Twin Cities Indoor Play Areas

Twin Cities Indoor Play Area Guide | Twin Cities Moms BlogOur winters are long and the coveted days of spring, summer and fall are still sprinkled with rainy days. In order to survive the ups and downs of our weather with the kids, we’ve compiled a list of the best indoor play areas in the Twin Cities and we’re so grateful to our partners at the new Backyard at Brookview Indoor Playground for sponsoring this compilation guide. From mall play areas to indoor playgrounds, indoor waterparks to museums, you’re sure to find something to keep you busy on rainy days and throughout the winter.

Featured Listing

The Backyard at BrookviewThe west metro’s newest indoor playground is a 3,000-square-foot, temperature-controlled creative play space with areas for kids ages 2–5 and 6–12. It rises three stories high with slides, cargo climbs, and interconnecting tunnels children can explore for hours. Stop by for drop-in play, book a party room, or reserve for exclusive use!
316 Brookview Parkway S
Golden Valley, MN 55426

Mall Play Areas

Burnsville Mall Play Area | Located on the lower level, near JCPenney
1178 Burnsville Center
Burnsville, MN 55306

Eden Prairie Center Play Area | Monday–Saturday 10am-9pm; Sunday 11am–6pm  The children’s play area is located on the lower level of the Kohl’s wing.  Children fewer than 42 inches tall are welcome to enjoy the play area. Socks are required for play.
8251 Flying Cloud Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Legoland Mall of America | Monday-Saturday 10am-9:30pm; Sunday 11am-7pm  A great spot to stop and sit at the Mall of America.  Your kids will love the huge Lego displays and the play area has benches for parents, and both Duplo and regular Lego tables for the kids.

Maplewood Mall Play Area | Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 11am-6pm  Located near Kohl’s, the play area includes a reading area with a kid sized couch, is located next to the food court and provides a large changing area with wipes.
3001 White Bear Ave N
Saint Paul, MN 55109

Ridgedale Mall Play Area | Third Level
12401 Wayzata Blvd
Minnetonka, MN 55305

Southdale Mall Play Area |Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 11am-6pm  Located on the first level.  Closest parking is between Herberger’s and JCPenney.
10 Southdale Center
Edina, MN 55435

Open Gyms

Gleason’s Gym (Maple Grove & Eagan locations) | Schedule varies based on age group – see website
2015 Silver Bell Road
Eagan, MN 55122
(651) 454-6203

9775 85th Ave N. Suite 500
Maple Grove, MN 55369
(763) 493-2526

Mini-Hops (Minnetonka)
Ages 1-6 with parent supervision
2600 Campus Drive
Plymouth, MN 55441
(952) 933-2452

Dynamic Gymnastics (Savage)
8712 Eagle Creek Pkwy
Savage, MN 55378
(952) 808-0275

IGM Gymnastics (Burnsville)
14305 Southcross Dr W, Suite 120
Burnsville, MN 55306
(952) 232-4128

Indoor Playgrounds

The Blast (Eagan) | Monday-Friday 9am-8pm; Saturday 8am-8pm; Sunday 10am-8pm
Eagan Community Center
1501 Central Parkway
Eagan, MN 55121
(651) 675-5550

Brown Family Adventure Park (Ham Lake) | Mondays – Closed; Tuesday-Thursday 9:30am-4pm; Friday & Saturday 9:30am-7:30pm; Sunday Noon-5pm 
14200 Lincoln St. N.E., Suite 500
Ham Lake, MN 55304
(763) 331-0265

Chaska Community Center Playroom | Monday 9am – 6pm; Tuesday–Sunday: 9am–9pm
1661 Park Ridge Drive
Chaska, MN 55318
(952) 448-5633

The Eagles’s Nest (New Brighton) | Monday-Saturday 9am-8pm ; Sunday 11am-5pm
400 10th St. N.W.
New Brighton, MN 55112
(651) 638-2130

Adventure Peak at Edinborough Park (Edina) | Monday-Saturday 9am-9pm ; Sunday 9 am-6pm 
7700 York Avenue S.
Edina, MN 55435
(952) 833-9540

Good Times Park (Eagan) | Daily from 7am – 9:30pm
3265 Northwood Circle, Suite 100
Eagan, MN 55121
(651) 454-5736

Gymboree Play & Music of Woodbury | Mon-Fri: Hours Vary, Sat: 8:45-1 PM, Sun: 9:45 – 1 PM
650 Commerce Dr; Suite 140, Woodbury, MN 55125

InnerActive Playground (Minnetonka) | Every day, 7:30am-9pm
131 Cheshire Lane, Minnetonka, MN 55305
(763) 670-4033

Kids Oasis (Stillwater) | 9-7 Mon-Thurs, 9-4 Fridays, 9-1 Saturdays 
120 Main Street S
Stillwater, MN 55082

Lookout Ridge Indoor Playground (Woodbury) | Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10am-5pm;Tuesday & Thursday 10am-8pm; ; Saturday 10am-5pm;  Sundays 1- 5 p.m. (September-May)
8595 Central Park Place
Woodbury, MN 55125
(651) 414-3434

Maple Maze (Maple Grove) | 8 am-8pm Monday-Saturday; 10am-6pm Sunday
Maple Grove Community Center
12951 Weaver Lake Road
Maple Grove, MN 55369
(763) 494-6500

Monkey House (White Bear Lake) | 10-3pm Tuesday-Friday; 10-Noon Saturday & Sunday
1815 Buerkle Road
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
(651) 348-8233

Pinwheel Play (Chanhassen) | Mon-Sun from 7am to 9pm – including holidays.
1256 Park Road, Chanhassen, MN 55317
(952) 300-8070

