Dieter is getting to the age where the more steam he can run off the better off we ALL are. So with that in mind I am creating a list of activities to do in the Twin Cities area. Some of it is free and some costs a little money but all are toddler-friendly and are indoors. My goal is to do all of these and write about our experiences (including pictures which will be the harder part!). If you have experienced any of the activities let me know how it went for you and if you haven’t, well we always love to have friends along!
Skyzone Plymouth, Minnesota
Every Tuesday and Friday is Toddler Time at Skyzone, an indoor trampoline park. Jumping is from 9:30-11:30 for ages 5 and under. It’s a little pricey (starts at $8.00 for 30 minutes) but you can order your tickets online to guarantee a spot on the day of your choosing. They say to call ahead to make sure there are no cancellations or time changes.
Como Zoo Lil’ Explorers Thursdays St. Paul, Minnesota
Through April little ones can meet animals and plants, see story time, and take part in other activities. There is a different theme every week and they are listed on the website. The best part is it’s free! The fun starts at 10 and goes until noon in the visitor’s center.
Choo Choo Bob’s St. Paul, Minnesota
Many of my friends with toddlers rave about Choo Choo Bob’s and their story time. Story time is on Saturdays and Tuesdays at 10 am. They also have train tables that kids are welcome to play at with no obligation to spend money. Since Dieter loves his friend’s train tables I have a feeling this place will be a hit with him.
Wild Rumpus Minneapolis, Minnesota
I have the fondest memories of this little bookstore. My mom would take the three of us there when we were little and we could pick out a book from their used bookshelf (I think she got away with a pretty cheap outing). They have animals roaming the aisles and cages of other furry friends. There are even some critters peeking out of the floor! Story time is every Monday at 10:30 am.
Midtown Gobal Market’s Wee Wednesday Minneapolis, Minnesota
There is an indoor play area at Midtown Global Market with weekly kid-friendly activities. A quick glance at the calendar showed a variety of events including some kid-friendly bands as well as a cooking class (for the older kiddos). Wee Wednesday takes place from 10:30-lunchtime and if you do stay for lunch you can get a free lunch for the kiddo with purchase of an adult lunch.
Adventure Park Ham Lake, Minnesota
The most appealing thing about Adventure Park is that it’s so close to home! It’s an indoor playground that is family-run and looks like a really great place to blow off some steam. It costs $6 per child and they don’t accept credit cards or checks so bring cash or use their ATM. There is also a coupon tab on their homepage but no coupons at this time but I would check before you go, you never know!
Minnesota Children’s Museum St. Paul, Minnesota
I think this is one of the places that you would want to invest in a membership. Everyone pays $8.95 (unless you’re under one) and memberships start at $89. But either way this place is interactive, stimulating, and educational. Dieter will love it and I can’t believe I have never taken him there! Every 3rd Sunday is free but they don’t recommend bringing strollers in so you can just picture how crazy it gets!
Underwater Adventures at MOA Bloomington, Minnesota
The last time I was at Underwater World was in 4th grade for a field trip and I remember thinking it was the coolest thing. So if a 4th grader is impressed I’m guessing an 18 month-old will be too. Buy your tickets online for a weekday discount ($12.99 for adults, $9.99 kids 3-12, kids under 3 are free). There are touchpools too where you can touch a starfish or hold a crab.
Did you know that the local library has free passes for tons of museums and other attractions around the city? I check these every once in awhile when we’re at the library and they change fairly regularly.
Toddler Tuesday at MOA Bloomington, Minnesota
Every Tuesday there are a variety of special character appearances, arts and crafts, story time and more from 10 until noon. They have a calendar you can look at to find out what is going on any particular Tuesday including “Llama, Llama, Red Pajama” (2/7) and Dancercise Kids (2/14). A huge number of restaurants also offer free toddler lunch with the purchase of an adult lunch.
Sovereign Grounds Minneapolis, Minnesota
I have to admit this one is so appealing! I am a huge coffee lover and am always disappointed when I take Dieter to Caribou. Their play areas are pitiful at best and disgusting at worst. Sovereign Grounds serves up Turkish coffee (roasted in-house) and has a nice big play area for the little ones. Bring a friend who has a babe of her own and you could settle in for a nice cup of java while the kiddos play. It has great reviews so my hopes are high.
In the Heart of the Beast Minneapolis, Minnesota
This is a puppet and mask theater that has Saturday morning puppet shows for kids. They suggest a $2 donation if you live in the neighborhood or $4 if you don’t. There are also make-and-take puppet workshops after the shows based on that day’s performance for an extra cost. The season runs October through March. This is a great opportunity to support a local theater.