SUMMER EVENTS & CLASSES

New! Snapology Comes to White Bear Lake!
Snapology is bringing workshops to The Wishing Tree for a series of summer fun! Children’s best learning experiences come from interactive activities, so Snapology engages children using LEGO® bricks, K’Nex and technology. Shh! Don’t tell them it’s educational! Kids ages 4-12 will design, create, interact and invent at Snapology’s workshops at The Wishing Tree, and parents are welcome to sit in and see the ideas come alive! Register online or drop in.

Snapology Junior Engineers

For ages 4-6 years old – 45 min per class. 10-10:45 a.m.
Offered 6/22 REGISTER HERE, 6/29 REGISTER HERE, and 7/6 REGISTER HERE
Build fun and simple models using DUPLO® blocks! By playing with and manipulating the models, children in this class will experience pulleys, levers, gears, wheels and axles while exploring energy, buoyancy, and balance. Classes include free-building time to promote creativity, as well as songs and stories. Parents are welcome to sit in.
Cost: $15 includes paid admission to the playspace.

Snapology Junior Scientists: All About Animals
For ages 4-6 years old – 45 min per class. 10-10:45 a.m.
Offered 8/3 REGISTER HERE, 8/10 REGISTER HERE, and 8/17 REGISTER HERE.
Cultivate your child’s love of animals and science! Children will learn various concepts of animal life cycles and animal characteristics & traits using K’Nex® toys and other interactive learning tools suitable for preschoolers. We make animal science fun at Snapology! Parents are welcome to sit in.
Cost: $15 includes paid admission to the playspace.

Snapology Creature Creator Robotics
For ages 7-12 years old – 3 hour workshop.
8/8 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
In Snapology’s Creature Creator Robotics workshop, your animal lover will create their own animal inspired robotic models. Students will learn about gear ratio, sensors, simple machines, and programming as they build 2 animals and then program them to move and interact. Your child is sure to have a wild time as they build, learn, and play! Parents are invited back for the end of class to see what they learned and demonstrate the coding.
Cost: $30 REGISTER HERE

Grandparent Meet Up! Mondays 9:30 a.m. 

Calling all grandparents! It’s adventure time. Bring your favorite “littles” for playtime to get out their wiggles while you relax and enjoy free drip coffee and conversation with other grandparents. The best part, no mess–leave the clean up to us! Paid admission required for play. Our website offers discount punch passes! https://thewishingtreeplaycafe.com/shop-2/

Jump Start! Club

Working (or just busy) parents, this one’s for you! We’re offering child care and supervision for potty-trained kiddos, so you can get a jump start on work and emails Tuesday and Friday from 8-9:30 a.m. You check items off the ol’ to-do list while the kids burn off steam in our uniquely clean, pristine play space. Sound too good to be true? It’s not. Drop-in cost: $17. For ages potty trained – 6 years old. Parents must stay on-site.

Stroller Club by Tri Fitness
Meets Fridays in summer, starting June 9, 10 a.m. Grab your bestie, your kiddos, your stroller of choice and let’s get moving! Class will be a fitness warm-up with Tri Fitness trainer and then you are off for a walk or run with your stroller. Move into the weekend feeling happy and refreshed from your workout! Time flies while you get fit and meet new friends. Reminder class will be outside so be prepared for protection from the sun.
Offered by Tri Fitness certified trainers at Wishing Tree!

CAMP WISHING TREE Summer Weekdays…………10-11 a.m.

Enhance your summer fun without a commitment or expensive camp! We offer drop in opportunities each day throughout the summer to explore create, learn and play at The Wishing Tree Play Cafe. Perfect for parents, sitters, grandparents, play dates and mom meet-ups….You relax while we entertain. Leave the clean-up to us!

Check out our weekly themes:
Garden Club…..June 5th-9th
A world of wonder awaits your family at The Wishing Tree Play Café’s Garden Club. Come dig in the dirt and explore the art of gardening. For the first week of June, we’ll feature a new flowering plant, vegetable, or fruit daily. Come “grow” together and explore!

Construction Jam…..June 12th-16th
Join us to build your child’s imagination with all things construction. We will artistically craft projects that really “dig” into children’s creativity.

Everything that Glows…..June 19th-23rd
Illuminate your child’s imagination, see the glow in their eyes, and explore the wonder of making light-up creations together.

