As the final days of spring quarter wind down at Minnesota School of Business-Brooklyn Center, staff, faculty and students are definitely thinking about the four-week summer break even if the weather has not been cooperating. The city of Brooklyn Center has several great activities and events planned for the next few months, so for those who are not quite sure how to spend the break, check out these suggestions.
1. Check out the Hennepin County Library. When was the last time you visited the library and checked out a book or attended a class? The Hennepin County Library has a jam-packed summer calendar with activities for patrons of all ages. Whether you want to sign your child up for the summer reading program, attend a family storytime session, or learn about gardening, the library is the perfect place to go. If all else, find a new book to read!
2. Spend a day at the park. Did you know that there are 23 parks in the city of Brooklyn Center? Many of the parks have picnic areas and playgrounds, while others simply offer a scenic place to relax. Take the book that you found at the library and spend some time alone if you can. With 30 days to relax between quarters, you have time to check out every park!
3. Visit the North Mississippi Regional Park. This park is a part of the Three Rivers Park District and would be fun for the whole family. With trails, a picnic area, a playground, and a wading pool, there is something fun for everyone to do. Just be sure to bring your sunscreen!
4. Take in some entertainment. Centennial Park will be offering three events this summer, which are all free! On Tuesday, July 9, hear the Reuben Ristrom Band as they perform Dixieland Jazz. On Tuesday, July 16, the Brooklyn Community Band will perform. Last, on Tuesday, July 23, the Brooklyn Center Puppet Playhouse will perform Spiderman and Little Red Riding Rood. Each event begins at 7pm, and you should bring your lawn chair or blanket to sit on.
5. Watch a puppet show. Throughout the months of June and July, 30-minute puppet shows will be performed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Each day, performances will take place at 10am, 11am, 12:30pm, and 1:30pm at various parks throughout the city. The shows are free, so pack a snack and a blanket and head over with the whole family.
6. Take a swim at the community center. With hours every day of the week and affordable prices, the community pool would be a great place to visit, especially if the weather ever decides to warm up. Punch cards and memberships are available for the community center as well, which allow people to take advantage of the other amenities that are offered.
7. Play a round of golf. Centerbrook Golf Course is a fun and challenging nine-hole, par-3 course. Even if you do not play well, why not play a round? Practice makes perfect, and lessons are available. Everything that Centerbrook offers is affordable and even more so with their monthly deals and 25th Anniversary specials.
8. Attend the Earle Brown Days Festival. The festivities are kicked off with the parade on Thursday, June 27, at 6:30pm. The following day from 12:30pm-2pm is Dunkin’s Jamboree, which is an event for the kids and includes food, games, face painting, and a puppet show. On Saturday, several events take place throughout the day. A few examples are the Craft and Business Expo, the petting zoo, fire truck rides, and a kid’s fishing contest. The weekend will conclude with fireworks in Centennial Park.
Please check out the city’s webpage to find out more information about each of these activities.
Hopefully with all of these suggestions, finding ways to stay busy over break will be easy. Enjoy your time off, and we will see you back on campus on July 15!