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park at home

Our parks and recreation team prides itself on providing families with ways to learn, meet new people, and have fun. Since our programs can’t run as usual, we have some activities that you can do in your own home and neighborhood! We are introducing Park…at Home. Every week we will share a new activity for you to participate in through the city's social media, FacebookTwitter and Instagram , as well as through email updates.

How to participate

  1. Every Tuesday, starting April 7, look for our weekly activity on social media, through email or posted below.

  2. Find your own way to participate in the activity, either by yourself or with your family.

  3. Share photos and videos with the city about how you are participating each week.

Share with us

Share your photos and videos with us on the city's social media, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@stlouispark), by posting them in the comments section of our weekly posts.

You can also mail in any photos to The Rec Center, 3700 Monterey Drive.

Weekly activities

Week 1 - Kindness rocks

For week one, find a rock and decorate it (a motivational quote, a cute drawing, etc.)! On your next adventure outside, hide it for someone else to find! Take a picture of your rock creation, and share on social media. If you find a rock, post a picture of where you found it.

Have fun making someone’s day!

Week 2 - A to Z scavenger hunt

For week two, create an A to Z photo scavenger hunt. Look for objects in nature or at home that start with each letter of the alphabet. Take photos and share your favorites with us! We look forward to seeing what you find.

Week 3 - Draw your own park

For week three, draw what you think would be the best playground. Use your imagination and share your final creation with us!

Week 4 - Pet photos and videos

For week four, take a picture or video of your pet at a park, on a trail or in your backyard and post it! There are numerous parks and trails in St. Louis Park to get out and explore with your pet. Reminder:  Dogs should be on leashes in parks and are not allowed at the Westwood Hills Nature Center.

Week 5 - Spell your name with different objects

For week five, spell out your name with different objects in your home or from outside! Find things in your home or outdoors that start with each letter of your name and take a picture of them lined up together, or take a picture of each letter and combine your pictures in order! Post and share a picture of your completed artwork in the comments section so people can guess what your name is.

Week 6 - Reading challenge

For week six, participate in our reading challenge and find some time to read a book for 30 minutes. Send a picture of your book and thumbs up if you liked it. Check out what the Box Turtle is reading at Westwood Hills Nature Center. He gives it two thumbs up!

Week 7 - St. Louis Park spirit wear

For week seven, show us your St. Louis Park spirit! Get out any St. Louis Park clothing or gear you have, new or old, and let’s show we’re St. Louis Park strong!

Week 8 - Get walking St. Louis Park

For week eight of Park…at Home, get walking St. Louis Park! Walking has many health benefits and is a great way to get out of the house and explore your local parks and trails!

Week 9 - Chalk drawing contest and water safety

For week nine of Park…at Home, we have two offerings. The first offering is a chalk drawing contest. We want you to fill your entire sidewalk or driveway with pictures and words of everything you have been doing over the last eight weeks. Add your favorite words, shapes, park, a picture of your family, your name and whatever else you that you like. Share your pictures with us and we will pick one grand prize winner.

The second offering is water safety tips. May was Water Safety Month, and we want you to continue this theme and practice these simple techniques at home in a kiddie pool or bathtub. With many of us now using backyards pools or lakes that may not have lifeguards on site, we want you to stay safe. Check out our water safety skills video and go online to find other examples of how to stay safe in and around the water!