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Playdates
When: May 23
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul
Cost: Age 5 and younger can attend for free with a paid adult admission. Regular museum admission is $18.95 for adults and $12.95 for ages 4-12 and 60 and older.
Website: smm.org/playdates
A Year With Frog and Toad
When: May 26
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $15.
Website: childrenstheatre.org
A Year With Frog and Toad
When: May 27
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $15.
Website: childrenstheatre.org
A Year With Frog and Toad
When: May 28
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $15.
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Playdates
When: May 30
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul
Cost: Age 5 and younger can attend for free with a paid adult admission. Regular museum admission is $18.95 for adults and $12.95 for ages 4-12 and 60 and older.
Website: smm.org/playdates
Edina Art Fair
When: Jun 2
Where: 50th & France neighborhood of Edina
Cost: FREE
Website: edinaartfair.com
A Year With Frog and Toad
When: Jun 2
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $15.
Website: childrenstheatre.org
A Year With Frog and Toad
When: Jun 3
Where: Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis
Cost: Tickets start at $15.
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Edina Art Fair
When: Jun 3
Where: 50th & France neighborhood of Edina
Cost: FREE
Website: edinaartfair.com
WaterFest
When: Jun 3
Where: Lake Phalen Pavilion, St. Paul
Cost: FREE
Website: rwmwd.org/waterfest
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Local Resources

Adventure Peak in Edinborough Park

Hugely popular, this 1-acre indoor park features numerous slides and tunnels and a 30-foot-tall climbing structure, plus a special area reserved for toddlers. There’s also a pool and a gym on site.
Hugely popular, this 1-acre indoor park features numerous slides and tunnels and a 30-foot-tall climbing structure, plus a special area reserved for toddlers. There’s also a pool and a gym on site.

7700 York Ave. S.

Edina

952-833-9540

AirMaxx Trampoline Park & Fun Center

The most exciting birthday celebration in Minneapolis/St Paul! Your birthday child will love playing laser tag or jumping with their friends while we celebrate them on their special day. We provide setup, clean up, and will serve the food.
The most exciting birthday celebration in Minneapolis/St Paul! Your birthday child will love playing laser tag or jumping with their friends while we celebrate them on their special day. We provide setup, clean up, and will serve the food.

7000 Washington Ave S

Eden Prairie

952-232-0096

AirMaxx Trampoline Park and Fun Center

Jump on trampolines, zap friends in the laser-tag arena, escape the Pharaoh's curse in the cosmic mini golf course or play in the arcade, which features mini bowling and a laser maze.
Jump on trampolines, zap friends in the laser-tag arena, escape the Pharaoh's curse in the cosmic mini golf course or play in the arcade, which features mini bowling and a laser maze.

Eden Prairie

952-232-0096

Alexander Ramsey House

As one of the nation's best preserved Victorian-era homes, this Minnesota Historical Society sites is a virtual portal to the Victorian era, featuring enthusiastic costumed guides (sometimes bearing freshly baked cookies) who give glimpses of family and servant life in the 1870s.
As one of the nation's best preserved Victorian-era homes, this Minnesota Historical Society sites is a virtual portal to the Victorian era, featuring enthusiastic costumed guides (sometimes bearing freshly baked cookies) who give glimpses of family and servant life in the 1870s.

265 Exchange St. S.

St. Paul

651-296-8760

American Swedish Institute

Housed in the castle-like Turnblad Mansion, built by Swedish immigrants in 1908, this museum features permanent and touring collections of glass, fine art, textiles and other items from Sweden, plus many special activities for children throughout the year. Catch performances at the museum’s Nelson Cultural Center, and eat at FIKA, the museum’s award-winning Nordic-themed cafe.
Housed in the castle-like Turnblad Mansion, built by Swedish immigrants in 1908, this museum features permanent and touring collections of glass, fine art, textiles and other items from Sweden, plus many special activities for children throughout the year. Catch performances at the museum’s Nelson Cultural Center, and eat at FIKA, the museum’s award-winning Nordic-themed cafe.

2600 Park Ave.

Minneapolis

612-871-4907

Ames Center

Formerly the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, this venue opened in 2009 and includes two theatres, a 1,000-seat proscenium stage and an intimate, 150-seat Black Box Theatre. Presentations include cultural events, dramas, comedies, dance and musical acts from local arts organizations and national touring artists.
Formerly the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, this venue opened in 2009 and includes two theatres, a 1,000-seat proscenium stage and an intimate, 150-seat Black Box Theatre. Presentations include cultural events, dramas, comedies, dance and musical acts from local arts organizations and national touring artists.

12600 Nicollet Ave.

Burnsville

952-895-4685

Anoka Aquatic Center

A 200-foot-long water slide, diving boards, a huge water-play structure and a zero-depth-entry pool are the big draws at this outdoor attraction.
A 200-foot-long water slide, diving boards, a huge water-play structure and a zero-depth-entry pool are the big draws at this outdoor attraction.

1551 Seventh Ave. N.

Anoka

763-421-7730

Anoka County Parks

Golf at the Chomonix course, splash in a wave pool, ride down the slide at Bunker Beach, ride horses at Bunker Park stables, bike, hike, canoe, camp and more, all north of the Twin Cities, near Lino Lakes.
Golf at the Chomonix course, splash in a wave pool, ride down the slide at Bunker Beach, ride horses at Bunker Park stables, bike, hike, canoe, camp and more, all north of the Twin Cities, near Lino Lakes.

763-757-3920

Apple Valley Family Aquatic Center

Water slides (two big and two small), fountains and sand volleyball are some of the most popular features at this giant outdoor pool.
Water slides (two big and two small), fountains and sand volleyball are some of the most popular features at this giant outdoor pool.

14421 Johnny Cake Ridge Road

Apple Valley

952-953-2399

ArtAble/Simply Jane Studio

Fun and engaging arts education center and drop-in paint studio open to the public. We offer kids’ and adult painting classes, summer art camps, Thursday toddler time, host kids’ birthday parties and special events and programs for people with disabilities.
Fun and engaging arts education center and drop-in paint studio open to the public. We offer kids’ and adult painting classes, summer art camps, Thursday toddler time, host kids’ birthday parties and special events and programs for people with disabilities.

5411 Nicollet Ave

Minneapolis

612-354-3961

ARTrageous Adventures

Have an ARTrageous pARTy with us at our studio or your home as we travel too! Choose a theme and we can tailor the activities to your child, tween or teen's interests. We also can provide face painting, henna and a canvas pARTy favors too!
Have an ARTrageous pARTy with us at our studio or your home as we travel too! Choose a theme and we can tailor the activities to your child, tween or teen's interests. We also can provide face painting, henna and a canvas pARTy favors too!

2121 West 21st St

Minneapolis

612-423-7554

ArtScraps Reuse Store

Salvaged scraps, overstock items, factory rejects and other materials normally destined for a landfill can be turned into works of art with a little creativity at this colorful venue, featuring programming for children and adults.
Salvaged scraps, overstock items, factory rejects and other materials normally destined for a landfill can be turned into works of art with a little creativity at this colorful venue, featuring programming for children and adults.

1459 St. Clair Ave.

St. Paul

651-698-2787

Augsburg Ice Arena

This two-rink indoor ice-skating venue is home to the Figure Skating Club of Minneapolis, which offers group classes and private lessons for all ages.
This two-rink indoor ice-skating venue is home to the Figure Skating Club of Minneapolis, which offers group classes and private lessons for all ages.

2323 Riverside Ave.

Minneapolis

Battle Creek Waterworks

An interactive water-play system, a lily-pad walk, a three-story slide and more are the big draws at this outdoor attraction.
An interactive water-play system, a lily-pad walk, a three-story slide and more are the big draws at this outdoor attraction.

2401 Upper Afton Road

Maplewood

651-501-6340

beARTrageous

This full-service art studio offers programming for all ages with one goal: “Unleash your creative power by connecting to yourself, your community and the diversity of the world.”
This full-service art studio offers programming for all ages with one goal: “Unleash your creative power by connecting to yourself, your community and the diversity of the world.”

2121 W. 21st St.

Minneapolis

612-423-7554

Bell Museum of Natural History

This University of Minnesota gem, which brings together science, art, and the environment with a unique Minnesota perspective, has closed its doors in Minneapolis and will reopen in a brand-new building in summer 2018 as the Bell Museum + Planetarium on the St. Paul campus.
This University of Minnesota gem, which brings together science, art, and the environment with a unique Minnesota perspective, has closed its doors in Minneapolis and will reopen in a brand-new building in summer 2018 as the Bell Museum + Planetarium on the St. Paul campus.

St. Paul

612-626-9660

Big Thrill Factory

Outdoor activities at this amusement arcade include mini golf, climbing, a giant slide and trampolines. Indoor attractions include bowling, laser tag, bump-n-spin cars, a giant indoor play structure with foam ball guns, laser tag and an arcade.
Outdoor activities at this amusement arcade include mini golf, climbing, a giant slide and trampolines. Indoor attractions include bowling, laser tag, bump-n-spin cars, a giant indoor play structure with foam ball guns, laser tag and an arcade.

17585 Highway 7

Minnetonka

952-698-7700

Blooma

With locations in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Plymouth and Nashville, this locally based mother-focused wellness studio offers yoga, childbirth education and support groups for mothers as well as a variety of yoga classes for infants and children.
With locations in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Plymouth and Nashville, this locally based mother-focused wellness studio offers yoga, childbirth education and support groups for mothers as well as a variety of yoga classes for infants and children.

612-223-8064

Bloomington Family Aquatic Center

Explore interactive water-play features, diving boards and water slides.
Explore interactive water-play features, diving boards and water slides.

201 90th St. E.

Bloomington

952-563-4634

Bloomington Parks

Swim at the popular Family Aquatic Center or Bush Lake Beach. Explore Richardson Nature Center. Ski or snowboard in winter. In summer, play disc golf at Hyland Lake Park Reserve.
Swim at the popular Family Aquatic Center or Bush Lake Beach. Explore Richardson Nature Center. Ski or snowboard in winter. In summer, play disc golf at Hyland Lake Park Reserve.

952-563-8700

Braemar Arena & Field

Braemar is the “coolest” place to hold your birthday party or special occasion. We offer options during open skating, family open dome time or a private party: skating, soccer, lacrosse, baseball, football, or open active play. Our birthday party coordinator will assist you in your planning.
Braemar is the “coolest” place to hold your birthday party or special occasion. We offer options during open skating, family open dome time or a private party: skating, soccer, lacrosse, baseball, football, or open active play. Our birthday party coordinator will assist you in your planning.

Braemar Arena
7501 Ikola Way

Edina

952-833-9506

Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre

This Twin Cities institution has been crafting audacious original comedy, improv and satire since 1958, and today offers classes and programming for youth and teens as well as adults.
This Twin Cities institution has been crafting audacious original comedy, improv and satire since 1958, and today offers classes and programming for youth and teens as well as adults.

824 Hennepin Ave.

Minneapolis

612-332-6620

Brickmania

Housed in a repurposed World War II armaments factory, this destination features a large collection of permanent and rotating LEGO models, dioramas, sculptures and mosaics. Kids can play with a large collection of bricks, including DUPLO blocks for younger kids. Brickmania also sells custom LEGO kits, minifigures and accessories, plus new and vintage LEGO sets. A Train Room (limited hours) features displays by the Greater Midwest Lego Train Club and Twin Cities Lego Train Club.
Housed in a repurposed World War II armaments factory, this destination features a large collection of permanent and rotating LEGO models, dioramas, sculptures and mosaics. Kids can play with a large collection of bricks, including DUPLO blocks for younger kids. Brickmania also sells custom LEGO kits, minifigures and accessories, plus new and vintage LEGO sets. A Train Room (limited hours) features displays by the Greater Midwest Lego Train Club and Twin Cities Lego Train Club.

1620 Central Ave. N.E., Suite 170

Minneapolis

612-545-5263

Brighter Minds Music

Children of all ages and experience levels can take group or individual lessons here, including early childhood music-education classes. Piano lessons are a specialty. Guitar and voice lessons are also available.
Children of all ages and experience levels can take group or individual lessons here, including early childhood music-education classes. Piano lessons are a specialty. Guitar and voice lessons are also available.

Minneapolis and St. Paul

612-743-0942, 651-263-9475

Brooklyn Park Community Activity Center

Find winter fun here with two indoor ice rinks, connected in the upper level by a warming area, in addition to an outdoor skate park.
Find winter fun here with two indoor ice rinks, connected in the upper level by a warming area, in addition to an outdoor skate park.

5600 85th Ave. N.

Brooklyn Park

763-493-8333

Brown Family Adventure Park

Explore a jungle-theme environment with a two-story tree house and a rope bridge.
Explore a jungle-theme environment with a two-story tree house and a rope bridge.

14200 Lincoln St. N.E., Suite 500

Ham Lake

763-331-0265

Bunker Beach Water Park

Shoot down six water slides, float on a lazy river, play in an activity pool with a climbing wall or body surf in a wave pool.
Shoot down six water slides, float on a lazy river, play in an activity pool with a climbing wall or body surf in a wave pool.

Bunker Hills Regional Park

Coon Rapids

763-324-3310

Bunker Park Stables

Your GO-TO horse facility for the safest and most fun horse parties. Available for all ages! Make your event unforgettable!
Your GO-TO horse facility for the safest and most fun horse parties. Available for all ages! Make your event unforgettable!

550 Bunker Lake Blvd NW

Andover

763-757-9445

Burnsville Ice Center

This popular destination offers year-round classes and adult ice hockey, public skate times as well as skate rentals and sharpening.
This popular destination offers year-round classes and adult ice hockey, public skate times as well as skate rentals and sharpening.

251 Civic Center Parkway

Burnsville

952-895-4651

Burnsville Skate Park

Free and open to the general public, this outdoor skate park is geared toward inline skaters, skateboarders and bikers, located next door to the Burnsville Ice Center.
Free and open to the general public, this outdoor skate park is geared toward inline skaters, skateboarders and bikers, located next door to the Burnsville Ice Center.

Civic Center Parkway

Burnsville

952-895-4653

Capri Theater

Owned and operated by Plymouth Christian Youth Center, this historic theater seeks to enrich the skills, prospects and spirits of North Minneapolis-area youth and adults, in partnership with families and communities.
Owned and operated by Plymouth Christian Youth Center, this historic theater seeks to enrich the skills, prospects and spirits of North Minneapolis-area youth and adults, in partnership with families and communities.

2027 West Broadway

Minneapolis

612-643-2024

Carver County Parks

Stargazing is a favorite activity at Onan Observatory in Baylor Park. Bring the kids to a beach at Lake Minnewashta or Lake Waconia, all west of the Twin Cities.
Stargazing is a favorite activity at Onan Observatory in Baylor Park. Bring the kids to a beach at Lake Minnewashta or Lake Waconia, all west of the Twin Cities.

