Take the Kids to the River – Act I

September  8

Begin your family’s transition to fall by celebrating art and nature during the opening Saturday of Take Me to the River. With activities for both parents and children, your family’s day on the river is sure to provide fun for the entire family.

Begin your Saturday at Art on the Kinni in Downtown River Falls, Wisconsin. Enjoy the scenic views on the banks of the Kinnickinnic River and view the work on the White Pathway of as many as 70 juried artists working in a variety of mediums. Inspire your child’s artist within by checking out the Budding Artist Bridge and by stopping at the Children’s Art Tent. With live music performances on two stages and available food vendors, spend time relaxing with your family in this “City by The Kinni.”

It may be a bit of a drive with kids, but Taylors Falls and St. Croix Falls offer enough incentive for a meandering drive through the back roads of Western Wisconsin.

Take the opportunity to get out on the Wild and Scenic St. Croix River with the Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours. Learn about the geology that is unique to this patch of the Upper Midwest and see the world famous Dalles of the St. Croix.

St. Croix Festival Theatre may be out of their normal digs at the Civic Auditorium, but that hasn’t stopped them from producing some amazing performances. This fall, they are performing Cinderella as part of Festival Theatre’s Youth and Family Series, and it is sure to entertain audiences of all ages.

  • Art on the Kinni, River Falls (Sept. 8, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; free admission)
  • Cinderella at Festival Theatre, Franklin Square Black Box, 125 N. Washington St., St. Croix Falls (On stage Sept. 7-16, Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m., tickets are $13.50 for adults and $8.50 for youth; tickets available at festivaltheatre.com)
  • Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours, 155 South Street, Taylors Falls (Weekend and weekday cruises, excursions vary by day, 80 minute cruises: $21.99 for adults, $12.99 for children; 45 minute cruises: $19.49 for adults, $11.49 for children; online reservations at taylorsfallsboat.com)