Boy in costume playing in performance

During the Theater Arts - Short Story Theatre, students will develop characters quickly and sharpen their acting chops as they work through a fast-paced theater rehearsal process.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) will offer a slate of creative youth activities over Winter Break that preview new innovative programs and spaces debuting at Minneapolis parks next year.

The sampling of free activities showcases possibilities for the MPRB’s Spark’d Studios initiative (formerly named Creation Spaces), which launched with classes offered in a completely renovated music and video production hub at Powderhorn Recreation Center in 2021. Additional Spark’d Studios locations are scheduled to open at Luxton, Whittier and Harrison Parks.

There are limited spots available in some of the programs listed below, which are all available at no cost. Register online by clicking the program title, or stop by any MPRB recreation center and register in person.  Visit to search thousands of youth and adult programs across the park system, including many Winter Break activities. Face mask required inside all MPRB buildings.

Photography Basics

Want to capture nature in your neighborhood? How about fun with family and friends? Participants will learn the basics of photography using your their device or one provided by MPRB. Day 1 will work on getting the right shot, and Day 2 will focus on editing some of our favorites.

December 27 and 29

Whittier Recreation Center

Ages 7-9

12-2 pm

Ages 10-12

2:30-4:30 pm

Ages 12-14

4:30-6:30 pm

Youth Beat Makers

Using FL Studios, participants will learn how to create their own beats, remix a song, and record with computerized instruments.

December 20 and 22

Whittier Recreation Center

Ages 7-9

12-2 pm

Ages 10-12

2:30-4:30 pm

Theatre Arts – Short Story Theatre

Students will develop characters quickly and sharpen their acting chops as they work through a fast-paced theater rehearsal process. Each participant will have an opportunity to play multiple roles in a short, read-aloud play which will be recorded for release as a podcast. This class will be a fun mix of reading, drama and tech for budding theater enthusiasts!

Some experience is preferred, but certainly not necessary.

December 20, 21 and 22, 1-4 pm

Ages 11-17, Powderhorn Recreation Center

Young Content Creators

People have made careers out of creating YouTube content and videos. From DIY videos, reaction videos, news and comedy content – the possibilities are endless. Learn how to create a YouTube channel with quality content using your tablet, phone or digital camera. Learn how to organize content, write a script, shoot b roll and put together a quality video for viewers.

December 21, 22 and 23, and December 28, 29, 30, 1- 4 pm

Ages 13-17, Harrison Recreation Center

The following programs are now full, but waiting lists may be available.

Youth Gaming Workshop

Youth focus on game-play learning and community building. They’ll get a chance to play a variety of different games, tournament-style. Games will include FIFA, NBA 2K and NFL Madden.

December 22 and 23, 3-5 pm

Ages 12-17, Luxton Recreation Center

Podcast Academy

Learn how to create, record, edit and publish a podcast! Participants will make a recording for the podcast, “Powderhorn Park Presents”, so come to class with some possible topics to discuss.

December 29, 2-5 pm

Ages 11-14, Powderhorn Recreation Center

Youth Photography Workshop

Looking to get more out of digital prints? Participants will have the opportunity to take their photographic vision to the next level. They will learn how to edit and take photo’s at the winter photography workshop. Youth will learn the step-by-step techniques to get the best possible prints. This photography workshop will be taught by a Minneapolis College of Arts and Design graduate.

December 28 and 30, 2-5 pm

Ages 12-16, Luxton Recreation Center

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.