952-466-5250

Cascade Bay

Attractions here include a leisure pool, Twin Falls, Shipwreck Cove, a lazy river and slide and Sandpiper Beach, plus camps, swimming lessons and mini golf.
Attractions here include a leisure pool, Twin Falls, Shipwreck Cove, a lazy river and slide and Sandpiper Beach, plus camps, swimming lessons and mini golf.

1360 Civic Center Drive

Eagan

651-675-5577

Cathedral of St. Paul

Situated at the highest point in downtown St. Paul, this landmark (and active place of worship) is on the National Register of Historic Places and is open on select days for free tours.
Situated at the highest point in downtown St. Paul, this landmark (and active place of worship) is on the National Register of Historic Places and is open on select days for free tours.

239 Selby Ave.

St. Paul

651-228-1766

Centennial Lakes Park

Paved pathways meander around this pretty 10-acre lake, interspersed with landscaped grounds, seating areas, swinging benches and fountains. Activities keep the park busy year-round, including ice skating in winter.
Paved pathways meander around this pretty 10-acre lake, interspersed with landscaped grounds, seating areas, swinging benches and fountains. Activities keep the park busy year-round, including ice skating in winter.

7499 France Ave. S.

Edina

952-833-9580

Central Park in Maple Grove

New in 2015, this park features a playground with a 120-foot-long climbing wall, a 24-foot climbing tower, an interactive fountain, a great lawn, trails, a garden with a labyrinth, and a new building with a concession stand, restrooms and a large lounge area. In winter, there’s a Zamboni-maintained skating loop and a warming house with a double-sided fireplace.
New in 2015, this park features a playground with a 120-foot-long climbing wall, a 24-foot climbing tower, an interactive fountain, a great lawn, trails, a garden with a labyrinth, and a new building with a concession stand, restrooms and a large lounge area. In winter, there’s a Zamboni-maintained skating loop and a warming house with a double-sided fireplace.

12000 Central Park Way

Maple Grove

763-494-6474

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

Enjoy a variety of dinner theater shows and concerts and other events, plus theater-education programming for ages 5 and older, at this multi-stage venue.
Enjoy a variety of dinner theater shows and concerts and other events, plus theater-education programming for ages 5 and older, at this multi-stage venue.

501 W. 78th St.

Chanhassen

952-934-1525

Chaska Valley Family Theatre

Founded in 1995, this community-organized theater provides live performances at three different venues with an emphasis on family involvement and local talent.
Founded in 1995, this community-organized theater provides live performances at three different venues with an emphasis on family involvement and local talent.

Chaska and Chanhassen

952-250-7206

Children's Theatre Company

One of the largest and more revered children's theater companies in the country, CTC includes a main stage and a smaller, more intimate stage, both featuring award-winning productions that cater to young audiences. Housed in the same building as the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Mia), CTC also employs an in-house acting company, creates its own original, award-winning plays and runs community outreach programming for a variety of ages groups.
One of the largest and more revered children's theater companies in the country, CTC includes a main stage and a smaller, more intimate stage, both featuring award-winning productions that cater to young audiences. Housed in the same building as the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Mia), CTC also employs an in-house acting company, creates its own original, award-winning plays and runs community outreach programming for a variety of ages groups.

2400 Third Ave. S.

Minneapolis

612-874-0400

CHS Field

See the St. Paul Saints, a professional baseball team based in St. Paul, at a new Lowertown ballpark.
See the St. Paul Saints, a professional baseball team based in St. Paul, at a new Lowertown ballpark.

360 N. Broadway St.

St. Paul

651-644-6659

Circus Juventas

Located in the Highland Park neighborhood of St. Paul, this is the largest performing arts youth circus school in North America. Founded in 1994 by real-life circus performers, the popular school offers year-round programming for ages 2 to 22 as well as summer camps for ages 6 to 15. Kids perform two major shows every year, one in spring and one in summer
Located in the Highland Park neighborhood of St. Paul, this is the largest performing arts youth circus school in North America. Founded in 1994 by real-life circus performers, the popular school offers year-round programming for ages 2 to 22 as well as summer camps for ages 6 to 15. Kids perform two major shows every year, one in spring and one in summer

1270 Montreal Ave.

St. Paul

651-699-8229

Color Me Mine

We are a Paint Your Own Pottery studio with 3 convenient locations. Our parties offer their own party room with a staff member working with you for 2 hours. From set up to clean up we’ll provide a fun and creative party for your kids!
We are a Paint Your Own Pottery studio with 3 convenient locations. Our parties offer their own party room with a staff member working with you for 2 hours. From set up to clean up we’ll provide a fun and creative party for your kids!

3324 Promenade Ave, Eagan
651-454-4099
416 Crossroads Dr SW, Rochester
507-258-5436
Shoppes at Arbor Lakes
763-420-0005

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

One of the last free zoos in the U.S., Como is home to a wide array of animals and plants and is open 365 days a year. Additional features include Cafesjian's historic carousel and the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory. A donation of $3 per adult and $2 per child is optional.
One of the last free zoos in the U.S., Como is home to a wide array of animals and plants and is open 365 days a year. Additional features include Cafesjian's historic carousel and the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory. A donation of $3 per adult and $2 per child is optional.

1225 Estabrook Drive

St. Paul

651-487-8200

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

Have a Birthday Bash to Remember at Como! We offer seven unique party themes for kids age 1 and up. We can even provide pizza and cake. Join us for a party so exciting kids won’t notice how much they’re learning!
Have a Birthday Bash to Remember at Como! We offer seven unique party themes for kids age 1 and up. We can even provide pizza and cake. Join us for a party so exciting kids won’t notice how much they’re learning!

1225 Estabrook Dr

St. Paul

651-487-8272

Como Town

This 4-acre outdoor amusement park, adjacent to the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, is designed for ages 2 to 12 with more than 18 kiddie rides.
This 4-acre outdoor amusement park, adjacent to the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, is designed for ages 2 to 12 with more than 18 kiddie rides.

St. Paul

651-487-2121

Como Town Amusement Park

Come celebrate with Como Town Amusement Park! Have a fun filled day for your child and eight other friends. Enjoy ice cream sundaes, unlimited ride wristbands and festive party decorations! Two package deals available.
Come celebrate with Como Town Amusement Park! Have a fun filled day for your child and eight other friends. Enjoy ice cream sundaes, unlimited ride wristbands and festive party decorations! Two package deals available.

1301 Midway Pkwy

St. Paul

651-487-2121

Como Town Splash Zone

Let the kids play in water fountains, bubblers and jets, plus sprayers and water buckets.
Let the kids play in water fountains, bubblers and jets, plus sprayers and water buckets.

1301 Midway Parkway

St. Paul

651-487-2121

Coon Rapids Ice Center

Take part in classes, stick-and-puck hockey sessions and skate rentals at this new-in-2011 facility, featuring indoor ice as well as a refrigerated outdoor rink.
Take part in classes, stick-and-puck hockey sessions and skate rentals at this new-in-2011 facility, featuring indoor ice as well as a refrigerated outdoor rink.

11000 Crooked Lake Blvd.

Coon Rapids

763-951-7222

Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts

This dance-focused venue includes the refurbished 500-seat Goodale Theater; The Hennepin Center for the Arts, home to 20 leading dance and performing arts organizations; the Target Education Studio, housing the center’s innovative distance learning program; and a new U.S. Bank Atrium.
This dance-focused venue includes the refurbished 500-seat Goodale Theater; The Hennepin Center for the Arts, home to 20 leading dance and performing arts organizations; the Target Education Studio, housing the center’s innovative distance learning program; and a new U.S. Bank Atrium.

528 Hennepin Ave.

Minneapolis

612-206-3636

Crystal Cove Aquatic Center

Five unique pool structures are the draw here, including Jet Scream waterslides and a zero-depth-entry pool.
Five unique pool structures are the draw here, including Jet Scream waterslides and a zero-depth-entry pool.

4848 Douglas Drive N.

Crystal

763-531-1170

Dakota County Parks

Lebanon Hills Regional Park contains 2,000 acres and miles of trails. Dogs run free at Dakota Woods Dog Park. Other highlights include trails near Holland and Schulze lakes.
Lebanon Hills Regional Park contains 2,000 acres and miles of trails. Dogs run free at Dakota Woods Dog Park. Other highlights include trails near Holland and Schulze lakes.

651-437-3191

Davanni’s Pizza & Hot Hoagies

Locally and family-owned Davanni’s Pizza & Hot Hoagies has been serving the Twin Cities since 1975! Every shop, except Uptown, has FREE (with minimum purchase) one to two party and meeting rooms, which comfortably hold between 10 and 60 people.
Locally and family-owned Davanni’s Pizza & Hot Hoagies has been serving the Twin Cities since 1975! Every shop, except Uptown, has FREE (with minimum purchase) one to two party and meeting rooms, which comfortably hold between 10 and 60 people.

22 locations in the Metro area

Dodge Nature Center

Explore prairies, hardwood forests, lakes, wetlands, miles of hiking trails, a working farm, an orchard, a bee apiary and raptor mews. And check out the wide variety of year-round programming for all ages.
Explore prairies, hardwood forests, lakes, wetlands, miles of hiking trails, a working farm, an orchard, a bee apiary and raptor mews. And check out the wide variety of year-round programming for all ages.

365 Marie Ave. W.

West St. Paul

651-455-4531

Eagan High School and Summer Community Theater

Watch students as well as talented adult community-theater thespians in a variety of performances, including The Hunchback of Notre Dame this summer.
Watch students as well as talented adult community-theater thespians in a variety of performances, including The Hunchback of Notre Dame this summer.

4185 Braddock Trail

Eagan

651-683-6900

Eagle's Nest

Here children can leap into a ball pit, scale an 8-foot climbing wall, zoom down a triple slide and find their way through ?the wiggle waggles? and a foam forest. The Eaglets Aerie, for children 3 and younger, has its own colorful ball pit, a challenging climbing structure, a reading corner and other activities geared toward the early development of toddlers.
Here children can leap into a ball pit, scale an 8-foot climbing wall, zoom down a triple slide and find their way through ?the wiggle waggles? and a foam forest. The Eaglets Aerie, for children 3 and younger, has its own colorful ball pit, a challenging climbing structure, a reading corner and other activities geared toward the early development of toddlers.

New Brighton Family Service Center
400 10th St. N.W.

New Brighton

651-638-2127

Eagles Nest Indoor Playground

We make planning a birthday party a piece of cake. We offer a wide variety of party packages. Come experience the fun of leaping into a ball pit, zooming down over 75 feet of slides, and much more!
We make planning a birthday party a piece of cake. We offer a wide variety of party packages. Come experience the fun of leaping into a ball pit, zooming down over 75 feet of slides, and much more!

New Brighton Community Center
400 10th St NW
New Brighton

651-638-2130

Eastman Nature Center

Nestled in the sugar maple floodplain forest of Rush Creek stands a 14,000-square-foot building featuring quiet reading and observation rooms, large classrooms, wildlife watching, an open-air deck, coffee service and an after-hours restroom. See mnparent.com/nature for list of local nature centers.
Nestled in the sugar maple floodplain forest of Rush Creek stands a 14,000-square-foot building featuring quiet reading and observation rooms, large classrooms, wildlife watching, an open-air deck, coffee service and an after-hours restroom. See mnparent.com/nature for list of local nature centers.

13351 Elm Creek Road

Dayton

763-694-7700

Edina Aquatic Center

Located in Rosland Park off Highway 100 and Crosstown, this venue features water heated to 82 degrees, a surf-simulator, a high-flying cable ride, diving boards, an Olympic-sized pool with a step-in entry, water slides, tube rides, a kiddie pool with slides and sprayers and a large, treehouse-themed playground.
Located in Rosland Park off Highway 100 and Crosstown, this venue features water heated to 82 degrees, a surf-simulator, a high-flying cable ride, diving boards, an Olympic-sized pool with a step-in entry, water slides, tube rides, a kiddie pool with slides and sprayers and a large, treehouse-themed playground.

4300 66th St. W.

Edina

952-833-9560

Edina Art Center

Arty Party! Let creativity and fun be the theme of your child’s next birthday party. The Art Center offers 90-minute art activities for ages 5 and older in drawing, painting and pottery. Celebrate with cake in our wonderful Tea Room after the activity.
Arty Party! Let creativity and fun be the theme of your child’s next birthday party. The Art Center offers 90-minute art activities for ages 5 and older in drawing, painting and pottery. Celebrate with cake in our wonderful Tea Room after the activity.

4701 W. 64th St

Edina

952-903-5780

Edinborough Park

Discover Adventure Peak for your next Birthday Party! The “Peak” is a giant climbing structure full of slides, tubes, climbing events, and a 30 foot tall oak tree. The Great Hall offers hours of fun with scooters and a bounce house!
Discover Adventure Peak for your next Birthday Party! The “Peak” is a giant climbing structure full of slides, tubes, climbing events, and a 30 foot tall oak tree. The Great Hall offers hours of fun with scooters and a bounce house!

7700 York Ave S

Edina

952-833-9544

Elm Creek Park Preserve

At 4,900 acres, this reserve is the largest of the Three Rivers' parks and includes huge playgrounds, a swimming pond, trails and amenities for almost every outdoor activity, including a winter recreation area and Eastman Nature Center.
At 4,900 acres, this reserve is the largest of the Three Rivers' parks and includes huge playgrounds, a swimming pond, trails and amenities for almost every outdoor activity, including a winter recreation area and Eastman Nature Center.

12400 James Deane Parkway

Maple Grove

763-694-7894

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary

Meandering trails take you through woodlands, swamps and prairie settings full of native plants and birds. Right across the street is a playground and beach at Theodore Wirth Park.
Meandering trails take you through woodlands, swamps and prairie settings full of native plants and birds. Right across the street is a playground and beach at Theodore Wirth Park.

1 Theodore Wirth Pkwy.

Minneapolis

612-370-4903

Emma Krumbee’s Orchard & Farm

Apple-picking season begins in mid-August and runs through October, as long as the apples last. Bring your dog. See a scarecrow festival, too. Find a complete list of local farms that are open to the public at minnesotagrown.com.
Apple-picking season begins in mid-August and runs through October, as long as the apples last. Bring your dog. See a scarecrow festival, too. Find a complete list of local farms that are open to the public at minnesotagrown.com.

311 Enterprise Drive E.

Belle Plaine

952-873-3006

Family Day at Mia

The Minneapolis Institute of Art (now known as Mia) offers free storytelling, special tours, performances, art projects and more, on the second Sunday of every month.
The Minneapolis Institute of Art (now known as Mia) offers free storytelling, special tours, performances, art projects and more, on the second Sunday of every month.

2400 Third Ave. S.

Minneapolis

612-870-3000

Farmamerica

This 120-acre living history center honors Minnesota’s farming history. View a country church, a feed mill and a blacksmith shop, all about an hour and a half south of the Twin Cities.
This 120-acre living history center honors Minnesota’s farming history. View a country church, a feed mill and a blacksmith shop, all about an hour and a half south of the Twin Cities.

