, 7pm

St. Michael

Alleluia Lutheran, St. Michael
(located in the Historic Church of St. Michael)
Christmas Eve Worship — 3pm, 5pm

Connect Church, St. Michael
Christmas Eve Worship Service — 10am

Kim Baldwin of St. Michael Boutique

This post is part of a series celebrating STMA moms who’ve turned their passions into unique local businesses. You can read past #mompreneur articles by clicking here.

Check out the GIVEAWAY at the end of this article!

When I moved to the STMA area two years ago, I began hearing about St. Michael Boutique right away and assumed they were a long-standing business in the area. Little did I know then that they, too, were a new face in the community!

St. Michael mom Kim Baldwin opened the boutique in 2015 alongside her friend, Donna. “It was a little girl dream of mine to open a boutique,” Kim shared as she gave me a tour of her store.

Experience a “Live Nativity” this Christmas

Leading up to the Christmas season, my daughter kept asking and and asking, When would she get to play with her nativity set? Now that it’s out of the box and on display, I love watching her play out the story of Jesus’ birth, especially as she discovers more about its significance each year.

One really great way to share the story of the first Christmas with kids is to take them to see a “live nativity”—a depiction of the story of Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, and their visitors using live actors and sometimes even animals. If you’re interested in sharing that experience with your kids—we are!—here are a few opportunities you’ll find in our area this Christmas:

STMA Santa Sightings 2017

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And if you’re hoping to meet jolly old St. Nick and maybe even squeeze in a photo of him with your kids, check out this list of opportunities see Santa in and around the STMA community this December.