Park and Rec Programs

For questions or more information on any park facility or event you can contact Twila Grout, Park Coordinator, 952-960-7902.

  • Fun for All
  • Fun Fridays at Freeman
  • Manor Park
  • Badger Park
  • Gideon Glen
  • South Shore Community Park
  • Camps for Kids
  • Crescent Beach
  • Community Center
  • Community Ed

Look under individual tabs for specific camps and parks.


This is a volunteer program to help beautify our community. Groups or individuals who adopt one of the park entrances, or the signs at City Hall are responsible for planting, weeding and watering of adopted area. For more information contact City Hall at 952.960.7900.

Community Garden Plots
Do you like growing your own vegetables and herbs? The Community Garden program is designed to provided gardening opportunities for the physical and social benefit of the people and neighborhoods of Shorewood. For more information contact City Hall at 952.960.7900.

Step To It Challenge

Don't miss the chance to represent Shorewood in the county competition of the Step To It Challenge! This is an all-age competition and the entire family will have fun seeing who gets the most steps in for the month of May. Free t-shirts, pedometers, and bags are at city hall for those who register. Participants qualify for free Twins tickets and the chance to help our city be the winner of the most steps.

For more information or to register by phone, contact the city at 952.960.7900.


Winter Events

Arctic Fever

Winter gets heated up with Arctic Fever, a community wide event offering non-stop activities to choose from for all ages. This event takes place the third Saturday in January.


FREE: Fun Fridays at Freeman 2016

6000 Eureka Road: From Highway 7 and Highway 41 in Shorewood: Go west 1.25 miles to Eureka Road. Turn right. Go 4 blocks. Turn left into park. Take the first left to Eddy Station picnic shelter.

Science Explorers
Friday, June 17, July 29 and August 26 from 10:30 - 11:30
Registration is required. Entering Grades 1-5 in the Fall. Maximum 20
Register online

June 17 - The Mechanics of Gizmos and Gadgets & Gravity; How did toys work before batteries? They relied on natural forces like gravity. Put science to work as you explore the how and whys of gravity by experimenting and building a gadget that really works.
July 29 - Nature Explorers - Spiders; There are over 90,000 species of spiders in the world and 900 of those live in the midwest. Join Science Explorers as we investigate these cool, creepy, crawly arachnids.
August 26 - Great Reactions; Join Science Explorers as we discover the fascinating world of chemistry! Investigating the difference between chemical and physical reactions with fun-hands on experiments.

Minnesota Zoomobile
Friday, June 24 at 11 am
No registration is required. All ages.

The Minnesota Zoo will bring a variety of animals. The show runs about 45 minutes.

Animal Adaptation and Incredible Invertebrates by Bell Museum
Friday, July 15 from 10-Noon, Ages K-8 grade.
Register online. Maximum number is 30

Animal Adaptations is an exciting lab that walks participants through some of the delightful and sometimes even shocking adaptations that some animals possess, ranging from coloration and dancing to defense mechanisms like shells that have a hinge like a door to close up like a box!

Kite Making
Friday, July 22nd from 10:00-Noon, Ages 7-11
Register online. Maximum 12

Learn to make a 28" tall x 35" wide sled kite. You will also learn safety tips on flying kites.

Friday, August 5 from 10:00-Noon. Ages 10-13
Register online. Maximum 20

Three Rivers Park District is hosting this activity. Learn the basics of (GPS) Global Positioning Technology then use the internet to find local geocaches! Hunt for hidden treasure and use our GPS units to play an updated version of Capture the Flag!




Manor Park

20630 Manor Road: From Highway 7 at Excelsior Elementary: Go east on Hwy 7 to Christmas Lake Rd. Turn left. Turn right on Old Excelsior Blvd. Turn left on Suburban Drive. Park is at the end of Suburban on Manor Road.

Story Times with the Excelsior Library – 10:30 a.m.
No age limit on any program or need to register except the American Indian program which is designed for kids entering kindergarten to grade 3.

Wednesday, July 6 - Duck on a Bike Story Stroll with activities under the pavilion

Wednesday, July 13 - Llama Story Time, featuring Carlson's Lloveable Llamas

Wednesday, July 20 - Truck Story Time, with trucks provided by Shorewood Public Works and South Lake Minnetonka Police Department

Wednesday, July 27 - STEM with Horsepower - Meet a live miniature horse and learn how the cowboys cared for so many horses and how science helped to make their lives easier. Presented by the Half Pint Horse Foundation

Wednesday, August 3 - American Indian Games - Learn traditional American
Indian games passed along as fun ways to sharpen the senses, stay strong, and build community. Presented by Three Rivers Park District.

For more information contact the Excelsior Library at 952.847.5450


Badger Park

5745 Country Club Road (Next to City Hall): From Highway 19 and Smithtown Road: Go west on Smithtown Rd to first left, Country Club Rd. Turn left into third driveway and drive to the tennis courts.


Introduce kids to the sport of tennis. The kids will learn and play quickly with our teaching methods. Register online: Carlson Tennis

Carlson Tennis Stars Camp

This camp is for everyone! Introduce your kids to the great sport of tennis with this fun and rewarding camp. Your kids will learn to play quickly with our teaching methods.
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday,
June 14-23, July 5-14, July 26-Aug 4,
Aug 16-25

Little Stars(Ages 4-6); 9-9:45am; $80

Rising Stars(Ages7-8); 9:45-10:45am; $95

Future Stars(Ages 9-11);10:45-11:45 am; $95

Evening Junior Classes & Adult Programs will be offered this summer. for more information.