Minnesota Agricultural Interpretive Center

Waseca

507-835-2052

Firefighters Hall & Museum

Located in NE Minneapolis, our mission is to preserve the history of firefighting and promote home and fire safety education. Our Museum contains many historical items going back to the 1860’s, as well as hands on exhibits for patrons to see and touch.
Located in NE Minneapolis, our mission is to preserve the history of firefighting and promote home and fire safety education. Our Museum contains many historical items going back to the 1860’s, as well as hands on exhibits for patrons to see and touch.

664 22nd Ave NE

Minneapolis

612-623-3817

Firefighters Hall and Museum

View more than 12,000 square feet of historic items from Minnesota fire departments, dating back to the 1860s, including fire trucks, fire equipment, historic photos and interactive displays for children.
View more than 12,000 square feet of historic items from Minnesota fire departments, dating back to the 1860s, including fire trucks, fire equipment, historic photos and interactive displays for children.

664 22nd Ave. N.E.

Minneapolis

612-623-3817

Free Family Events in the Park

Enjoy free events, concerts, movies and other attractions at Staring Lake Amphitheatre all summer long. Pack a picnic basket, a blanket and a lawn chair.
Enjoy free events, concerts, movies and other attractions at Staring Lake Amphitheatre all summer long. Pack a picnic basket, a blanket and a lawn chair.

14800 Pioneer Trail

Eden Prairie

952-949-8442

Free First Saturdays at the Walker Art Center

Gallery admission is free on the first Saturday of each month. Families can enjoy live performances, films, gallery adventures and hands-on art-making. Activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. are geared toward ages 6 to 12. Access to the museum's 10-plus acres of sculpture gardens (newly renovated in 2016 and 2017) is always free.
Gallery admission is free on the first Saturday of each month. Families can enjoy live performances, films, gallery adventures and hands-on art-making. Activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. are geared toward ages 6 to 12. Access to the museum's 10-plus acres of sculpture gardens (newly renovated in 2016 and 2017) is always free.

Walker Art Center

Minneapolis

612-375-7600

Gale Woods Farm

Educational programs and camps for kids of all ages are central to this working organic farm on picturesque Whaletail Lake. Families can attend events, take tours, purchase fresh food and yarn, have a picnic by the lake and take skill-based classes, including fiber arts, cooking and gardening.
Educational programs and camps for kids of all ages are central to this working organic farm on picturesque Whaletail Lake. Families can attend events, take tours, purchase fresh food and yarn, have a picnic by the lake and take skill-based classes, including fiber arts, cooking and gardening.

7210 County Road 110 W.

Minnetrista

763-694-2001

GameTruck Party

Complete video game party brought to your doorstep. We manage the party so you can relax. All we need is a place to park and kids to play in our climate controlled GameTruck.
Complete video game party brought to your doorstep. We manage the party so you can relax. All we need is a place to park and kids to play in our climate controlled GameTruck.

6200 W Old Shakopee Rd

Minneapolis

612-345-8381

Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakotah Life

The Ramsey County Historical Society offers hands-on programming for children and adults to illuminate pioneer and Dakota life through festivals and farm tours, plus sheep-shearing, woodworking and basketmaking demonstrations, often led by costumed interpretersw, who tell the Gibbs family story.
The Ramsey County Historical Society offers hands-on programming for children and adults to illuminate pioneer and Dakota life through festivals and farm tours, plus sheep-shearing, woodworking and basketmaking demonstrations, often led by costumed interpretersw, who tell the Gibbs family story.

2097 Larpenteur Ave. W.

St. Paul

651-646-8629

Gleason’s Gymnastic School

Looking for a unique and memorable way to celebrate a birthday? Try Gleason’s Gymnastic Birthday parties! You provide the refreshments...WE PROVIDE THE REST! So sit back, relax, and enjoy the CELEBRATION! Call the office to schedule your party today!
Looking for a unique and memorable way to celebrate a birthday? Try Gleason’s Gymnastic Birthday parties! You provide the refreshments...WE PROVIDE THE REST! So sit back, relax, and enjoy the CELEBRATION! Call the office to schedule your party today!

2015 Silver Bell Rd
Eagan
651-454-6203
9775 85th Ave N, Ste 500
Maple Grove
763-493-2526

Gleason’s Gymnastic School

Ages 2 to adult can learn gymnastics just for fun or for competitive programs. Birthday parties and open gyms are also available.
Ages 2 to adult can learn gymnastics just for fun or for competitive programs. Birthday parties and open gyms are also available.

Eagan and Maple Grove

651-454-6203, 763-493-2526

Good Times Park

This 25,000-square-foot, family-owned indoor playground includes play structures, a basketball court, a turf field, a 38-foot inflatable jumper and an electronic hologram game. Day passes and memberships are available. Hours are 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily.
This 25,000-square-foot, family-owned indoor playground includes play structures, a basketball court, a turf field, a 38-foot inflatable jumper and an electronic hologram game. Day passes and memberships are available. Hours are 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily.

3265 Northwood Circle, Suite 100

Eagan

651-454-5736

Gopher Spot

Gopher Spot is a great place to host a party. Packages include bowling, bumpers, shoe rental, soda, pizza, gift bags, and more! Contact us to book the ultimate party today.
Gopher Spot is a great place to host a party. Packages include bowling, bumpers, shoe rental, soda, pizza, gift bags, and more! Contact us to book the ultimate party today.

St. Paul Student Center
2017 Buford Ave

St. Paul

612-624-4452

Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway

More than 50 miles of walking trails and paved cycling paths loop around scenic areas of Minneapolis. There are seven districts along the byway, including Downtown Riverfront, Mississippi River, Minnehaha, Chain of Lakes, Theodore Wirth, Victory Memorial and Northeast. Much of the byway was built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
More than 50 miles of walking trails and paved cycling paths loop around scenic areas of Minneapolis. There are seven districts along the byway, including Downtown Riverfront, Mississippi River, Minnehaha, Chain of Lakes, Theodore Wirth, Victory Memorial and Northeast. Much of the byway was built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Minneapolis

612-230-6400

Great River Water Park

A children's activity pool with age-appropriate water slides, a rope-climb area and more entertain kids at this indoor water park.
A children's activity pool with age-appropriate water slides, a rope-climb area and more entertain kids at this indoor water park.

270 Lexington Parkway N.

St. Paul

651-642-0650

Great Wolf Lodge

The Water Park of America and the adjacent Radisson closed in early 2017 and will reopen under this new brand in late 2017, across the highway from the Mall of America. In addition to waterpark features and overnight lodging, visitors will find a ropes course, a rock-climbing wall and bowling alley.
The Water Park of America and the adjacent Radisson closed in early 2017 and will reopen under this new brand in late 2017, across the highway from the Mall of America. In addition to waterpark features and overnight lodging, visitors will find a ropes course, a rock-climbing wall and bowling alley.

1700 American Blvd.

Bloomington

Grove Cove Aquatic Center

This indoor-outdoor facility includes a leisure pool with a zero-depth beach area, water-spray activities, a 130-foot water slide and a tot slide. The indoor lap pool features 25-yard lap lanes and a rope swing that drops into 12 feet of water. The outdoor pool includes a lazy river, tumble buckets, a log walk, a tot slide and water sprays.
This indoor-outdoor facility includes a leisure pool with a zero-depth beach area, water-spray activities, a 130-foot water slide and a tot slide. The indoor lap pool features 25-yard lap lanes and a rope swing that drops into 12 feet of water. The outdoor pool includes a lazy river, tumble buckets, a log walk, a tot slide and water sprays.

12951 Weaver Lake Road

Maple Grove

763-494-6500

Guthrie Theater

Situated on the banks of the Mississippi River, this multi-stage theater is housed in a contemporary building that includes a classic thrust stage for grand-scale classics, a proscenium stage for more contemporary classics and a studio theater for developing the classics of the future.
Situated on the banks of the Mississippi River, this multi-stage theater is housed in a contemporary building that includes a classic thrust stage for grand-scale classics, a proscenium stage for more contemporary classics and a studio theater for developing the classics of the future.

818 Second St. S.

Minneapolis

612-377-2224

Harmony Theatre Company and School

Performances that focus on enhancing the public's understanding of different cultures and historic events is the focus of this nonprofit organization. Camps and lessons for kids include improv, theater, film and music.
Performances that focus on enhancing the public's understanding of different cultures and historic events is the focus of this nonprofit organization. Camps and lessons for kids include improv, theater, film and music.

6121 Excelsior Blvd.

St. Louis Park

763-442-1628

Hastings Family Aquatic Center

Check out big and small water slides, play structures and water rides here.
Check out big and small water slides, play structures and water rides here.

901 Maple St.

Hastings

651-480-2392

HealthEast Sports Center

Formerly Bielenberg Sports Center, this facility is one of the largest multiuse sports centers in the state, including a 90,000-square-foot indoor field house, two indoor ice arenas, an outdoor refrigerated recreational ice skating rink, 36 outdoor athletic fields and a splash pad water feature.
Formerly Bielenberg Sports Center, this facility is one of the largest multiuse sports centers in the state, including a 90,000-square-foot indoor field house, two indoor ice arenas, an outdoor refrigerated recreational ice skating rink, 36 outdoor athletic fields and a splash pad water feature.

4125 Radio Drive

Woodbury

651-714-3740

Hennepin History Museum

Learn about the history and social evolution of Hennepin County through music, bicycles, fashion, vintage signs, puzzles and touring exhibits.
Learn about the history and social evolution of Hennepin County through music, bicycles, fashion, vintage signs, puzzles and touring exhibits.

2303 Third Ave. S.

Minneapolis

612-870-1329

Hennepin Theatre District

This nonprofit organization owns the historic Orpheum, State, Pantages and New Century theaters, all on Hennepin Avenue, presenting Broadway shows, concerts, dance performances and special events, including many productions that cater to kids.
This nonprofit organization owns the historic Orpheum, State, Pantages and New Century theaters, all on Hennepin Avenue, presenting Broadway shows, concerts, dance performances and special events, including many productions that cater to kids.

Minneapolis

612-339-7007

Hennepin-Overland Railway Museum

Rail fanatics with the Hennepin Overland Railway Historical Society invite visitors to watch as they operate model railways in a 4,000-square-foot space.
Rail fanatics with the Hennepin Overland Railway Historical Society invite visitors to watch as they operate model railways in a 4,000-square-foot space.

2501 38th St. E.

Minneapolis

612-276-9034

Highland Park Aquatic Center

Ride down a 200-foot water slide and check out the upgraded lap pool.
Ride down a 200-foot water slide and check out the upgraded lap pool.

1840 Edgcumbe Road

St. Paul

651-695-3773

Historic Fort Snelling

Discover an 1820s military outpost and take part in the fort's everyday life: Mend clothes, scrape a hide or sing along with the soldiers. A living-history program with costumed guides is presented daily throughout the summer and on weekends in selected months. This is also a popular outdoor destination and state park with year-round recreational activities.
Discover an 1820s military outpost and take part in the fort's everyday life: Mend clothes, scrape a hide or sing along with the soldiers. A living-history program with costumed guides is presented daily throughout the summer and on weekends in selected months. This is also a popular outdoor destination and state park with year-round recreational activities.

Highways 5 and Highway 55

St. Paul

612-726-1171

Hooperina

Hula-hoop themed parties are fun for everyone! Hooperina's vibrant entertainment packages add unforgettable memories to any birthday party or event. A variety of inclusive games, activities, and captivating performances will leave you with the desire to join the circus!
Hula-hoop themed parties are fun for everyone! Hooperina's vibrant entertainment packages add unforgettable memories to any birthday party or event. A variety of inclusive games, activities, and captivating performances will leave you with the desire to join the circus!

Location subject to customer preference

Hyland Play Area (Chutes and Ladders)

This large play area in Hyland Lake Park Reserve includes platforms, hexagonal climbers and slides up to 50 feet long, plus an area for kids younger than 5. There’s also visitor center with concessions, restrooms and, in winter, a fireplace and ski rentals.
This large play area in Hyland Lake Park Reserve includes platforms, hexagonal climbers and slides up to 50 feet long, plus an area for kids younger than 5. There’s also visitor center with concessions, restrooms and, in winter, a fireplace and ski rentals.

10145 Bush Lake Road

Bloomington

763-694-7687

IGM Gymnastics

Learn artistic and rhythmic gymnastics, both recreational and competitive, plus try out day camps, open gyms, sleepovers and more.
Learn artistic and rhythmic gymnastics, both recreational and competitive, plus try out day camps, open gyms, sleepovers and more.

14305 Southcross Drive W., Suite 120

Burnsville

952-898-3889

Illusion Theatre

Founded in 1974, this company works to highlight the illusions, myths and realities of the day to inspire personal and social change.
Founded in 1974, this company works to highlight the illusions, myths and realities of the day to inspire personal and social change.

Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Ave.

Minneapolis

612-339-4944

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

Using ancient traditions of puppetry and masks to explore contemporary issues and values, this community theater offers all-ages programming year round and organizes a MayDay parade with costumed dancers and musicians in south Minneapolis every spring.
Using ancient traditions of puppetry and masks to explore contemporary issues and values, this community theater offers all-ages programming year round and organizes a MayDay parade with costumed dancers and musicians in south Minneapolis every spring.

1500 E. Lake St.

Minneapolis

612-721-2535

InnerActive Playground

Activities for all ages are available at this membership-based, 18,000-square-foot indoor facility, which includes a large playground area for older children, a separate area for ages 5 and younger, a giant jumping pillow, a full-size basketball court, a full-size turf field and large building blocks from Imagination Playground, plus a cafeteria with vending machines. Open every day of the year.
Activities for all ages are available at this membership-based, 18,000-square-foot indoor facility, which includes a large playground area for older children, a separate area for ages 5 and younger, a giant jumping pillow, a full-size basketball court, a full-size turf field and large building blocks from Imagination Playground, plus a cafeteria with vending machines. Open every day of the year.

131 Cheshire Lane, Suite 100

Minnetonka

763-670-4033

International Owl Center

Newly opened in 2015 in a temporary space, this destination lets families explore displays, meet owls, visit a playground and more. Eventually, a new facility will be built with innovative walk-through aviaries.
Newly opened in 2015 in a temporary space, this destination lets families explore displays, meet owls, visit a playground and more. Eventually, a new facility will be built with innovative walk-through aviaries.

Houston

507-896-6957

International Wolf Center

Learn all about the world of wolves at the center’s flagship facility in Ely, featuring triangular windows designed to represent wolf eyes and ears. Observation windows look into a 1.25-acre wolf enclosure and a den site that’s home to a resident wolf pack.
Learn all about the world of wolves at the center’s flagship facility in Ely, featuring triangular windows designed to represent wolf eyes and ears. Observation windows look into a 1.25-acre wolf enclosure and a den site that’s home to a resident wolf pack.

