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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

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

Grease

Chanhassen Dinner Theatre

A musical about teens in love in the 50s! Experience through singing and dancing, the friendships, romances and adventures of a group of high school kids at Rydell High. Among the many favorite songs are Greased Lightnin' and You're the One that I Want.

Please indicate mobility restrictions at the time of your registration

Event date

Wednesday, April 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost

$79

Price includes coach transportation, dinner and play ticket.

Deadline

March 8, space permitting

Minnesota State Capitol Tour

Lunch at the St. Paul Hotel

Join us for a guided tour with an overview of the Minnesota State Capitol history, art, architecture and state government, plus highlights of the massive restoration effort, the largest since opening in 1905. Our next stop is the St. Paul Hotel. In 1910 “St. Paul’s Million-Dollar Hotel” opened. The guest list included James J. Hill, builder of the Great Northern Railway, Lucius P. Ordway, businessman and early 3M investor, and John Ireland, Archbishop of St. Paul, to name a few. We will have a chance to relax and enjoy the Sideboard Buffet at M ST. Café. Each day features hot entrées with side dishes, salad, soup, coffee or tea. After lunch, a courthouse tour guide will walk us from the restaurant through the St. Paul Skyway System to the Ramsey County Courthouse for a fascinating Art Deco Architecture tour. All guests are required to go through security metal detectors.

Event date

Monday, April 24, 9:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Cost

$62

Deadline

March 27, space permitting

Unsung

Minneapolis Women's Club Theatre

SideKick Theater will present a new musical by Brian Pekol. Some people will do anything to be famous; some people just want to sing. This rousing, touching and funny musical centers around a trio of immensely gifted but unheralded female backup singers who become the heart and soul of the greatest hits of the 60s and 70s. Enjoy a glimpse beyond the glare of the spotlight in this original story of love, friendship and inspiration, featuring the music of Paul Simon, Neil Diamond, Elton John, John Denver, Willie Nelson, Van Morrison, Jackson Browne and more. Before the performance, a matinée lunch will be served at the beautiful Minneapolis Women's Club.

Lunch menu

  • Dijon-crusted chicken with cream sauce
  • Roasted garlic mashed potatoes
  • Baby carrots
  • Assorted breads
  • Coffee and tea
  • Dessert

Event date

Wednesday, May 10, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cost

$62

Deadline

April 20, space permitting

Luther Reformation Celebration

Our trip's first stop is lunch at the Black Forest Inn where you will enjoy authentic German specialties. Following lunch is a program by a costumed character playing Katharina von Bora (Luther). It was 500 years ago that Martin Luther took a stand that shook Europe and changed the world. His wife, Katharina, will reveal her important role in the Reformation that set the tone for Protestant family life. Our next stop is the beautiful Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis for a guided tour. See the marvelous stained glass windows and hear about the nearly 100 years of history.

Lunch menu

Homemade samplings of German Spezialitaten served family style such as:

  • Wiener schnitzel
  • Sauerbraten
  • Spaetzle
  • perhaps Black Forest cherry torte

Event date

Tuesday, May 23, 10:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Cost

$66

Deadline

May 1, 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.

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, enjoy the beautiful woodlands full of wildlife. 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.

Champagne brunch menu

  • Smoked ham slices with cheese-scrambled eggs
  • Herbed American fries
  • Toast with jam
  • Orange garnish
  • Champagne and coffee

Event date

Wednesday, June 7, 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Cost

$75

Deadline

May 1, space permitting

Road less traveled

Lunch at an Amish farm in the Utica–St. Charles, Minnesota community

We will immerse ourselves in the timeless culture of the Old Order Amish Community near Utica and St. Charles, Minnesota as we journey down “roads less traveled” back to a simpler time, based on close knit families, strong faith, and hard work. This enriching, scenic tour affords the opportunity to observe and learn, firsthand, about the Amish way of life. They still have one-room country schoolhouses and travel through the area by horse and buggy. We will have an unforgettable authentic Amish luncheon on an Amish farm. You will have the opportunity to purchase Amish products and crafts. You can buy baked goods, candy, handcrafted furniture, quilts, baskets, leather and more. Bring cash if you wish to purchase anything; they do not accept credit cards.

Lunch menu

  • Farm-raised chicken
  • Pennsylvania Dutch side dishes
    • Noodles
    • Salad
    • Beans
    • Potatoes
  • Fresh-baked bread with jams
  • Homemade desserts

Event date

Tuesday, June 17, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost

$72

Deadline

May 12, space permitting

Afton House and cruise

Arrive in the tiny village of Afton, Minnesota at the historic Afton House Inn, overlooking the St. Croix River Valley. Enjoy dining in the Wheel Room or Pennington Room. This modern property is filled with antique ambiance.

After lunch, you can relax or visit a few of the small shops near the inn. We will walk a couple of blocks from the Afton House Inn to the boat dock (the pathway is paved). We will have an hour and a half cruise on the Afton Cruise Lines, enjoying a beautiful boat ride along the shores of Minnesota and Wisconsin on the scenic St. Croix River. The scenery is beautiful with rugged landscapes, majestic views, woodlands and wildlife. There is a cash bar on the boat.

Lunch menu

  • Chicken crepes
  • Rice pilaf
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Rolls and butter
  • Coffee or hot tea
  • Pound cake with blueberries and whipped cream

Event date

Wednesday, July 19, 10:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cost

$68

Deadline

June 19, space permitting

Minneapolis Pops Orchestra and Minnehaha Falls

This day of adventure has been a popular trip for many years now, and it does fill fast! We will travel to the Nicollet Island Pavilion and enjoy the talented Minneapolis Orchestra. We will be treated to coffee, rolls and a potpourri of music. The concert is held at the indoor pavilion, so you won't have to worry about the heat or rainy weather. Bring a light jacket; the air conditioning works well. Following the concert we will enjoy a box lunch at Minnehaha Falls.

