Hop right down to Springbrook’s Spring Fling


Who gets to dance the bunny hop along to music of a live deejay in the month of March?

Answer. Anyone who attends Springbrook Nature Center’s annual Spring Fling, says Jan Swanson, event coordinator and program administrative assistant at Springbrook.

You never know who you’ll meet at Springbrook Nature Center’s annual Spring Fling. File photo
You never know who you’ll meet at Springbrook Nature Center’s annual Spring Fling. File photo

This year’s Spring Fling will be held Saturday, March 30, noon to 4 p.m., in Fridley. Admission is $6 at the gate, $5 in advance.

Springbrook has hosted the event amid the nature center’s native prairies for more than 25 years, each year offering something new for visitors.

“It’s an opportunity to get out and do something after a long winter,” Swanson says.

“A chance to shake your booty,” she said, about the newly added Bunny Hop dance.

In addition to the dance with a deejay spinning the music, new this year is an Egg Olympics. Details are still being worked out. But, be assured that fun will be a main component.

The Giant Bunny once again will make his annual appearance, this time in a new spot.

Kids will have the opportunity to navigate a spring obstacle course, climbing over colorful straw bales, for instance, leading up to the GB’s domain in the wooded area behind Springbrook’s picnic shelter.

Bring your camera to sustain springtime memories, Swanson says.

There’s much to do on this merry day. Stroll the Butterfly Garden. Storybook Gardens. Interact with costumed characters. Making an encore appearance are Rapunzel, Alice in Wonderland, Three Little Pigs, Little Bo Peep and more.

The Cock-a-Doodle Petting Zoo returns with its cast of favorite characters. The lineup usually includes a kangaroo, llama and rabbits, to name a few.

For an additional fee, play carnival games. Trade your winning tokens for prizes, such as stuffed animals.

Concessions are available, featuring hotdogs and pizza.

Last year attendance was down because of inclement weather, but Spring Fling usually draws from 1,200 to 1,800 visitors, according to Swanson.

Swanson enjoys working with the volunteers who make the event possible. The volunteers draw from local churches, schools, Scouting groups, Springbrook volunteers and Single Volunteers of the Twin Cities.

Proceeds from the event go toward supporting Springbrook’s programs.

Springbrook Nature Center is located at 100 85 Ave. N.W. in Fridley.

Elyse Kaner is at [email protected]