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Adult Trips

Trips for adults wanting to get away, meet new friends or explore new leisure resources. Unless stated otherwise, transits or coach buses are used for day outings.

Offerings

  • Day trips
  • Extended trips
  • Trip abroad
  • Tours

Registration policy

  • Payment must accompany registration
  • Make your check payable to the City of Brooklyn Park, or call 763-493-8333 to register with Visa, Mastercard or Discover and to check availability
  • Deadline dates for registration are listed on a space-permitting basis only
  • No refunds for nonrefundable costs due to weather beyond our control
  • No refunds given after deadline date.
  • Full refunds given (only) if trip is cancelled.
  • Pick up flyers and registration forms at the Community Activity Center.
  • Unless stated otherwise, buses pick up/return to the Community Activity Center, 5600 85th Avenue N, Brooklyn Park
  • Return times are approximate due to weather/traffic.

Group rate matinées

Wednesday matinées at Yellow Tree Theatre

Make a day of it with these three new matinée packages, offering you:

  • Discounted group rate on tickets
  • Dinner at noon
  • Professionally-catered pre-show dinner from Heavenly Hosts Catering, held right in the theater
  • An exclusive post show meet-and-greet discussion with the actors!
  • No transportation included—participants drive on their own to Yellow Tree Theatre, 320 5th Ave., Osseo

A Gone Fishin' Christmas

From the playwright who brought you Miracle on Christmas Lake and A Hunting Shack Christmas, it's the world premiere of Jessica Lind Peterson's hilarious brand-spanking new holiday comedy!

The Northland's biggest ice fishing contest of the decade is underway and two sisters travel home to Duluth to catch a big one. But an unseasonably warm winter threatens to break apart the ice and the girls quickly find them-selves in precarious waters. Featuring an unruly team of sled dogs, an aqua-phobic intern and an old boyfriend, A Gone Fishin' Christmas is guaranteed to tickle your funny bone and catapult you into the Christmas spirit!

Dinner menu:

  • Swedish meatballs with beef cream sauce
  • Egg noodles
  • Fresh seasonal vegetable

Event date

Wednesday, December 14, noon to 4 p.m.

Cost

$35

Deadline

November 18, space permitting

Grace

A wide-eyed young Minnesota couple have just begun a new life in sunny, promise-filled Florida with big plans to open a chain of motels. As the real estate deal threatens to unravel Steve acquires an itch he can't scratch and Dara is drawn to an unlikely new friend. Destinies collide in this dark comic, eerily tragic and timely play that plunges headfirst into questions of faith and grace. "Grace brings refreshing complexity to what is fast becoming the most urgent philosophical issue of our time,” wrote LA Times.

Dinner menu:

  • Roast sirloin of beef with Bearnaise sauce
  • Homemade mashed potatoes
  • Fresh seasonal vegetables

Event date

Wednesday, February 22, 2017, noon to 4 p.m.

Cost

$35

Deadline

January 27, 2017, space permitting

One Man, Two Guvnors

Winner of the Critics Circle Award and multiple Tony and Drama Desk awards, this glorious comedy is a unique laugh-out-loud mix of satire, shtick and stupendous physical comedy. In the heart of 1960's England, charming and doltish Francis, fired from his pop band, unexpectedly finds himself with two new jobs and two new bosses, who are connected to each other in wildly improbable ways. Mistaken identities, outrageous farce, love triangles and inspired lunacy ensue! This splendidly silly new play has been hailed as “Comic perfection!”

Dinner menu:

  • Tuscan chicken with sun-dries tomato pesto cream sauce
  • Mashed red-skin potatoes
  • Italian garden salad

Event date

Wednesday, May 3, 2017, noon to 4 p.m.

Cost

$35

Deadline

April 12, 2017, space permitting

Day trips

Beauty and the Beast

Chanhassen Dinner Theatre

This "tale as old as time," transports audiences through a magical story paired with enchanting song and dance. Join us for a wonderful day at the Chanhassen. Coach transportation, dinner and play ticket is included in the price of the trip.

Event date

Wednesday, September 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost

$79

Deadline

August 12, space permitting.

Pelican Breeze II

Travel to Albert Lea and board the Pelican Breeze II, a historic 60-foot riverboat-styled pontoon, featuring two smoke stacks and a paddle wheel. (It is equipped with a rest room and there are plastic windows that can be lowered for inclement weather.)

Enjoy a historically-narrated tour by the Captain as you cruise on beautiful Albert Lea Lake where some of the resident Pelicans may still be on the lake. Lunch will be at the Wedgewood Cove Golf Club and the menu includes a sandwich, soup, raspberry swirl cheesecake and beverage.

