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Published on June 20, 2024
Brooklyn Park Buzzing with Summer Activities: From Farmers Markets to Free Concerts and Skating LessonsSource: Unsplash/Shelley Pauls

Say goodbye to winter coats and hello to the season of outdoor festivities, as Brooklyn Park is chuck full of summertime delights to keep you and your family entertained and - slightly less hot. From tantalizing farmer's markets to jazzed-up July nights, the city's Recreation and Parks Department is clearly not messing around this summer. In case you've been living under a social media rock, let me catch you up.

Kicking off on July 10, the 2024 Farmers Market will set up shop at North Hennepin Community College each Wednesday until October 9, promising fresh produce and a chance to tap your feet to the rhythms of commerce and community. But wait, there's more, it’s not just about feeding your stomach. Brooklyn Park ensures you feed your mind too, with a security tech presentation aimed at "Thwarting Porch Pirates & More." Mark your calendar for June 26; it's free, and you better believe it's essential 21st-century homeowner knowledge.

Adults seeking to quench Drought-like creativity will find solace in various programs, including the Cricut Class set to carve up some crafty magic starting June 18. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the DSLR Photography Class happening on June 20, and again on the 27th, as well as July 11 and 18, might just turn you into Brooklyn Park's poet laureate of pixels – the cost is $100 but the potential Instagram likes are priceless.

Now, let's glide over to the ice-skating front, shall we? With temperatures playing yo-yo, the Summer Skating Lessons begin on July 10. Regardless of whether you're 3 or a spry 99, there's a class to turn you into a veritable frosty monarch. Oh, and they've got aid for the wallet-conscious with generous scholarships on offer.

Let's not pretend we all wouldn't be a little happier with musical notes wafting through the summer air. The Summer Concert Series at Historic Eidem Farm brings the beats starting June 27, and it's gratis, my friends. If your toes prefer tapping to the syncopated sweetness of jazz, make sure to sway over to the Community Activity Center on July 19 for "Jazz in July." Three bands, food trucks, and an instrument petting zoo will crank the festivity dial to eleven.

For the young and the restless, the Parks Department is bursting with summer camps, from the sports-angled Sanneh Foundation offerings to the inclusive playtimes of the Special Olympics Young Athletes program. It's all about the kids with Rec on the Go and Summer Fusion giving K-5th graders their own summer to remember.

To wrap it all together, there's even a nod to inclusion with Adaptive Rec Fridays, rolling out activities from pickleball to wheelchair basketball. And let's give a round of applause to the folks behind the Young Adult Mentorship program nurturing the next generation of go-getters. Register, participate, and boost that community spirit – Brooklyn Park has set the stage for truly blockbuster summer.