By: Sara Walters

This month, get your family out of the house for some hands-on FUN!

There are lots of ways for kids (and adults) to be creative in the Coulee Region. Make a craft for your home, try out a new skill, learn to cook a tasty new treat–the opportunities are endless! Here’s a sample weekend itinerary to add to your calendar.

Friday
Tea Tasting Party & Dumpling Classes
Explore the flavors of Dim Sum Tea Shop with a private tea tasting or dumpling party. Learn about the delicious teas available in this cool little Pearl Street gem or become an expert at dumpling making so you can feed your family and friends. The action can even come to you, just call to reserve your group event.

Saturday
Classes at Eagle Bluff Skills School
Load up the crew and take a road trip to Lanesboro, MN where a variety of hands-on classes await. There’s Amish pie-making and bread-making for those who prefer to be crafty in the kitchen. Those who aren’t interested in baking can try their hand at creating mosaics, glass beads, Christmas ornaments and hand-tied brooms. Keep in mind that classes are only open to kids 16 and older, so this is a Saturday night best-spent with your teens.

Lefse Learning Day
This tradition of making Lefse is one that’s loved by all generations. Celebrate and learn about this tasty Norwegian favorite at Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center.

Mosaic Making
Cross the river to La Crescent, MN and make a mosaic light switch of your own design. Held at Studio M, this is a fun activity for your artsy kiddos ages 6 and older.

Saturday Night Special
Generous Earth Pottery is the place to be for kids who want to get their hands dirty. A quick demonstration on how to use the pottery wheel commences at 5pm, but then it’s time to try it yourself! Open to kids ages 8 and older, the event comes with 5 lbs of clay and glazing of your finished product.

Sunday
Pottery Painting at All Glazed Up!
Appeal to a wide audience by painting some pottery at All Glazed Up. Pieces range from $6 to $50 and include tradition plates, bowls and mugs as well as figurines that kids love. This is a very family-friendly place, but Saturdays and Sundays can be busy, so be sure to call ahead for reservations.

Sara Walters

Sara Walters

Sara Walters is a writer, mom and marketing professional. She lives in La Crescent, MN with her husband and two daughters, Caroline and Maggie.

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