You’re cold, shivering and a bit stir-crazy. Your diagnosis? Arctic fever. Explore Tonka Bay, Shorewood and Excelsior to combat the winter blues. The weekend kicks off with a snow sculpture competition on Friday; view masterpieces while nibbling on pizza from Joey Nova’s. All three cities also host numerous events throughout the weekend, including wagon rides and bonfires. Free. Check the website for a full list of events, times and locations. 952.474.7635.
Sports, Health & Wellness
Embrace the beauty of a Minnesota winter by staying active. The Lake Minnetonka area is home to a handful of outdoor skating rinks featuring warming houses as well as skiing trails. Park warming houses are open through the end of February. Check the website for park times and regulations. 952.939.8200.
The Lake Minnetonka Figure Skating Club (LMFSC) is hosting its 11th annual Winter Extravaganza event on Saturday, December 7. Enjoy an afternoon of skating exhibitions, silent auction bidding and holiday treats while helping those in need obtain warm winter clothing.
Gaze at the stars indoors in the star dome at the Lowry Nature Center. Learn the ins and outs of winter constellations and hear myths and legends of their creations. Make glow–in–the–dark constellations to adorn your ceiling. Give back during the holidays by donating $1 to the Wonder Fund, an organization that creates park opportunities for school groups. 763.694.7650.
Get into the holiday spirit early and channel your inner turkey. Hosted by Chaska high school DECA students and the Chaska Rotary Club, the event will feature three races including a 5K, a quarter-mile, and a 1-mile race for kids. All racers receive a timing chip, T-shirt, snacks and beverages. Free child care is provided and proceeds benefit the End Polio Now Campaign and Chaska DECA. 7:30–10:30 a.m. 612.386.6155.
Join Life Time Fitness and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum as they host the last Zen and tranquil yoga session of the year on the arboretum grounds. Zone out with a period of relaxation and exercise while enjoying the gardens. Bring your own mat, water bottle and towel. 952.443.1400.