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Linden Hills Littles Summer Calendar 2024

Looking to keep your kids busy this summer? Here are activities in Linden Hills that are still enrolling (as of 6/19) or don’t require pre-registration. Email additional suggestions to newsletter@lindenhills.org.


WEEKLY

Tuesdays: Weekly Story Time with Wild Rumpus. Tuesdays at 10:30a. Primarily geared towards toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Wednesdays: Girls Bike Adventures Club. 6-7:30p on Wednesdays from 7/10 to 8/7 at the Linden Hills Rec Center. Provides girls with an opportunity to learn new bike skills and explore natural spaces within a bike ride of the recreation center. Ages 7-10, $40 for residents, register online.

Fridays: Baby Storytime at Linden Hills Library. Fridays at 10a & 11a. Share books, stories, rhymes, music and movement in a format especially designed for babies. For children from birth to 24 months and their caregivers, no registration required.

Saturdays: Mini-Movers Sports. Saturdays 7/13 through 8/3 from 11-11:45a at the Linden Hills Park. Introduction to sports through skills and coordination that are fun and exciting. Ages 5-7, $30 for residents, register online.


DAY CAMPS

June 24-27: Linden Lodge – All About Pets. Monday, 6/24 through Thursday, 6/27 from 9:30a to 12:30p at the Linden Hills Rec Center. Have fun creating animal crafts while learning how to treat your cute family member so they’re happy and healthy. Ages 3-5, $80 for residents, register online.

June 24-27: Camp Linden Hills. Monday, 6/24 through Thursday, 6/27 from 1-4p at the Linden Hills Rec Center. This mini-camp includes games, arts and crafts, nature exploration, movement exercises and water play. Ages 6-10, $80 for residents, register online.

July 8-11: Linden Lodge – Underwater Creatures. Monday, 7/8 through Thursday, 7/11 from 9:30a to 12:30p at the Linden Hills Rec Center. Create fabulous works of art while talking about our favorite creatures that swim and crawl beneath the surface. Ages 3-5, $80 for residents, register online.

July 8-11: Camp Fun-N-Sun – Sports Extravaganza. Monday, 7/8 through Thursday, 7/11 from 1-4p at the Linden Hills Rec Center. Designed to introduce campers to a variety of sports. Ages 6-10, $80 for residents, register online.

July 22-25: Storybook Camp. Monday, 7/22 through Thursday, 7/25 from 9:30a-12:30p at the Linden Hills Rec Center. Read classics from Go Dog Go to Mo Willems books. One day will include a walk to the Linden Hills Library to explore. Have fun building your own books and decorate the covers. Ages 3-6, $80 for residents, register online.

Various: Heartfelt Craft Camps. This is Heartfelt’s 12th year offering summer camps. Their camps allow time for more in-depth projects that are beloved by campers and teachers alike. See their flyer for more information, register your child by calling or visiting the shop.


JUNE

June 22: How the Birds Got Their Songs Story Time at Wild Rumpus. Saturday, 6/22 at 11a. Story time, snacks, and chats with author Travis Zimmerman.

June 23: Wild Things Book Club with Wild Rumpus. For readers around 6 to 9 years old. Meets one Sunday a month at 5:30p on Zoom. June meeting is Sunday, 6/23.

June 25: PJ Party on the Como-Harriet Streetcar Line in partnership with Wild Rumpus. Milk and cookies on the platform, followed by a bedtime story from a noted children’s author or illustrator before returning to the station. This was rescheduled from 6/18 so there are now a few tickets remaining, $5 per passenger.

June 26: Stroll, Craft and Play at the Linden Hills Library. Every other Wednesday (starting 6/26) at 10a. Stroll and read along the trail on the library’s lawn as you “step” into the pages of four books throughout the summer. Then create a craft inspired by the book.

June 29: LEGO® Lab at the Linden Hills Library on Saturday, 6/29 from 10a-12p. Calling all future engineers and architects! Drop in for a while or stay the entire time! DUPLOS® also available, so all ages are welcome. No registration is required, but room capacity is limited.

June 30: Purple Door Book Club with Wild Rumpus. For readers around 8 to 12 years old. Meets one Sunday a month at 5:30p, typically on Zoom. June meeting is in-person on Sunday, 6/30.


JULY

July 3: Family Storytime at the Park. Every other Wednesday (starting 7/3) at 10a. Meet outside, on the north side of the Linden Hills Rec Center. For children of all ages and their caregivers. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on, held at library in case of rain.

July 7: Beginning Bugs for Kids in Roberts Bird Sanctuary. Sunday, 7/7 at 10a. All ages, free.

July 9: Anyone Can Draw at Linden Hills Library on Tuesday, 7/9 from 6-7:30p. Learn the basics of drawing, exploring different ways of mark-making, various tools (pencil, pen, ink, marker), and some light art history showing different styles. For kids entering grades 6-12, free, registration required and open now.

July 10: Stroll, Craft and Play at the Linden Hills Library. Every other Wednesday at 10a. Stroll and read along the trail on the library’s lawn as you “step” into the pages of four books throughout the summer. Then create a craft inspired by the book.

