Finding Fun Indoors

There is a smattering of snow on the ground, and the temperature has completely dropped.  We enjoyed an extended fall, but all of the glorious weather that provided us with extra days of outdoor walks and late-season trips to the park may be over for the year. Minnesota is known for cold winters, and because of this the cities around town have set up kid friendly indoor entertainment for the season.

Toddlers have the need to run and jump and crawl and wiggle all year long, not just during the nice weather. So make these indoor open gyms part of your family’s schedule. They are an economical cure for the winter-time blues.

Eden Praire Community Center
16700 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie
952-949-8470
Toddler Open Gym: A time for parents and children to interact, Toddler Open Gym 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
Toddlers (12 months–4 years): $4.00
5 years and up: $5.00
Hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-11:30am

Plymouth Fieldhouse
14800 34th Avenue, Plymouth
763-509-5280
Preschool / Home School Open Play

Resident: $2.00 / child, non-resident: $3.00 / child
Supervising adults are free
Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 10:30am-1:30pm. Not open 12/24, 12/31, 3/15

Brookview Community Center, Golden Valley
200 Brookview Parkway, Golden Valley
763-512-2345
Preschool Playtime
Come run, jump, crawl, and have a great time indoors. Adult participation with your child at the different play areas is required.

Children ages 1-5, $3.00 / child
Parents and children under age 1 are free
Hours: Fridays, 10:00-11:30am

St. Louis Park Recreation Center
3700 Monterey Drive, St. Louis Park
952-924-2540
Little Tot Playtime
Enjoy “open play” time in the Banquet Room. Little tots can bounce in one of the moon walks, ride the big wheelers, play dress up or build with blocks on the creative carpet. This is an unsupervised activity, parents or guardian must accompany their children.

Children ages 1-5: $2.00
Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30-11:30am. No sessions 12/25, 12/26, 12/28 or 1/1

Hopkins Pavilion Turf Tots Starts on February 28
11000 Excelsior Blvd., Hopkins
952-939-1410
Turf Tots
Drop-in free play program for children up to 5 years old. Kids can run and play with equipment provided by the Pavilion, including sports balls, crawl tunnels, bounce houses, hula hoops and more. Parents are required to stay on the field and supervise during the event.

$3.00 / child
Hours: Monday through Friday, February 28–May 3, 9:00am-2:00pm. No program 4/26 and 5/3

Harley Family Center
125 Monroe Avenue S, Hopkins
952-988-5000
Saturday Open Gym
Open gym gives parents and children a chance to move, play and have fun! The entire class is devoted to parent / child activities in the gym and classroom. Registration for individual classes need to be made 24 hours before the date of the class. Register by calling  952-988-5000.

$5.00 / family (children through age 5)
Hours: Saturdays, January 19–March 16, 10:00-11:30am

Enjoy the activities that these cities have offered for your family. Enjoy the quiet winter nap that will likely follow all of this fun!

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