Play time

Need a new place to frolic this spring? Check out these two stops in Golden Valley:

Brookview Backyard, an awesome indoor playground, is now open seven days a week in the city’s brand-new community center.

It includes a main area designed for ages 2 to 12, plus a separate spot for 2- to 5-year-olds. Admission is $4–$5 (free for kids younger than 2).

Just down the hall sits the family-friendly sports bar and grill, Three One Six, offering breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night menus.

Next: Stop by Schaper Park to visit the new outdoor challenge course (video), which opened last fall on the Luce Line Trail just off Highway 55.

Billed as the first park of its kind in Upper Midwest, it’s a playground version of the American Ninja Warrior course in which all ages — yes, parents and kids — can compete for the best times. 

You press a button, wait for a green light, then race through the course, navigating over, under and around obstacles, ending with a slam of the finish button to stop the timer. 

Pro tip: It can be tough to keep all the other kids off the course structures, so if you want to race freely, avoid peak play times. 

There’s also a 40-yard-dash area with two lanes and in-ground start and finish timers if you want a side-by-side competition. 

Designed and built by Golden Valley-based Minnesota Wisconsin Playgrounds, the park features accessible synthetic turf surfacing throughout as well as a smaller fully inclusive play structure for all ages and abilities.