Meet city staff and learn more about your local government at the Minnetonka Fire Department and City Open House Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Minnetonka Civic Center campus, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd. Then, at 8 p.m., enjoy a fireworks show at the outdoor amphitheater!
Kids four and over can ride in city fire trucks, and everyone can enjoy free hot dogs, cookies, pop and lemonade along with department tours and entertainment.
Plan your evening of activities
Take a tour of the Minnetonka Police Department’s jail and visit with members of the city’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team. (Police Department)
Get moving with activities sponsored by Recreation Services. (Community Center lower level)
View this year’s photo contest entries and vote for your favorite (Community Center lower level)
Ride in a fire truck, ages 4 and over. (5–7:30 p.m., Fire Station) Please note: Due to large volumes of traffic expected for the fireworks, fire truck rides will end this year at 7:30 p.m.
Sit inside heavy equipment from the public works department and enjoy a treat! (Community Center south entrance)
Enjoy musical entertainment (Community Center, upper level)
Visit the House of Germs and learn how to stay healthy! (Community Center)
Browse displays from city departments and boards and commissions; as well as community organizations. (Community Center lower level)
See woodcarving demonstrations (Community Center upper level)
Snack on free refreshments, including all–beef hot dogs and pop (5–7:30 p.m., Fire Station) and cookies, popcorn, and lemonade. (5–7:30 p.m., Community Center upper level)
Fireworks at 8 p.m. at the outdoor amphitheater on the Minnetonka Civic Center Campus. In case of inclement weather, call 952.939–TELL (8355) for fireworks status. Fire truck rides will end at 7:30 p.m. to accommodate traffic expected for the fireworks display. Note: Fireworks were rescheduled to this event after being rained out at Summer Festival in June.
A word about parking
With the addition of the fireworks show, we are expecting large crowds at this year’s Open House event. While we are doing everything we can to ensure as much parking is available as possible, please help by carpooling with friends and planning extra time for parking when you arrive at the event. Police staff will be on hand to direct traffic. Thank you for your patience. We hope to see you at Open House!
Bike to Open House
Avoid the parking hassles and bike to the Fire Department and City Open House! If you do bike, please remember the sun sets earlier this time of year. Be sure to wear light–colored clothing if you’ll be biking in the dark, and have the proper lighting on your bicycle.