Summer & Fall 2016 Community Ed. Tours


*Trips are open to people of all ages.  Students under the age of 16 must have an adult supervisor with them. To reserve a seat, call Alyssa at 320-564-4081 ext. 111 or email at, and send your payment to YME Community Ed. - 450 9th Ave. Granite Falls, MN 56241. Trips must be paid for by the deadline to secure your ticket. No refunds will be given after the deadline (if the trip is still on) unless your ticket can be sold. Thank you for your cooperation.


Bachman’s Floral & Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Wednesday, June 29th  --  7:30am-6pm

Cost: $45 -- Max: 54 -- Deadline: Monday, June 13th


On the tour of Bachman’s flagship store on Lyndale Ave. in South Minneapolis, you’ll  go behind the scenes at on the original site of the Bachman family farm. This floral, home, and garden center has over 200,000 square feet of retail space and features a dramatic gift and home décor shop, exquisite fresh flowers, a wonderful array of green and blooming plants, seasonal and holiday accents, garden plants, trees and shrubs, and lawn and garden products. 


During your tour of Bachman’s on Lyndale, you’ll learn about the local history and how we process approximately 400 incoming orders every day, and up to 800 orders on busy days! You’ll also visit the design areas where our talented floral and plant designers create bouquets, centerpieces, and designer plant baskets for sale in the store or for delivery in our signature purple trucks. Other sights include our floral coolers, the delivery garage and order processing center, the indoor and outdoor greenhouses, and our gift and home décor areas.


The Arboretum features more than 1,215 acres of magnificent gardens, model landscapes, and natural areas - from woodlands and wetlands to prairie - with extensive collections of northern-hardy plants.  We’ll be taking a tour on the Arboretum Trumpet Creeper Tram for a narrated tour of the 1,100+ acres of gardens and woodlands.  There will also be time for lunch on your own at the Arboretum, and you’ll also have time to meander on your own.


Your fee includes all tours and chartered coach ride.  You can either bring your own lunch or purchase your lunch at the Arboretum Restaurant.



Beauty and the Beast Chanhassen Dinner Theatre

Saturday, September 24th  --  8:45am-5:30pm (Dinner @ 11am  -- Show @ 1pm)

Cost: $80 -- Max: 54 -- Deadline: Monday, August 22nd

Returning for the first time in over a decade - the mega hit Beauty and the Beast!

In BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, a prince harshly turns a beggar woman away from shelter in his castle. She is secretly an enchantress, who, angered by the prince’s lack of compassion, changes the prince into a hideous Beast and all the castles’ human inhabitants into living objects. The enchantress tells the Beast that before the last petal falls from an enchanted rose, he must find true love or all will remain forever altered. Not far from the castle, in a small village, Belle lives with her father Maurice, an inventor. Belle is seen as odd by all but Gaston, a handsome yet highly egotistical man, who wants to marry her. Belle’s father gets lost in the woods and stumbles upon the Beast’s castle where he is welcomed by the walking, talking clock and candlestick. However, when the Beast discovers him, he is taken captive. When Belle finds out, she rushes to his aid and trades her freedom for her father’s. The Beast is harsh at first, but eventually the two develop something deeper.

Your fee includes chartered coach ride, dinner, and reserved ticket.


MN State Fair
Monday, Aug. 29th  --  7am-8:30pm
Cost:  $35
Max: 54
Deadline: August 22nd

Join us for a hassle-free trip to the great Minnesota Get-Together - The Minnesota State Fair!  It’s Senior Day & Kid’s Day, so there will be lots of specials for you to enjoy.  Your fee includes chartered coach ride and fair admission. 


Miracle On South Division
DayTrippers Dinner Theatre - Bloomington
Thursday, October 13th -- Times: 9:45am-6pm -- (Dinner @ 12:15 -- Show @ 1:15)
Cost: $60 -- Max: 54 -- Deadline: September 26th

A divine family comedy, based on a true story.  Meet the Nowaks - a Catholic family living in Buffalo. Clara and her three grown children have always known they were special, ever since the miraculous night in 1942 when the Blessed Mother appeared to Grandpa in his barbershop. Since then, the neighborhood has looked upon the Nowak’s 20 foot high commemorative shrine as a beacon of hope and faith in the town.  But when daughter Ruth unveils her plan to write a play about the miracle, a long-ago deathbed confession reveals that the family is actually Jewish… and the legend hilariously unravels.

“The funniest play of the year!” -- New York Herald Examiner

Your fee includes chartered coach ride, dinner, and reserved ticket. 


A Kat Perkins Christmas
Chanhassen Dinner Theatre -- Fireside Room
Saturday, December 17th -- Times: 8:45am-5:30pm -- (Dinner @ 11am -- Show @ 1pm)
Cost: $80 -- Max: 54 -- Deadline: Tuesday, November 1st

Christmas is Kat Perkins’ favorite time of year! A Kat Perkins Christmas is an incredible blend of traditional Christmas songs with Kat’s modern spin.  She incorporates her audience in fun crowd participation holiday songs and even features an up and coming young star at each venue. Together she has created a fun, rockin’ show to celebrate the holidays filled with great music, laughter, and even her own original Christmas songs! It’s a must see all ages opportunity to bring the entire family!  Your fee includes chartered coach ride, dinner, and reserved concert tickets.



Our Summer Rec. trips are open to next year's 4th-12th graders -- adults are welcome to join as well.  Our Summer Rec. employees will be supervising these two trips.  Your fees include the bus ride (school bus), admission, and a sack lunch.  Contact Alyssa Johnson in the Community Ed. & Activities Office to sign up.




Wednesday, June 29th


Time: 8am-8pm - Cost: $40 - Max. 60

Gather your friends and family to enjoy a day of fun and thrills, including Route 76 and the newly expanded Soak City Waterpark.  Valleyfair has over 75 rides for those of all thrill-seeking levels.  Bring along your swimsuit and some spending money for summer day spent at Valleyfair!  



Wednesday, July 20th

Time: 8am-6:30pm - Cost: $25 - Limit: 60 

Catch the wave at Wild Water West Waterpark!  Your day at the park includes unlimited access to the wave pool, complete waterpark, go-karts, bumper boats, mini-golf, batting cages, and sand volleyball. Height restrictions apply on all rides.  For more information, check out their website at