1396 Highway 169

Ely

218-365-4695

Intivity Center

Learn about agriculture through the lens of large farming machines and how they've evolved over the years. The Intivity Center and the AGCO manufacturing facilities, located 2½ hours southwest of the Twin Cities, are where premium tractors like the Massey Ferguson 8600 Series and Challenger tractors roll off the assembly line. All visitors must be age 12 or older.
Learn about agriculture through the lens of large farming machines and how they've evolved over the years. The Intivity Center and the AGCO manufacturing facilities, located 2½ hours southwest of the Twin Cities, are where premium tractors like the Massey Ferguson 8600 Series and Challenger tractors roll off the assembly line. All visitors must be age 12 or older.

202 Industrial Parkway

Jackson

888-434-2426

Jam Hops Gymnastics

Learn gymnastics, dance, cheerleading and more. Preschool programs are also available.
Learn gymnastics, dance, cheerleading and more. Preschool programs are also available.

14216 Lincoln St. N.E.

Ham Lake

763-413-0647

James J. Hill House

The man who built the Great Northern Railway lived in an opulent 36,000-square-foot home fit for his powerful presence. Guided tours (75 minutes) give a glimpse into life during the Gilded Age.
The man who built the Great Northern Railway lived in an opulent 36,000-square-foot home fit for his powerful presence. Guided tours (75 minutes) give a glimpse into life during the Gilded Age.

240 Summit Ave.

St. Paul

651-297-2555

Jim Lupient Water Park

This water park in northeast Minneapolis features three large water slides and a tube slide, a log water walk, interactive spray features, water volleyball, lap swimming and a zero-depth-entry area.
This water park in northeast Minneapolis features three large water slides and a tube slide, a log water walk, interactive spray features, water volleyball, lap swimming and a zero-depth-entry area.

1520 Johnson St. N.E.

Minneapolis

612-370-4937

Kenwood Gymnastics Center

This 13,600-square-foot facility offers programs for ages 2 to adult, including beginner and advanced classes, plus team programs, a preschool gym and a spacious viewing area for parents.
This 13,600-square-foot facility offers programs for ages 2 to adult, including beginner and advanced classes, plus team programs, a preschool gym and a spacious viewing area for parents.

3440 Beltline Blvd.

St. Louis Park

952-922-2774

Kerfoot Canopy Tour

Soar through picturesque trees, zip along cables and chat with adventure guides at this destination about an hour southwest of the Twin Cities. Activities are limited to ages 10 and older.
Soar through picturesque trees, zip along cables and chat with adventure guides at this destination about an hour southwest of the Twin Cities. Activities are limited to ages 10 and older.

30200 Scenic Byway Road

Henderson

952-260-2533

Kid Create Studio

These local studios specialize in children’s art classes, camps and art-themed birthday parties for ages 18 months through 12 years. Children learn to express themselves through the visual arts and build self-esteem.
These local studios specialize in children’s art classes, camps and art-themed birthday parties for ages 18 months through 12 years. Children learn to express themselves through the visual arts and build self-esteem.

Eden Prairie and Woodbury

952-974-3438, 651-735-0880

Kid Fest

Join Minnesota Parent for its annual summer kick-off event, featuring free live music, kids' art activities, face painting and more. While you’re there, you can pick up our hot-off-the-press annual Family Directory, your go-to guide for local family-friendly events, destinations and activities throughout the Twin Cities.
Join Minnesota Parent for its annual summer kick-off event, featuring free live music, kids' art activities, face painting and more. While you’re there, you can pick up our hot-off-the-press annual Family Directory, your go-to guide for local family-friendly events, destinations and activities throughout the Twin Cities.

Lake Harriet Bandshell, Minneapolis

612-825-9205

Kid Oasis

Creative, open-ended play is the focus this new venue, which caters to ages 7 and younger with imaginative play structures and toys. Children with special needs and abilities are welcome and encouraged.
Creative, open-ended play is the focus this new venue, which caters to ages 7 and younger with imaginative play structures and toys. Children with special needs and abilities are welcome and encouraged.

120 Main St. S.

Stillwater

651-342-1757

Kid Yoga Minnesota & Sunshine Morning Care

Children at this kid-yoga and child-care center are encouraged to learn about mind-body awareness, healthy nutritional choices and techniques they can use to calm, recharge and focus.
Children at this kid-yoga and child-care center are encouraged to learn about mind-body awareness, healthy nutritional choices and techniques they can use to calm, recharge and focus.

2836 Lyndale Ave. S.

Minneapolis

612-202-5164

Kidcreate Studio

Kidcreate's birthday parties combine fun art projects with lots of giggles and grins. We have 100's of party projects to choose from including clay mosaics, painting on canvas, Frozen, Pokemon and more. Ask about our FREE GIFT BAG OFFER!
Kidcreate's birthday parties combine fun art projects with lots of giggles and grins. We have 100's of party projects to choose from including clay mosaics, painting on canvas, Frozen, Pokemon and more. Ask about our FREE GIFT BAG OFFER!

7918 Mitchell Rd
Eden Prairie
952-974-3438
1785 Radio Drive, Ste F
Woodbury
651-735-0880

Eden Prairie

Kiddywampus

Kiddywampus is an interactive toy store and art studio that provides a selection of the most unique toys, books and accessories for curious kids. We also host weekly classes, summer camps and lots of birthday parties!\r
Kiddywampus is an interactive toy store and art studio that provides a selection of the most unique toys, books and accessories for curious kids. We also host weekly classes, summer camps and lots of birthday parties!\r

1023 Mainstreet

Hopkins

952-926-7871

Kidz Art

Take classes or attend camps, workshops and other programs that teach everything from art appreciation at an early age to easy-to-learn drawing skills with an emphasis on creative thinking and problem solving.
Take classes or attend camps, workshops and other programs that teach everything from art appreciation at an early age to easy-to-learn drawing skills with an emphasis on creative thinking and problem solving.

763-494-6957, 651-484-4166

KidzArt

KidzArt offers a fun arternative to traditional birthday parties. KidzArt works with you to customize a project, provides all the materials, and guides your guests as they create their own masterpiece to treasure!
KidzArt offers a fun arternative to traditional birthday parties. KidzArt works with you to customize a project, provides all the materials, and guides your guests as they create their own masterpiece to treasure!

Minneapolis

763-494-6957

Kindermusik

Multiple locations of this early childhood music program cater to ages 7 and younger, including sessions for babies, toddlers, big kids and families. Music-and-movement classes here allow children to experience music of varying styles, genres and cultures. 
Multiple locations of this early childhood music program cater to ages 7 and younger, including sessions for babies, toddlers, big kids and families. Music-and-movement classes here allow children to experience music of varying styles, genres and cultures. 

Twin Cities

800-628-5687

Knockerball MN

Knockerball MN is your hassle free event entertainment resource. We bring the ridiculously-fun, new activity of Knockerball directly to you, anywhere in Minnesota. Birthdays or any celebratory event is made exciting with creative games to keep your guests engaged.
Knockerball MN is your hassle free event entertainment resource. We bring the ridiculously-fun, new activity of Knockerball directly to you, anywhere in Minnesota. Birthdays or any celebratory event is made exciting with creative games to keep your guests engaged.

Twin Cities

612-462-3460

Lake Rebecca Park Reserve

This gently rolling, big-woods landscape includes wetland areas to explore, plus play and picnic areas and a public beach.
This gently rolling, big-woods landscape includes wetland areas to explore, plus play and picnic areas and a public beach.

9831 Rebecca Park Trail

Rockford

763-694-7860

Landmark Center

Originally the Federal Court House and Post Office site for the Upper Midwest, this National Historic Monument houses six smaller museums and standing exhibits, including Uncle Sam Worked Here, which focuses on the history of the building itself. Visit on Sundays September through May for a series of free special community and cultural events, called Sundays at Landmark.
Originally the Federal Court House and Post Office site for the Upper Midwest, this National Historic Monument houses six smaller museums and standing exhibits, including Uncle Sam Worked Here, which focuses on the history of the building itself. Visit on Sundays September through May for a series of free special community and cultural events, called Sundays at Landmark.

75 Fifth St. W.

St. Paul

651-292-3225

Live on the Drive

Take in free family-friendly concerts on an expansive grassy area along Victory Memorial Drive at 34th Avenue North in Minneapolis, each followed by a Movie in the Park screening. Concerts this year will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on June 8, July 13 and Aug. 10 (all Thursdays) and will include food vendors.
Take in free family-friendly concerts on an expansive grassy area along Victory Memorial Drive at 34th Avenue North in Minneapolis, each followed by a Movie in the Park screening. Concerts this year will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on June 8, July 13 and Aug. 10 (all Thursdays) and will include food vendors.

Minneapolis

612-588-1155

Lookout Ridge Indoor Playground

Kids 12 and younger can climb through cliffs, forests and a treehouse (modeled after scenes from the St. Croix River Valley) located on the lower level of Woodbury Central Park.
Kids 12 and younger can climb through cliffs, forests and a treehouse (modeled after scenes from the St. Croix River Valley) located on the lower level of Woodbury Central Park.

8595 Central Park Place

Woodbury

651-414-3434

MacPhail Center for Music

Lessons in 35 instruments are offered here for all ages at one of the largest nonprofit community music schools in the country, geared toward all ages, income levels and abilities with programs in Minneapolis, Apple Valley, Austin, Chanhassen, White Bear Lake and at select New Horizon Academy locations and through partnerships around the Twin Cities.
Lessons in 35 instruments are offered here for all ages at one of the largest nonprofit community music schools in the country, geared toward all ages, income levels and abilities with programs in Minneapolis, Apple Valley, Austin, Chanhassen, White Bear Lake and at select New Horizon Academy locations and through partnerships around the Twin Cities.

501 S. Second St.

Minneapolis

612-321-0100

MacPhail Center for Music

This nonprofit community music school offers periodic performances by faculty, students and visiting artists, plus a Free Family Music Series, featuring live music, sample music lessons, crafts and activities.
This nonprofit community music school offers periodic performances by faculty, students and visiting artists, plus a Free Family Music Series, featuring live music, sample music lessons, crafts and activities.

501 Second St. S.

Minneapolis

612-321-0100

Malt-T-Melt Mini Golf & Malt Shop

Enjoy 18 holes of miniature golf surrounded by attractive gardens, waterfalls, ponds and streams. Ten holes are accessible to people with mobility impairments.
Enjoy 18 holes of miniature golf surrounded by attractive gardens, waterfalls, ponds and streams. Ten holes are accessible to people with mobility impairments.

6335 Portland Ave.

Richfield

612-861-9348

Maple Grove Community Center

Recreational and meeting venue offering meeting rooms, pools, indoor playground, gymnasium, ice arena for open skating, Teen Center with arcade games, concessions, skate park, sand volleyball courts, playground, and a shelter.
Recreational and meeting venue offering meeting rooms, pools, indoor playground, gymnasium, ice arena for open skating, Teen Center with arcade games, concessions, skate park, sand volleyball courts, playground, and a shelter.

12951 Weaver Lake Rd

Maple Grove

763-494-6500

Maple Maze Indoor Playground

Explore a playhouse, tunnels, a ball pit and a swirling slide for ages 12 and younger, plus a toddler area for ages 3 and younger.
Explore a playhouse, tunnels, a ball pit and a swirling slide for ages 12 and younger, plus a toddler area for ages 3 and younger.

Maple Grove Community Center
12951 Weaver Lake Road

763-494-6500

Midtown Global Market

This popular international bazaar features a farmers market, an ethnic food court and arts-and-crafts booths year round, all indoors. Family Fridays feature music and free activities for all ages from 5 to 8 p.m. Wee Wednesdays are geared toward ages 5 and younger with free educational programming, crafts and meal deals from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This popular international bazaar features a farmers market, an ethnic food court and arts-and-crafts booths year round, all indoors. Family Fridays feature music and free activities for all ages from 5 to 8 p.m. Wee Wednesdays are geared toward ages 5 and younger with free educational programming, crafts and meal deals from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

920 E. Lake St.

Minneapolis

612-872-4041

Midwest Gymnastics

Boys and girls ages 18 months to 18 years can take classes here, including recreational and competitive options, plus specialty classes for older kids such as parkour.
Boys and girls ages 18 months to 18 years can take classes here, including recreational and competitive options, plus specialty classes for older kids such as parkour.

3225 Country Drive, Suite 100

Little Canada

651-482-9616

Mill City Museum

Built into the ruins of what was once the world’s largest flour mill, this museum helps visitors of all ages learn about the intertwined histories of the flour industry, the historic Mississippi Riverfront and the city of Minneapolis. Stop by a Baking Lab, see a model mill explode and watch history unfold as you take an eight-story elevator ride in the Flour Tower.
Built into the ruins of what was once the world’s largest flour mill, this museum helps visitors of all ages learn about the intertwined histories of the flour industry, the historic Mississippi Riverfront and the city of Minneapolis. Stop by a Baking Lab, see a model mill explode and watch history unfold as you take an eight-story elevator ride in the Flour Tower.

704 Second St. S.

Minneapolis

612-341-7555

Mini-Hops Gymnastics

The Minnetonka-Hopkins Gymnastics Association, also known as Mini-Hops, is a nonprofit organization that offers gymnastics and youth fitness activities for ages 12 months to 18 years.
The Minnetonka-Hopkins Gymnastics Association, also known as Mini-Hops, is a nonprofit organization that offers gymnastics and youth fitness activities for ages 12 months to 18 years.

2600 Campus Drive

Plymouth

952-933-2452

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Mia (as this museum is now known) features collections of ancient works from Asia, Africa, Oceania and the Americas, as well as decorative art and sculpture. Free activities for families are offered on the second Sunday of every month. Mia’s Family Center, open daily, features toys, kid-friendly books and space to play.
Mia (as this museum is now known) features collections of ancient works from Asia, Africa, Oceania and the Americas, as well as decorative art and sculpture. Free activities for families are offered on the second Sunday of every month. Mia’s Family Center, open daily, features toys, kid-friendly books and space to play.

2400 Third Ave. S.

Minneapolis

888-642-2787

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

Visit the Quaking Bog at Theodore Wirth Park or canoe, bike or walk the Chain of Lakes. Explore gardens, including the Loring Park Garden of the Seasons, and the rose garden and bird sanctuary at Lyndale Park Gardens.
Visit the Quaking Bog at Theodore Wirth Park or canoe, bike or walk the Chain of Lakes. Explore gardens, including the Loring Park Garden of the Seasons, and the rose garden and bird sanctuary at Lyndale Park Gardens.

612-230-6400

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

The newly renovated sculpture garden in downtown Minneapolis (a partnership between the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board) celebrates its grand reopening this summer, showcasing more than 10 acres of green space that's free and open to the public, featuring 50 works of art, including the city's iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture fountain, plus 16 new installations.
The newly renovated sculpture garden in downtown Minneapolis (a partnership between the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board) celebrates its grand reopening this summer, showcasing more than 10 acres of green space that's free and open to the public, featuring 50 works of art, including the city's iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture fountain, plus 16 new installations.

