Happy Hour Ideas in the Willmar Lakes Area

Our local restaurants, shops and attractions are open and have taken measures to ensure your safety. As of July 25, 2020, Minnesota has implemented a state wide mask mandate. (Click here for more details on the mask mandate). So while enjoying our many fun activities and events, please remember to wear your mask when indoors or where ever you aren’t able to be socially distant.

Let’s Be Active

Looking for a fun, family activity for the holidays? Reserve an interactive movie kit!

Need an emotional lift? Or need to blow off some steam after a stressful day? A gym session or brisk walk can help. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier, more relaxed and less anxious. So join one of the many fitness and wellness centers in the Willmar Lakes Area and start creating a healthier and happier YOU. Many of them are even offering online classes and workout routines as well.

Fun for the Whole Family

Looking for a fun, family activity for the holidays? Reserve an interactive movie kit from the Willmar Public Library here. Each kit includes an interactive movie script, a bag of microwave popcorn, and props for up to 6 participants. *Limit 1 per week per household.

Spend an afternoon at Robbins Island Regional Park with the kids and take in the StoryWalk as you stroll around the perimeter of the Willmar Destination Playground. The story featured is “Up, Down, and Around” by Katherine Ayres. This is a great way to experience reading and nature at the same time!

Enjoy a night of live trivia every other Thursday night with the staff of the Willmar Public Library. Join their Facebook Group and play live online trivia solo or assemble a team. These events are for ages 18+.

Do you like puzzles?  Why not give our Willmar Lakes Area puzzles a try or check out the Kandiyohi County Historical Society’s puzzles.  Compete against your friends and family to see who can solve them the quickest.

Let’s Add a Little Arts & Crafts

The Willmar Public Library is offering a variety of arts and crafts activities. Join in on the Craft & Coloring Virtual Chat on the 4th Wednesday of each month (no meeting in December) and enjoy a friendly conversation while you work on your artwork. Or see what Community Art Project opportunities they are offering each month.

The Willmar Public Library is also offering Take & Make Ornaments for those that are over 18 years old.  Use this form to reserve your supplies to make 4 of your own ornaments (2 gnomes, a snowman, and a tree). Library staff will contact you by phone or email when it is ready for pick up. Pick up times are currently:
Curbside Hours: Mon – Thur from 9 AM – 8 PM, Fri 9 AM – 5:30 PM, and Sat 10 AM – 2 PM OR
Library Express Hours: Mon – Thur 9 AM – 7 PM, Fri 9 AM – 5 PM, and Sat 10 AM – 2 PM
Limit one per person. Craft difficulty level: Beginner

The Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota wants to wish you and your loved ones a safe holiday season, and as a special thank you for your continued support they are hosting a coloring contest open to all ages with completely original art from talented Mankato Artist Ellen Schofield. Access the coloring pages by clicking: PDF files to download and print. You can color digitally on your computer, tablet, or phone, or print it and color it in. BikeMN is also able to print and mail pages to you if needed! Simply email info@bikemn.org with the subject line ‘Coloring Contest Pages’ and tell us how many pages you would like, and where to mail them. Entry must be received by or before Sunday, January 3rd at 11:59 PM CST. We prefer to receive your art online using this entry form. You may also mail to Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota 3745 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55417. Your entry must include your name, age (at time of entry), and a way to contact you, either a mailing address (no PO boxes), telephone number, and email address. Must be Minnesota residents to enter. You can also visit this blog post about the coloring contest for more information.

We Can’t Forget About All of the Great Food in the Willmar Lakes Area

Although our restaurants are currently closed for indoor dining, you can still enjoy delicious local foods via takeout or delivery from many of our amazing local restaurants. And for those that like to brave the Minnesota winters, outdoor patios are also open at many restaurants. To see an updated list of which restaurants are offering takeout or delivery click here.

Call ahead and order your favorite crowler to go from Foxhole Brewhouse.

And the Delicious Local Wine and Beer

Goat Ridge Brewing Co. is open for Drive-Thru Wednesday-Sunday 4-8pm. Just call 320-354-2383 to place your order by phone or to make a reservation. Online ordering is also available by clicking here.

Foxhole Brewhouse in Willmar is open for off sale pick up or curbside pickup. Just call 320-441-2071 to order or order online by clicking here.

Glacial Ridge Winery is closed for the winter.

If you have more fun ideas of how to engage in a Happy Hour of sorts, let us know. We’d love to hear them!

Fish our lakes

The possibilities are endless on our 30 recreational lakes…boating, swimming, fishing, water skiing, tubing, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boating, hydro biking, paddle boarding and so much more!

Fishing Report

Explore our Trails

Surrounded by beautiful lakes and scenery…who wouldn’t take a hike or a leisurely bike ride to enjoy the view? With miles of trials to choose from, you can always find new places to explore.

Trail Report