Crow Wing Energized: Let’s get outside, together

Smiles on the ‘Sippi was inspired when a group of outdoor enthusiasts with a passion for mental health wellness came together to form this community event.

A loon stretches its wings on the Mississippi River
A common loon rises up to display it's wings Thursday, June 30, 2022, on the Mississippi River.
Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
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Smiles for Jake is excited to announce our inaugural Smiles on the ‘Sippi will take place on July 30.

Smiles on the ‘Sippi was inspired when a group of outdoor enthusiasts with a passion for mental health wellness came together to form this community event. Smiles for Jake in partnership with Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, Brainerd Family YMCA, Mississippi Headwaters Board, Crow Wing County Historical Society and CTC have put all of the wheels in motion for this annual event.

The event will be at Rotary and Kiwanis Park in Brainerd. This will be an outdoor morning of fun for the entire family and is free to the public to attend. A shuttle service will be provided frequently for traveling between Kiwanis or Rotary Park every 15 minutes.


Join us for magicians, face painting, rock painting, and a special visit from Mickey Mouse! Entertainment provided by country artists, Girls Night Out. A historical tour will be provided by Crow Wing Historical Society to teach about life on the Mississippi in early Brainerd. Mental health professionals will be onsite to answer questions and provide resources. Bring your whole family – there will be something for everyone to enjoy!

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List of ways to support a child's mental health
Five tips encourage health habits for a lifetime.
Contributed / Smiles for Jake

Event activities

9 a.m. Canoe Race begins.

9:15 a.m. Kayak Race begins.

9:30 a.m. Paddleboard Race begins.

10:30 a.m.-noon Historical tour.

9 a.m. Rotary Park.

9 a.m. Morning Mississippi Yoga.

10 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Ventriloquist Show.


10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Magic Show

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Face painters, balloon artist, rock painting, and a visit from Mickey & Minnie Mouse.

10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Live music featuring country music band “Girls Night Out.”

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free lunch

We look forward to seeing all of you at Smiles on the ‘Sippi! Be kind.

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