Things to do in MINNEAPOLIS with kids

Don’t for a second think Minneapolis is all ice, ice baby! It’s far from it, and has a ton of family friendly places to visit that kids will love. Don’t forget Minneapolis is a twin city with St. Paul, so you essentially get two for the price of one! Bargain!

Minneapolis is a cultural playground, with the Bell Museum of Natural History, Weisman Art Museum, and the incredible Minnesota Children’s Museum all ready for kids to have a great time (which kids love) whilst learning (which parents love!)

Worried about the weather in this northern city delight? Stop right there! Attractions such as The Depot gives you the best of both worlds. In wintertime this old train station transforms into an incredible indoor ice-rink. In the summer kids can splash about in it’s indoor waterpark!

Minneapolis also has activities such as the indoor Vertical Endeavors rock climbing perfect for winter, and the stunning Minnehaha Park which gives you 193 acres of waterfalls and rivers to enjoy through summer! 

Get ready to take on the twin cities - because they’re ready for you!

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  • The Depot Ice Rink

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    Minneapolis

    Indoor ice skating fun in Minneapolis, great for birthday parties, and seasonal family fun for those active kids!

  • Weisman Art Museum

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    (2 miles) Minneapolis

    An art filled day for those creative and museum loving families.

  • Bell Museum of Natural History

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    (2 miles) Minneapolis

    The Bell Museum of Natural History is a portal to experiences that bring people closer to the natural world. It is a small, personable place with big ideas, an historic state treasure, and a landmark ...

  • American Swedish Institute

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    (2 miles) Minneapolis

    A slice of historic Swedish America. This historic 33 room house is filled with exhibit galleries.

  • Vertical Endeavors Minneapolis

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    (2 miles) Minneapolis

    Spend the day at one of the largest indoor rock climbing facilities in the world...with over 28,000 square feet of climbing surface, up to 60 foot tall climbing walls!

  • Bakken Library and Museum

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    (4 miles) Minneapolis

    The Bakken is a center for education and learning that furthers the understanding of the history, cultural context, and applications of electricity and magnetism. One of the many fun family places to ...

  • Minnehaha Regional Park

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    (5 miles) Minneapolis

    Visit one of the first state parks created in the USA in Minneapolis, with historical sites, gardens, waterfalls, and fun activities!

  • Simply Jane Open Artists Studio

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    (5 miles) Minneapolis

    One of a kind budding artists attraction! Easily accessible professional artists studio with affordable fun designs on canvas and accessories. Professional paint, brushes and instruction. Ideal for ...

  • Cafesjian Carousel

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    (6 miles) St Paul

    Operated by volunteers in St. Paul's Como Park, this 68-horse carousel was built in 1914 and rescued from auction in 1988.

  • Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

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    (6 miles) Saint Paul

    The attractions located here include the zoo, the conservatory, an amusement park, a carousel, Lake Como, a golf course, a pool and more. The park receives more than 2.5 million visitors annually. ...

  • Eagles Nest

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    (7 miles) New Brighton

    From climbing walls, to triple slides, ball pits and a foam forest, kids can play all day at this indoor playground in Minnesota!

  • Water Park of America

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    (9 miles) Bloomington

    Located inside the Radisson Hotel Bloomington, near Mall of America and soaring 90 feet above the Twin Cities' skyline, Water Park of America entertains both the young and young at heart. Surf on ...

  • Minnesota Transportation Museum

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    (9 miles) St. Paul

    A fascinating and interactive look into the history of transportation, where kids can enjoy a train or caboose ride!

  • Minnesota Childrens Museum

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    (9 miles) Saint Paul

    A fun and interactive children's museum which offers a vast range of open ended, hands on experiments and experiences for kids of all ages - learn through playing in Minnesota!

  • Edinborough Indoor Park

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    (9 miles) Edina

    An indoor park! 1 acre of parkland indoors with features including swimming, sports and a nearly 40 ft high climbing tree themed adventure play frame with unusual features and a large toddler area.

  • Science Museum of Minnesota

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    (9 miles) Saint Paul

    The Science Museum of Minnesota, founded in 1907, is a large regional science museum located on the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul. One of the many fun family places to go if ...

