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Three Rivers Halloween
Summertime Together: French Regional Park Play Area

Three Rivers Halloween



You are not going to be disappointed with Three Rivers Parks’ Halloween Fun.  Some things are a little spooky, but otherwise, these activities are perfect for your family!  We are having a hard time picking which events we should try.  Good luck choosing just one.  When you have made your choice, call 766-559-6700 to make a reservation and reference the activity number listed for each program.


Hyland’s Spooks and Ladders Trick-or-Treat Trail!

Saturday, October 12, from 5-8 p.m., at Hyland Lake Park Reserve, Bloomington. Walk on a short trail with animal puppets and games leading into the play area. Enjoy a junior “fear factor” maze, meet our friendly dinosaur, and warm up by a campfire. Bring and use flashlights during the second time slot. Come in costume and bring a bag for goodies. Cost is $5 for those who pre-register (bring confirmation), $6 for registration the day of the event (based on availability). Children under 2 are admitted free. Reference activity number #463007H1.


Ghost Town

Friday, October 18, from 6-9 p.m., at The Landing – Minnesota River Heritage Park, Shakopee. Walk along candlelit streets in the Village of Eagle Creek. Visit historic buildings and hear costumed interpreters share folktales, legends, superstition, and local history. Enjoy refreshments and the warmth of a campfire. Enter the park through the West Entrance. Cost is $5 and reservations are required. This program is for ages 12+. Reference activity number #438407-20.


Old-Fashioned Trick Or Treat

Saturday, October 19, from 4-8 p.m., at The Landing – Minnesota River Heritage Park, Shakopee. Trick-or-treat along candlelit paths to 20 treat stops. Begin your journey on the trolley pulled by Percheron horses. Collect a variety of traditional treats and toys. Finish your celebration with cider, a cookie and entertainment in the Town Hall. Costumes are encouraged and bring a bag for goodies. Cost is $9 for pre-registration with treats (children) and $5 without treats (adults). Day-of registration is $10 with treats (children) and $6 without treats (adults). Children under 2 are admitted free (without treats). Reference activity number #438407-32.




Baker Boo!

Saturday, October 19, from 1-9 p.m., at Baker Park Reserve, Maple Plain. Hours and hours of Halloween fun! Participate in a round of Ghoulish Golf, throw spears, solve a skull mystery and play other games of chance. Carve a pumpkin, make a scarecrow, or try the fish pond. Challenge yourself on the climbing wall, then head out on a GPS course or a techie scavenger hunt. Take time to decorate your campsite and march in the costume parade, followed by trick-or-treating through Baker Campground. The evening will be filled with campsite awards and prizes sponsored by Hoigaard’s. Interactive entertainment by Kidpower with the dynamic duo of Rachel and Jan. Cost includes campsite for Saturday night and unlimited activities from 1-9 p.m. Reservations are required by October 11. Cost is $77.20 for a non-electric site, $82.54 for a 30-amp site, $85.75 for a 50-amp site and $120.75 for a camper cabin. Reference activity number #410007-X2.


Little Folks Halloween

Saturday, October 26, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at Eastman Nature Center, in Elm Creek Park Reserve, Dayton. Halloween fun for the little ones! Meet costumed animal characters on the woodland trail and go on a scavenger hunt in search of special pumpkins. Dig for the golden acorn in the corn pool, jump in a straw pile, play games to win prizes, and meet live animals. Join a DJ for a dance party. Enjoy a puppet show, refreshments, and a fall craft. Dress to be outside. Start anytime between 10 a.m. and noon. Cost is $5 and reservations are highly recommended. This program is for ages 2+. Reference activity number #412207-01.


Pumpkin Boats

Saturday, October 26, from 10 a.m.-noon, at Kroening Interpretive Center, in North Mississippi Regional Park, Minneapolis. They aren’t just for eating and carving anymore! Participate in some pumpkin science, then turn a mini pumpkin into a boat. Send a pumpkin boat down the Mississippi River and take one home to amaze your friends! Cost is $5 and reservations are required. Reference activity number #416901-02.


Lowry’s Enchanted Forest Halloween

Saturday, October 26, from 5-9 p.m., at Lowry Nature Center, in Carver Park Reserve, Victoria. Join Lowry Nature Center and Gale Woods Farm staff to celebrate Halloween! Bring your family in costume to trick-or-treat along a character trail through the enchanted forest. Enjoy popping corn and storytelling by a bonfire, meet a live owl, and decorate a cookie to eat. Watch the mad scientist skit, and laugh as Lowry’s puppets put on a show. There will be games, music, a craft, and fun for all ages! The mad scientist skit and puppet shows will run intermittently throughout the night. Concessions will be available for purchase. Cost is $9 for children, $5 for adults and children under 2 are free.


Zombie Dash

Saturday, October 26, from 5:30-10 p.m., at French Regional Park, Plymouth. Halloween fun run for all ages through the wooded, lighted trails of French Regional Park with many spooky surprises along the way! Walkers are welcome, too. Costumes are encouraged! Festivities also will include a bonfire with marshmallow roasting and hot apple cider. Strollers are welcome; no pets please. Cost is $10 for the 5K for ages 10 and up; $2 for the 1K for ages 2 and up. Pre-registration is encouraged; registration the day of the event will be available. Reference activity number #425135-00.