You will then visit two "made in rural Minnesota" small businesses who are doing very well nationally. The first features a scientist who became pregnant and developed Daisy Blue Naturals, back-to-nature products. At the same location, we will also visit Granicrete Showroom and Warehouse. Their products have been featured on TV shows such as Extreme Makeover and Flip This House. This group-only tour allows you to see the counter tops and floors that are used in this award-winning overlay system; it is an impressive and artistic process.

Event date

Tuesday, September 13, 7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Cost

$70

Deadline

August 16, space permitting.

All aboard for brunch

Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway

We will travel the Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway on a restored train to enjoy a colorful trip back in time. A Champagne Brunch in the historic dining car counter adored with curtains and linen table cloth includes smoked ham slices with cheese-scrambled eggs, herbed American fries, toast with jam, orange garnish, champagne and coffee.

We will return to 1948 as we ride on this vintage train from Osceola to Marine on St. Croix. While traveling high on the bluffs, enjoying the beautiful woodlands, our trip will cross the St. Croix River on a swing bridge that used to open to let the steamboats pass.

On our return home, we will make our favorite stop at Eichten's Cheese and Bison in Center City for treats where you can purchase an ice cream cone, award-winning cheese, bison meat products and specialty gifts. Bring a cold/hot thermal bag to keep purchases fresh.

Event date

Wednesday, October 5, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Cost

$70

Deadline

August 29, space permitting

Hinckley fun excursion

Grand Casino Hinckley

It’s our annual Hinckley, Minnesota Fall colors trip! Bring your friends, open to all adults. You must include your Grand Casino Card number when registering, or your birth date.

Event date

Wednesday, October 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost

$10

Deadline

October 7, space permitting

Brainerd in the Fall

Geritol Frolics and more!

Arrive in Baxter at the Christmas Point Wild Rice Company and spend time at the coffee bar or shopping. It is family owned and operated, featuring products that are proudly produced in Minnesota’s Northwoods. In addition to delicious Minnesota wild rice products, the store has three floors full of a unique combination of home decor, furniture, kitchen and dining accessories, gourmet foods, casual clothing, shoes, fine art, silk and dried flowers and more.

Leave Christmas Point and have lunch at Prairie Bay Restaurant, a one-of-a-kind restaurant owned by hard-working entrepreneur Mike Bullinger.

Lunch menu:

  • Garden salad
  • Balsamic glazed chicken breast
  • Garlic mashed potatoes
  • Caramel and apple bread pudding
  • Beverage

We then proceed to the Franklin Arts Center for the delightful production of Geritol Frolics 2016 by Ed and Yvonne Yunkers. This is a senior variety show with singing, dancing and comedy; performers are all over 50 years old. A new program each year features a cast of 50 and a live orchestra. Stop for a snack (on own) at a fast food restaurant in Little Falls.

Event date

Thursday, October 27, 9:15 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Cost

$72

Deadline

September 21, space permitting

Christmas at Mayowood Mansion and lunch at the Hubbell House

We are off to Rochester again! If you have not done this trip, it is a must! Our first stop will be the Olmstead County Historical Center for a brief introduction to the mansion and "Christmas at Historic Mayowood." This is the former residence of Drs. Charles H. and Charles W. Mayo, a National Historic Landmark situated on a wooded hillside overlooking the Zumbro River Valley.

There will be many rooms uniquely decorated by volunteers and merchants in Rochester; each is personalized by those who contribute to the holiday spirit. The mansion has been recently restored to its full former elegant glory. As you meander through the mansion, notice the Steinway Conservatory Grand piano, a 1914 Aeolian Company player pipe organ, a Kerman pattern Persian rug, crystal chandeliers and leaded stained glass doors and windows.

Our next stop is Mantorville, Minnesota; a tiny village that was once a booming community, bypassed by the railroad. We will have lunch at the historic Hubbell House in Mantorville. Please make a menu choice when you register of (1) roast beef or (2) Hubbell baked chicken.

Event date

Thursday, November 17, 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Cost

$60

Deadline

October 17, space permitting

A Merry Mankato

Stop at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Gift Store to shop. Browse through the remodeled store filled with great ideas for Christmas gifts. There is a great mix of merchandise produced in Minnesota by local artisans. In addition to gardening supplies, there are colorful floral trays, books, candles, beautiful glass pieces and one-of-a-kind decor pieces. Shop for horticulture-themed clothing, honey, jams, jellies and maple syrup. There are locally-made lotions, greeting cards, kitchenware, jewelry, puzzles, games and artwork.

