Rock the red, white and blue at the Rochester Jaycees Fourth of July Kids Parade. Open to all kids (and their favorite big people), onsite registration starts at 9 a.m., and the parade kicks off at 10 a.m., from Christ United Methodist Church’s parking lot, 400 Fifth Ave. SW. Kids are encouraged to dress themselves and their rides (scooters, wagons, bikes and strollers) in red, white and blue. The parade ends at Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial. Email email@example.com with questions.
Is there more? Start your day with a parade, end your day with fireworks at Silver Lake Park. The evening celebration kicks off at 8:30 p.m. with a patriotic performance by the Rochester Concert Band under the direction of Chuck Blattner (“Stars and Stripes Forever,” “1812 Overture”), with fireworks following. Visit www.rochestermn.gov for more information.
Blueprint for fun
Seek and find at Wee Wednesday’s I Spy — Identifying Things in Nature class, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. July 15 Sargent’s North, 7955 18th Ave. NW. Open to preschoolers and their favorite big person, kids will go on a nature-themed scavenger hunt. The cost is $8 and $4 for additional siblings. Space is limited. Call 289-0022 to save your spot.
What’s next? Sargent’s Gardens offers Wee Wednesdays the third Wednesday of the month, March through December. The parent/child classes include hands-on activities, a story and a treat. Upcoming Wee Wednesdays include Bug Eyes on Aug. 19, Big Machines on Sept. 16 and Falling Leaves on Oct. 21. Click on www.sargentsgardens.com to find out more.
Brrrr… that’s cold
Come watch the animals enjoy icy cold treats at Oxbow Park’s Popsicle Enrichment program, 1 p.m. Saturday at 5731 County Road 105 NW in Byron. Part of the zoo’s ongoing animal enrichment programming, families will gather in the nature center then head out with Zollman Zoo staff to watch the animals find hidden surprises in their frozen treats. Free. Call 775-2451 with questions.
Is there more?
Oxbow Park holds free, family-friendly programming most weekends, year round. Snake Feeding will be July 11, Wild Cats is July 18 and Preschool Nature Buddies is July 25. Go to www.co.olmsted.mn.us for a complete list of upcoming programs.
Open to families of children who are cancer survivors, Brighter Tomorrows meets the first Tuesday of each month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ronald McDonald House, 850 Second St. SW. The entire family is invited to attend. Dinner and childcare provided. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
How can your family help? Brighter Tomorrows provides Family Care Kits to families with newly diagnosed members being treated at Mayo Clinic. They are filled with practical items families might need going to and from appointments. Donations, such as gift cards, microwave popcorn and travel-sized hand sanitizers, are needed to create the kits. For a complete list of donation items go to www.brightertomorrowshope.org.