725 Vineland Place

Minneapolis

612-375-7600

Minneapolis Wading Pools

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board boasts more than 60 wading pools in neighborhoods throughout the city. Many are small and intimate, just right for a few families at a time. Others, such as the one at North Mississippi Regional Park, featuring rock walls and waterfalls, are more elaborate and spacious.
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board boasts more than 60 wading pools in neighborhoods throughout the city. Many are small and intimate, just right for a few families at a time. Others, such as the one at North Mississippi Regional Park, featuring rock walls and waterfalls, are more elaborate and spacious.

612-230-6400

Minneapple Performing Arts Academy

Kids ages 4 to 18 can take theater classes and camps that cover acting, singing, dancing and more.
Kids ages 4 to 18 can take theater classes and camps that cover acting, singing, dancing and more.

Hopkins West Junior High School
3830 Baker Road

Minnetonka

952-367-6032

Minnehaha Regional Park

Enjoy a sweet slice of nature without ever leaving the city. Just 15 minutes south of downtown Minneapolis, this park boasts a stunning 53-foot waterfall, trails, a dog park, playgrounds, a wading pool, a snack bar, bike rentals, concerts and the beloved (and always busy) seafood cafe, Sea Salt Eatery.
Enjoy a sweet slice of nature without ever leaving the city. Just 15 minutes south of downtown Minneapolis, this park boasts a stunning 53-foot waterfall, trails, a dog park, playgrounds, a wading pool, a snack bar, bike rentals, concerts and the beloved (and always busy) seafood cafe, Sea Salt Eatery.

4801 S. Minnehaha Park Drive

Minneapolis

612-230-6400

Minnesota Air National Guard Museum

See dozens of aircraft from the early days of aviation to the present on an active military base. Guided tours are available year-round with at least one week’s advance notice.
See dozens of aircraft from the early days of aviation to the present on an active military base. Guided tours are available year-round with at least one week’s advance notice.

ANG Base, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, 670 General Miller Drive

St. Paul

612-713-2523

Minnesota Children's Museum

The MCM's St. Paul campus (temporarily closed from Dec. 5, 2016, until its grand opening June 7, 2017) is back and better than ever with new features, including The Scramble (a four-story vertical adventure with climbing towers, a spiral slide and a netted catwalk suspended more than 40 feet in the air); Sprouts (an area of discovery for babies and toddlers); The Studio (where kids can tinker and create with real tools and authentic materials); plus much more.
The MCM's St. Paul campus (temporarily closed from Dec. 5, 2016, until its grand opening June 7, 2017) is back and better than ever with new features, including The Scramble (a four-story vertical adventure with climbing towers, a spiral slide and a netted catwalk suspended more than 40 feet in the air); Sprouts (an area of discovery for babies and toddlers); The Studio (where kids can tinker and create with real tools and authentic materials); plus much more.

10 Seventh St. W.

St. Paul, Rochester, Bloomington

651-225-6000

Minnesota History Center

This beloved destination is the home base for the Minnesota Historical Society, which operates 26 historical sites in Minnesota, and is the location of a museum that explores Minnesota's past through hands-on activities and multimedia presentations.
This beloved destination is the home base for the Minnesota Historical Society, which operates 26 historical sites in Minnesota, and is the location of a museum that explores Minnesota's past through hands-on activities and multimedia presentations.

345 W. Kellogg Blvd.

St. Paul

651-259-3000

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Witness botanical wonders galore on more than 1,000 acres of public gardens. Take a 3-mile guided tram tour or join a free walking tour during warmer months. Activities include hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Admission is free for ages 12 and younger.
Witness botanical wonders galore on more than 1,000 acres of public gardens. Take a 3-mile guided tram tour or join a free walking tour during warmer months. Activities include hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Admission is free for ages 12 and younger.

3675 Arboretum Drive

Chaska

952-443-1400

Minnesota Orchestra's Young People’s Concerts

Each of these concerts (geared toward school-age kids) focuses on a specific musical element, composer, time period or theme and includes free online preparation materials, geared toward the state's music education standards. Concerts encourage kids to sing, move, respond and learn.
Each of these concerts (geared toward school-age kids) focuses on a specific musical element, composer, time period or theme and includes free online preparation materials, geared toward the state's music education standards. Concerts encourage kids to sing, move, respond and learn.

Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall

Minneapolis

612-371-5656

Minnesota State Capitol

After a massive, three-year renovation, this 1905 masterpiece has returned to its original grandeur and is now open for tours that explore the domed architectural masterpiece that's home to the Minnesota Senate, Minnesota House of Representatives, the office of the attorney general and the office of the governor.
After a massive, three-year renovation, this 1905 masterpiece has returned to its original grandeur and is now open for tours that explore the domed architectural masterpiece that's home to the Minnesota Senate, Minnesota House of Representatives, the office of the attorney general and the office of the governor.

75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

St. Paul

651-296-2881

Minnesota State Parks

Minnesota has one of the nation's most diverse state park systems, featuring 76 parks and recreation areas with 1,030 miles of hiking trails. Afton, Fort Snelling and William O’Brien state parks are a few favorites near the Twin Cities. Go to tinyurl.com/bestmnparks for parks listed by popularity for various activities statewide.
Minnesota has one of the nation's most diverse state park systems, featuring 76 parks and recreation areas with 1,030 miles of hiking trails. Afton, Fort Snelling and William O’Brien state parks are a few favorites near the Twin Cities. Go to tinyurl.com/bestmnparks for parks listed by popularity for various activities statewide.

651-296-6157

Minnesota Transportation Museum

Learn local history through the lens of railroading: At St. Paul’s Jackson Street Roundhouse, take caboose rides, explore interactive exhibits, take classic bus rides and enjoy other special events throughout the year. At the Osceola and St. Croix Valley Railway, take scenic train rides through the St. Croix River Valley in fully restored vintage railroad equipment.
Learn local history through the lens of railroading: At St. Paul’s Jackson Street Roundhouse, take caboose rides, explore interactive exhibits, take classic bus rides and enjoy other special events throughout the year. At the Osceola and St. Croix Valley Railway, take scenic train rides through the St. Croix River Valley in fully restored vintage railroad equipment.

St. Paul and Osceola, Wis.

651-228-0263, 715-755-3570

Minnesota Wing Commemorative Air Force

Managed by the Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing, this working museum is dedicated to preserving and restoring military aircraft from World War II, including six vintage aircraft, a large motor pool fleet and a unique collection of World War II artifacts.
Managed by the Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing, this working museum is dedicated to preserving and restoring military aircraft from World War II, including six vintage aircraft, a large motor pool fleet and a unique collection of World War II artifacts.

310 Airport Road

South St. Paul

651-455-6942

Minnesota Zoo

View a wide variety of animals indoors and out, such as penguins, bison, otters, tapirs, bears, birds, leopards, tigers, fruit bats and lemurs, plus many marine animals in the 1 million-gallon Discovery Bay exhibit, including sharks, rays, fish and more. In February, check out the annual Tropical Beach Party with a super-sized indoor sandbox on the Tropics Trail. Every April, visit the Farm Babies exhibit.
View a wide variety of animals indoors and out, such as penguins, bison, otters, tapirs, bears, birds, leopards, tigers, fruit bats and lemurs, plus many marine animals in the 1 million-gallon Discovery Bay exhibit, including sharks, rays, fish and more. In February, check out the annual Tropical Beach Party with a super-sized indoor sandbox on the Tropics Trail. Every April, visit the Farm Babies exhibit.

13000 Zoo Blvd.

Apple Valley

952-431-9200

Minnesota Zoo

The Minnesota Zoo is home to 5,300+ animals from around the world and an amazing venue for your next event. Whether you’re hosting a birthday party, holiday party, bar/bat mitzvah, etc, the Minnesota Zoo is the perfect place for your next gathering.
The Minnesota Zoo is home to 5,300+ animals from around the world and an amazing venue for your next event. Whether you’re hosting a birthday party, holiday party, bar/bat mitzvah, etc, the Minnesota Zoo is the perfect place for your next gathering.

13000 Zoo Blvd

Apple Valley

952-431-9200

Minnetonka Orchards

Fall activities begin in mid-August, including hayrides and apple picking. Visitors can also enjoy nature trails, a play train and a corn maze. Find a complete list of local farms that are open to the public at minnesotagrown.com.
Fall activities begin in mid-August, including hayrides and apple picking. Visitors can also enjoy nature trails, a play train and a corn maze. Find a complete list of local farms that are open to the public at minnesotagrown.com.

6530 County Road 26

Minnetrista

763-479-6530

Minnetonka Orchards

Celebrating 40 years of family fun! Apple season runs from late August to late October. Come enjoy our beautiful rolling hills and apples for picking. ~ PETTING ZOO ~ PLAY AREA ~ FUN FOR KIDS AND ADULTS ~
Celebrating 40 years of family fun! Apple season runs from late August to late October. Come enjoy our beautiful rolling hills and apples for picking. ~ PETTING ZOO ~ PLAY AREA ~ FUN FOR KIDS AND ADULTS ~

6530 Country Rd 26

Minnetrista

763-479-6530

Mixed Blood Theatre

Performances by this beloved company promote individual equality and unique cultural identities.
Performances by this beloved company promote individual equality and unique cultural identities.

1501 Fourth St. S.

Minneapolis

612-338-6131

Monkey House

The ultimate kids party and play place. Huge 5,000 square foot indoor play center. Giant inflatable bounce houses, obstacle course, 18 foot slide, climbers, foam pit, and more! You get an entire play arena and party room exclusively for your group.
The ultimate kids party and play place. Huge 5,000 square foot indoor play center. Giant inflatable bounce houses, obstacle course, 18 foot slide, climbers, foam pit, and more! You get an entire play arena and party room exclusively for your group.

1815 Buerkle Rd

White Bear Lake

651-348-8233

Monkey House

Colorful, inflatable obstacles for kids, bouncy houses, slides and a foam pit make this a hot attraction for kids.
Colorful, inflatable obstacles for kids, bouncy houses, slides and a foam pit make this a hot attraction for kids.

1815 Buerkle Road

White Bear Lake

651-348-8233

Music & Movies in the Parks

Attend free outdoor concerts at six picturesque venues —(Lake Harriet Bandshell, Nicollet Island Park, Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, Minnehaha Park, Bryant Square Park and Theo Wirth Park)— Memorial Day through Labor Day, featuring swing, folk, rock, bluegrass, classical and more as part of Minneapolis’ summer series. Movies will show at more than 30 parks June through August.
Attend free outdoor concerts at six picturesque venues —(Lake Harriet Bandshell, Nicollet Island Park, Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, Minnehaha Park, Bryant Square Park and Theo Wirth Park)— Memorial Day through Labor Day, featuring swing, folk, rock, bluegrass, classical and more as part of Minneapolis’ summer series. Movies will show at more than 30 parks June through August.

612-230-6400

Music & Movies in the Parks

St. Paul's outdoor summer concert and film series will feature friendly events at parks around St. Paul, including Como Dockside, Mears Park, Rice Park and Como Park Zoo & Conservatory. Most performances are free.
St. Paul's outdoor summer concert and film series will feature friendly events at parks around St. Paul, including Como Dockside, Mears Park, Rice Park and Como Park Zoo & Conservatory. Most performances are free.

651-292-6508

Music Lab

Now celebrating its sixth year, this music school offers a Grasshopper Lab, geared toward ages 3 to 9 with singing, dancing, games, instrument exploration and performance experiences with a goal of musical readiness. The school’s Rock Lab program helps students form their own bands.
Now celebrating its sixth year, this music school offers a Grasshopper Lab, geared toward ages 3 to 9 with singing, dancing, games, instrument exploration and performance experiences with a goal of musical readiness. The school’s Rock Lab program helps students form their own bands.

5155 Bloomington Ave. S.

Minneapolis

612-721-8588

Music Together

Numerous locations around the world (including more than 50 in the Twin Cities) offer this early childhood music-and-movement programming for ages newborn to age 7, plus guitar classes for parents of Music Together students.
Numerous locations around the world (including more than 50 in the Twin Cities) offer this early childhood music-and-movement programming for ages newborn to age 7, plus guitar classes for parents of Music Together students.

800-728-2692

Musikgarten

Programming by this early childhood music school caters to ages newborn to 7 at various locations in the Twin Cities.
Programming by this early childhood music school caters to ages newborn to 7 at various locations in the Twin Cities.

800-216-6864

My Gym Children’s Fitness Centers

Classes and programs (geared toward children as young as 6 weeks old and as old as 13) incorporate music, dance, relays, games, special rides, gymnastics, sports and more.
Classes and programs (geared toward children as young as 6 weeks old and as old as 13) incorporate music, dance, relays, games, special rides, gymnastics, sports and more.

6545 Flying Cloud Drive

Eden Prairie

952 906-0028

National Sports Center

This 600-acre venue, billed as the world's largest amateur sports facility, includes 50 grass soccer fields, an eight-sheet ice arena (Schwan Super Rink), an 18-hole golf course, a cycling velodrome and 100,000 square feet of indoor training and meeting space.
This 600-acre venue, billed as the world's largest amateur sports facility, includes 50 grass soccer fields, an eight-sheet ice arena (Schwan Super Rink), an 18-hole golf course, a cycling velodrome and 100,000 square feet of indoor training and meeting space.

1700 105th Ave. N.E.

Blaine

763-785-5600

Nickelodeon Universe at the MOA

Located inside the Mall of America, this destination includes more than 25 rides and activities, featuring popular Nickelodeon characters, plus shops, entertainment stages and dining. Toddlers and their parents can enjoy free entertainment and activities from 10 a.m. to noon every week on Toddler Tuesdays.
Located inside the Mall of America, this destination includes more than 25 rides and activities, featuring popular Nickelodeon characters, plus shops, entertainment stages and dining. Toddlers and their parents can enjoy free entertainment and activities from 10 a.m. to noon every week on Toddler Tuesdays.

Bloomington

952-883-8800

North Star Museum of Boy Scouting & Girl Scouting

Relive your own scouting memories and share new ones with your kids with this museum's vast collection of scouting memorabilia, including uniforms, pictures, movies and more.
Relive your own scouting memories and share new ones with your kids with this museum's vast collection of scouting memorabilia, including uniforms, pictures, movies and more.

2640 Seventh Ave. E.

North St. Paul

651-748-2880

Northern Clay Center

In addition to featuring the work of contemporary regional, national and international ceramic artists, this center offers classes and workshops for children and adults at all skill levels, plus studio space and grants for artists and a sales gallery representing top ceramic artists.
In addition to featuring the work of contemporary regional, national and international ceramic artists, this center offers classes and workshops for children and adults at all skill levels, plus studio space and grants for artists and a sales gallery representing top ceramic artists.

2424 E. Franklin Ave.

MInneapolis

612-339-8007

O'Shaughnessy Auditorium

See fashion shows, dance, musicals and concerts at this St. Catherine University venue.
See fashion shows, dance, musicals and concerts at this St. Catherine University venue.