Register at

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Fall Tennis                       

September 7-26     
Carlson Tennis Fall Camp – Sign up at
Little Stars 4:00pm-4:45pm     
Rising Stars 4:00pm-5:00pm                
Future Stars 5:00pm-6:00pm               
Comp 3&4 6:00pm-730pm

Adult Tennis – Sign up at

Back Into Tennis/Beginner – Thursdays 9-1030am – Cost: $20
This class is for the those that are wanting to get back into tennis after some time off, sometimes a long time off.  It is also for the player who wants to get started.  It is a weekly sign up to make it flexible for you.  Invite your friends.

Advanced Drill – Tuesdays 6-730pm – Cost: $20
This is 4.0 drill for both men and women.  We have a great group that play throughout the year and we are always open to new players.  The drill consists of a combination of drill and play.

Dan Carlson     612.875.5507

Safety Camp 2016

Wednesday, August 10

Badger Park

A great safety camp for area kids entering grades 3-5.

Registration open. Registration due August 3.


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Movie in Badger Park

Friday, September 9, dusk (8 pm)
Freeman Park, 6000 Eureka Road

Enjoy a great movie in Shorewood's largest park! It's fun for all ages. Concessions are available. Bring blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy a movie under the stars!



Gideon Glen - 5620 County Road 19
Located on County Road 19 next door to the MGM Liquor and across the street from Tonka Bay Shopping Center.

Gideon Glen, a 5.8-acre parcel with an old-growth remnant of the Big Woods on its west side, was purchased by the city in 2000 with the financial assistance from Minnehaha Creek Watershed District.

The Gideon Glen project is meant to be educational complete with observation areas and informational kiosks. The view west to the woods is intended not to be accessible to insure the preservation of these sensitive areas; however, the wetland restoration will give residents a sense of what the Lake Minnetonka area was like in pre-settlement times once vegetation has had an opportunity to mature. The wetland project came together financially with funds by the City (through a $75,000 grant from the Metropolitan Council), the MCWD, and Hennepin County (through the CR 19 project.)

South Shore Community Park

5355 St. Ablans Bay Rd: From Highway 7 and Hwy 19 East on Hwy 7 to Christmas
Lake Rd. Turn left. Turn right on Old Excelsior Blvd. St. Albans Bay Rd is on the right at top of hill.

South Shore Community Park currently houses one set of Shorewood's community gardnes, and a skateboard park. During the summer of 2016 the skateboard equipement will be removed. The city is currently disucssing future use of this space.




Wed., August 10, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm; $20;
Entering 3rd, 4th or 5th grade
Freeman Park, 6000 Eureka Rd, 55331: Register now!

This popular camp teaches kids personal, bike, fire, water, and animal safety, plus much more! Instructors include local police and fire personnel, plus representatives from Hennepin County Water Patrol, AAA, and more. Special guests and lots of fun are guaranteed. Price includes lunch and snacks. Register early to make sure your child gets a spot! Watch for a complete schedule.

Summer Rec at Freeman Park

9 am - Noon, Ages 4-11
A morning of supervised fun in the park! This morning is full of crafts, games and lots of play! Bring a snack, water bottle, sunscreen and bug spray. Registration opens soon.


Crescent Beach

Birch Bluff Road: From Hwy 19 and Smithtown Rd: Go west on Smithtown Rd to Eureka Rd. Turn right to Birch Bluff Rd. Follow Birch Bluff Road as it turns left toward the lake

Beach Lifeguards
Lifeguard services at Crescent Beach take place daily Noon-5 pm, June 4 to August 7. Swimmers should check the city website for Hennepin County beach closure alerts.

Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)

Wai Nani Surf & Paddle, Lake Minnetonka's longest running full service Stand Up Paddleboard provider, will be offering "Paddle and Play" clinics and "Beginner Clinic and Post Paddle" clinic. Please visit for more information.

Stand Up Paddleboarding: "What is SUP?"
Beginner Group Clinic
Monday, June 20 6-7:30 p.m.
Registration Required
Age 12+(under 16 must be accompanied by parent or adult guardian) - $45

Stand Up Paddleboarding: Teen "Paddle and Play!"
Wednesday July, 6 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Ages 12-17 - $55
Registration Required

Southshore Center

Shorewood is home to the Southshore Center. This beautiful facility is located next to Shorewood City Hall at 5735 Country Club Road. Southshore Center offers a variety of daily activities, outings, classes, and special events. The Center is open weekdays from 8:30 to 3:30. Beyond housing various programs and general community events, it is a wonderful facility for private parties or meetings. For rental information or for a list of activities, call the center at 952.474.7635.

Minnetonka Community Education

Minnetonka Community Education (MCE) offers a variety of classes and activities for all ages.

  • Phone: 952.401.5094
  • MCE web site

Westonka Community Education

Residents living in the Westonka school district might find classes in the Westonka Community Education program more convenient. Resdients from all districts may register for these programs.