Then, on to Mankato for a guided tour of the historic Hubbard House, showcasing traditional Victorian Christmas decorations. As one of the finest examples of Victorian-style homes in Mankato, the mansion was built in several stages beginning in 1871, and was home to the R.D. Hubbard family for 67 years.

Dinner will be at Charley's Restaurant; the chef will prepare an early (4:00 p.m.) dinner menu with a beverage and  small dessert.

And what would a holiday trip be without holiday lights? We will drive to Kiwanis Holiday Lights at Sibley Park. They have over one million lights in the park. Older displays were created by volunteers who bent, welded and molded metals into forms. They then attached color rope lights to the frame to create the display—some of them are over 15 feet high! Newer displays are significantly larger and often have moving LED bulbs. Santa's Toy Factory is 29 feet high and nearly 40 feet wide. Other displays include the Candy Cane Cottage and the elves snowball fight, flying Santa, and a 19-piece nativity scene. There, you will be treated to a horse-drawn wagon ride through the park, if you wish, and concessions will be for sale in the warming house. A skating rink with a synthetic surface, live reindeer, animated and choreographed lights are also there.

Event date

Thursday, December 1, 11:45 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Cost

$70

Deadline

November 7, space permitting

Camelot

Chanhassen Dinner Theatre

A favorite returns to the Chanhassen! Join us for a wonderful day with music and story. Coach transportation, dinner and play ticket is included in the price of the trip.

Event date

Wednesday, January 25, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Cost

$79

Deadline

December 28, space permitting

Extended trips

The Spectacular Fireside Theatre

Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin

Ring in the New Year with a Mamma Mia performance!

Event date

December 31, 2016 to January 1, 2017

Depart from the Golden Valley City Hall at 9:00 a.m. Estimated return time is 4:30 p.m.

Cost

$425 per person, 2 per room

$495 per person, 1 per room

Cost includes:

  • Deluxe motor coach transportation
  • Lunch at the Norske Nook Restaurant in Osseo, Wisconsin 
  • Lodging for 1 night at Holiday Inn Express
  • Breakfast at the Holiday Inn
  • New Year’s Eve feast at the Fireside Dinner Theatre
  • Performance of Mamma Mia
  • Hot buffet at Trappers Turn restaurant in Wisconsin Dells

Small groups, big experiences

Join us for a special presentation about two exciting trips/tours coming up in Fall 2017

  • Come to Know Scotland
  • Set off for Islands of New England

See slides and hear about the tours from Sonja Smith, Collette Travel representative. Lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is requested.

Event date

Wednesday, September 28, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cost

Free

Location

Community Activity Center, Senior Lounge
5600 85th Ave. N.
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443

Come to know Scotland

From its rugged sea-sprayed islands to its stately castles rich in history, Scotland's treasures are as diverse as they are compelling. Learn how to play the bagpipes and enjoy dinner at the National Piping Centre's farm-to-table restaurant. Take a cruise on famed Loch Lomond. Visit a local family on their working farm for tea and meet their sheepdogs. Marvel at the stunning Isle of Skye, the magnificent landscapes of the Highlands and the panoramic shores of Loch Ness. Explore the magical Orkney Islands' ancient Skara Brae and prehistoric Ring of Brodgar. Visit Dunrobin Castle for a falconry display. Sample Scotch whisky during a distillery tour. Stop in St. Andrews, home of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club. Explore the regal city of Edinburgh. Put a modern twist on traditional Scottish ingredients during an interactive cooking experience.

Event date

September 10 to 19, 2017

Cost

$3,999 per person based on double occupancy

Set off for islands of New England

New England's miles of sandy beaches, majestic coasts, and rolling surf invite relaxation. The Islands of New England tour spends eight days exploring New England's charms, from the cobblestone streets of Nantucket to a dry harvest cranberry bog. Step back in time at Plimoth Plantation to sample traditional recipes from that period, learn some Pilgrim etiquette and enjoy a Thanksgiving feast where you'll learn to "eat like a Pilgrim."

In Provincetown, the choice is yours–set out on a whale watch cruise or embark on a scenic adventure through the iconic sand dunes of the Cape. Visit Boston and Providence, the Gilded Age mansions of Newport, the lively artist colony of Provincetown, and the beautiful islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. Complete your New England experience as you indulge in a traditional seafood and lobster feast.

Event date

September 27 to October 2, 2017

Cost

$2,929 per person, based on double occupancy

Contact us

Community Activity Center (Recreation and Parks Department)

5600 85th Ave. N.
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
View map and directions to the Community Activity Center

Summer hours

Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, closed unless we have a scheduled event or activity
Hours may vary based on events and activities.

Phone and email

Pat Busch
763-493-8254
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