Edit ModuleShow Tags

Silverwood Park Perfect for Many Occasions


This past Sunday, my kids were invited to a fourth birthday party at Silverwood Park in St. Anthony.   

It rained on Sunday. A lot. And it was chilly and windy.

“Do you have a Plan B?” I texted my friend Amy a few hours prior to the party.

“All of the activities are indoors, so we’re good!” she texted back.

I wasn’t familiar with the park, but as it turns out, you can rent space in the small buildings on site (no weather-anxiety required!) and host parties at the park. Even better, you can have a Silverwood Park staff member do an arts and crafts project with the kids.

We were at the party from 1-3 p.m., and in that time, the kids colored pictures, made bird puppets, then created bird food art before the guest of honor opened his gifts, we had some snacks, and we had cake (and then the sugar kicked in and the kids started chasing one another around the room). It really was a great way to spend a rainy afternoon.

The fee—for up to 15 participants—is $100 for all activities; $150 for an activity involving clay. The nature/art-inspired classes are also popular as small team-building outings. (Bonus: No pre-party cleaning.)

If the sun had been shining, we could have explored trails throughout the park—which is nicely situated on the shore of Silver Lake—and appreciated the wide open prairie and the shade of mature oak forests.

And the park offers so much more than birthday parties. There’s a visitor center, an art gallery, a coffee shop, canoe and kayak rentals, and an outdoor performance space.  (How did I not know this place existed before now?!) Basically, this is a great venue for weddings, family picnics, or just meeting a friend for a cup of coffee. Classes are also taught year-round in ceramics, photography, watercolor/landscapes, wheel-throwing, yoga, and a range of other topics.  

For more information, visit the Silverwood Park website.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

About This Blog

Whether you are a seasoned Twin Cities traveler or planning your first trip to Minnesota, this blog will introduce you to many new adventures to add to your itinerary. From day trips and scenic discoveries to luxurious girls weekends, travel tips, and insider scoops, our editors will give you all the information you need to enjoy your stay Up North.

Learn about the contributing writers.

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Travel Blog

Record Store Day: Where to Find Rare Releases in MN

On April 21, rock out at mini-music festivals around the state, dig into gourmet donuts, and collect the rare vinyls available one time a year

Catch the Lyrids Meteor Shower

The meteor shower peaks April 21 and 22, just in time for Earth Day

A Day Trip to Excelsior

Just 20 miles west of the Twin Cities, this waterfront town is complete with charming shops and lakeside dining

Night Art Gallery Is Your Sober Night Out

The Lindstrom art gallery entertains with hors d'oeuvres, tons of art available for purchase, and non-alcholic drinks

Weekend Activities to Satisfy Your Inner-Child

Check out these weekend activities that will have you feeling like a kid again.

Sue Z.'s Charitable Check-In: April

Sue Z.'s picks for philanthropic food events in April will have you supporting women chefs, sipping crafty cocktails, and celebrating Cookie Cart's 30th birthday

A Day Trip to Waconia

Enjoy great views, dining, and craft beverage destinations in this West Metro lakeside town

11 Easter Egg Hunts: From Flashlights to Geocaching

Yes, there's an annual adults-only Easter egg hunt in Rochester—and another for dogs, and another with geocaching, and another that drops them out of the sky. Check out more of the best egg hunts around Minnesota.

Rock Climbing in Minnesota

Rock on this spring at climbing gyms and favorite outdoor spots around Minnesota

5 Natural Wonders in Minnesota

Mother Nature takes the best selfies

Bad Axe Throwing Opens Minneapolis Location

Axe throwing makes its debut in Northeast Minneapolis—and it's not as dangerous as it sounds

Visit Award-Winning Minnesota Distilleries

Tattersall Distilling, J. Carver Distillery, and RockFilter Distillery are all worth the trip

Sue Z.'s Charitable Check-In: March

Sue Z. picks Cochon555 as her philanthropic food event this month

5 Must-See Minnesota Public Gardens

Visiting these botanical wonders are sure to make your daisy
Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags