Fall is such a beautiful time of year!  Harvest parties, Halloween, FOOTBALL...apple cider, chili, and pumpkin spice everything!  I like to take advantage of every day it is above freezing, because cold days will be here soon enough.  So weather permitting, I wanted to let you know about three fun activities that are happening in our southern suburbs this weekend.  

BURNSVILLE:  Fun for the kids on both Saturday and Sunday
The City of Burnsville holds two events for families to have some Halloween fun without being too scary. All ages are welcome and encouraged to wear costumes.  The first is Halloween Fest at Nicollet Commons Park.  Ghosts, goblins, princesses and superheroes are invited for an illuminated treat trail, music and entertainment.  The cost is $5 per family. 

Friday, Oct. 26, 6-8 p.m.  Nicollet Commons Park, 12550 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville

The second is Burnsville Ice Center Halloween Skating Party.  This is FREE event featuring trick-or treating, prize drawings, refreshments for purchase and private lessons for new skaters.  Bring your own skates or rent for $3.
Sunday, Oct. 28, Noon-1:30 p.m.  Burnsville Ice Center, 251 Civic Center Pkwy, Burnsville      Click here to learn more.

PRIOR LAKE:  Adults only, get your baby sitters lined up for Saturday night!
Mystic Lake is hosting an Adult Halloween Costume Party with cash prizes for best dressed.  The first 500 guests to visit Club M from 5 pm to 7 pm wearing a costume can swipe for up to $100 Mysticash and receive a treat bag.  Dress silly or scary, but please make sure you keep your face recognizable to match your ID.  Enjoy the live music of The McCullough Brothers, gamble (or don't), people watch, grab an adult beverage and have fun!
Saturday, Oct. 27, 5:00 pm-1:00 am.  Costume Contest Registration 7 pm – 10 pm, Contest 11 pm
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd, Prior Lake    Click here to learn more.

BLOOMINGTON:  Fun for people of all ages!
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge is sponsoring a FREE special event called Wildlife In The City.  River otters, eagles, and bats, oh my!  So many more animals live close to the millions of Twin Cities metro area residents. The event will celebrate the variety wildlife living in the urban landscape and share how wildlife refuges provide a home for resident and migrating animals.  

Activities will include:
Building bat houses, educational exhibits, and presentations to celebrate international Bat Week
Bird banding with refuge biologists
Exploring the monarch butterfly art shanty
Leaf paint printing, a make and take craft for kids
Urban wildlife photo booth
Native American Stories performed by the Heart of the Beast Puppet Theater at 10 a.m.
Wildlife Costume Parade at 11 a.m.

Saturday, October 27, 10:00 am-2:00 pm  Bloomington Visitor Center, 3815 American Blvd E, Bloomington    Click here to learn more.

From the mouth of Ferris Bueller:  "Life moves pretty fast.  If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."