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06 Aug
Author Terry Swanson and illustrator Peggy Stern introduce their new book, Grasshoppers in My Bed, a historical fiction based on the journals of Lillie Belle Gibbs, a Minnesota frontier farm girl.
13 Aug
Compete with family and friends to to see who can scrub and hang out laundry faster. Frontier chores were never this fun! Discover why families were so pleased when washing machines were invented.
14 Aug
08/14/2022    
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mark Labine will discuss his research into the Little Rapids fur trade post on the Minnesota River near present-day Carver. Mark is a descendant of early voyageurs and fur traders.
20 Aug
Try your hand at throwing horseshoes – maybe you’ll get a ringer! Learn the rules and strategies of this ever popular, centuries-old game. Horseshoes will be provided.
27 Aug
This mysterious mechanical toy originated in Appalachia. Make one to take home using basic hand tools and see if your friends can guess how it works! Adult supervision needed for children.
03 Sep
Step back in time and imagine what it was like for students long ago. Try writing on parchment paper with a quill pen dipped in ink. Then tour the historic Gideon and Agnes Pond House.
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Bloomington
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Events and Activities

Bloomington Parks and Recreation sponsors events and activities for all ages throughout the year at the Pond-Dakota Mission Park. Learn more about the park. The centerpiece of the park is the historic Gideon and Agnes Pond house, built in 1856. Learn more about the house.

See our list of upcoming events and activities.

Attend Annual Events

John Philips Sousa Memorial Band Concert and Ice Cream Social

Enjoy a toe-tapping outdoor concert on the south lawn of the Gideon and Agnes Pond House. Directed by Mr. Scott Crosbie, the Sousa Band has been entertaining local audiences for forty years. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Dakota Language Camp

Learn the Dakota language through Dakota games, crafts, songs, dancing, foods and nature walks through the beautiful trails at Pond-Dakota Mission Park. Students grades K-6 and their families are welcome.  For more information, download the brochure.

River Rendezvous Public Event

Get a taste of the mid-19th century lives of Native Americans, fur traders and settlers at this living history event. Meet re-enactors demonstrating different lifestyles, historical crafts, and occupations, such as hand-dipped candle making, tin smithing, farming, and more. Tour the restored 1856 Gideon and Agnes Pond House. Learn more at the City of Bloomington website.

Join Interactive Activities

Hands-on activities for all ages are held one Sunday afternoon per month (typically the first Sunday), including:

  • Bread baking
  • Candle dipping
  • Maple Sugaring
  • Corn husk doll making
  • Dakota language lessons and games
  • Prairie walks
  • Flintknapping
  • Horn carving
  • Mini tipi construction

Events and Activities

Bloomington Parks and Recreation sponsors events and activities for all ages throughout the year at the Pond-Dakota Mission Park. Learn more about the park. The centerpiece of the park is the historic Gideon and Agnes Pond house, built in 1856. Learn more about the house.

See our list of upcoming events and activities.

Attend Annual Events

John Philips Sousa Memorial Band Concert and Ice Cream Social

Enjoy a toe-tapping outdoor concert on the south lawn of the Gideon and Agnes Pond House. Directed by Mr. Scott Crosbie, the Sousa Band has been entertaining local audiences for forty years. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Dakota Language Camp

Learn the Dakota language through Dakota games, crafts, songs, dancing, foods and nature walks through the beautiful trails at Pond-Dakota Mission Park. Students grades K-6 and their families are welcome.  For more information, download the brochure.

River Rendezvous Public Event

Get a taste of the mid-19th century lives of Native Americans, fur traders and settlers at this living history event. Meet re-enactors demonstrating different lifestyles, historical crafts, and occupations, such as hand-dipped candle making, tin smithing, farming, and more. Tour the restored 1856 Gideon and Agnes Pond House. Learn more at the City of Bloomington website.

Join Interactive Activities

Hands-on activities for all ages are held one Sunday afternoon per month (typically the first Sunday), including:

  • Bread baking
  • Candle dipping
  • Maple Sugaring
  • Corn husk doll making
  • Dakota language lessons and games
  • Prairie walks
  • Flintknapping
  • Horn carving
  • Mini tipi construction

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06 Aug
Author Terry Swanson and illustrator Peggy Stern introduce their new book, Grasshoppers in My Bed, a historical fiction based on the journals of Lillie Belle Gibbs, a Minnesota frontier farm girl.
13 Aug
Compete with family and friends to to see who can scrub and hang out laundry faster. Frontier chores were never this fun! Discover why families were so pleased when washing machines were invented.
14 Aug
08/14/2022    
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mark Labine will discuss his research into the Little Rapids fur trade post on the Minnesota River near present-day Carver. Mark is a descendant of early voyageurs and fur traders.
20 Aug
Try your hand at throwing horseshoes – maybe you’ll get a ringer! Learn the rules and strategies of this ever popular, centuries-old game. Horseshoes will be provided.
27 Aug
This mysterious mechanical toy originated in Appalachia. Make one to take home using basic hand tools and see if your friends can guess how it works! Adult supervision needed for children.
03 Sep
Step back in time and imagine what it was like for students long ago. Try writing on parchment paper with a quill pen dipped in ink. Then tour the historic Gideon and Agnes Pond House.
Events on 08/06/2022
06 Aug
Events on 08/13/2022
13 Aug
13 Aug 22
Bloomington
Events on 08/14/2022
14 Aug
Events on 08/20/2022
20 Aug
Events on 08/27/2022
27 Aug
27 Aug 22
Bloomington
Events on 09/03/2022
03 Sep
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