Free creative activities for young people during the winter holidays | News


The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) will be offering a list of creative activities for kids over the winter break that will preview innovative new programs and spaces that will debut in Minneapolis parks next year.

The free activity sample showcases the possibilities of MPRB’s Spark’d Studios initiative (formerly known as Creation Spaces), which kicked off with classes offered in a completely renovated music and video production center at the Powderhorn Recreation Center in 2021. Additional Spark’d Studios locations are slated to open in Luxton, Whittier and Harrison Parks.

There are limited places available in some of the programs listed below, all of which are available at no cost. Register online by clicking on the program title, or drop by any MPRB recreation center and register in person. Visit to search thousands of programs for youth and adults across the park system, including many spring break activities. Face mask compulsory inside all MPRB buildings.

The basics of photography

Want to capture nature in your neighborhood? How about having fun with family and friends? Participants will learn the basics of photography using their device or a device provided by MPRB. Day 1 will be working on getting the right shot, and Day 2 will focus on editing some of our favorites.

December 27 and 29

Whittier Recreation Center

7-9 years

12 p.m.-2 p.m.

10-12 years

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

12-14 years

4.30 p.m.-6.30 p.m.

Young creators of rhythms

Using FL Studios, participants will learn to create their own beats, remix a song, and record with computerized instruments.

December 20 and 22

Whittier Recreation Center

7-9 years

12 p.m.-2 p.m.

10-12 years

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Theater Arts – Short Story Theater

Students will quickly develop characters and hone their acting skills as they work through a rapid theatrical rehearsal process. Each participant will have the opportunity to play multiple roles in a short play read aloud that will be recorded for broadcast as a podcast. This class will be a fun mix of reading, drama and tech for budding theater lovers!

Some experience is preferable, but certainly not necessary.

December 20, 21 and 22, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

11-17 years old, Powderhorn Recreation Center

Young content creators

People have made careers creating YouTube content and videos. From DIY videos and reaction videos, to news and comedy content, the possibilities are endless. Learn how to create a YouTube channel with great content using your tablet, phone or digital camera. Learn how to organize content, write a script, shoot a movie, and create a quality video for viewers.

December 21, 22 and 23 and December 28, 29, 30, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

13-17 years old, Harrison Recreation Center

The following programs are now full, but waiting lists may be available.

Play workshop for young people

Young people focus on play-based learning and community building. They will have the chance to play a variety of different games, in tournament form. The games will include FIFA, NBA 2K, and NFL Madden.

December 22 and 23, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

12-17 years old, Luxton Leisure Center

Podcast Academy

Learn how to create, record, edit and publish a podcast! Participants will make a recording for the podcast, “Powderhorn Park presentsThen come to class with a few possible topics to discuss.

December 29, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

11-14 years old, Powderhorn Recreation Center

Youth photography workshop

Looking to get the most out of digital prints? Participants will have the opportunity to take their photographic vision to the next level. They will learn how to edit and take photos during the winter photography workshop. Young people will learn the techniques step by step to get the best possible impressions. This photography workshop will be taught by a graduate of the Minneapolis College of Arts and Design.

December 28 and 30, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

12-16 years old, Luxton Leisure Center


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