Big Woods Halloween

Saturday, October 26, from 6-9 p.m., at Eastman Nature Center, in Elm Creek Park Reserve Dayton. Meet costumed animal superhero characters and collect treats along the woodland trail. Visit the Gross-Out Grotto to attempt the Eat-A-Bug Challenge, Cockroach Races and the Gross-Out Station. Meet live animals and dig in the Animal Graveyard. Play Bone Bingo and other Halloween games, and follow the Pumpkin Trail to refreshments at a bonfire. Be entertained by the dancing of the Illumination Fire Troupe. Arrive between 6pm and 7:30 p.m. Trail closes at 8:30 p.m. Cost is $9 for children and $5 for adults who pre-register and $10 for children and $6 for adults who register the day of the event. This program is for ages 6+. Reference activity number #412207-04.


Pumpkin Carving for Families

Sunday, October 27, from 1-3 p.m., at Lowry Nature Center, in Carver Park Reserve, Victoria. Family pumpkin carving fun! We provide the pumpkin, patterns, carving tools, and the space to create. You get to take home a jack-o’-lantern masterpiece! A skilled pumpkin carver will help you create a fun design together and provide tips and tricks to good pumpkin carving. Children under age 12 should work alongside an adult. Cost is $8 and reservations are required. This program is for ages 4+. Reference activity number #411301-04.


Taken from the Three Rivers Park Press Release

Summertime Together: French Regional Park Play Area

This is our last installment of Summertime Together.  Honestly, I can’t believe how fast it’s gone.  But that’s what happens when you are having fun, I guess!  For our last Three River Parks Play Area Review, Anne and I met with our eight children at French Regional Park.  We had both heard of their play area and were curious to see what it had to offer.

In the West Metro

French Regional Park

5:00 AM–10:00 PM
12605 Rockford Road
Plymouth, MN 55441

Located in Plymouth, French Regional Park is worth checking out.  I am a bit fond of this park since my maiden name was French.  So quite honestly (and dorkily) I like to say I own it in my special way–I don’t.




It was the perfect summer day for a trip to the park.  Slight breeze, sunshine, and smiles were all we needed.  Oh, and we can’t forget the self-proclaimed lame lunches.  Anne and I both made lame lunches, but our children were fed and free to play, so no one could complain.





The first thing that we noticed as we parked the van was that the structure was a wooden structure. It was refreshing to see a well-kept wooden playground that was obviously loved and maintained.  It brought me back to my childhood.  Half of the playground was hidden in the back, so it was hard to see everything it had to offer.  What we saw, though, was enticing.  The kids hopped out of the van and made a beeline for the nets.

That’s right!  The main attraction was the maze of cargo nets.

French Park Nets

Is it difficult to maneuver?  Yes!  Did we worry about the almost 2 year old?  A little bit.  Was it fun?  Oh, my goodness!  Yes!  I have never seen someone from my family so willingly drop themselves headfirst, roll into a somersault, and come up smiling.  I had some near heart attacks, but as soon as they were standing and smiling, I was able to let it go.  A little.

At the top of the cargo net structure that must stand about 30 feet tall, is a large fort.  For some reason, unknown to me, we called it the barn.  From the barn, there are steps and bridges and tunnels to play as well.

After a bit, I started to explore the rest of the play area.  they have a smaller structure with slides and steps and a smaller cargo net crawl space for littler ones.  Not only that, but they have a sand box and a couple of tire swings and “baby” swings.

French Regional Park Sand

There were plenty of picnic tables and shaded spots.  The bathrooms were clean and in the Park Center right beside the play area.  There is a lot of grassy area, too!

Anne and I were very impressed, and our kids really had a fun time.  We will be going back again.


  • There were a lot of different choices of self guided activity and plenty of  space for adults to join in.  I’m sure the nets would have held me, but I’m slightly (okay, deathly) afraid of heights, and the nets go up really high.  If I had had the courage I could have gone all the way to the top.  At one point, I was “stuck” inside the net helping Anne’s little girl.  That’s the way to get to know someone.  Just throw yourself on them trusting whole-heartedly that they will catch you.  
  • Water was easily available and the bathrooms were very accessible.  On a summer day, both of those things are important.
  • With tunnels, cargo nets, slides, swings, and sand, there really wasn’t anything it didn’t have.


  • In one spot, you can climb the cargo net from the ground up 9 or 10 feet.  Then, you needed to swing your leg over and drop yourself into the net.  It was not an easy thing to do.  I was nervous watching Jack, my 3 year old, do this since I couldn’t reach past his foot in case he fell.  That one spot, however, was the only spot that I  felt could have caused serious damage.  And for the three hours we were there, numerous kids scaled it without a single injury. 
  • If you have an independent little one like Anne and I do, they can get lost very quickly on this appartus.  Jack was self sufficient being able to hold his own (only one time getting his face stepped on), so I didn’t need to worry too much.   But if we took our eyes off Anne’s youngest, she was gone in a flash.  Generally, we just needed to walk around the corner to find her.
  • Some of the nets hang low.  If a child flings themselves down onto the net and you are under it, there is a mighty good chance they will hit your head causing you harm.  My advice?  Don’t walk under the nets.

When I asked my kids what their favorite thing to do at French Park was, 3 out of the 4 said the nets.  They called them the ropes, but same difference.  I think the same was true for Anne’s kids.  Those nets were exciting and a completely different experience than anything else we’ve done.

French Regional Park

5:00 AM–10:00 PM
12605 Rockford Road
Plymouth, MN 55441

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