Playworks (Prior Lake) | 8am-7pm: Monday-Friday;  Saturday & Sunday: 9am–7pm
2200 Trail of Dreams
Prior Lake, MN 55372
(952) 445-PLAY

Plymouth Field House | Monday/Wednesday/Friday 10:30am-1:30pm
14800 34th Avenue
Plymouth, MN 55447
(763) 509-5280

Prairie Play Zone (Eden Prairie) | Daily from 8am-8pm
16700 Valley View Road
Eden Prairie, MN 55346
(952) 392-4450

The Wishing Tree Play Cafe (White Bear Lake) | Mon-Fri: 7am-8pm, Sat/Sun: 8:30am-1pm
1011 Meadowlands Dr #2, White Bear Lake, MN 55127
(651) 493-7810

Tropical Adventure (Shoreview) | Monday-Saturday: 8am–8pm; Sunday: 8am–6pm
Shoreview Community Center
4580 Victoria Street North
Shoreview, MN 55126
(651) 490-4700

Williston Tree House (Minnetonka) | Hours vary – call for daily times
Williston Fitness Center
14509 Minnetonka Drive
Minnetonka, MN 55345
(952) 939-8370

Indoor Waterparks

Great River Waterpark (St. Paul)
Oxford Community Center
270 Lexington Parkway North
Saint Paul, MN  55104
(651) 642-0650

Grove Cove Aquatic Center (Maple Grove)
Maple Grove Community Center
12951 Weaver Lake Road
Maple Grove, MN
(763) 494-6500

The Grove (Inver Grove Heights) | School Year Hours: Monday-Friday: 5:30pm-7:30 pm; Saturday & Sunday: 12-6:30 pm
Inver Grove Heights Community Center
8055 Barbara Avenue
Inver Grove Heights, MN 5507
(651) 450-2480

Tropics Indoor Waterpark (Shoreview)  
Shoreview Community Center
4580 Victoria Street North
Shoreview, MN 55126

Great Wolf Lodge (Bloomington) 
1700 American Boulevard East
Bloomington, MN 55425

Museums & More

Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Minneapolis) | Mondays – Closed; Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday-Sunday 10am-5pm, Thursdays 10am-9pm  
A great spot to hit up with your kids for an out of the box activity.  Don’t assume they’re too young to explore art – there’s plenty to look at for kids of all ages!
Admission is Free daily.

Minnesota Children’s Museum (St. Paul) | Hours vary
We are fortunate to have such a fun children’s museum – with the recent renovation and great rotating exhibits, this is the place for kids of all ages to enjoy. 

Minnesota History Center (St. Paul) | Mondays – closed; Tuesday 10am-8 pm; Wednesday-Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday Noon-5pm.
This is a great spot to hit with your kids.  See our post detailing highlights of this museum here.

Minnesota Zoo (Apple Valley) | Hours vary throughout the year
A great spot to hit year round, the Tropics trail feels a bit like a vacation, the Minnesota trails gives a glimpse of our natural wildlife and the fish and sharks in Discovery Bay offer touch pools and more.  The grizzly bears on the Russian Coast are worth the short walk outside on our mild winter days. If you plan to go more than once during the year, the membership is well worth the price.

Science Museum of Minnesota (St. Paul) | Mondays – Closed; Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday 9:30am-5pm; Thursday-Saturday 9:30am-9pm  
Plenty of hands-on exhibits, the Omnitheater and more, your kids will have plenty to keep busy, and don’t forget to walk up and down (and up and down…) the musical stairs before you leave!

Kids Club Bowling (Pinstripes – Edina) | Weekdays | 10am-Noon  
Kids bowl for $3 and parents bowl for free! Cozy couches, wait staff is available if you need some coffee or a snack, and bumpers and ball ramps abound. Limit 4 children per adult.

Created to Grow (St. Anthony)
Open Studio Play and Play Space A bring your children to work with you art space! All the provisions you need to create your work. A gallery space to sell work at a very low consignment rate.

Sky Zone Trampoline Park (Plymouth) | Hours: Monday CLOSED, Tuesday-Thursday 4:00-8:00pm. Friday 11:00am-10:00pm, Saturday 10;00am-11:00pm, Sunday 11:00am-7:00pm. Open Jump hours vary. 
This is an awesome place to burn some energy! This indoor space full of trampolines is great for all ages. From Toddler Time (0-5 years) to Mega Jump (15+ years), your whole family can find something to enjoy. They also have a Glow Jump for all ages and offer fitness classes for adults. Admission varies based on which program you want to enjoy and how long you want to play.

Sovereign Grounds Coffee Shop and Playroom (Minneapolis)
It’s a place to relax, meet other parents, talk, have a great cup of coffee or tea and maybe pick up some fresh beans to take home. There are comfortable spots for adults and a large playroom for the kids. Sovereign Grounds is proud to be the first kid-friendly coffeehouse in town, implementing the unique concept of combining an indoor playground with a traditional, community-oriented neighborhood café. Kids of all ages are not just tolerated here. They are welcome!

Vertical Endeavors (Minneapolis) | Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am-11:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-11:00pm, Sunday 10:00am-6:00pm 
Children and adults of all ages can find something to enjoy here! With multiple rock walls that are for all different ability levels, you can have a fun day here with your entire family. They offer indoor climbing classes, guided climbing adventures, birthday parties, and more! Equipment is available for rental. 

And if you just need your java, but want the kids entertained while you get it, here are a few great spots that have all the caffeine you need!

Kid Friendly Coffee Shops in the Twin Cities | Twin Cities Moms Blog

Do you have an great indoor spot to add to this list?  Email info {at} twincitiesmomsblog {dot} com with all the details!