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2021 Bloomington summer experience

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Bloomington Briefing Published March 23, 2021
Updated on November 2, 2022

Experience summer in Bloomington as Parks and Recreation offers a variety of exciting, entertaining, educational and competitive experiences for people of all ages, abilities and interests. Due to uncertainties regarding health and safety protocols and availability of partner resources, Camp Kota has been canceled for 2021. However, many other fun youth programs remain scheduled. Learn more below and visit for additional details or call 952-563-8700

Summer Adventure Playgrounds

A summer of classic fun lies in store in neighborhood parks. Enjoy games, sports, arts and crafts, and special events.

Who: Children grade 1 – 7 (fall 2021).

When: Monday – Friday, June 14 – August 12, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (No programming July 5 – 9.)

Where: Kelly*, Poplar Bridge, Running*, Smith*, Sunrise and Westwood parks (*Free sack lunch provided daily.)

Fee: Residents $200. Nonresidents $300. Registrations accepted all summer with no prorating of fees.

The View and Mini View

Participate in games, sports, arts and crafts, and take regular trips to Bloomington Family Aquatic Center in a fun program supervised by trained recreation instructors.

Who: The View: Children grades 2 – 5 (fall 2021), Mini View: Children pre-K* – grade 1 (fall 2021).

When: Program runs Monday – Friday, June 14 – August 6,
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (No programming July 5 – 9.)

Where: The View: Valley View Middle School, 8900 Portland Avenue South, Mini View: Valley View Elementary School, 351 East 88th Street.

Fee: Residents $400. Nonresidents $600. Registrations accepted until program is full, with no prorating of fees.

(*Pre-K = children who are going to kindergarten in fall 2022 and are toilet trained.)

Dakota Language Camp

Dakota teachers explain their nation’s values, history and one of Minnesota’s native languages through traditional games, crafts, songs, dancing and foods, and nature walks. Program provided by Parks and Recreation and University of Minnesota’s Dakota Language Department.

Who: All ages welcome. Children under seven must be accompanied by an adult or a teen sibling registered for
the camp.

When: July 13 – 15, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: Pond Dakota Mission Park, 401 East 104th Street.

Fee: $50. Lunch provided daily.

Adaptive softball

Adaptive recreation services work cooperatively with the Adaptive Recreation and Learning Exchange (AR&LE) to offer specialized recreation programs designed for people with disabilities. For more information, visit or call 952-563-8877. Registration deadline is May 31 or until filled. 

When: Adult Competitive: Tuesdays, June 15 – August 10; Adult Recreational: Tuesdays, June 15 – August 3; Youth Softball: Mondays, June 14 – August 2. Adult leagues play 6:30 – 8:15 p.m. Youth Leagues play 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Where: Regular Season: Tarnhill Park, 9650 Little Road. “Under the Lights” game: Red Haddox Field, 9000 Portland Avenue South.

Fee: $70 per player. Includes team shirt, team photo and special season-ending “Under the Lights” game.

Adult recreation and leagues

There’s something for everyone this summer with classic sports like softball, sand volleyball and tennis, plus unique options such as kickball and bags. Softball features men’s and co-rec leagues Monday – Thursday beginning April 19. Sand Volleyball plays Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning May 26. Kickball kicks off May 4, while Bags begins June 1. Both leagues play on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tennis offers men’s doubles, mixed doubles, women’s singles and doubles leagues and USTA-based instruction. For more details, including registration fees and deadlines, visit or call 952-563-8877.

Farmers Market

Fresh, locally grown produce, cut flowers, meats, baked goods, jams, jellies, unique art and more abound at the Bloomington Farmers Market. The market also features music and community activities. For details and a complete calendar of events, visit

When: Saturdays, June 12 – October 23, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: East Lot, Bloomington Civic Plaza, 1800 West Old Shakopee Road.

Fee: No entry fee. Credit card and EBT cards accepted.


Aspiring young painters, potters, crafters, illustrators, and glass artists will find a camp that is just right for their interests, age and skill level. Summer classes take place in person and are subject to COVID-19 safety protocols. Register at

Who: Class content is specifically designed for grades 1 – 3,
4 – 6 and 7 – 9. 

When: Early June – early August, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. –
4 p.m. (all-day option also available)

Where: Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 West Old Shakopee Road. 

Contact: 952-563-8575 or for additional details and scholarship information.  


The Bloomington Family Aquatic Center, Bush Lake Beach and Cedarcrest Park Splash Pad offer cool summer fun. For more information, visit

When: BFAC season, June 5 – August 15. Ideal swimming conditions at BLB typically begin June 1. Splash pad season typically opens May 30 and operates while weather permits. Weekday, weekend and holiday hours vary.

Where: BFAC, 201 East 90th Street, BLB, 9140 East Bush Lake Road, Splash Pad, 8700 Bloomington Avenue South.

Fees: BFAC daily $7 – $10, free for children under two. Season pass $30 – $100 depending on age and city of residency. 

BFAC passes sold online. Free parking, no concessions or lifeguards at BLB.  Splash pad is free.