Event date

Wednesday, July 12, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cost

$25

Deadline

June 26, space permitting

Leinenkugel's Brewery Tour

We are off to Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. Our first stop is at the Fill Inn Station for lunch. It is a long-standing neighborhood fixture in a former gas station offering home-style American comfort food.

After lunch, we will have time to take a few minutes in the downtown district where there is the Chippewa Candy Store, Mason Shoe Outlet or wander down the street a couple of blocks to Olson’s Ice Cream Parlor. Visitors enjoy delicious homemade ice cream made daily with fresh milk, cream and high-quality ingredients.

Next is the tour at Leinie Lodge Hospitality Center. On the tour, you will hear about 145 years of craft beer brewing and the Leinenkugel family history. The historic Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company uses an old-world Germanic brewing method dating back to 1867.

Lunch buffet menu

  • Chicken
  • Mashed potatoes and gravy
  • Corn
  • Coleslaw
  • Rolls
  • Coffee and milk
  • Dessert

Event date

Wednesday, August 16, 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Cost

$67

Deadline

July 17, space permitting

Duluth's North Shore Scenic Railroad

Arrive at The Depot in Duluth, Minnesota to board the North Shore Scenic Railroad. Depart for a narrated trip to Two Harbors on the railroad; the historic coaches have large windows. Enjoy the colorful shoreline of Lake Superior through the wooded Congdon Neighborhood on this 28-mile stretch of track to the depot in Two Harbors.

We will disembark from the train at the historic Two Harbor Depot. Our coach bus will take us to Knife River where we will enjoy a couple of original family food businesses. The first stop is the Great Lakes Candy Kitchen. Third generation candy makers follow family recipes from over 100 years of tradition. Candy is handmade the old-fashioned way, cooked in copper kettles, hand stirred and made in small batches with quality ingredients. Down the street, we will visit Russ Kendall’s Norwegian Smoke Fish House. You will have a chance to purchase products at both stops.

Box lunch menu (sample)

  • Sandwich
  • Chips
  • Fruit
  • Beverage
  • Cookie

Event date

Friday, September 22, 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Cost

$82

Deadline

August 21, space permitting

Extended trips

Tulip Time in Holland, Michigan

Highlights

  • Quivey's Grove restaurant in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Dutch Marktplaats
  • Volksparade
  • Narrated tour of Holland's historic area including the 250 year-old windmill, Posthouse Museum and antique Dutch carousel
  • Nelis' Dutch Village family theme park
  • Veldheer's Tulip Gardens
  • DeKlomp Wooden Shoe & Delfe Factory
  • Lodging for the last night is at the Wisconsin Dells

Event dates

May 9 to 13, 2017

Cost

$880 per person, 2 per room

$330 per person, 1 per room

Cost includes

  • Deluxe motor coach transportation
  • Lodging for 4 nights
  • 10 meals

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

Deadline

March 20, 2017

Door County, Wisconsin and Lambeau Field

A 4-day motor coach tour.

Highlights

  • A 3-night stay at Rowley’s Bay Resort
  • A local guide to tour Door County
  • Door County Maritime Museum
  • Old Rugged Cross
  • Door Peninsula Winery
  • Traditional fish boil and Swedish Smörgåsbord
  • A Traditional Norwegian chapel, Bjorklunden's Boyton Chapel
  • Koepsels Farm Market
  • Lunch at Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant and Butik
  • Eagle Bluff Lighthouse
  • Peninsula Players Theatre, see Almost, Maine
  • Tour Lambeau Field in Green Bay

Event date

October 10 through 13, 2017

Cost

$795 per person based on double occupancy

$980 per person based on single occupancy

Cost includes

  • Coach transportation
  • Lodging
  • Admissions
  • Meals

Solar Eclipse

St. Joseph, Missouri. A 3-day motor coach tour.

At Missouri Western State University, our country will play host to the world's eclipse chasers. This is the opportunity of a lifetime—to share an amazing happening on the planet. You will be invited to sit in Recital Hall where there will be continual live footage as the eclipse goes through the stage; or enjoy the event on the grounds.

Highlights

  • Machine Shed Restaurant, Des Moines
  • Walter Cronkite Memorial
  • The Pony Express National Museum
  • Pikes Peak Stables
  • Lodging for two nights at the Drury Inn Hotel

Event date

August 20 to 22, 2017

Cost

$585 per person based on double occupancy

$710 per person based on single occupancy

Cost includes

  • Coach transportation
  • Lodging
  • Admissions
  • Meals

Wassail Dinner Concert at Old Rittenhouse Inn

Bayfield, Wisconsin. A 2-day motor coach tour.

Stay at the Legendary Waters Hotel, built on the shores of Lake Superior, with an indoor swimming pool, fitness center, and adjacent to a casino. We will experience the Wassail Dinner Concert at the historic Old Rittenhouse Inn amidst antiques and fireplaces. The food is paired with a concert of holiday music performed by the Rittenhouse Singers, a professional vocal choir backed by local musicians, directed by innkeeper, Jerry Phillips.

Event date

December 6 to 7, 2017

Cost

$350 per person based on double occupancy

$410 per person based on single occupancy

Cost includes

  • Coach transportation
  • Lodging
  • Admissions
  • Meals

Registration for extended trips

For complete details, contact Pat Busch with your name and address and a full brochure will be mailed to you, including details on how to register.

Phone and email

Pat Busch
763-493-8254
Email Pat Busch

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

Office hours (these are not the hours for open skate)

Sunday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

June through August office 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
Email Pat Busch

 
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