Safety First…..June 26th-30th
Putting Safety First is a Wishing Tree best practice. For the final week of June, we’ll dig a little deeper into teaching our kiddos about the helpers who keep our community safe, growing and vibrant.

Proud To Be An American…..July 3-7th (Closed July 4th)
Join The Wishing Tree Play Café in celebrating our nation’s independence with hands-on projects that cultivate our imaginations while honoring the United States of America!

Under the Sea…..July 10th-14th
Dip your toes into Camp Wishing Tree during the second week of July. Dive in deep with us to learn all about the amazingly intriguing creatures who live in our oceans.

Space is the Place…..July 17th-21st
We’re shooting for the stars during our week dedicated to exploration of outer space. Rocket to the moon and back with a lineup of creative projects that teach us all about our solar system, planets and stars.

Eric Carle Club…..July 24th-28th
Do you love Eric Carle books as much as we do? Join us this week as we celebrate The Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear, Brown Bear and others with story time and an Eric Carle-inspired craft to accompany each day’s special book.

Weather Or Not…..July 31st-Aug. 4th
As Minnesotans, we all know the weather can be unpredictable! We enjoy the very best of spring, summer, fall and winter, while having to be ever-adapting to the freezing temps, rain, sun, snow, sleet, heat and everything in between. This week we’ll learn about the different weather conditions and seasons here in the North Star State. We can’t predict what the weather will be like the first week of Aug., but one thing is for sure…it will be cool at the Play Café!

Famous Artists…..Aug. 7th-11th
Are you bringing up a budding Pablo Picasso or the next Vincent van Gogh? Spend mornings at the Play Café studying some of the world’s fine art masters. Kids will recreate some of their famous masterpieces to add to your curated collection of works!

Gone Fishing!…..Aug. 14th-18th
We’re bobbing with anticipation for the fun and learning opportunities we’re reeling in this week. Troll on in to help us wrap-up Camp Wishing Tree’s summer-long run with fish stories, creative crafts and more. Come catch a good time!

Princess on the Patio, Specific Fridays 6-7 p.m. 
Visit with one of our most prestigious princess pals Friday nights at The Wishing Tree’s brand-new patio and outdoor play area. Each night a different princess from Pretty Princess Parties MN joins us for meet & greets and story time! Friday nights, 6-7 p.m. June 30, July 14 & 28, and August 11

Wishing Tree Teen Open Mic Nights 
A safe, fun environment for teens to showcase their talents! Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Music goes 7-9 p.m. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. Open to all ages 17 & under. (14 & under must be accompanied by an adult.) House guitar and keyboard will be provided.  June 8, 22, July 13, 27, and August 10 

FFTC Bookhounds Family Book Club and Summer Reading Program

Do you love to read with your kids? Wanna meet with other families who love to read? Join the FFTC BookHounds Family BookClub! A Free BookClub for anyone who wants to join.

Come join Wishing Tree Play Cafe in White Bear Lake and Family Fun Twin Cities this summer and participate in the first ever FFTC Bookhounds Family Book Club and Summer Reading Program. Sign up on our Facebook event page to participate, earn prizes and enjoy our bookclub meetings with a new local author every week at Wishing Tree Play Cafe.

http://www.familyfuntwincities.com/fftcbookhoundsfamilybookclub/

10 AM – 11 am Wednesdays
June 14, 21, 28, July 12, 19, 26 BookHounds Celebration Wednesday, August 2.

For ages birth to 10 years old. Families participate together.

Cost: FREE!
(admission for play sold separately)

Date Author Featured Book
June 14 Tracy Maurer, Trisha Speed Shaskan Webster’s Fighting Words, John Deere, That’s Who! Punk Skunks
June 21 Aimee BissonetteMolly Beth Griffin Northwoods GirlRhoda’s Rock Hunt
June 28 MaryAnn Weidt Mama Loves to Worry
July 12 John Coy Their Great Gift, Vroomaloom Zoom, Two Old Potatoes
July 19 Stephen Shaskan Toad on the Road
July 19 Megan Maynor Ella and Penguin
July 26 Rick Chrustowski My Little Fox
July 26 Yvonne Pearson, Karen Ritz Sadie Braves the Wilderness
August 2 David LaRochelle It’s a Tiger
August 2 Mike Wohnoutka Dad’s First Day