Winter’s Here! So is Indoor Play-Time!

Winter weather can be celebrated with outdoor adventures, and getting into the snow is fun for toddlers and preschoolers alike. Be sure to find time to catch snowflakes, make snow people and take walks in the neighborhood to revel in the beauty of the season. However, if you are not altogether enthused about the colder months, take heart. Minnesota provides a wide variety of indoor play-spaces to help your family work out the winter wiggles.

Harley Hopkins Family Center provides a great opportunity for families to get out of the cold and play together. Throughout the winter we have Saturday Open Gym!  Our classroom provides art activities, toys and even a circle time for songs! Our gym space is the perfect size for toddlers and preschoolers.

Harley Family Center
125 Monroe Avenue S, Hopkins
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.
Register online for the series.
$5.00 / family (children birth through age 5)
Saturdays, January 16–February 20, 10:00-11:30am

In addition, the cities in the area have created many different indoor opportunities for having fun.  Check out some of the options below:

Eden Prairie Community Center
16700 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie
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
5 years and up: $5
Gym/Play Structure Combination: $6

Hours vary by month/week. Check their calendar for details.

Plymouth Fieldhouse
14800 34th Avenue, Plymouth
Open Play
Heat will be turned on to 55 degrees for this program.
Supervising adult is free
Resident: $4
Non-Resident: $5

November 2, 2015 – early March 25, 2016
Preschool Open Play: Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 10:30am – 1:30pm. (
No Gym on 12/25, 1/1, 3/18)

Brookview Community Center
200 Brookview Parkway, Golden Valley
Preschool Playtime
New and improved play equipment! Come run, jump, crawl, and have a great time indoors at Brookview Community Center. A variety of play areas will be set up for your child. Adult participation required. No instruction provided. Pay at the door or a punch pass can be purchased.
No fee for children under age 1
Daily: $2/child
10-visit pass / $15

Fridays, October 2, 2015–March 25, 2016, 10–11:30 am
(Closed on Nov 27, Dec 25, Jan 1)

St. Louis Park Recreational Center
3700 Monterey Drive, St. Louis Park
Little Tot Playtime
Ages 1 – 5 by start of session (must be accompanied by an adult)
Enjoy “open play” time in the banquet room. Little tots can bounce in 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 a guardian must accompany their child(ren).
$2 per child at the door
$40 for a 30-session punch-pass which can be used any session.

Nov. 5 – March 27, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
(No session Nov 19, 26, Dec. 24, 26, 30, 31)

Hopkins Pavilion
11000 Excelsior Blvd., Hopkins
Pavilion Turf Tots
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.
$4/session per child. No registration necessary.

Monday–Friday, 9 am–2pm
Feb 26, 2014–May 8, 2015
(No programs April 24 & May 1)

Pavilion Play Place
Registration required for this program. See above link to register.
$3 / child (9 months – 5 years)

Monday—Friday, two sessions a day:
October 13, 2014 — February 25, 2015
(No programs on Nov. 28-29 and Dec. 24-27)

Enjoy all the indoor play this winter – and don’t forget to play outside sometimes as well!