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Easter Egg Hunts and April Fun in Faribault

Looking for something to do during the month of April? There are lots of activities for young and old going on in Faribault and our surrounding communities. Whether you’re just looking to get out of the house, wanting to explore the outdoors, or hoping to find some family fun, there is something for everyone to discover in our local communities!

Easter will be here before you know it. As I come across special activities I will add them to the list. Have a lovely spring!

***Easter Egg Hunts/Easter Bunny Events***

Spring into Easter with the Easter Bunny– Saturday, April 1, 9 AM – 2 PM at Waseca Junior and Senior High School. The Easter Bunny is coming to town! Come get your picture taken with him! Come visit various vendors and original crafters from our area. Bake sale, concessions, and lots of shopping available!

2017 Rice County 4-H Easter Egg Hunt– Saturday, April 8, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM at the Rice County Fairgrounds. Open to children ages 2 through Grade 5. There will be an outdoor egg hunt along with hands-on activities for the youth inside the 4-H Building. Families may arrive starting at 10:30.  The egg hunt will be divided into three categories which means three starting times and different colors of eggs for the groups:
• Ages 2-5 will begin egg hunt at 10:45
• Grades K-2 will begin hunt at 11:00
• Grades 3-5 will begin hunt at 11:15

Kenyon Area Easter Egg Hunt– Saturday, April 8, at the Kenyon-Wanamingo Highschool in Kenyon. Photos with the Easter Bunny begins at 12:30 PM. The egg hunt begins at 1:00 PM. Open to children ages 0 to third grade. Donations are being collected for the Kenyon Food Shelf.

Easter Egg Hunt– Saturday, April 15, 10:00 AM at Koda Living Community in Owatonna. Held rain or shine. Come meet the Easter Bunny and play some kid’s activities. The egg hunt will be divided into age brackets.

Community Egg Hunt– Saturday, April 15, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM at Christian Family Church in Owatonna. The event includes photos with the Easter Bunny, carnival games, crafts, bingo, Bunny dance party, scavenger hunt, pedal go-carts, EZY rollers, and strider bikes. Hunts are divided into different brackets by age. First hunt starts at 11:00 AM.

Shattuck St. Mary’s Easter Egg Hunt– Saturday, April 15, 10:30 AM at Shattuck St. Mary’s. Open to children ages 1 to 11. Refreshments will be available indoors. Food donations accepted for the Faribault Food Shelf. Will be moved indoors if there is inclement weather. Candy provided by Fareway Foods.

More April Events

Bagels and Birds– Saturday, April 1, 9:30-10:30 AM at River Bend Nature Center. FREE! Join a naturalist and watch the birds from the inside of the nature center. Enjoy a warm cup of coffee and learn about Minnesota’s spring birds.

Edible Books Festival 2017– Saturday, April 1 at 1:30 PM – 3 PM at Buckham Memorial Library in Faribault. Buckham Memorial Library’s 2nd Annual Edible Books Festival is Saturday, April 1st! No Foolin’! Participants are invited to put together an entry that represents a literary topic made entirely of food. Entry Forms are now available at the library. Categories include Adults, Families, and City of Faribault Staff. Entry forms must be returned by Friday, March 31. Entries must be dropped off on Saturday by noon in the hallway between the Library and Parks and Rec.

Crafting with Craft (beer)– Saturday, April 1, 6:00-8:00 PM at F-Town Brewery. Get your friends together and come to F-Town for Crafting with Craft. This month you can learn how to Stencil Paint. Have a beer while an instructor guides you in making an artistic masterpiece. Space is limited so register quickly!! Email at info@ftownbeer.com to secure your spot.

Paint & Sip the Night Away– Thursday, April 6, 6:30 – 9:00 PM at the Upper East Side. An evening of creativity & FUN painting acrylics on your choice of 12″ X 12″ / $25 or 16″x 20″ / $30 wrapped canvas. Bring your favorite beverage.. & bring out the Picasso in You! Reservation is required. Call 507-339-1770 for more details.

