Celebrate the longest night of the year, as people have done since ancient times. Discover the scientific and cultural significance of the season at the Winter Solstice Celebration. Enjoy a peaceful solstice quest, as you walk a trail discovering wooden animal figures, each holding the answer to a quiz that you carry. Join in singing ancient winter carols around a bonfire, and help with the communal "tie down the sun" ceremony, which is said to never fail in making the days get longer! Meet a live barred owl and create an owl mask. Listen to solstice stories while you enjoy cookies and wassail. (3-5:30 p.m. Sat. $5. Reservations required. Lowry Nature Center, Carver Park Reserve, 7025 Victoria Dr., Victoria. 763-559-6700. www.threeriversparkdistrict.org.)
It looks like a lot of fun.