Winter Kid Activities

This time of year can start to feel stuffy around here with all the windows shut tightly, no fresh air, just brisk cold wind, and we can all get a little crazy being cooped up. Especially after the Holidays when its the dead of winter and too cold to brave the outdoors. I try to stay busy throughout the day, whether that be running to target with the boys, getting a shake, or meeting up for a play date.. that's how I survive my days with two little needy boys! But it is nice to have some indoor play spots where Oliver can run around and burn some energy off, and have fun playing with toys and gadgets he doesn't have at home! Below are a list of some things that we enjoy doing during these dreary months cooped up inside. Keep in mind I live in the north metro area, so although there may be lots of great options of things to do around MSP, I chose the ones that are in close proximity to us and the ones we enjoy the most!

THINGS TO DO AT HOME:

  • Make a fort, watch a movie with popcorn, do crafts (we like coloring or painting) dedicate time to interactively play with their toys, take a nap (lol), make cookies or let them help prep for dinner, or make play-dough (Oliver is obsessed) You can find the recipe HERE

Check your local indoor play gyms/community centers, libraries, tot times! Most play gyms require socks or grip socks be worn, so don't forget those! Some tot times only accept cash, so keep that in mind when venturing out. There are LOTS of children friendly things to do around the metro area and I have only done a select few, but I want to start venturing out more so I've listed below ones that we already go to or ones that I want to try out. A SUPER helpful resource of all things twin cities for moms and children head to HERE 

TODDLER TUESDAYS @ MOA:

  • Every Tuesday from 10-12
  • Kids eat FREE at participating restaurants
  • Nickelodean Universe $12.95 wristband for 5 hours of rides
  • For more information click HERE

MN Children's Museum:

  • CLOSED MONDAYS
  • Tues/Thurs 9-4, Fri/Sat 9-8, Sundays 9-5
  • $12.95 for all ages, children under 1 FREE
  • For more information click HERE

MN Science Museum:

  • Children five and under are FREE with purchase of adult ticket $24.95
  • Tuesday mornings enjoy fun activities and a live theater performance specifically for preschool children
  • For more information click HERE

INDOOR PLAY GYMS:

  • ECFE Open Tot Play
    • $2 per child or you can purchase a $25 punch card for 15 child admissions
    • Click HERE for event calender 
  • Andover Community Center TOT time
    • Mondays & Tuesdays 930-1130
    • $3 per child, $4 per child on bounce house days
    • Punch passes are available
    • For events calendar click HERE
  • Adventure Park in Ham Lake
    • CLOSED MONDAYS
    • Tuesday-Thursday 930-300, Fridays & Saturdays 930-730, Sundays 12-5
    • $7 per child, ages 1-12
    • For more information click
    • Must wear SOCKS
  • Look out Ridge in Woodbury
    • Mon/Wed/Fri 10-5, Tues/Thurs 10-8, Saturdays 10-5
    • $5.50 per child
    • For more information click
    • Must wear SOCKS
  • Wishing Tree Café in White Bear Lake
    • Mon-Wed 9-2, Thurs/Fri 9-7, Saturday-Sunday 9-1
    • $5 for children under 2, $7 for children 2 and up
    • Punch cards available
    • Must have GRIP SOCKS
    • Organic cafe right next to play area perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner
    • For more information click HERE
  • McDonald's
    • FREE play area
    • Obviously you can get a kids meal for the kiddos!
  • Chick Fil-A
    • FREE play area (much smaller but Oliver still loves it)
    • Purchase a kids meal and play for a while
  • Urban Air Trampoline Park in Coon Rapids
    • Mon-Thurs 3-8, Friday 12-11pm, Saturday 10-11pm, Sunday 10-8pm
    • Jumperoo (for babies and toddlers only) Mon/Fri 10-12 $9.99, Parents play free!
    • $9.99 for children 5 and under, parent pass is $5.99
    • For more information click
  • InnerActive Indoor Play gym in Minnetonka
    • Open 7 days a week, 730am-9pm
    • $9 for children 1-17
    • Outside food is allowed
    • For more information click
  • Maple Maze in Maple Grove
    • Monday-Saturday 9am-8pm, Sunday 10am-6pm
    • Children under 1 are FREE, Non resident are $6
    • SOCKS must be worn
    • For more information click
  • Andover Library
    • They offer lots of story times
    • Click HERE for calendar of events 

INDOOR WATERPARKS:

  • Shoreview Community Center Water Park
    • Mon/Wed 4-8, Friday 4-945, Saturday 12-745, Sunday 12-6
    • Children under 17 $9.40, children under 1 FREE with adult pass $10.25
    • For more information click HERE
  • Maple Grove Community Center Water Park
    • Times vary for each day for more information click HERE

I'm looking at hosting a meet up each week at various play gyms. This would mean I'd post a date and time and what play gym or activity I'd be going to each week and moms around the area can meet me and other moms that join without the hassle of trying to coordinate a date, time, place. It would be super care free and stress free, because either you come or you don't and you can always try to make it the next time! If this interest you and you have ideas or places you want to attend, let me know via DM through instagram! Hope you enjoyed today's post!

xoxo Mari