Star Gazing at the Godsell Observatory–  Friday, April 7, 8:00 PM.  FREE! Bring your family to the observatory and look through their enormous telescopes at the night’s sky. This event is dependent on clear skies.  Godsell Observatory is located on the campus of Carlton College in Northfield. Check its website to make sure the event is not cancelled.

April Fun in Faribault - An Activity Guide. Looking for something to do during the month of March? There’s lots of activities for young and old going on in Faribault and our surrounding communities.

Godsell Observatory on the campus of Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.

Faribault Wrestling Raffle– Friday, April 7, 5 PM – 11 PM at the Faribault Elk’s Lodge. Dinner, silent auction, and raffle. $5,000 Grand Prize! $9,750 in CASH Given Away! Chances to WIN: $5,000, $2,500, $1,000, $500, $250 or 5- $100 Cost: $50 Raffle Ticket (includes dinner & dance), $10 for dinner only, $5 for dance only.

Encounters: Math Investigations– Saturday, April 8, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School. Cost: $15.00.  Ages 9-14.Use the power of math to explore mysteries and find solutions. This will be a hands-on, engaging event; even those a little afraid of math will have a fun time. Pre-register for the event at this website.

Northfield Home and Garden Show– Saturday, April 8, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM at the Northfield Ice Arena. Come check out over 50 LOCAL vendors for all your home, garden, lifestyle, health and leisure needs!

Pokémon Party– Saturday, April 8 at 2 PM – 4 PM, at HyVee in Faribault. Cost: $12.00/child. Come dressed up as a Pokémon trainer or as your favorite Pokémon! Join your registered dietitian for a Pokémon-themed event where we will enjoy cooking healthy foods to eat; as well as, crafts and coloring! Each child will also receive a Pokémon card for attending the event, while parents will receive a 0.10 cent fuel perks reward during the day of the event! Please register ahead of time at customer service or call customer service for phone registration. REGISTRATIONS MUST BE MADE BY THU APRIL 6, 2017

BABS Night– Saturday, April 8, 5:00-10:00 PM at Bethlehem Academy. Come to the 33rd Annual BABS night! It’s Back to the 50’s! Come for some great 50’s burger baskets and malts, carnival games, silent auction, raffle, and music. You can dress in 50’s attire if you wish. There will be prizes for the best-dressed! Cost: Burger Baskets $6, Admission to the event: $5.00. Must be 21 to attend.

2017 Faribault Flannel Formal– Saturday, April 8, 5:00-10:00 PM at F-Town Brewing Company. Live music, a commemorative beer glass, and one free beer to drink by the bonfire! Plus contests and Lumberjack games! Come dressed in your finest flannel for a chance to win our Best Dressed Lumberjack & Lumberjane contest! OR bring your meatiest hot dish and see if it takes first prize Lumberjack Hot Dish contest! Tickets are officially for sale! Cost: $20. For online ticket purchases, visit http://bit.ly/FFFTickets. Ticket locations include the Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, F-Town Brewing Company, G&H Property Management, Heartman Insurance, Chappuis Jewelers, Reliance Bank, and from board members.

Straw Bale Gardening Workshop– Thursday, April 13 at 6 PM – 7:15 PM at Buckham Memorial Library in Faribault.  Come to Buckham Memorial’s Great Hall for a Straw Bale Gardening Workshop presented by expert Joel Karsten. Karsten has a degree in Horticultural Science from the University of Minnesota and is the author of several books about Straw Bale Gardening. Registration is not required but seating is limited.
For more information call Allyn McColley at 507-334-2089.

Native Bees– Thursday, April 13, 7:00 PM at Emmaus Church in Northfield. Catherine Williams and Karen Lundquist, Master Naturalists and members of Prairie Partners Chapter of Wild Ones will share their knowledge on the natural history of native bees, how to attract them, and ways to improve and provide their habitats. As important pollinators, native bees are a critical component of a healthy and beautiful natural environment.