2004 Randolph Ave.

St. Paul

651-690-6700

Old Log Theater

Contemporary musicals are at the heart of this theater on the shores of Lake Minnetonka. A new restaurant, Cast & Cru, offers dinner before and after performances.
Contemporary musicals are at the heart of this theater on the shores of Lake Minnetonka. A new restaurant, Cast & Cru, offers dinner before and after performances.

5185 Meadville St.

Excelsior

952-474-5951

Oliver H. Kelley Farm

Step into a working 1860s farm with a brand-new visitors center and programming to go with it. Pick fresh vegetables and see what?s cooking inside the Kelley farmhouse. Costumed guides work the fields with oxen and horses. See mnhs.org for more historic sites.
Step into a working 1860s farm with a brand-new visitors center and programming to go with it. Pick fresh vegetables and see what?s cooking inside the Kelley farmhouse. Costumed guides work the fields with oxen and horses. See mnhs.org for more historic sites.

15788 Kelly Farm Road

Elk River

763-441-6896

Open Eye Driveway Tour

All summer long Open Eye Figure Theater performs puppet shows in backyards, front yards, parks and driveways, bringing communities together with original, family-friendly theater. Since 2003, the Driveway Tour has reached more than 50,000 people in more than 600 neighborhoods. All Driveway Tour performances are free and open to the public.
All summer long Open Eye Figure Theater performs puppet shows in backyards, front yards, parks and driveways, bringing communities together with original, family-friendly theater. Since 2003, the Driveway Tour has reached more than 50,000 people in more than 600 neighborhoods. All Driveway Tour performances are free and open to the public.

612-874-6338

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

Hosting performances by the Minnesota Opera, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Schubert Club, this popular venue also hosts Broadway shows, dance performances and popular music concerts. Every spring the Ordway produces a free Flint Hills International Children’s Festival, featuring local, regional and international artists representing 25 countries.
Hosting performances by the Minnesota Opera, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Schubert Club, this popular venue also hosts Broadway shows, dance performances and popular music concerts. Every spring the Ordway produces a free Flint Hills International Children’s Festival, featuring local, regional and international artists representing 25 countries.

345 Washington St.

St. Paul

651-224-4222

Paint Your Plate

This contemporary ceramic studio lets visitors become artists. Select from hundreds of items to paint, from serving dishes to dog bowls.
This contemporary ceramic studio lets visitors become artists. Select from hundreds of items to paint, from serving dishes to dog bowls.

Edina and St. Paul

612-929-6666, 651-225-8034

Parade Ice Garden

Here you'll find indoor ice skating year-round on three ice rinks for hockey, figure skating, lessons and public skating sessions.
Here you'll find indoor ice skating year-round on three ice rinks for hockey, figure skating, lessons and public skating sessions.

600 Kenwood Parkway

Minneapolis

612-370-4846

Park Square Theatre

This acclaimed contemporary theater also offers year-round student matinees as part of its award-winning education program serving grades 7 to 12.
This acclaimed contemporary theater also offers year-round student matinees as part of its award-winning education program serving grades 7 to 12.

20 W. Seventh Place

St. Paul

651-291-7005

Pavek Museum of Broadcasting

Create your own radio broadcast, use a ham radio to talk to people all over the world and listen to classic radio programs. Collections include antique radios, televisions and broadcast equipment.
Create your own radio broadcast, use a ham radio to talk to people all over the world and listen to classic radio programs. Collections include antique radios, televisions and broadcast equipment.

3517 Raleigh Ave.

St. Louis Park

952-926-8198

Penumbra Theatre Company

Giving voice to African-American perspectives is this historic theater’s mission.
Giving voice to African-American perspectives is this historic theater’s mission.

270 Kent St. N.

St. Paul

651-224-3180

Perpetual Motion Gymnastics

Body movement, balance, coordination and the connection between fitness and fun are part of the classes and programs here for preschoolers and beyond, including recreational and competitive options.
Body movement, balance, coordination and the connection between fitness and fun are part of the classes and programs here for preschoolers and beyond, including recreational and competitive options.

Woodbury and Blaine

651-459-5837, 763-754-2341

Phancy Face Painting and Fun Entertainment Plus!

We provide fun entertainment for all ages and events/parties throughout the Twin Cities. Some of our services are Face Painting, Balloon Art/Animals, Henna, Caricatures, Airbrushed Temporary Tattoos, Custom T-Shirts, Hats, and Helmets. Also check out our Fun Foods Rental Items. CALL or EMAIL for BOOKING!
We provide fun entertainment for all ages and events/parties throughout the Twin Cities. Some of our services are Face Painting, Balloon Art/Animals, Henna, Caricatures, Airbrushed Temporary Tattoos, Custom T-Shirts, Hats, and Helmets. Also check out our Fun Foods Rental Items. CALL or EMAIL for BOOKING!

Mobile to you or by appointment

612-310-8292 or 1-800-701-0955

Pine Tree Apple Orchard

During the fall, this orchard offers weekend entertainment, pony rides, wagon rides and a corn maze. Pick your own pumpkins, a large variety of apples, homemade bakery products, caramel apples, fresh cider, gifts and more. Find more farms at minnesotagrown.com.
During the fall, this orchard offers weekend entertainment, pony rides, wagon rides and a corn maze. Pick your own pumpkins, a large variety of apples, homemade bakery products, caramel apples, fresh cider, gifts and more. Find more farms at minnesotagrown.com.

450 Apple Orchard Road

White Bear Lake

651-429-7202

Pinwheel Play

Ages 0 to 6 are invited to this recently opened modern indoor play space, which includes a play set, sport court, infant area, digital room, nut-free snack area, play grocery store, play kitchen and a fully stocked art room that includes a new project every week.
Ages 0 to 6 are invited to this recently opened modern indoor play space, which includes a play set, sport court, infant area, digital room, nut-free snack area, play grocery store, play kitchen and a fully stocked art room that includes a new project every week.

1256 Park Road

Chanhassen

952-300-8070

Pinwheel Play

Kids (ages 0-6) will enjoy our art room, wood playsets, obstacle course, sport court, play grocery store, stage, digital playground, and more! Parents love our modern, beautiful space - small enough to keep the kids contained, large enough to keep them entertained for hours!
Kids (ages 0-6) will enjoy our art room, wood playsets, obstacle course, sport court, play grocery store, stage, digital playground, and more! Parents love our modern, beautiful space - small enough to keep the kids contained, large enough to keep them entertained for hours!

1256 Park Road

Chanhassen

952-300-8070

Playworks

This childcare center’'s indoor playground and atrium are open to the public for family playtimes and parties. Playworks also offers contract and hourly childcare for ages 6 weeks to 12 years.
This childcare center’'s indoor playground and atrium are open to the public for family playtimes and parties. Playworks also offers contract and hourly childcare for ages 6 weeks to 12 years.

2200 Trail of Dreams

Prior Lake

952-445-7529

Playworks

Party Here. Learn Here. Family Here. Adults are FREE when you party with us! $45 admission for up to five children. Includes cupcake, five arcade tokens each child, playtime in our fun-filled inside Atrium. Bring your own decorations, no reservations needed.
Party Here. Learn Here. Family Here. Adults are FREE when you party with us! $45 admission for up to five children. Includes cupcake, five arcade tokens each child, playtime in our fun-filled inside Atrium. Bring your own decorations, no reservations needed.

2200 Trail of Dreams

Prior Lake

952-445-PLAY (7529)

Plymouth Fieldhouse

A state-of-the-art artificial grass field resides under a dome that's inflated from November through early-April here, providing an indoor space for walking, jogging, soccer, softball, baseball, football, lacrosse, rugby and other sports.
A state-of-the-art artificial grass field resides under a dome that's inflated from November through early-April here, providing an indoor space for walking, jogging, soccer, softball, baseball, football, lacrosse, rugby and other sports.

14800 34th Ave.

Plymouth

763-509-5292

Pump It Up

Bounce, slide, climb and play on and giant inflatable play structures during open gyms and parties.
Bounce, slide, climb and play on and giant inflatable play structures during open gyms and parties.

Eden Prairie, Ham Lake, Plymouth and Oakdale

Pump It Up

At Pump It Up we love entertaining kids! Our kids’ birthday parties are 100% private, indoors, and the best in the inflatable industry. Let us take all the stress out of fulfilling your child’s dream of inviting the whole class for some amazing jumping fun!
At Pump It Up we love entertaining kids! Our kids’ birthday parties are 100% private, indoors, and the best in the inflatable industry. Let us take all the stress out of fulfilling your child’s dream of inviting the whole class for some amazing jumping fun!

7406 Washington Ave S
Eden Prairie
952-943-0052;
3500 Holly Ln N Ste 65
Plymouth
763-553-0340

Rambling River Park

This recently renovated, castle-themed park encourages kids to pretend they’re knights in shining armor. With climbing walls, slides, jungle gyms, swings and even crowns emblazoned atop the structure, this park is a joy for kids who love using their imagination.
This recently renovated, castle-themed park encourages kids to pretend they’re knights in shining armor. With climbing walls, slides, jungle gyms, swings and even crowns emblazoned atop the structure, this park is a joy for kids who love using their imagination.

17 Elm St.

Farmington

651-280-6800

Ramsey County Parks

Attend the Urban Bird Festival or bring the kids to day camp at Tamarack Nature Center. The county has five golf courses and a golf dome. You'll find mountain biking, hiking and cross-country ski trails as well. Battle Creek Waterworks is a popular family aquatic center.
Attend the Urban Bird Festival or bring the kids to day camp at Tamarack Nature Center. The county has five golf courses and a golf dome. You'll find mountain biking, hiking and cross-country ski trails as well. Battle Creek Waterworks is a popular family aquatic center.

651-748-2500

Reptile & Amphibian Discovery Zoo

Have a fun birthday party with turtles, lizards, snakes, and alligators. You can come to the zoo to see more than 150 different kinds of animals, including a 12 foot alligator, or we can bring the animals right to you.
Have a fun birthday party with turtles, lizards, snakes, and alligators. You can come to the zoo to see more than 150 different kinds of animals, including a 12 foot alligator, or we can bring the animals right to you.

3297 N Cty Rd 45

Owatonna

507-455-1465

Reptile & Amphibian Discovery Zoo

More commonly known as the RAD Zoo, this rad destination in Owatonna features one of the world’s largest reptile and amphibian displays, including snakes, turtles, lizards, crocodiles, toads, frogs and salamanders — more than 150 kinds of animals from all over the world, including Big Al, a 12-foot-long alligator and Bella, a 14-foot-long python.
More commonly known as the RAD Zoo, this rad destination in Owatonna features one of the world’s largest reptile and amphibian displays, including snakes, turtles, lizards, crocodiles, toads, frogs and salamanders — more than 150 kinds of animals from all over the world, including Big Al, a 12-foot-long alligator and Bella, a 14-foot-long python.

3297 N County Road 45

Owatonna

507-455-1465

Richfield Outdoor Pool

Little ones will love the zero-depth-entry children's wading pool and water play equipment. There’s also a 50-meter main pool with a double water slide, a 1-meter diving board, water volleyball and two 25-yard lap lanes.
Little ones will love the zero-depth-entry children's wading pool and water play equipment. There’s also a 50-meter main pool with a double water slide, a 1-meter diving board, water volleyball and two 25-yard lap lanes.

630 E. 66th St.

Richfield

612-861-9350

Rising Stars Gymnastics Academy

This 20,000-square-foot facility includes a main gym with two gym floors with beams, bars, vault stations, foam-block pits, in-ground trampolines and a 50-foot in-ground tumble strip. There’s also a separate preschool gym for children ages 2 to 4.
This 20,000-square-foot facility includes a main gym with two gym floors with beams, bars, vault stations, foam-block pits, in-ground trampolines and a 50-foot in-ground tumble strip. There’s also a separate preschool gym for children ages 2 to 4.

520 Hayward Ave. N.

Oakdale

651-730-4376

Rockin' Jump

Rockin' Jump, the first Minnesota franchise of its kind, offers trampoline activities, including jumping, dodgeball, and basketball dunking, plus rock climbing, Bash Ball bubble soccer, a fidget ladder, a ninja challenge course, a slack line, a stunt bag and a soft play area for younger kids, plus a cafe and an arcade.
Rockin' Jump, the first Minnesota franchise of its kind, offers trampoline activities, including jumping, dodgeball, and basketball dunking, plus rock climbing, Bash Ball bubble soccer, a fidget ladder, a ninja challenge course, a slack line, a stunt bag and a soft play area for younger kids, plus a cafe and an arcade.

Eagan

651-419-9020

Roller Garden

Experience classic rollerskating or inline skating on an extra-large rink.
Experience classic rollerskating or inline skating on an extra-large rink.

5622 W. Lake St.

St. Louis Park

952-929-5518

Roseville Ice Arena

Skate your heart out with indoor classes and open skating in this 2,000-seat arena, which is next door the Guidant John Rose MN OVAL, the largest outdoor refrigerated skating facility in North America, featuring an 110,000-square-foot rink used for ice-skating in the winter and inline skating in the spring, summer and fall.
Skate your heart out with indoor classes and open skating in this 2,000-seat arena, which is next door the Guidant John Rose MN OVAL, the largest outdoor refrigerated skating facility in North America, featuring an 110,000-square-foot rink used for ice-skating in the winter and inline skating in the spring, summer and fall.

2661 Civic Center Drive

Roseville

651-792-7007

Sarah Jane's Music School

All ages are welcome at this neighborhood music-education center, based in Northeast Minneapolis and offering private and group lessons in a variety of instrumental studies.
All ages are welcome at this neighborhood music-education center, based in Northeast Minneapolis and offering private and group lessons in a variety of instrumental studies.

2522 Central Ave. NE

Minneapolis

612-930-2522

Saturday Live!

Every Saturday see something new, such as magicians, puppets, wild animals, storytellers and more, at the George Latimer Central Library in downtown St. Paul. Other St. Paul library locations also host numerous summer-reading programs and activities for all ages. See also the Hennepin County and Ramsey County library systems for free events for families at numerous library locations.
Every Saturday see something new, such as magicians, puppets, wild animals, storytellers and more, at the George Latimer Central Library in downtown St. Paul. Other St. Paul library locations also host numerous summer-reading programs and activities for all ages. See also the Hennepin County and Ramsey County library systems for free events for families at numerous library locations.

90 W. Fourth St.

St. Paul

651-266-7000

School of Rock

This national school’s Little Wing program encourages 2- and 3-year-olds to reach developmental milestones through fun musical activities.
This national school’s Little Wing program encourages 2- and 3-year-olds to reach developmental milestones through fun musical activities.