July 11: Pajama Story Time at Wild Rumpus on Thursday, 7/11 at 6p. Show up in your PJs (adults and kids alike!) with your teddy in tow, grab a bedtime snack, and join us in the heart of Wild Rumpus for some cozy bedtime stories!

July 13: Comic Creations at Linden Hills Library on Saturday 7/13 at 10:30a. In collaboration with Children’s Theatre Company. Students will use improv and theatre games to explore character, setting and theme to create an original four panel comic. For kids entering grades 3-5, free, registration required and opens this Saturday.

July 13: Tom Lichtenheld Storytime at Wild Rumpus on Saturday, 7/13 at 10:30a. You might recognize his work from Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site, Steam Train Dream Train, Stick and Stone, The Umbrella, and countless other titles! Join for a story time and drawing demo from Tom.

July 16: Imagineering at the Linden Hills Library on Tuesday, 7/16 at 2p. In collaboration with ArtStart. Take a whirlwind tour of your imagination as an artist challenges you to create a fantastical creature from a single cardboard box! For kids entering grades 2-5, free, registration required and opens two weeks before program.

July 16: PJ Party on the Como-Harriet Streetcar Line at 6p & 7p in partnership with Wild Rumpus. Milk and cookies on the platform, followed by a bedtime story from a noted children’s author or illustrator before returning to the station. $5 per passenger, tickets go on sale the first of the month.

July 17: Family Storytime at the Park. Every other Wednesday at 10a. Meet outside, on the north side of the Linden Hills Rec Center. For children of all ages and their caregivers. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on, held at library in case of rain.

July 21: Youth Birding in Roberts Bird Sanctuary. Sunday, 7/21 at 9a. All ages, free, pre-registration required.

July 21: Wild Things Book Club with Wild Rumpus. For readers around 6 to 9 years old. Meets one Sunday a month at 5:30p on Zoom. July meeting is Sunday, 7/21.

July 24: Stroll, Craft and Play at the Linden Hills Library. Every other Wednesday at 10a. Stroll and read along the trail on the library’s lawn as you “step” into the pages of four books throughout the summer. Then create a craft inspired by the book.

July 25: Art from the Heart at Linden Hills Library on Thursday, 7/25 from 4:30-6p. Make a pop-up card, a card with unique folds, a gift card; learn how to illustrate, collage, and embellish your cards in a multitude of ways. In collaboration with ArtStart. For teens, registration required and opens two weeks before program.

July 28: Purple Door Book Club with Wild Rumpus. For readers around 8 to 12 years old. Meets one Sunday a month at 5:30p, typically on Zoom. July meeting is on Sunday, 7/28.

July 31: Family Storytime at the Park. Every other Wednesday at 10a. Meet outside, on the north side of the Linden Hills Rec Center. For children of all ages and their caregivers. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on, held at library in case of rain.


AUGUST

August 5: Elemental at Linden Hills Park. The movie will start 15 minutes after sunset. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and come early to grab a good spot. Live music and activities starting at 7p before the movie.

August 7: Stroll, Craft and Play at the Linden Hills Library. Every other Wednesday at 10a. Stroll and read along the trail on the library’s lawn as you “step” into the pages of four books throughout the summer.

August 14: Family Storytime at the Park. Every other Wednesday at 10a. Meet outside, on the north side of the Linden Hills Rec Center. For children of all ages and their caregivers. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on, held at library in case of rain.

August 15: Streetcar Camp I on Thursday, 8/15 from 9a to 1p. Spend the morning learning all about track, motors, and controls. See how the crew does their jobs. Then each child will have the unique opportunity to climb into the Motorman’s seat and run the car down the line. Ages 6-11, $49, register online.

August 20: PJ Party on the Como-Harriet Streetcar Line at 6p & 7p in partnership with Wild Rumpus. Milk and cookies on the platform, followed by a bedtime story from a noted children’s author or illustrator before returning to the station. $5 per passenger, tickets go on sale the first of the month.

August 22: Streetcar Camp II on Thursday, 8/22 from 9a to 1p. Learn more about streetcars and how they operate. Each child will run the car along the Como-Harriet line. Campers will use all controls, including the air brake, under the supervision of Museum Operators. Ages 11-15, $49, register online.

August 24: Heartfelt Mini Makers Market on Saturday, 8/24 from 10a-2p at Heartfelt. School aged makers can sell their products at Heartfelt! Kids can practice being small business owners and learn a little about economics, and make crafts all summer. Kids keep all the money from sales of their products. Sign up to reserve your spot, $10 sign-up fee.


ONGOING

June – August: Wild Rumpus Summer Reading Challenge. Pick up a bingo sheet in-store only during June & July. Turn in your bingo sheet in-store between August 18-31 to get a prize and be entered into the pool for bigger prizes!

June – August: Inner City Tennis at Linden Hills Park. One-hour classes run Mon to Friday each week between 8a-12p (depending on age). Started this Monday and repeats weekly through 8/2. Ages 6-17, $70 per week, register online. Scholarships available: 50%, 75%, 100%.

June – August: Youth Sailing Lessons on Lake Harriet. Learn the basics of sailing including tacking, gybing, knots, wind, boat rigging, and docking. Ages 7-17, $125 per session week for residents, register online.