  • Museum of Questionable Medical Devices

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    (9 miles) St Paul

    Devious Displays of Quackery, Fraud, Deceit and Deception -- the largest collection of medical chicanery and mayhem ever assembled under one roof. Step right up !!

  • Minnesota Museum of American Art

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    (9 miles) St Paul

    The MMAA was founded as an art school in 1927, when it formally incorporated as The Saint Paul School of Art. Collecting works of art, for instructional purposes, began in the late 1930's. Over time, ...

  • Nickelodeon Universe

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    (9 miles) Bloomington

    One of the country's leading family theme parks, offering 27 rides and attractions for ALL ages, as well as adventure golf and the highest Sky Trails rope course in the world!

  • Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium

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    (9 miles) Bloomington

    Previously Underwater Adventures Aquarium, this fun Minnesota Sea Life Aquarium has over 10,000 sea creatures that the whole family can experience!

  • The Mississippi

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    (9 miles) Saint Paul

    Established in 1988, the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area includes 72 miles of the Mississippi River stretching from the cities of Dayton and Ramsey to just south of Hastings. One of ...

  • Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park Plymouth

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    (9 miles) Plymouth

    Wall to wall trampolines in Plymouth, where the whole family can enjoy bouncing fun! Great for those active kids

  • Crayola Experience Minneapolis

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    (9 miles) Bloomington

    The magic of Crayola comes to life in Minnesota for kids, where they can create, play, and enjoy hands-on fun in over 60,000 sq ft of adventures!

  • Vertical Endeavors St Paul

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    (10 miles) St Paul

    Over 18,200 square feet of climbing surfaces, making Vertical Endeavors one of the largest indoor rock climbing facilities in the world! And its fun!

  • The Thomas Irvine Dodge Nature Center

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    (10 miles) West Saint Paul

    With farm animals, birds of prey and a mass of natural local wildlife, they have been teaching and enthralling kids for over forty years. Plus orchard, bee apiary and special events.

  • Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area

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    (11 miles) Minneapolis

    Family fun on the slopes with skiing and snowboarding, including with lessons from 3 years. Snowshoeing, cross country skiing and tubing too!

  • The Works

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    (11 miles) Bloomington

    Ideal for kids aged 5 - 12, this very fun and hands-on museum features 40 interactive, kid-powered exhibits that highlight mechanisms and simple machines, where they can try, build and play as they ...

  • Good Times Park

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    (11 miles) Eagan

    Vast range of indoor fun from classic playground and bouncy house to sports, construction play, moving playground, reading and art zone and a terrific hologram game.

  • Pump It Up Plymouth

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    (11 miles) Plymouth

    Inflatables, open jump, GLOW jump, and even sensory nights at this Minnesota indoor play experience for active kids!

  • Maple Maze Indoor Playground

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    (12 miles) Maple Grove

    Kids can explore a maze of tunnels, climbs and activities with interactive features, great for kids under 12 years!

  • Hyland Play Area

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    (12 miles) Bloomington

    A fun play structure in the Hyland Lake Park Reserve in Minnesota, with an area for those under 5s and with disabilities.

  • Monkey House

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    (12 miles) White Bear Lake

    Indoor fun in Minnesota with 5000 sq ft of indoor play filled with bounce houses, an obstacle course, slide, rings, swings, foam pit and more!

  • WhirlyBall Twin Cities

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    (12 miles) North Maple Grove

    WhirlyBall: a team game with a unique blend of basketball, hockey, lacrosse, and bumper cars! They also have a 4000 square foot arena to play lazer tag, the bruise-less, mess-less combat game played ...

  • Big Thrill Factory

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    (12 miles) Minnetonka

    We are a family entertainment center featuring family-friendly games and attractions including bowling, laser tag, 3-story kids fun factory, black light ropes course, bump n' spin cars and much more! ...

  • Cascade Bay

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    (13 miles) Eagan

    Check out one of the most popular water parks in Minnesota! From slides, lazy rivers, to shipwrecks, this is one water park ready to make a SPLASH!