September 8, 2015

Take the Kids to the River – Act I

September 9

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 Kinnickkinnic River from the White Pathwway  as you explore the art created by 75 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 local 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 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. Children of Mystery River is a play developed by student in the state and screen arts department at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. Under the guidance of Professor Robin Murry, it was adapted from the novel by Phil and Joanne Peterson. Children of Mystery River will be performed by some incredibly talented youth and adult actors who are veterans of the Festival Theatre stage.


  • Art on the Kinni, River Falls (Sept. 9, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; free admission)
  • Children of Mystery River at Festival Theatre, Franklin Square Black Box, 125 N. Washington St., St. Croix Falls (On stage Sept. 8-17, Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m., tickets are $13.50 for adults and $8.50 for youth)
  • Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours, 155 South Street, Taylors Falls (Weekend and weekday cruises, excursions vary by day and duration, full schedule and ticket information)