Easter Brunch on the Lake– Sunday, April 16, 10:00 AM at Winjum’s Shady Acres Restaurant and Resort. Winjum’s 7th Annual Easter Brunch. Menu includes carved turkey, smoked ham, beef tenderloin, scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, muffins/pastries, bacon and kielbasa, French toast, caesar salad, fresh fruit, wild rice soup, pasta salad, fish sticks and apple crisp, peach cobbler crisp, cupcakes, cookies. Also available: Loaded Bloody Marys and Mimosas.

Canvas and Cocktails– Tuesday, April 18, 6:00-8:00 PM at Warehouse A in Faribault. Cost: $30. Canvas & Cocktails is a great night out for adults! Relax and discover your inner artist in a fun, casual environment and let your creative juice flow! No experience needed! So grab some friends, bring a date, or just come solo. Enjoy a fun-filled, artistic evening learning to paint, step by step, and take home a beautiful piece of artwork of your very own. All supplies are included! Bring only your desire and enthusiasm!

The Sound of MusicApril 20-April 22, 7:30 PM at Shattuck St. Mary’s School in Faribault. Cost: Adults $10, Students $5. The spring musical at SSM is The Sound of Music. This endearing and heartwarming story is based on the real-life story of the Von Trapp Family singers. Maria is the tomboyish postulant at an Austrian abbey who becomes a governess in the home of a widowed naval captain with seven children and brings a new love of life and music into the home.

Big, Bang, Boom–  Saturday, April 22, 4:00 PM at Paradise Center for the Arts. Cost: Member: $12, Non-Member: $15, Student: $8, Family package: 4 tickets: 2 adult/2 student – $35 member, $41 non-member. This pop/rock music trio plays parent-friendly children’s music. After 20 yours touring clubs and playing parties, Chuck Folds (younger brother of Ben Folds), Steve Willard, and Eddie Walker decided to expand their horizons and play kids’ music with a pop sensibility, aimed at being something parents can enjoy and feel god about letting their kids listen to and see live.

Munchkin Market & Family Fun Fest– Saturday, April 22, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM at the Four Seasons Centre, East Arena in Owatonna. Youth ages 6-15 will be selling toys, games, books, sporting goods and more. Family friendly vendors are welcome to purchase a booth. Family Fun Fest entertainment includes bounce house, inflatable obstacle course, inflatable ski ball and knock it off, Plinko, hoop shoot, tennis, prizes, and more.

2017 Blue Bird Expo– Saturday, April 22, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM at Northfield Middle School. Learn about blue bird restoration projects, nest boxes, and how to attract blue birds on your property. There will also be a silent auction.

Mother/Daughter Yoga– Saturday, April 22, 9:15-10:30 AM at Yoga Reset. Cost $15.00. A fun bonding morning for mothers and daughters (ages 5-10 years).  Participants will warm up as a group and then break out into partner poses that will take some teamwork.  They will wrap up with relaxation. Space available for 6 pairs. Instructor: Maggie DeMars.

Faribault Marketplace– Saturday, April 29, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM at the Faribault Ice Arena. Shop from local vendors, learn about local companies, look for new employment, and make contacts for future opportunities. Hosted by the Faribault Chamber of Commerce.

Kid’s Planting Day– Saturday, April 29, 10:30-11:30 AM at Knecht’s Nurseries and Landscaping in Northfield. Knecht’s will provide the pot, selected annuals, potting mix, and all the care the plants need until Mother’s Day Weekend when kids can pick up their planters decorated with a bow and Mother’s Day Pick! Cost $7.00 for an 8” plastic pot, $11.00 for a hanging basket, or $20.00 for a 6” red or blue ceramic pot. (Ceramic pots are first come first served.). Pre-registration is encouraged. This event will be held in one of our heated greenhouses if the weather is cool or rainy.


More Attractions and Ideas for Spring Fun

1. Take your kids to the Faribault Youth Center– Cost: FREE! The Faribault Youth Center is located at the Faribo West Mall and is a place for youth ages 8-18. Play board games, air hockey, and pool, along with internet and TV. Juice, water, soda and snacks available for purchase. Open 4:00-8:00 Monday-Friday, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Saturdays, and 12:00 to 5:00 pm Sundays.

