Pizza Ranch Coloring Contest
January 10 – 24, 25
Print a Pizza Ranch SnowKato Days Coloring Contest Entry Form and color a winter-themed drawing. Entries will be judged on creativity, neatness, and winter-themed. Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for each age group.
- 5 years and under
- 6-8 years
- 9 years and up
Entry due and winners announced on January 25 at 2pm. Click the button below for the entry form and rules.
Mount Kato Learn to Ski
January 24 – 26
Here is your chance to celebrate (FIS) World Snow Day & Kick Off SnowKato Days. Learn the basics & start your adventure into winter sports with our Snow Fun For Beginners Package.
January 17 – 26
Edina Realty’s Snowman Contest is an opportunity to build a display in your front yard using the Snowman Hat provided by Edina Realty. Stop in to the Edina Realty office Monday- Friday, January 20-24 from 11am-6pm and pick up the official Edina Realty Snowman Hat (supplies are limited – first come first serve).
How to Enter: Snap a fun photo highlighting your creation, it will be uploaded to the Edina Realty Facebook page (specific instructions available upon hat pickup). The entries with the most likes will win $75 gift certificate to Mt. Kato, $50 gift card to the Wooden Spoon and $25 to the Coffee Hag!
Jack Frost Frolic
Either pull together friends for this light hearted team challenge or come to watch the fun. The event involves sledding, snowshoeing, strategy and other fun winter challenges. Cool (but warm) hats for competitors!
Sledding Hill at Sibley Park: Don’t forget your sled for downhill fun right next to the playground.
Flavor of SnowKato Days
January 17 – 26, 22
Dairy Queen:Adams Street, Mankato
Check out Dairy Queen’s take on the flavor of SnowKato Days…blizzard style. They have created a special treat only offered during SnowKato Days so get it while you can. Also, stop in for their Customer Appreciation Day (January 22) to get 50% off ice-cream cakes and 50% novelties. Be sure to buy your SnowKato Days button for addition savings.
VOTE ON THE SNOWKATO DAYS FLAVOR – Stop by Dairy Queen Saturday, January 11th between 1 – 2:30 to taste test and cast your vote for the SnowKato Days blizzard flavor.
History Hunt at the History Center
January 17 – 18, 21-25
Visit the Blue Earth County History Center for the History Hunt. Solve the puzzles and find clues while learning about the 1920 Mankato Winter Carnival. Complete the History Hunt and win a prize! Fun for all ages. Free activity.
Click “Learn More” below for the History Center hours and more information.
Adventures at the Children's Museum
Spend your no-school day at the Children’s Museum and enjoy a variety of winter-themed adventures! Due to extremely cold weather planned for Monday, we’re moving our programs inside.
Instead of snowshoeing, Scott Kudelka, Minneopa Area Naturalist will bring a different program to the AgLab, “Wild About Wildlife.” Come learn about some of the cool animals that can be found throughout the state and learn how these mammals have adapted to survive in their natural environment.
Fat Bike & Brew Ride
5:30pm – 7pm at Nicollet Bike & Ski Shop
Join Nicollet Bike Shop’s guided fat bike ride to the Kiwanis Mountain Bike Trail for a mix of single track, ATV trail, and pavement riding and then on to the LocAle Brewing Co. for rewarding refreshments ($1 off beers for riders).
This will be a treat as the Kiwanis Mountain Bike Trail and Skills Park was named one of Minnesota’s “20 Popular Fat Bike Trails You’ve Never Heard Of” by Singletracks. There are some requirements.
Pub 500 "Yappy Hour"
SnowDazzle on the Plaza
January 23 – 25
Mankato Civic Center Plaza
Mayo Clinic Health System presents SnowDazzle on the Plaza. The Civic Center Plaza will be illuminated by dazzling laser lights supported by Minnesota, State University, Mankato and interactive hand-crafted ice carvings which will be perfect for #Instagrammable moments. Come watch the ice carvers work on their masterpieces between Thursday – Friday afternoon.
Then on Friday between 5:00 – 7:00PM grab some hot cocoa or food by Wooden Spoon and Pizza Ranch and enjoy music by Radio Mankato. At 6:00 Dance Express will provide some entertainment on the stage featuring two teams and a special surprise performance provided by Mayo Clinic Health System.
Laser Lights Supported by:
MSU Mankato Hockey
7:07PM at Mankato Civic Center Plaza
MSU-Mankato Hockey: The Mavericks will play Bemidji. Game starts at 7:07. Be sure to purchase a SnowKato Days button for special ticket pricing for the 1/24/2020 and 1/25/2020 matchups. Come early to enjoy the laser light show supported by Minnesota State University, Mankato and the Ice Sculptures in the Civic Center Plaza.
MSU Mankato Hockey Night
4-5:30 PM at Mankato Civic Center Plaza
MSU will host their popular Hockey Night in the Civic Center Plaza. Take part in the outdoor festivities before the showdown on the ice. Game starts at 6:07. Activities will include interactive ice sculptures, music, by Radio Mankato, fun games and food for purchase by Pub 500, Wooden Spoon and Pizza Ranch. All of this in the midst of a wintery wonderland atmosphere including the laser light show supported by Minnesota State University, Mankato and the Ice Sculptures in the Civic Center Plaza.
Snowshoe Hike at Minneopa
1 pm at Minneopa State Park
Going for a snowshoe hike is a wonderful way to enjoy winter and a landscape covered in snow. Come out to Minneopa State Park to take a hike across the snow-covered terrain as a way to embrace this season’s natural environment.
On this hike the Minneopa Area Naturalist will share some of the history of snowshoeing, tips on the different types of snowshoes, and fun places at Minneopa State Park to go snowshoeing. If there isn’t enough snow it will become a hike. Snowshoes available for rent.
Hike starts at 1pm at the Minneopa State Park Campground!