Getting through the winter in Minnesota with kids can be rough. But there are a handful of Twin Cities NW Metro indoor activities for kids that might just be fun for you as well! Beyond bowling, the movies and your local McDonalds, check out these out of the ordinary ideas and let us know in the comments below your favorite indoor spot to take the kids!
Make sure to call in advance and check the websites for COVID restrictions.
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Eastman Nature Center – Elm Creek Park Reserve, Maple Grove
The Eastman Nature Center is located in the Elm Creek Park Reserve in Maple Grove and Dayton MN. While the Elm Creek Park Reserve is known for it’s outdoor activities. the Eastman Nature Center has a huge observation window overlooking the woods, where you can watch birds, squirrels, deer and more enjoying the feeders.
Deer at the Eastman Nature Center
There is a play area for kids, and lots of events for all ages. Check out their website for more info:
Mississippi Gateway Regional Park Visitor Center – Brooklyn Park
The Mississippi Gateway Regional Park and Visitor Center at the Coon Rapids Dam is full of activities and events for kids all year round. Parents will love the live turtles and other animals on display! Visit their website here.
MiniSota Play Cafe – Maple Grove
The MiniSota Play Cafe is a great place to let your “littles” have imaginative “MiniSota” themed fun, such as fishing on Lake “MiniTonka”, while you can enjoy a good cup of coffee. Visit their website here!
Space Aliens – Albertville
Looking for the perfect balance between kid-friendly fun AND a relaxing meal for adults? Space Aliens Restaurant in Albertville MN has everyone covered! They have great food, a full bar, and the “Galaxy Games” arcade will keep the kids entertained the whole time!
Older kids can safely hang out in the arcade – which is tucked back into the back corner of the restaurant, and there are plenty of age appropriate games for the younger children too. Space Aliens website
Playground Plaza – Maple Grove
Playground Plaza is an indoor non-staffed playground facility open 365 days per year. Passes are sold online only, and start at $10 per day per child. There are monthly passes available as well. Visit them online here.
You can also rent the facility for birthday parties and other events.
Maple Maze – Maple Grove
The Maple Maze indoor playground is located in the Maple Grove Community Center and is ideal for kids 12 and under. There is also an area for toddlers 3 and under!. Discounted rates for Maple Grove residents.
Jump City Indoor Bounce Park – Otsego
Jump City rents inflatables for parties and events, but did you know they have their own Indoor Bounce Park? Check out their website for Open Jump dates and times, and you can book your birthday parties here too!
Monticello Community Center Climbing Wall
The Monticello Community Center has a 38 foot tall rock climbing wall with several routes and levels of difficulty. It is located at the center of the community center.
Wildwoods Water Park – Otsego
The Otsego Holiday in has a 30,000 square foot water park with slides, a lazy river, a basketball court and a zero depth entry pool “Buddy’s Playland” for younger children.
Imagination Play Parks – Buffalo
Indoor Indoor children’s role play and party center.
Arts & Crafts – indoors!
What better way to spend a cold day than making crafts indoors! Making Memories Ceramics in Otsego is a Ceramic Painting Studio. Check out their facebook page for specials. Color Me Mine in Maple Grove is a Pottery Painting Studio with projects for adults and kids. Make your own wood decor projects at Board & Brush Creative Studio in Elk River. The St Michael Public Library and the Big Lake Public Library often have take home crafts for kids as well!