2. Join the Restoration Club at River Bend Nature Center. Open to adults. Cost: FREE! Wednesdays in March through May, 3:00-5:00 PM. Join River Bend for a restoration-themed work day.  Along with River Bend staff, you will head onto the property to remove non-native invasive species and work to restore native habitat.  You will learn restoration skills that you can take home and implement on your property.

3. Visit a Historical Society Museum– There are some great local museums nearby where you can learn about the history of our local cities and Minnesota. Check them out!

  • Rice County Historical Society– Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM. Cost: Seniors $2.00, Adults $3.00, Ages 12 & under $1.00. Learn about the history of Rice County, including everything from the Native Americans who lived here to Faribault’s founders, and the businesses that have called Faribault home.
  • Northfield Historical Society–  Cost:  $5.00 Adults, $3.00 Seniors (60+), $3.00 Students, Members Free. Open Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Cost: Tour the First National Bank of Northfield and learn about the day Jesse James robbed the bank. Located at 408 Division Street in Northfield.
  • Steele County History Center and Village of Yesteryear– Click here for hours of operation. Cost: Adult Admission: $5, Children: 7 – 16 $3, Six and under: FREE, Group Rates Available, SCHS Members: FREE.  The Village of Yesteryear consists of fifteen structures where you can experience what life was like in Owatonna and Steele County at the turn of the 20th Century. The Steele County History Center features rotating exhibits, displays, and educational programming relative to Steele County and Minnesota history.

4. Play at the Dundas DomeCost $5/person. Open play from 2:00 PM-5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.   Please check the website for updates if changes to the regular schedule are made.  Adjustments may be made based on field rentals during those hours.

April Fun in Faribault - An Activity Guide. Looking for something to do during the month of March? There’s lots of activities for young and old going on in Faribault and our surrounding communities.

Dundas Dome in Dundas, Minnesota.

5. Take a history tour and learn more about Faribault.

  • Faribault Woolen Mill– Wednesdays at 11:00 AM, Fridays at 11:00 AM & 1:00 PM, Second Saturday of the Month at 11:00 AM & 1:00 PM, Cost: Adults $6, Students (5-18) $3, Kids (0-4) Free. Reservations are required Call 507-412-5534 or email customerservice@faribaultmill.com to reserve your spot.
  • F-Town Brewery– Take a tour to see how beer is made. All tours are first come, first served and are limited to 20 people. Sign up required at the brewery in-person only. The tour is free but you are encouraged to bring one non-perishable food item per person.
  • Cathedral of Our Merciful Savior–  Cost: FREE but donations to the Cathedral are appreciated! Tour and learn about the history the Cathedral and Bishop Henry Benjamin Whipple. Read about my experience taking the tour. It was amazing! Learn more about tour times and the guided tour here.

6.  Go to a FREE movie on Friday night!  Come to the HideAway Coffeehouse and Wine Bar in Northfield for a free movie night. A movie for the kids starts at 5:00 PM and a movie for adults starts at 7:30 PM. Enjoy free popcorn.

7. Get crafty and take a beading class.  Come to Glass Garden Beads on Thursday nights and learn to bead with friends or family.  You can order a glass of wine from the Cheese Cave or a cup of coffee from the Bluebird Cakery / Coffee Shop and enjoy those options while you work on a unique beading project. Reserve your spot by calling 507-645-0301. There is only room for 6 so make your reservation early.


Looking Forward to Prom?

Cinderellas Closet of Hope is open during the month of February!  Check out the dates below!

February Fun in Faribault - An Activity Guide


Happy Travels,

Minnesota Wonders

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  • Leah

    FYI with the SSM egg hunt: we also have face painting, baked treats indoors, and wandering bunnies to take photos with. Egg hunt is divided into zones based on age, and all zones start at the same time.


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