Family/Youth Activities

We have several events and programs you can enjoy as a family. Check back often for new additions! We look forward to having fun with your family! 

Register for programs online at:

Weather Impacts to city-led programs and events

IGHs Weather Hot Line (651-450-2595) is the only place to check the status for city-led program and events due to inclement weather. We strive to update by 4:30 p.m. After hours, it is up to the coaches and instructors to make the final decision.


Check back often as events are added for Fall and Winter 2019

Terrific Tuesdays  I  Select Tuesdays June-Aug.  I  FREE!*

From storytime in the Park to magicians, a pop-up Petting Zoo and a Penny Carnival, these Tuesdays are sure to delight. Most events are free*, although the Penny Carnival activities cost 1-5 cents. View and print a postcard here

Come celebrate with us on these free, fun family days! No need to register, just come!
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  • July 16: Jolly Pops @ 10:30 a.m. at South Valley Park
  • July 23: Storytime in the Park @ 10:30 a.m. at South Valley Park
  • July 30: Penny Carnival @ 4:30 p.m. at VMCC
  • Aug. 6: Storytime in the Park @ 10:30 a.m. at South Valley Park
  • Aug. 13: Alpha Bits @ 10:30 a.m. at South Valley Park
  • Aug. 20: Happy Tails Petting Zoo @ 5 p.m. at South Valley Park

Call the Weather Line at 651-450-2595 to check status of event in case of inclement weather.

IGH Food Truck Days  I  Second Wednesday of the month, June-Aug.

Taste different delicious dishes from local food trucks! Bring the family and the neighbors for this tasty event! The event is free to attend, but the food trucks will charge for their menu items.

  • Wednesday, August 14: **NEW** Location - Rich Valley Athletic Complex, 1841 105th Street E., IGH

For more information, visit:

IGH Days: Sept. 5-8

This four-day community celebration is back for 2019! Hosted by the IGH Days Committee, many events and activities are planned to engage and entertain community members of all ages! The City of Inver Grove Heights staff from Fire, PD and Parks & Rec turn out to help and participate in the celebration. Look forward to treasure hunts, street dances, many games and family-themed activities, as well as a Parade and Fireworks show! Visit the website for all the details, including purchasing IGH Days Button:

Boo Bash - 18th Annual!  I  Friday, Oct. 25  I  Ages 2-12  I  6-8 p.m.  I  $6/person ($8/person day of)

boo bashCalling all ghosts, goblins, superheroes and animals! It’s time for our 18th Annual Boo Bash! Join us for a ghoulish good time. The bash includes games, frightful friends and chilling crafts. Don’t forget to come in costume for this hauntingly good time!

Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: VMCC, National Guard Armory Gymnasium
Register by Wednesday, Oct. 23

Holidays in the Heights

The holidays are here and Santa is coming to town, along with Sprinkles the Elf and other fun holiday-themed events. Celebrate this special time of year with us. It all kicks off with our annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 29.

Most events require registration with a fee, so make sure to sign up online or at 651-450-2585.

We look forward to enjoying this magical time of year with you and your family!

Want to sponsor our events?

Sponsors make all this magical holiday fun possible and definitely add extra cheer to our holiday celebration. Would you like to be a part of these events? We'd love to have you. Contact us at 651-450-2588 to learn more about sponsorship opportunities!

2019 Activities

Check back soon to learn about all of our activities planned for the 2019 season!

Family New Year's Eve Party  I  Tuesday, Dec. 31  I  All Ages

Count down to the New Year while swimming, jamming to music and trying log rolling in our pools. You can also ice skate in our arena!

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 31
Time: 12-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $6/ages 9 & younger; $9/ages 10 & older
Location: VMCC, Aquatics Center and East Rink

Not finding an event?

Visit the Parks & Rec Special Events and City's Community Events pages for a complete list of events.