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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.

Youth Spanish Book and Conversational Language Club with Miriam Grady

This club is for children in 5th  - 12th grades with a minimum of intermediate Spanish. The group will read a book written in Spanish along with having fun Spanish discussions.

3rd Thursdays, 6:30 – 7:30
January 15, February 19, March 19, April 16, and May 21


  • 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 the weekly “Club 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 Co-Directors of Rivers Ballet, Georgia Finnegan Amdahl and Jennifer Murry, this class will introduce young dancers to the art, technique, and joy of classical dance. With more than 60 years of experience between them, Ms. Finnegan Amdahl and Ms. Murry have trained and taught extensively in North America and in Europe and will use the Russian method to lead students through basic barre exercises, port de bras, center practice, and allegro.

      Nine week session; January 8 – March 5
      Thursdays, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
      Cost: $150.00 per child.

      To register, please call 651-222-1751.

      *Pink ballet tights, a pink leotard, and pink ballet slippers are required attire (available at Grand Jeté on Grand Ave). No skirts, please, and hair must be securely pulled back.

  • Hands on Sundays
    • The University Club loves kids, and we recognize the value our members place on spending time together so we are offering a variety of family activities everyone can enjoy doing together. Activities will occur in the club’s sunny terrace room the first Sunday of every month, January through May. The University Club will provide a toddler corner so the entire family can enjoy the activities.

    • January 4th

      Meet Liz Heineke molecular scientist, educator and author of the book The Kitchen Pantry Scientist.  Liz will share her love of science with the goal of making it simple for parents to do science with kids of all ages, and for kids to experiment safely on their own. Come invent, explore and enjoy learning with your entire family.

    • February 1st

      This month The University Brings two of our member’s favorite make and take events that will help you share the love all month long!

      Northern Clay Center’s “Clay To Go” education team will be on site to teach basic hand building and glazing techniques. Each participant will create a one-of-kind art piece that will be glazed at the center. This is limited to 20 participants ages 6 and older please. Cost $20.00 per member.

      Valentine Make and Take with Heidi Anderson-Isaacson. Make a set of valentine cards for everyone in your classroom or to mail to all your loved ones near and far. Heidi will have the supplies for young and old!

    • March 1st

      Concert for the Kids by the Kids presented by The Saint Paul Conservatory of Music. A one hour concert featuring the young students of The Saint Paul Conservatory of Music followed by hands on musical learning experiences including meet the instruments!

    • April 5th


      Enjoy Easter Brunch and a petting zoo 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

    • May 3rd

      Get Your Garden Started! The University Club is bringing in the experts to teach families about composting, gardening and caring for the earth. Fingers crossed we will have some activities outdoors and begin to plant.

      Cost: $15.00 per family.

      Reservations encouraged; please call 651- 222-1751.

    • *Some activities require pre-registration and may have an additional fee

  • Pasta Night
    • Second Tuesdays, 5:00 – 8:00 pm (Members Bar and Casual Room)
      January 13th, February 10th, March 10th, April 14th, and May 12th.

      Reservations encouraged; please call 651-222-1751.

  • Etiquette Classes by Bethany Miller
    • Do you need extra reinforcement at home teaching your child that good manners matter? Look no further! The University Club is proud to be offering a first time manners dining class for children of our members! We are excited to be hosting etiquette professional, Bethany Miller, from Doors of Success Etiquette as we offer this valuable and fun, social and dining skills workshop!

      Class topics include:

      • Having Good Eye-Contact,

      • Key Table Manners,

      • Telephone Etiquette,

      • Restaurant manners,

      • Thank You Notes & Much More!

      Saturday February 7th

      Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
      Ages: Children ages 6-9
      Location:  The University Club of St. Paul 

      Saturday March 7th

      Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
      Ages: Children ages
      8 - 13
      Location: The University Club of St. Paul 

      Cost: $60.00 
      Preregistration required: 651-222-1751

      *Note: Class includes a three course meal, plus a take home party bag with handouts.

      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
    • Winter Session begins January 4th, 2015! This is the perfect opportunity to develop your stroke, gain endurance and stay active during the cooler months. Classes meet Sunday’s from 1:00 – 2:00 pm at The Saint Paul Athletic Club

      Head Coach: John Thomas
      Assistant Coach: Katie Kustritz

      Cost: $99.00 per session. To register, call 651-222-1751, or email

      • Session 2: January 4th – March 1st

      • Session 3: March 8th – May 10th

      *Each session is limited to 20 swimmers

  • Family Parenting Series by Jenny Hanlon
    • Teacher, Consultant, & Author Jenny Hanlon, M.Ed. provides tools and resources to empower children so they can grow to be genuinely happy and confident. She offers consulting sessions with parents and organizations that work with children along with classes (in-person and online) for professionals who work with children, parents of children birth through the early teen years and even classes specifically geared to children. Jenny occasionally appears on Twin Cities Live, KSTP and the KARE 11 Saturday morning show offering parenting advice. Jenny lives with her husband and two school-age children in the eastern suburbs of the Twin Cities.

      Cost: $40.00 per parenting team (includes all three classes)

      More, More, More: Identifying and Teaching How Much is Too Much

      Thursday January 15th 7:00 – 8:30

      Knowing how to identify what “too much” looks and feels like is a key factor in living a balanced life. You will walk away from this class with a tool to help answer the question of “is this too much?” in regards to school, sports, stress, food, etc. for your children and family as a whole.

      Empowering Parents: Are You in Control?

      Thursday February 19th 7:00 – 8:30

      Do you ever feel like the world around you is dictating your family life? Whether it’s work schedules, activities your children are in, or trying to make sense of your children’s attitudes and behaviors, you can be in control of this journey! Come for a discussion with Jenny Hanlon, M.Ed. on how to take control and have the family life you’ve dreamed of.

      Families in a Tech-Filled World

      Thursday March 12th 7:00 – 8:30

      Come join Jenny Hanlon, M.Ed. for a discussion of how to balance the pros and cons of the most up to date electronic technology that your family has access to from parents posting photos on social media sites to children of all ages using handheld devices, the web and social media. We’ll answer the very important question of what your family really needs to thrive in this digital age.

  • Holidays at the Club