Thursday, January 7, 2016

Winter 4Play MSP This Saturday, January 9th at Fort Snelling State Park - 11 am - 4 pm

Get Hot in the Cold at Winter 4Play

Saturday, January 9, 2016 at Fort Snelling State Park

Experience a Uniquely Minnesotan Celebration of the Winter Season

(Minneapolis, MN) – January 5, 2015 – Kick off the winter season and celebrate Minnesota’s great outdoors during Make It. MSP.’s inaugural WINTER 4PLAY on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at Snelling Lake in Fort Snelling State Park from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm.

During one day each season, long-time residents and newcomers will come together to experience regional outdoor activities with a twist.

At Winter 4Play Jan. 9, explore art in the park with Northern’s ARTathlon (an artist-created exercise course), heat up in the Little Box Sauna, cross country ski and snowshoe with REI, Ice Fish and enjoy Winter Bird Watching with the National Park Service, take a hike with the U.S. Forest Service, learn what a quinzee is with Wilderness Inquiry, take part in Minnesota N*ICE Breaker games and activities hosted by Saint Paul Hello, have s’more conversation with Impact Hub MSP and Newcomer Nosh, skijor with Midwest Skijorers, lend a hand in setting MSP up to become the first ‘Sports Epic’ snowball event, fuel up with snacks from Food Trucks and KIND Snacks, and stay hydrated with Resqwater, sing and dance with the Coro Flamenco Street Choir, plus music, bon fires, hot chocolate complements of the Jeffers Foundation, giveaways and more.

The event will take place at Fort Snelling Beach in Fort Snelling State Park located at 101 55111, Lakeview Ave, St Paul, MN 55120. All activities are free and open to the public and all ages are welcome. A valid state park vehicle permit is required ($5 daily, $25 annual). Permits can be purchased at the Fort Snelling State Park Office. 

4Play MSP is a winning idea from the 2015 Knight Cities Challenge, which supports the best ideas to make cities more successful. 4Play was one of the largest grants awarded from the challenge this year. It is a project of the Make It. MSP. initiative in partnership with Mississippi Park Connection, National Park Service, Northern, REI and Wilderness Inquiry along with support from more than 15 local partners.

Learn more at or on Facebook or Instagram @4PlayMSP.


When it comes to winter and being welcoming, the Twin Cities has a bit of an image problem. But just below the surface, enticing things await. That’s why we’re venturing into 4Play. It’s serious fun with a purpose: we want to make it easy for people to experience the things we love most about living here and connect people with one another during each of our distinctly different four seasons. It’s a safe space where experimentation is encouraged. Dozens of outdoor activities – from simple to extreme – will be coordinated into a regional play day. Every activity will be staffed by a local organization so anyone can learn how to safely participate. We’ll connect people with one another by sharing our favorite outdoor traditions.

Make It. MSP. is a collaboration involving dozens of companies, cities, universities and nonprofits to retain and attract talented people in the Greater Minneapolis-Saint Paul region. Together, our community is coming together to take action on issues that are critical to the near-term and long-term growth and prosperity of our region. For more information, please visit


 4Play MSP

 Saturday, January 9, 2016 at Fort Snelling State Park

 Experience A Uniquely Minnesotan Celebration of The Winter Season:
Cross County Skiing, Snow-Shoeing, Ice Fishing, Skijoring, Winter Bird Watching, Hiking, MN’s Largest Snowball Fight, Northern’s ARTathlon, Little Box Sauna, Bonfires, Food Trucks and more..

Presented by Greater MSP, Make It. MSP, Mississippi Park Connection, National Park Service, Northern REI and the Wilderness Inquiry.

4Play is a uniquely Minnesotan celebration of the four seasons. During one day each season, long-time residents and newcomers will come together to experience regional outdoor activities with a twist.

We’ll provide the gear - all that’s required is you and an open mind.

            •  Explore art in the park with Northern Lights.MN’s ARTathlon

            •  Heat up in the Little Box Sauna

            •  Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe with REI

            •  Ice Fish and enjoy Winter Bird Watching with the National Park Service

            •  Take a hike with the U.S. Forest Service

            •  Learn what the heck is a quinzee with Wilderness Inquiry

            •  Find out if you and your dog are a perfect match for skijoring with Midwest Skjorers

            •  Help set the record for Minnesota’s largest snowball fight

            •  Plus music, bon fires, hot chocolate, food for purchase, giveaways and more.

Saturday, January 9, 2016
11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fort Snelling Beach at Fort Snelling State Park
101 55111 Lakeview Ave
St Paul, MN 55120

The Twin Cities community has a strong sense of identity, history and tradition. In practice, that strength has made it a challenge for newcomers to feel connected and a part of this great place. The true Minnesota experience is the four season outdoor experience, and you need not be born in Minnesota to experience the best life has to offer here. That’s why we’re venturing into 4Play. One day every season, long-time residents and newcomers will come together to celebrate the season together – and show the world how much fun we’re having.


All activities are free. A State Park pass is required for every vehicle for $5 for the day or $25 for an annual pass (purchased upon arrival at Fort Snelling State Park.)

1 comment:

  1. It's hard to have any complaints about the event space. It's easy to get a drink since they actually keep enough bartenders working at once, and you'll almost always find a place to sit. I love the vibe, the area, the people and the food at this place.