Cold Weather Play Times in 2011-2012

The temperature is now widely careening from one extreme to the next. It drops below freezing during the night, requiring all family members to get bundled up in mittens and jackets and hats before jumping into the car for the morning. However, by the late afternoon we may be hearing lots of complaining about being too hot.

Soon, however, we know what will be coming. Snow, freezing whistling winds, and a strong urge to hibernate through the dark months. Getting out of doors with young children is a real challenge during the colder months because it sometimes doesn’t even feel worth the effort to get all the gear on, warm the car up, stuff ourselves into car seats and travel the icy roads. However, long days indoors tend to test the patience of every parent in the upper latitudes.

Here is the great news!!! Harley Hopkins Family Center offers Stay and Play Opportunities on Fridays and some Saturdays throughout the coldest months! These classes are a chance to spend a few hours out of the house in a room designed to offer developmentally appropriate activities for you and your child to do together. A wonderful reason to get out into the morning of a cold wintery day.

This is in addition to our fantastic once-a-week classes for families with young children. Our early childhood program offers a room full of toys for the children, with supervision provided by licensed and highly skilled classroom teachers, and a chance for adults to discuss parenting topics with others who have children just the same age.

In addition, Minnesota cities have taken our cabin fever difficulties to heart. Often there are indoor gym opportunities provided for families with young children: a community gym opens its doors and welcomes children for a chance to run free, play with hula hoops, climb through tunnels and ride tricycles to their hearts delight.

Hopkins School District services quite a few cities in the area. Here is a listing of what those cities are offering you in the form of indoor entertainment. Take advantage of these great activities as you feel the weather turn chilly.

St. Louis Park:
Rec Center
3700 Monterey Drive
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Phone: (952) 924-2540

Ages 1 to 5 by start of session (must be accompanied by an adult)
Enjoy “open play” time in the Banquet Room. Little tots can play Nerf basketball, jump in one of the moon walks, and play on the creative carpet.

  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
  • Nov. 1 – March 30, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • (no session Nov. 8, 23, 25 & Dec. 23)

Golden Valley:
Brookview Community Center
200 Brookview Parkway
Golden Valley, MN 55426
763-512-2345
Fridays beginning September 16, 10–11:30 am

Come run, jump, crawl, and have a great time indoors on Friday mornings at Brookview Community Center. A variety of play areas will be set up for your child ages 1-5. Adult participation required. No instruction provided. Pay at the door or purchase punch pass at Brookview Community Center. $3/child or $25/10-time punch pass. No fee for parents and children under age 1.
Golden Valley Preschool Play Time 

Plymouth:
Plymouth Fieldhouse Open Play
14800 34th Ave
Plymouth, MN  55447-1482
763-509-5280

Preschool / Homeschool Open Play: 10:30-1:30 pm
Resident: $2 Child  Non-Resident: $3 Child (supervising adults are free).
The fieldhouse is available for open play on Mon, Wed, Fri (starting November 2nd).
Plymouth Preschool Play Time 

Eden Prairie:
Eden Prairie Community Center
16700 Valley View Road
952-949-8470

A time for parents and children to interact, Tot Time makes actively playing together easy. Enjoy free play with balls, hoops, scooters, jump ropes, tumbling mats, parachutes, music and more. Members and guardians are free, however they must pay for play structure time if desired.
Combination Tot Time and Play Structure Rates:

  • Tots (18 months–4 years): $5
  • 5 years and up: $6

Member Play Structure Rates:

  • Under 18 months: Free
  • 18 Months–4 years: $3.50
  • 5 years and Up:  $4.50

Hours Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011:
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Eden Prairie Tot Time Play Time 

Hopkins / Minnetonka:
Hopkins Pavilion
11000 Excelsior Blvd
952-939-1410

March 1–May 11, 2012
Monday–Friday, 9 am–2 pm
$3/session per child
Turf Tots is a drop-in freeplay program for children up to 5 years old. Kids can run and play with equipment provided by the Pavilion, including sport balls, crawl tunnels, bounce houses, hula hoops, and more!
Parents are required to stay on the field and supervise during the event.
*no program on April 27 or May 4
Hopkins Turf Tots Play Time

Williston Fitness Center
14509 Minnetonka Drive, Minnetonka.

Tuesday Tot Time will be held the first and third Tuesday of each month, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., starting this September.Bring your little ones to swim and play in the splash pad or climb in the Treehouse. Adult admission is free with a paid child admission.The Williston Fitness Center is owned and operated by the city of Minnetonka.
Williston Fitness Center Tot Time

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