Kids, like adults, crave variety. They want new and exciting places and activities to explore. When the weather turns colder, it can take some creative energy to find new haunts for your children to express their creativity or expand some of that boundless energy they always seem to possess.
Raising children in the extreme temperatures of Minnesota can often be challenging. One of the main concerns is finding a place to escape the elements while allowing your kids a place to run and play.
If you are looking for more than an occasional open gym or indoor play session, check out our reasons why kids should be in gymnastics. There is a variety of classes throughout the Twin Cities.
Don’t worry; the Twin Cities Kids Club is here with help. We have compiled a list of the best indoor parks for kids in the Twin Cities. Once those cold winds start blowing in, check out a few of these indoor parks. Your kids will be glad you did.
Play Hours: 7 am – 9:30 pm Daily
Admission: $8 per day, under one free
Parents love this indoor park. It feels like an outdoor play place that someone moved inside. Some of its fun and funky features include:
- Jungle gyms
- Unwalled pillow jumper
- Basketball court
- Open turf for family games
In their own words, Good Times Park is meant for “self-use.” Purchase your day pass either online or at the guest kiosk and receive a code to enter the building. Bring your own picnic lunch and make a day of it.
The Blast Indoor Playground
Play Hours: 8 am – 8 pm Daily
Admission: $4 per day, under 18 months free
The Blast is one of the more cost-effective indoor parks on our list. That doesn’t mean it is not worth a visit. With a cool space theme, this park has some pretty sweet features. Just a few of the highlights include plasma cars, hockey sticks, and tumble blocks.
Play Hours: Mon 9 am – 6 pm, Tues – Sun 9 am – 9 pm
Admission: $2/member, $4/non-member per day, under 1 free
Another bargain, this indoor park is best for birthday parties for the younger kiddos. Its castle theme and ball pit are a massive hit with the younger crowd. Kids of all ages will love exploring the tunnels and sliding down the many slides.
Play Hours: Mon – Tues, Thurs – Fri 9 am – 4 pm, Wed 9 am – 1 pm, Sat 10 am – 4:30 pm, Sun 11 am – 3 pm
Admission: $6 per child/$18 per family weekdays, $8 per child/$24 per family weekends
For the sports enthusiast in your family, Millz House has got the hoops. It is a trampoline and basketball hoop sales floor, as well as an open gym. Bring the family for some sporty fun.
Play Hours: Wed – Fri 4 pm – 8 pm, Sat 10 am – 8 pm, Sun 11 am – 7 pm
Admission: $16/60 min, $21/90 min, $24/120 min
This place has it all. Some of your favorites include:
- Ninja course
- Rock climbing tower
- 1800 sq ft inflatable obstacle course
- Six and under only play area
Bring your own or purchase safety grip socks as they are mandatory.
Play Hours: Mon – Sat 9 am – 9 pm, Sun 9 am – 6 pm
Admission: $7.50 per child, under one free
Adventure Peak is one of the better options if you have a broad range in the ages of your kids. There are tons of options for kids of all ages (including mom and dad). They also have a toddler-only area to keep the little ones safe from big hands and feet.
Don’t forget to bring socks; they are mandatory.
Prairie Play Zone
Play Hours: 8 am – 8 pm Daily
Admission: $4.50/non-member 18 months to 4 years, $5.50/non-member 5+, ask for half-price times
This indoor park is newly expanded and has a toddler-only area and a rock-climbing wall. Socks are required.
Play Hours: 7:30 am – 9 pm Daily
Admission: $9.75 per child, under one free
This massive, 18,000 sq ft playscape has a little something for everyone. For sports lovers, they have basketball courts and soccer goals. They also have an impressive play structure and some super sweet jumping pillows.
The moms and dads will want to join in on the fun. Ask about membership options.
Play Hours: Check the calendar for open jump times.
Admission: $6.95-$7.95 per child, must be at least 34” to jump
While they do offer occasional open jump days, this place is best suited to birthday parties. Parties are their main attraction, and they have it down to a science. Your child’s special day will be extra special. You will find tons of giant inflatables- slides, obstacles, jumpers, and more.
Play Hours: Mon – Sat 9 am – 8 pm, Sun 9:30 – 5 pm
Admission: $5.50 per child, a dollar off for locals, under two free
Your kids will be thrilled exploring the more than 3,000 sq feet of the indoor playground. A few fantastic features follow:
- Crawl tubes
- Cargo climbs
- Bumper balls
- Log rollers
- Cave crawls
- And so much more!
Play Hours: Mon – Fri 10 am – 5 pm, play times can change seasonally
Admission: $7 per child weekdays, $9 weekends
Rainbow Play Systems is another showroom pulling double duty. You pay to play for a 2-hour block. Your child will get the chance to test all the showroom equipment to see what they, and you, like best.
Expect the typical fare- slides, swings, ropes, and lookout towers.
Lookout Ridge Indoor Playground
Play Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri 10 am – 5 pm, Tues & Thurs 10 am – 8 pm, Sat 10 am – 5 pm, Sun 1 pm – 5 pm
Admission: $3.50-$5.50 per child, varies by date and time, under one free, current rates here
If you are looking for a little bit of nature during the cold winter months, then Lookout Ridge is the indoor park for you. Your little one can explore cliffs and caves, scale a giant tree, or study wildlife murals.
As a bonus, it is located in a building that also houses a library, lush indoor landscaping, and the Central Park Amphitheater.
Check out Twin Cities Kids Club. Become a member today to take advantage of all the deals and discounts.