Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board offering free summertime activities for kids through August

To allow kids to run off some energy and perhaps give parents a break or an opportunity to run an errand or two, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is offering free activities throughout the summer. 

Fun on the Run starts June 15 and will happen at parks all across the city. The park board has adjusted and selected activities that allow kids to keep a safe distance and will allow staff to clean and disinfect equipment. 

“These are recreational professionals running them so we feel confident that we can make it work and help everybody have fun," Mimi Kalb, MPRB's director of athletics, aquatics, and ice arenas said. 

Some of those activities include:

  • Soccer drills 
  • Beanbag toss
  • Badminton 
  • Football punt, pass, and kick
  • Disc golf
  • Agility challenges

Kalb says the park board has had to adjust to make these activities safe during a pandemic.

“It’s constantly ever-changing," Kalb said. "Right now competitive play is not allowed — so we’re modifying those traditional sports to do drills and fundamental activities where the youth can be spread out.”

Locations vary depending on the day of the week — this will continue through August and will run from 1-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Parents aren't required to stay, and the park board says it's ideal for kids ages 6-14.