Visit one of these local community centers
for a free indoor parent/toddler time. There are many more,just call your local community center and ask!
Hillcrest Rec Center
1978 Ford Pkwy
Edgcumbe Rec Center
320 South Griggs
Merriam Park-Tot Time
2000 St. Anthony
These privately owned establishments
have open gym times for a nominal fee and also host birthday parties and other events:
Gleason's Gymnastic Gyms
2015 Silver Bell Rd. Suite 180, Eagan, 651-454-6203
9775 85th Ave N, Maple Grove, 763-493-2526
6545 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie, 952-906-0028
5880 149th Street West, Apple Valley 952-431-6445
10300 West 70th Street, Eden Prairie 952-920-5342
Minnesota gets cold and sometimes it's nice to bring a book, and go to a safe place and cut kids loose to play with other children. Watch how they interact with their peers. It's amazing how they are so young and brave and already way more socially competent than I'll ever be. *Don't go if your child is ill.
Remember to bring socks although you can usually buy a pair if you forget. Try to purell or wash hands before and after. Every facility has an option to purchase a punch card or season pass which allows you to save money over multiple visits. If you are a resident of the area, they may offer discounts on admission. A couple of days the parks are closed for maintenance. Call ahead! Here are some great indoor year-round playgrounds:
Lookout Ridge Indoor Playground
- 8595 Central Park Place, Woodbury
- M, W, F 10am-5pm
- Tu, Th 10am -8pm
- Sat 10am-5pm
- Sun 1pm-5pm
- $5.50 weekends and no school days
- $4.50 weekdays
- $3.50 Tues and Thurs 6-8pm
This place has sounds and effects that accompany it's state-of-the-art play system!
Maple Maze Indoor Park
Maple Grove Community Center,
12951 Weaver Lake Road, Maple Grove
$5.00 non-resident ages 1-12
$2.50 after 7pm M-F
$2.50 after 5pm Sun
Kids under 12 months
A multiple level area with multiple routes with a jungle animal theme.
The Blast: Indoor Playground
1501 Central Parkway, Eagan,
(Eagan Community Center)
$3 all day every day kids 12mo-12 years. Everyone else is free!
This 2-story indoor children's play area is for kids up to age 15 and is painted like a gigantic galaxy, adding to this one-of-a-kind play odyssey. No outside food or beverages are allowed but there is a snack bar on site.
Edinborough Indoor Park
7700 York Avenue S, Edina,
Child's admission is $6.00
Newly remodeled, open gym space, and play structures as well. Check calendar for free indoor concerts. I have held my kid's birthday parties here and they are fun and limited to only a couple of hours!
Eagle's Nest Indoor Park
Family Service Center of New Brighton
400 10th Street NW, New Brighton
$5.50 per kid, ages 1-12
$3 after 6pm
Free for adults and kids under 12 months.
Tropical Adventure Indoor Playground
4580 Victoria St N, Shoreview
$5 kids ages 1-12
A great indoor play area with reserved for kids under age 12! Tropical Adventure waterpark is at the same location but listed under a different address. It confused me, so I thought you should know.
Extreme Fun Zone
For $6.00 you and your child are invited play on their giant, soft, fun-filled interactive inflatables during Pump It Up Pop-In Playtime at their assorted metro locations.
|1182 E. Cliff Rd, Burnsville
|7406 Washington Avenue South, Eden Prairie
|7045 6th Street N, Oakdale
Shopping centers all
have some sort of kids play area, none of which are my favorites but they are a luxury we often take for granted:
Midtown Global Market
920 E. Lake Street, Minneapolis
Great food, diverse entertainment and a "fun & funky" international vibe.