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Family Programming


The University Club is over 100 years old. And with a certain age comes a certain wisdom.

We’ve learned that trends are fleeting. We’ve learned that quality is important. We’ve learned that family, friendships, and the moments spent together endure.

In a world full of screens and gadgets and disconnection, we’ve learned the value of traditions that bring us back together. Some of the most precious family traditions are alive and well at the University Club: getting a picture on Santa’s lap, the Easter petting zoo, the end of summer kids’ talent show, and so many more.

We understand family. We like family. We don’t merely tolerate your children, we create high quality, year-round programming to keep them inspired, and entertained. Children want to spend time here. We engage their brains, hearts, and hands with activities including: swim team (in both summer and winter), family nights, tennis team, certified arts and craft programming, movies, etiquette classes, and more. A bonus: they'll meet friends they will have for the rest of their lives.

And we haven't forgotten about you, either. You can choose to play right alongside your children, or instead connect with friends, attend a lecture, or simply sit by the fire and drink a cup of coffee. Slowly.

This is the backdrop for your life. It's where your family will create their own traditions, revel in long cherished traditions, and where you will all find new friends and discover new passions. It's where you'll celebrate big occasions and cherish small moments.

This is what matters, and this is where it happens.

Come join us. You belong here.

  • Family Club Night
    • The 3rd Friday of every month features family entertainment from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. Children are treated to a fun dinner, seasonal crafts and activities while parents are able to enjoy socializing with friends old and new in the Fireside room during our weekly Member Night.

      $10.00 per child | $30.00 per family will include dinner and activities.

      Reservations encouraged; please call 651.222.1751

  • Beginning Ballet
    • Taught by the Executive Director, designated, of Twin Cities Ballet Company of Minnesota, Georgia Finnegan Amdahl. This class will introduce young dancers to the art, technique, and joy of classical ballet. Ms. Finnegan Amdahl has trained and taught ballet extensively for the past fifteen years and will lead students through classical barre exercises, port de bras, center practice, and allegro.  Pink ballet tights, a pink leotard, and pink ballet slippers are required attire (available at Grand Jeté on Grand Ave).  No skirts, please.  Hair must be securely pulled back. Ms. Finnegan Amdahl is passionate about this art form and believes deeply in the beauty every child has to offer; your dancer will leap from the class room smiling!  

      Ages 5 to 8

      When: Thursdays, 5:30 pm – 6:30pm beginning October 1st, 2015 (8 weeks)
      Price: $150.00 per child.

      To register, please call 651.222.1751 or email Sue Katsiotis

  • Hands on Sundays
    • Hands on Sundays continue this fall and winter. Families of all ages are invited to join us one Sunday a month for activities that include building make-and-take gingerbread houses, studying bugs alongside Barry the Bug Guy, building structures with Minnesotan toy inventor Jeff Nelson and learning about engineering and circuity.

      When: 1st Sunday of the month from 2:00pm - 4:00pm, October 2015 - May 2016
      Price: $15/family (some activities may have an additional fee)

      Please call 651.222.1751 to make a reservation

  • Pasta Night
    • 2nd Tuesday of the Month from 5:30pm - 7:30pm (Members Bar and Casual Room)


      Reservations encouraged; please call 651.222.1751

  • Etiquette Classes by Bethany Miller
    • We are so excited to partner once again with licensed etiquette professional, Bethany Miller, from Doors of Success Etiquette. Due to the popularity of last year’s class, we are proud to offer this class twice throughout the month of November. Bethany’s etiquette class provides a valuable and fun, social and dining skills workshop. Class includes a multi-course lunch and a manners party bag, and topics include the following:

      ·         Creating and maintaining good eye-contact

      ·         Key table manners

      ·         Introductions

      ·         Restaurant Manners

      ·         Thank you notes and more

      When: Saturday, November 7th and 21st (two dates to choose from) from 10:00am - 1:00pm
      Price: $60/child

      Pre-registration required; please call 651.222.1751 or email Sue Katsiotis

      Proper Attire:
      Men - Dress slacks and a collared shirt with a sports coat or suit.
      Ladies - Their best dress or dress slacks and a dressy shirt.

  • Indoor Swim Team
    • Ages 5 and up

      Your kids love to swim all year long and we have the perfect place to do it. This fall and winter presents a great opportunity for your child to maintain and develop their stroke, gain endurance and stay active during the cooler months.

      When: Sunday afternoos

      Session 1: September 27th – December 13th (break for Thanksgiving)
      Session 2: January 10th – March 13th 
      Session 3: March 20th – May 22nd  

      Where: Saint Paul Athletic Club

      Price: $100/child

      Please call 651.222.1751 or email Sue Katsiotis for more information

  • Holidays at the Club
    • Holiday traditions at the Club are some of our favorite and most memorable times of the year. Members and their guests are invited to join us for holiday events that promise to bring together our wonderful member community, provide entertainment for all ages, and always feed you well.
      • Labor Day corn roast and BBQ by the pool
      • Halloween at the haunted Grigg's Mansion
      • Thanksgiving Brunch
      • Santa Brunch
      • Easter Brunch and petting zoo (and as always, egg hunt at the Grigg's Mansion)
      • Mother's Day Brunch
      • Pig Roast by the pool
      See the our monthly Lookout newsletter or visit our Club Events Calendar for specific dates and times for each event.
  • Game Nights
    • Join us on the 2nd Tuesday of each month for Game Night! Members and their guests are invited to play board games in the Member Bar and the Fireside Room. Twice a year, we will host a Scrabble tournament and BINGO!

