Summer is here and for Minnesotans, that means that we can finally start enjoying the warm weather! Beaches are finally open, and it seems like we are finally seeing all our neighbors after a long winter of hibernating in our homes. With longer days and weeks that aren’t so scheduled, we notice a lot of families asking us for summer activities for families in Lakeville. Since we are located in downtown Lakeville, we thought we’d start with some fun things to do in our area!
Below is a list of ideas that we came up with for some Summer Fun Ideas in Lakeville for Families!
Picnic & Puppets
Join the Scarecrow, a frog named Dorthy, the Tin Man and Toto the Toe, as they make their journey through this parody of The Wizard of Oz. Bring a blanket for the outdoor picnic following the show. This popular event is typically a sell-out, so buy your tickets early!
Art On the Lawn
Bring the whole family to celebrate “Art on the Lawn” featuring the Summer Art Sale displaying work by local artisans, as well as painting and pottery projects designed for all ages.
Youth Fishing Contest
Youth are invited to fish away the morning on Lake Marion in search of “the big one.” Prizes will be awarded for various fish categories. Ages 13 and under are eligible for prizes. Participants need to bring their own fishing equipment and bait. Register the day of the contest.
A Citywide event that takes place over the course of a week-and-a-half. Numerous events and activities to keep the whole family busy! Fireworks, Car shows, Bowling, Live Music, Live Pro-Wrestling, Fun Runs, Tractor Pulls and much more!
National Night Out
A nation-wide event held every year to encourage safety and a sense of community throughout neighborhoods. Check for events near you or consider hosting one for all your neighbors to enjoy!
Prairie Fire Theater – Lakeville Arts Center
Youth summer camps and shows sure to entertain the whole family. Located in the Lakeville Area Arts Center, and playing family-friendly shows like The Wizard of Oz & Pinocchio.
Lakeville Area Arts Center
Kid friendly arts and crafts all summer long! Parent-child classes are also available for some quality family time this summer.
Kermie the Frog, Chuck the Bunny, Myron and the whole puppet crew are waiting to entertain Lakeville children this summer. Bring your blanket or lawn chairs, relax and enjoy the FREE shows.
Lakeville Parks and Rec Camps and Activities
Do your kids get bored easily during the summer? Lakeville Parks & Rec offers many different courses for families if all ages. Classes are available throughout the week, even on Saturdays!
Lakeville Summer Concert Series
Located at Lake Marion’s beautiful Antlers Park. This concert series is FREE and open to the public. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. In case of inclement weather, concerts will be held at the Lakeville Area Arts Center (check the website afternoon the day of).
Lakeville Farmers Market
June 13th-October 31st
Located in downtown Lakeville every Wednesday, this is a great family event. Shop for produce, pick up a snack, and stop by your favorite downtown Lakeville Daycare Center while you’re at it and say hi!
GeoCaching in Lakeville
You’ll need an account to log in and a cell phone with GPS, but this fun and FREE event is a great way to explore with your children. In Lakeville alone, there are 787 Geocaches for those budding explorers.
Buck Hill Summer Tubing
We know…this event isn’t in Lakeville but it’s so new it was worth a good mention. Buck Hill created an artificial snow surface that is now open for downhill tubing in the summer! As an added bonus, kids as young as 2 can now ride down as long as they are accompanied by an adult.
https://www.bowlero.com/location/bowlero-lakeville – Bowlero
http://www.lakevillefamilybowl.com/ – Lakeville Family Bowl
Located in north and south of Lakeville, bowling is a great family event that can be done any day of the week. Bowling bumpers for younger kids and arcade games for older kids keep the whole family entertained for hours.
Lakeville Theater Summer Movie Series
The newly renovated Lakeville movie theater is offering $2 tickets during certain days and times this summer. Although this event was free last year, it’s still a great deal. Movies that play during these times are typically from the prior year and are always family friendly. Perfect for families with young kids!
Kenwood Disc Golf Course
Located behind Kenwood Middle School, this disc golf course is a perfect family-friendly event. Typically ideal for older children, but is open to all ages and best of all…FREE!
Dakota County Library Events
Family Friendly events throughout the entire summer. Storytimes, crafts, magician shows, reptile shows, and much more!
Cool off this summer at one of Lakeville’s beaches. Perfect for all ages!
Lakeville Parks & Trails
Multiple parks throughout the Lakeville area to keep your kids entertained for hours. Check out the newly renovated Steve Michaud Park for an amazing time!