6585 Edenvale Blvd.

Eden Prairie and St. Paul

952-934-7625, 651-292-1917

Schubert Club Museum of Musical Instruments

See old-fashioned keyboards, manuscript collections and other traditional musical instruments. The club’s KidsJam programming caters to ages 5 to 12, offering opportunities for children to experience music through live performances, activities, movement and stories about the people, cultures and sounds behind the music.
See old-fashioned keyboards, manuscript collections and other traditional musical instruments. The club’s KidsJam programming caters to ages 5 to 12, offering opportunities for children to experience music through live performances, activities, movement and stories about the people, cultures and sounds behind the music.

Landmark Center, 75 Fifth St. W.

St. Paul

651-292-3267

Schwan Super Rink

Eight ice rinks are part of this massive facility, which offers open-skate times. Billed as the world’s largest ice arena, it’s one part of the National Sports Center.
Eight ice rinks are part of this massive facility, which offers open-skate times. Billed as the world’s largest ice arena, it’s one part of the National Sports Center.

1700 105th Ave. N.E.

Blaine

763-717-3880

Science Museum of Minnesota

Sitting on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, this 370,000-square-foot, kid-friendly museum features many interactive exhibits, including five permanent galleries (plus one touring gallery) focusing on technology, natural history, paleontology, the human body and the people and cultures of the Mississippi River. There's also an Omnitheater, offering educational big-screen films for all ages.
Sitting on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, this 370,000-square-foot, kid-friendly museum features many interactive exhibits, including five permanent galleries (plus one touring gallery) focusing on technology, natural history, paleontology, the human body and the people and cultures of the Mississippi River. There's also an Omnitheater, offering educational big-screen films for all ages.

120 Kellogg Blvd. W.

St. Paul

651-221-9444

Scott County Parks

For challenging cross-country ski trails, mountain biking and horse trails, check out Murphy-Hanrehan Park. Fish on Gifford Lake or bike around Cleary Lake.
For challenging cross-country ski trails, mountain biking and horse trails, check out Murphy-Hanrehan Park. Fish on Gifford Lake or bike around Cleary Lake.

952-496-8752

Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium

More than 10,000 sea creatures live beneath the Mall of America in a wide variety of exhibits, including a 300-foot glass tunnel: As you walk, you’re surrounded by stingrays, sharks, sea turtles and more.
More than 10,000 sea creatures live beneath the Mall of America in a wide variety of exhibits, including a 300-foot glass tunnel: As you walk, you’re surrounded by stingrays, sharks, sea turtles and more.

Mall of America

Bloomington

952-883-0202

Sever’s Corn Maze

Every fall families flock here for activities, food and attractions, including a tire mountain, mini pumpkin blasters, a straw-bale maze, a corn pit, a slide, live music, pig races, a jumping pillow and a corn maze.
Every fall families flock here for activities, food and attractions, including a tire mountain, mini pumpkin blasters, a straw-bale maze, a corn pit, a slide, live music, pig races, a jumping pillow and a corn maze.

1100 Canterbury Road S.

Shakopee

952-974-5000

Sibley Historic Site

Experienced guides lead visitors through fully furnished buildings while spinning tales of the American Fur Company from 1825 to 1853.
Experienced guides lead visitors through fully furnished buildings while spinning tales of the American Fur Company from 1825 to 1853.

1357 Sibley Memorial Highway

Mendota Heights

651-452-1596

Simply Jane Open Artist Studio

Trained artists and teachers oversee open-paint time and offer a wide variety of classes and programming at this south Minneapolis studio.
Trained artists and teachers oversee open-paint time and offer a wide variety of classes and programming at this south Minneapolis studio.

5411 Nicollet Ave. S.

Minneapolis

612-354-3961

Skateville

Lace up your skates and enjoy a classic rollerskating environment, including music skating sessions as well as lessons.
Lace up your skates and enjoy a classic rollerskating environment, including music skating sessions as well as lessons.

201 S. River Ridge Circle

Burnsville

952-890-0988

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park

Jump up, down and all around on numerous interconnected trampolines, play a trampoline-based version of dodgeball and jump into pits filled with foam blocks at two Twin Cities locations.
Jump up, down and all around on numerous interconnected trampolines, play a trampoline-based version of dodgeball and jump into pits filled with foam blocks at two Twin Cities locations.

Plymouth and Oakdale

763-333-2045, 651-243-9988

Slam Academy

Fast-paced and affordable educational experiences in the digital arts are offered here, including classes on music software programs as well as music composition, theory and genre-based content.
Fast-paced and affordable educational experiences in the digital arts are offered here, including classes on music software programs as well as music composition, theory and genre-based content.

1121 NE Jackson St., Suite 142

Minneapolis

612-293-7526

Splash Pads

Find a list of more than a dozen free splash pads for tots, young and older, at mnparent.com/splash-pads.
Find a list of more than a dozen free splash pads for tots, young and older, at mnparent.com/splash-pads.

Twin Cities

St. Joseph’s School of Music

This non-denominational educational ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet offers a comprehensive music curriculum designed for all ages and levels, including individual lessons and group classes on a variety of instruments.
This non-denominational educational ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet offers a comprehensive music curriculum designed for all ages and levels, including individual lessons and group classes on a variety of instruments.

450 N. Syndicate

St. Paul

651-690-4364

St. Louis Park Outdoor Aquatic Park

Ride winding water slides and drop slides, plus enjoy a picnic gazebo, lap pool and water playground.
Ride winding water slides and drop slides, plus enjoy a picnic gazebo, lap pool and water playground.

3700 Monterey Drive

St. Louis Park

952-924-2540

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra

Family-friendly programming here includes Start the Music for ages 3 to 6 and Xplorchestra for ages 6 to 12 and Free Family Concerts for all ages. Tickets are free, but reservations are required.
Family-friendly programming here includes Start the Music for ages 3 to 6 and Xplorchestra for ages 6 to 12 and Free Family Concerts for all ages. Tickets are free, but reservations are required.

Historic Hamm Building, 408 Saint Peter St.

651-291-1144

St. Paul Parks & Recreation

Parks and open spaces include Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, Indian Mounds and Harriet and Raspberry islands. Rent a boat or swim at Lake Phalen, then catch a summer concert at the amphitheater.
Parks and open spaces include Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, Indian Mounds and Harriet and Raspberry islands. Rent a boat or swim at Lake Phalen, then catch a summer concert at the amphitheater.

651-266-6400

St. Paul Public Libraries

Individual libraries host numerous summer reading programs and activities for all ages.
Individual libraries host numerous summer reading programs and activities for all ages.

90 W. Fourth St.

St. Paul

651-266-7000

Stages Theatre Company

Operating out of the Hopkins Center for the Arts, this popular theater-education program and children’s theater company hosts performances year round. Teaching artists offer classes, workshops and special events for all ages.
Operating out of the Hopkins Center for the Arts, this popular theater-education program and children’s theater company hosts performances year round. Teaching artists offer classes, workshops and special events for all ages.

Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Mainstreet

952-979-1111

Steppingstone Theatre

Ages 9 to 19 perform in this local children's theater, which also offers camps and classes for kids of all ages.
Ages 9 to 19 perform in this local children's theater, which also offers camps and classes for kids of all ages.

55 Victoria St. N.

St. Paul

651-225-9265

Sundays at the Landmark

St. Paul's historic Landmark Center offers a variety of free, all-ages activities on select Sundays from fall to spring, including multicultural music and dance performances, plus an Urban Expedition series that helps children learn about cultures from around the globe. Most events are FREE.
St. Paul's historic Landmark Center offers a variety of free, all-ages activities on select Sundays from fall to spring, including multicultural music and dance performances, plus an Urban Expedition series that helps children learn about cultures from around the globe. Most events are FREE.

75 W. Fifth St.

St. Paul

651-292-3225

TAGS Gymnastics

More than 3,000 students ages 15 months to 17 years take part in the recreational and competitive programming at this gym’s two Twin Cities locations, which feature balance beams, vaults, trampolines, uneven bars, tumble tracks and more.
More than 3,000 students ages 15 months to 17 years take part in the recreational and competitive programming at this gym’s two Twin Cities locations, which feature balance beams, vaults, trampolines, uneven bars, tumble tracks and more.

Apple Valley and Eden Prairie

952-920-5342, 952-431-6445

Tamarack Nature Center

More than four miles of turf trails, paved trails and boardwalks provide year-round access to forests, prairies, ponds and a natural play area at this 320-acre preserve that lies within Bald Eagle-Otter Lakes Regional Park. Find more nature centers at mnparent.com/nature.
More than four miles of turf trails, paved trails and boardwalks provide year-round access to forests, prairies, ponds and a natural play area at this 320-acre preserve that lies within Bald Eagle-Otter Lakes Regional Park. Find more nature centers at mnparent.com/nature.

5287 Otter Lake Road

White Bear Township

651-407-5350

Target Center

See the Minnesota Timberwolves men’s pro basketball team and the Minnesota Lynx women’s pro basketball team, plus big-name concerts, family-friendly shows (such as Disney on Ice) and more in this 20,500-seat entertainment arena.
See the Minnesota Timberwolves men’s pro basketball team and the Minnesota Lynx women’s pro basketball team, plus big-name concerts, family-friendly shows (such as Disney on Ice) and more in this 20,500-seat entertainment arena.

600 First Ave. N.

Minneapolis

612-673-0900

Target Field

Completed in 2010, this 40,000-seat outdoor ballpark is the official home of the Minnesota Twins, the state’s Major League Baseball team. It features a 360-degree open main concourse, giving fans uninterrupted views of the playing field.
Completed in 2010, this 40,000-seat outdoor ballpark is the official home of the Minnesota Twins, the state’s Major League Baseball team. It features a 360-degree open main concourse, giving fans uninterrupted views of the playing field.

1 Twins Way

Minneapolis

Target Free 3rd Sundays at MCM

Admission is free on the third Sunday of every month from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the St. Paul location of the Minnesota Children’s Museum, which is reopening after a major renovation this summer. Due to the museum's expansion and renovation project, longer lines and wait times are expected, especially on free Sundays, the busiest and most crowded days at the museum.
Admission is free on the third Sunday of every month from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the St. Paul location of the Minnesota Children’s Museum, which is reopening after a major renovation this summer. Due to the museum's expansion and renovation project, longer lines and wait times are expected, especially on free Sundays, the busiest and most crowded days at the museum.

10 W. Seventh St.

St. Paul

651-225-6000

Target Free Family Music at SPCO

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra offers a variety of family-friendly programming, including Start the Music for ages 3 to 6, Xplorchestra for ages 6 to 12 and Free Family Concerts for all ages. Tickets are free (limit 4), but reservations are required.
The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra offers a variety of family-friendly programming, including Start the Music for ages 3 to 6, Xplorchestra for ages 6 to 12 and Free Family Concerts for all ages. Tickets are free (limit 4), but reservations are required.

Historic Hamm Building, 408 Saint Peter St.

651-291-1144

TCF Bank Stadium

Featuring an open-air horseshoe design, this 50,000-seat stadium is a perfect venue for University of Minnesota Gopher football games and other events such as concerts, Gopher and NHL hockey games, and home matches for Minnesota United FC, which is set to become a Major League Soccer team in 2018 with its own new stadium in the works in St. Paul.
Featuring an open-air horseshoe design, this 50,000-seat stadium is a perfect venue for University of Minnesota Gopher football games and other events such as concerts, Gopher and NHL hockey games, and home matches for Minnesota United FC, which is set to become a Major League Soccer team in 2018 with its own new stadium in the works in St. Paul.

2009 University Ave. S.E.

Minneapolis

612-624-8080

Teddy Bear Park

With topnotch playground equipment, whimsically decorated with teddy bears, trains and log slides, this beloved gem lives up to its name.
With topnotch playground equipment, whimsically decorated with teddy bears, trains and log slides, this beloved gem lives up to its name.

207 Nelson St. E.

Stillwater

651-430-8837

The Bakken Museum

Learn about electricity, magnetism and more at this immersive and whimsical museum on the shores of Lake Calhoun, offering a variety of kid-friendly programming, including a popular LEGO Robotics Program for ages 8 to 12.
Learn about electricity, magnetism and more at this immersive and whimsical museum on the shores of Lake Calhoun, offering a variety of kid-friendly programming, including a popular LEGO Robotics Program for ages 8 to 12.

3537 Zenith Ave. S.

Minneapolis

612-926-3878

The Blast

Check out numerous space-themed climbing structures at this Eagan Community Center attraction, which caters to ages 18 months to 12 years.
Check out numerous space-themed climbing structures at this Eagan Community Center attraction, which caters to ages 18 months to 12 years.

1501 Central Parkway

Eagan

651-675-5000

The Giggle Factory

This indoor playground includes a multi-level play structure with a variety of slides, a moon ramp and a giant ball room. A special toddler area is reserved for ages 3 and younger. There’s also a space for parents to relax while watching their kids.
This indoor playground includes a multi-level play structure with a variety of slides, a moon ramp and a giant ball room. A special toddler area is reserved for ages 3 and younger. There’s also a space for parents to relax while watching their kids.

2007 O'Neil Rd

Hudson, Wis.

715-386-6639

The Historic Mounds Theatre

Catch affordable cultural performances here, plus a Portage for Youth program offering opportunities for disadvantaged kids.
Catch affordable cultural performances here, plus a Portage for Youth program offering opportunities for disadvantaged kids.

1029 Hudson Road

St. Paul

651-772-2253

The Landing

Experience life on the scenic Minnesota River as it was during the 1880s through historical buildings, costumed guides and special activities at this Three Rivers Parks site.
Experience life on the scenic Minnesota River as it was during the 1880s through historical buildings, costumed guides and special activities at this Three Rivers Parks site.

2187 Highway 101 E.

Shakopee

763-694-7784

The Little Gym

This noncompetitive gymnastics facility caters to ages 4 months to 12 years with gymnastics, dance, parent-child and sports classes.
This noncompetitive gymnastics facility caters to ages 4 months to 12 years with gymnastics, dance, parent-child and sports classes.

8223 Highway 7

St. Louis Park

952-924-0083

The Museum of Russian Art

Explore Russian art from the 19th and 20th centuries and beyond, including Russian Orthodox icons, photography, printmaking, lacquer art, porcelain, Soviet stamps, textiles and Matryoshka nesting dolls.
Explore Russian art from the 19th and 20th centuries and beyond, including Russian Orthodox icons, photography, printmaking, lacquer art, porcelain, Soviet stamps, textiles and Matryoshka nesting dolls.

5500 Stevens Ave.

Minneapolis

612-821-9045

The Raptor Center

Learn all about hawks, falcons, owls, eagles and other raptors at this University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine facility, which rehabilitates more than 700 sick and injured raptors each year.
Learn all about hawks, falcons, owls, eagles and other raptors at this University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine facility, which rehabilitates more than 700 sick and injured raptors each year.

1920 Fitch Ave.

St. Paul

612-624-4745

The Schubert Club

This nonprofit arts organization brings recital soloists and ensembles to town and promotes top local musical talent through public performances, education and museum programs.
This nonprofit arts organization brings recital soloists and ensembles to town and promotes top local musical talent through public performances, education and museum programs.