      Note: the 2nd Tuesday of the month also hosts Pasta Night. While these events are separate, members are encouraged to spend the evening with us - grab a plate of pasta and enjoy the evening playing your favorite game!
  • Teen Yoga
    • Young members are invited to participate in a bi-monthly beginning yoga class. Participants will learn basic breath and postures, and move through a Vinyasa-style flow. Each class will build upon the last, and young yogis will have the opportunity to increase flexibility and build awareness of both mind and body, all while becoming physically stronger and more mindful of themselves and others. All levels are welcome!

      Ages 12 and up - please see our group fitness schedule for dates and times

  • Boot Camp with Michael
    • Michael’s summer boot camp was such a hit, we’ve decided to keep it going through the fall and winter! Two Saturdays a month, Michael will lead members ages 11 to 15 through a fun, interactive workout that will get their heart rates up and provide an environment that fosters community, fitness and learning. In the fall months, workouts will take place outside in the parks across the street.

      Ages 11-15 - please see our group fitness schedule for dates and times
  • Volunteer Opportunities
    • This fall and winter, we invite all our members to participate in various volunteer opportunities. This fall, we plan to rake leaves for older members of both the Club and the community and work with Gillette Children’s Hospital to make blankets for young patients. We’d like to participate in at least 4 volunteer projects in the fall and winter months, and are open to any ideas our members may have!

      Upcoming opportunities:

      Thursday, September 17th - Alex's Lemonade Stand outside the University Club (please reach out to Sue Katsiotis for more information)

      Sunday, October 4th - Marathon Cheer Station outside the University Club (please reach out to Sophie Rupp for more information)
  • Kids in the Kitchen
    • This fall and winter, give the kids a chance to get their hands dirty with our first-ever Kids in the Kitchen cooking class series. Children are invited to one Sunday a month to learn and practice culinary techniques, then put their newly acquired skills in action as they prepare a themed dish and enjoy eating it together. Each month will be different, and each session is guaranteed to be educational and fun. See below for an idea of what to expect each month:


      September: All About Apples

      October: Pizza, Pizza, Pizza!

      November: Pasta Making

      January: Eggs 101


      When: the 2nd Sunday of the month, September – November and January, 2:00pm – 5:00pm

                            September 13th | October 11th | November 8th | January 10th

      Where: University Club OR Saint Paul Athletic Club 3rd floor kitchen

      Price: $40/session

      Space is limited - please contact Sue Katsiotis to reserve a spot!

  • Smart Money Kids
    • For children and teens ages 8 and older

      It's never too early to learn about money matters, and a new season is a great time to start. In this two hour class, kids will learn about wants versus needs, the magic of compound interest, budgeting and more.  Financial concepts will be taught at an age-appropriate level in an interactive manner that is guaranteed to be fun and to spark an interest in personal finance. 

      This class will be led by Kara McGuire, who developed her personal finance expertise as a producer on public radio's Marketplace Money and as a personal finance columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Minnesota Parent Magazine. She's the author of the book "The Teen Money Manual: A Guide to Cash, Credit, Spending, Saving, Work, Wealth and More" and is a University Club member and mom of three financially literate kids.

      When: Saturday, January 9th from 3:00pm – 5:00pm

      Where: the University Club

      Price: $20/child


      Please reach out to Sue Katsiotis for more information and to sign up

  • SPAC Dive-in Movies

    • For children and teens ages 6th grade and older

      Our summer dive-in movies are such a fun tradition, we’ve decided to move them inside during the cooler months. Our older kid members have been begging to watch Jaws in the pool, and we are excited to make this a reality. This fall and winter, kids ages 6th grade and older are invited to put on their suits, bring their favorite pool float and meet us down at the SPAC indoor pool to continue the dive-in movie tradition all season long. The “ticket price” for each dive-in movie will be one or more canned goods that will be donated to a local food shelf.


      When: September 26th (Jaws), November 14th (TBD) and mid-February (TBD) at 8:00pm

      Where: the 8th floor indoor pool at the SPAC

      Price: one or more canned goods to be donated to a local food shelf

  • Pop-up Fun Days
    • Too cold or snowy to go to school? Teacher meetings canceled classes? The University Club will host pop-up fun days throughout the fall and winter seasons so our members can get out of the house and enjoy a fun activity together. Parents and their children can expect to play BINGO!, work on puzzles and play board games, race remote control cars, make snowmen, have fun in an open art studio – we have so many ideas! Watch your email and social media posts for dates, times and details.