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
boo bash

Boo Bash and Trick-or-Treating  I  Friday, Oct. 25  I  
6-8 p.m.  I  Ages 2-12

Calling 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.
Fee: $6/advance; $8/door

Register online by Wednesday, Oct. 23 under Family/Youth Activities:

Location: Veterans Memorial Community Center, National Guard Armory Gymnasium

Holidays in the Heights City of IGH Breakfast with Santa 2018

The holidays are here and Santa is coming to town. Come celebrate this special time of year with us. It all kicks off with our annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m. outside of the Veterans Memorial Community Center.

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

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

2019 Activities

Watch for info. online and social media on the the Light Up the Heights Holiday Light Contest

Tree Lighting Ceremony & Open Swim  I  Friday, Dec. 6  I  FREE!

(all ages; children must be accompanied by an adult)

Come kick off the holiday season with our official tree lighting outside of the VMCC on the Northeast end of the building. Mayor Tourville will lead the ceremony while Simley Choir performs some of your favorite holiday tunes. You are then welcome to free swimming in our Water Park and Pools! No registration necessary.

Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m. (tree lighting is at 6 p.m.)

Tree Lighting Location: VMCC, outside of NE end of bldg; 

Swim: VMCC, Aquatic Center

Skate with Santa  I  Saturday, Dec. 7  I  6:30-8 p.m.  I  $6/advance; $8/door pg. 25 skating santa

(all ages; children must be accompanied by an adult)

Carve some ice with the man inred! Come dressed in red or green and you will get a special holiday prize. Hot beverages and snacks will be provided.

Register by Wednesday, Dec. 4

Location: VMCC, West Rink

Holiday VINGO  I  Saturday, Dec. 14  I  12-2:30 p.m.   I  $6/advance; $8/door 

(all ages; children must be accompanied by an adult)

We’ve taken bingo play to the next level with a custom game that combines awesome music, great visuals, a little trivia and lots of prizes! Vingo is easy to play for all ages and each round is an exciting experience. A light lunch will be provided.

Register by Saturday, Dec. 7

Location: VMCC, Community Room 3

Breakfast with Santa  I  Saturday, Dec. 7   I  $6/advance; $8/door $6/advance; $8/door

(all ages; children must be accompanied by an adult)

Santa is coming for breakfast! Families will enjoy a light breakfast, visit with Santa, facepainting, balloon animals, games, selfie booth, crafts and more. Bring new or gently used hats and gloves to donate and be entered in a toy raffle.


  • Session I: 8:30-10 a.m. 
  • Session II: 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. 

Register by Wednesday, Dec. 4

Location: VMCC, National Guard Armory Gymnasium

Candy Cane Hunt  I  Saturday, Dec. 7  I  1 p.m.  I  $2/advance; $4/door

(all ages; children must be accompanied by an adult)

Join us at South Valley Park to search for a sleigh full of candy canes! There will be tons of candy canes hidden throughout the park. If you find the “golden candy cane” you will receive a special prize! Hot beverages and snacks will be provided.

Register by Wednesday, Dec. 4

Location: South Valley Park, 2810 70th St. E.

Holiday Cookies & Canvas  I  Saturday, Dec. 14  I  $10/person

(age 6 & up; with an adult)

Fun holiday art project with the family! Come for this fun class taught by Cheers Pablo. No painting experience necessary. Everything is provided, just come and paint! We will be painting a fun holiday scene. Cookies and beverages provided.


  • Session I: 9-10:30 a.m. 
  • Session II: 10:40 a.m.-12:10

Register by Friday, Dec. 6 (no walk-ins will be accepted)

Location: VMCC, Community Room 1

Want to sponsor our events? cookies and canvas

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!

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

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

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