Wishing it was still the weekend? Give yourself something to look forward to and make plans to attend a free night of family fun with Dakota County Parks. This Friday, stop by the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center for an evening filled with sledding, s’mores and fun, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Normally, you can’t sled at the site after dark. But this Friday, Parks staff are bringing in lights to keep the hill illuminated well into the evening. Bring the kiddos and a sled and make sure to take breaks near the bonfire (where there will also be free s’mores!). Or if you prefer to stay inside, stop by the visitor center to play games, hang out and make new friends.
Dakota County Parks has hosted this event for several years running, and it tends to be pretty popular. Katie Pata, the visitor services coordinator, encourages parents to come out and celebrate the end of the work week — while letting their kids blow off some steam on the sledding hill. She says it’s the kind of event that encourages people to come out to the park for the first time — and hopefully attracts them back for additional park programs.
Although the event is free, you are asked to register online in advance.
For more information about the Forever Wild Family Friday: Sledding Party (and other upcoming events), make sure to frequently check the event page and the Dakota County Parks - forever wild Facebook page. Parks staff will be monitoring the weather conditions this week and will post event updates online. Although this week’s event runs from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., the visitor center will be open all day. If you can’t make it, check out one of the department’s other upcoming free family nights — there’s one the first Friday of each month.