Landmark Center, 75 Fifth St.

St. Paul

651-292-3267

The Wishing Tree Play Cafe

Designed for ages 6 and younger, this 4,500-square-foot indoor playground and restaurant includes areas for infants and toddlers, as well as a play area for bigger kids. Enrichment classes for kids and parenting classes for adults are offered regularly.
Designed for ages 6 and younger, this 4,500-square-foot indoor playground and restaurant includes areas for infants and toddlers, as well as a play area for bigger kids. Enrichment classes for kids and parenting classes for adults are offered regularly.

1011 Meadowlands Drive

White Bear Township

651-493-7810

The Works Museum

Discover hands-on engineering activities for kids in grades K through 6. Here kids learn to explore, invent, imagine and solve problems with creative thinking. Special events include Code Day, Robot Day, Tech Fest and Girl Time.
Discover hands-on engineering activities for kids in grades K through 6. Here kids learn to explore, invent, imagine and solve problems with creative thinking. Special events include Code Day, Robot Day, Tech Fest and Girl Time.

9740 Grand Ave. S

Bloomington

952-888-4262

Theodore Wirth Off-Road Cycling Trail

Routes for beginner, intermediate and advanced cyclists abound on this 4-mile off-road cycling trail.
Routes for beginner, intermediate and advanced cyclists abound on this 4-mile off-road cycling trail.

Theodore Wirth Park

Minneapolis

612-230-6400

Three Rivers Park District

This west-metro park system includes 27,000 acres of reserves, trails, nature centers and play areas that encourage outdoor exploration, including hiking, picnicking, swimming, boating, fishing, golfing, camping, skiing, sledding and snowboarding.
This west-metro park system includes 27,000 acres of reserves, trails, nature centers and play areas that encourage outdoor exploration, including hiking, picnicking, swimming, boating, fishing, golfing, camping, skiing, sledding and snowboarding.

763-559-9000

Toddler Tuesdays at MOA

Toddlers and their parents can enjoy free entertainment from 10 a.m. to noon, including special character appearances, story times, crafts and yoga, plus deals at various locations around the Mall of America, including discounted ride wristbands and free kids meals at more than 20 restaurants.
Toddlers and their parents can enjoy free entertainment from 10 a.m. to noon, including special character appearances, story times, crafts and yoga, plus deals at various locations around the Mall of America, including discounted ride wristbands and free kids meals at more than 20 restaurants.

Mall of America

Bloomington

952-883-8800

Trollhaugen Outdoor Recreation Area

Trollhaugen features numerous ski and snowboard runs, terrain parks, chair lifts, tubing hills and rope tows, plus zip lines and an aerial adventure course, all 50 minutes northeast of the Twin Cities.
Trollhaugen features numerous ski and snowboard runs, terrain parks, chair lifts, tubing hills and rope tows, plus zip lines and an aerial adventure course, all 50 minutes northeast of the Twin Cities.

2232 100th Ave.

Dresser, Wis.

715-755-2955

Tropical Adventure Indoor Playground

Let the kids get their yayas out in this two-story, jungle-themed playground with a five-level spiral slide, a waterfall slide, tunnels, tubes and ropes, plus a toddler structure for ages 3 and younger.
Let the kids get their yayas out in this two-story, jungle-themed playground with a five-level spiral slide, a waterfall slide, tunnels, tubes and ropes, plus a toddler structure for ages 3 and younger.

4580 Victoria St. N.

Shoreview

651-490-4700

Tropics Indoor Water Park

This destination water park features a three-story Shark Attack water slide, complete with lights and a jukebox system, a zero-depth-entry beach area, an interactive splashing palm tree, a boat slide, a water walk, water volleyball, water basketball and giant floating sea creatures.
This destination water park features a three-story Shark Attack water slide, complete with lights and a jukebox system, a zero-depth-entry beach area, an interactive splashing palm tree, a boat slide, a water walk, water volleyball, water basketball and giant floating sea creatures.

4580 Victoria St. N.

Shoreview

651-490-4700

Turf Tots

In spring, ages 1 to 5 are invited for free-play time at the Hopkins Pavilion, which is home to a seasonal turf field filled with sport balls, crawl tunnels, bounce houses, hula hoops and more. In fall and winter, the pavilion is an ice arena. In summer, it's home to dry-floor activities.
In spring, ages 1 to 5 are invited for free-play time at the Hopkins Pavilion, which is home to a seasonal turf field filled with sport balls, crawl tunnels, bounce houses, hula hoops and more. In fall and winter, the pavilion is an ice arena. In summer, it's home to dry-floor activities.

11000 Excelsior Blvd.

Hopkins

952-548-6390

Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze

Explore 20 acres of activities and attractions in the fall, including a corn maze, a corn pit, a straw-bale maze, a kids play area, live music, a petting zoo, hayrides, a climbing wall, a pumpkin slinger, food vendors, pony rides, a gunny-sack slide, helicopter rides and pumpkin picking. A new spring festival on the same grounds features baby animals in April.
Explore 20 acres of activities and attractions in the fall, including a corn maze, a corn pit, a straw-bale maze, a kids play area, live music, a petting zoo, hayrides, a climbing wall, a pumpkin slinger, food vendors, pony rides, a gunny-sack slide, helicopter rides and pumpkin picking. A new spring festival on the same grounds features baby animals in April.

8001 109th Ave. N.

Brooklyn Park

952-992-9326

Twin City Model Railroad Museum

Now in a new location, about three miles west of its former Bandana Square site, this museum features detailed models of railroads of the Twin Cities during the 1930s to the 1950s.
Now in a new location, about three miles west of its former Bandana Square site, this museum features detailed models of railroads of the Twin Cities during the 1930s to the 1950s.

668 Transfer Road, Suite 8

St. Paul

651-647-9628

Twin City Twisters

Designed specifically for gymnastics, this gym offers a wide variety of classes for ages 18 months to 18 years.
Designed specifically for gymnastics, this gym offers a wide variety of classes for ages 18 months to 18 years.

9001 123rd Ave. N.

Champlin

763-421-3046

U.S. Bank Stadium

This downtown Minneapolis venue opened in July 2016 as the official new home of the Minnesota Vikings NFL football team. Twice the size of the Vikings’ former Metrodome home (by volume), it can seat up to 70,000 not just for games, but also concerts and other arena events. In 2018, the Super Bowl will be held here.
This downtown Minneapolis venue opened in July 2016 as the official new home of the Minnesota Vikings NFL football team. Twice the size of the Vikings’ former Metrodome home (by volume), it can seat up to 70,000 not just for games, but also concerts and other arena events. In 2018, the Super Bowl will be held here.

Minneapolis

USA Inflatables

USA Inflatables offers the largest selection of inflatables, moonwalks, bouncehouses, waterslides, obstacle courses, rockwall, euro bungee, concessions, interactives, dunk tanks and more for any occasion. Free delivery and pickup.
USA Inflatables offers the largest selection of inflatables, moonwalks, bouncehouses, waterslides, obstacle courses, rockwall, euro bungee, concessions, interactives, dunk tanks and more for any occasion. Free delivery and pickup.

Free Delivery in Metro

763-506-0400

Valleyfair

Roller coasters, thrill rides, kiddie rides, a water park, stage shows and games are all part of the fun at this seasonal, outdoor destination.
Roller coasters, thrill rides, kiddie rides, a water park, stage shows and games are all part of the fun at this seasonal, outdoor destination.

Shakopee

952-445-7600

Valleyfair Soak City Water Park

Included in Valleyfair amusement park's general admission, this 3.5-acre outdoor water park includes Hurricane Falls, which towers 70 feet above the water park.
Included in Valleyfair amusement park's general admission, this 3.5-acre outdoor water park includes Hurricane Falls, which towers 70 feet above the water park.

1 Valleyfair Drive

Shakopee

952-445-7600

Vertical Endeavors

Learn proper climbing techniques at these popular indoor rock-climbing facilities, featuring equipment for all levels of experience for ages 6 and older.
Learn proper climbing techniques at these popular indoor rock-climbing facilities, featuring equipment for all levels of experience for ages 6 and older.

Minneapolis, St. Paul, Bloomington and Duluth

Walker Art Center

This revered contemporary art center offers free gallery admission and children's activities on the first Saturday of each month. This summer, visitors can explore the newly renovated Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, now open after an extensive renovation and featuring more than 50 works of art, such as the city's iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry fountain, plus 16 new works. Other recent upgrades include a new museum entry pavilion, designed to bring a unified feel to The Walker's 19-acre campus.
This revered contemporary art center offers free gallery admission and children's activities on the first Saturday of each month. This summer, visitors can explore the newly renovated Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, now open after an extensive renovation and featuring more than 50 works of art, such as the city's iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry fountain, plus 16 new works. Other recent upgrades include a new museum entry pavilion, designed to bring a unified feel to The Walker's 19-acre campus.

1750 Hennepin Ave.

Minneapolis

612-375-7600

Washington County Parks

Hike, camp, fish and boat at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park. Big Marine Park and Lake Elmo Park have beaches ideal for young swimmers.
Hike, camp, fish and boat at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park. Big Marine Park and Lake Elmo Park have beaches ideal for young swimmers.

651-430-8368

Watch Me Draw!

Adults and kids can take drawing, painting and sculpting classes at this studio in historic downtown Lakeville.
Adults and kids can take drawing, painting and sculpting classes at this studio in historic downtown Lakeville.

20908 Holyoke Ave.

Lakeville

952-469-1234

Watch Me Draw! Art Studio

Have an Art Party created especially for you! Stop in to plan your project & party colors-we will customize our studio for your special event! Enjoy a festive atmosphere & nurturing staff. Ages 3 to adult. Paint-Sculpt-Crafts-Fun!
Have an Art Party created especially for you! Stop in to plan your project & party colors-we will customize our studio for your special event! Enjoy a festive atmosphere & nurturing staff. Ages 3 to adult. Paint-Sculpt-Crafts-Fun!

20908 Holyoke Ave

Lakeville

952-469-1234

Wee Bop

Affordable early childhood music classes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers are offered by this locally based company with programs in Northeast Minneapolis, Linden Hills and Roseville.
Affordable early childhood music classes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers are offered by this locally based company with programs in Northeast Minneapolis, Linden Hills and Roseville.

612-414-9545

Weisman Art Museum

Early 20th-century American artists, such as Georgia O’Keeffe and Marsden Hartley, are on display in this silver, gleaming modern building on the University of Minnesota campus.
Early 20th-century American artists, such as Georgia O’Keeffe and Marsden Hartley, are on display in this silver, gleaming modern building on the University of Minnesota campus.

333 East River Road

Minneapolis

612-625-9494

Westview Acres

This gem is one of more than 20 family-friendly parks in Farmington. It offers challenges for big kids as well as special features for toddlers.
This gem is one of more than 20 family-friendly parks in Farmington. It offers challenges for big kids as well as special features for toddlers.

50 Hickory St.

Farmington

651-280-6800

Westwood Hills Nature Center

Westwood Hills Nature Center is a 160-acre natural area featuring marsh, woods and a restored prairie. Deer, fox, mink and owls call this area home. Find more nature centers at mnparent.com/nature.
Westwood Hills Nature Center is a 160-acre natural area featuring marsh, woods and a restored prairie. Deer, fox, mink and owls call this area home. Find more nature centers at mnparent.com/nature.

8300 W. Franklin Ave.

St. Louis Park

952-924-2544

Wildlife Science Center

Meet wolves, bears, foxes, bobcats, coyotes, lynx and raptors at this newly relocated educational center, a living classroom for student groups and other visitors, located about 35 miles north of St. Paul.
Meet wolves, bears, foxes, bobcats, coyotes, lynx and raptors at this newly relocated educational center, a living classroom for student groups and other visitors, located about 35 miles north of St. Paul.

22830 Sunrise Road NE

Stacy

651-464-3993

Williston Treehouse

This indoor play area at the Williston Fitness Center is for children ages 12 and younger.
This indoor play area at the Williston Fitness Center is for children ages 12 and younger.

14509 Minnetonka Drive

Minnetonka

952-939-8370

Wolfe Park and Recreation Center

Enjoy indoor ice skating, outdoor skateboarding, as well as swimming at the aquatic center in St. Louis Park. Take part in youth and adult sports leagues, too.
Enjoy indoor ice skating, outdoor skateboarding, as well as swimming at the aquatic center in St. Louis Park. Take part in youth and adult sports leagues, too.

3700 Monterey Drive

St. Louis Park

952-924-2567

Works Museum, The

At The Works Museum, kids and families use hands-on activities, building tools, and everyday materials to explore engineering and design. Parents love our easy and fun birthday parties, make-your-own favors, free parking, and easy-to-supervise layout. Kids just love us, period.
At The Works Museum, kids and families use hands-on activities, building tools, and everyday materials to explore engineering and design. Parents love our easy and fun birthday parties, make-your-own favors, free parking, and easy-to-supervise layout. Kids just love us, period.

9740 Grand Ave S

Bloomington

952-888-4262

Xcel Energy Center

The Minnesota Wild NHL hockey team calls this 18,000-seat venue home. It also hosts numerous big-name musical performers and other nationally touring events throughout the year.
The Minnesota Wild NHL hockey team calls this 18,000-seat venue home. It also hosts numerous big-name musical performers and other nationally touring events throughout the year.

175 Kellogg Blvd. W

St. Paul

651-726-8200

Yoga Calm

This kids-yoga program is designed to help children learn physical, mental and emotional development for improved habits, wellness and happiness with classes throughout the Twin Cities.
This kids-yoga program is designed to help children learn physical, mental and emotional development for improved habits, wellness and happiness with classes throughout the Twin Cities.

503-977-0944

Yoga Center of Minneapolis

Classes for ages 6 to 9 and pre-teen yoga for ages 8 to 12 are offered at this yoga venue for all ages.
Classes for ages 6 to 9 and pre-teen yoga for ages 8 to 12 are offered at this yoga venue for all ages.

Minneapolis and St. Louis Park

612-436-4700, 952-345-1953

Youth Performance Co.

This award-winning youth theater company helps young actors, singers and dancers reach their artistic potential and become community leaders. Performances are held at Howard Conn Fine Arts Center at the Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis.
This award-winning youth theater company helps young actors, singers and dancers reach their artistic potential and become community leaders. Performances are held at Howard Conn Fine Arts Center at the Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis.

3338 University Ave. S.E.

Minneapolis

612-623-9080

Zero Gravity Trampoline Park & Laser Tag

Looking for a new place for your child's birthday party? Check out Zero Gravity. Shoot hoops, flip into a foam pit, play dodgeball- all on trampolines. We have Laser Tag, an arcade, and climbing wall.
Looking for a new place for your child's birthday party? Check out Zero Gravity. Shoot hoops, flip into a foam pit, play dodgeball- all on trampolines. We have Laser Tag, an arcade, and climbing wall.

2292 Woodale Dr

Mounds View

763-231-3033