Getting through the winter in Minnesota with kids can be rough. But there are a handful of Twin Cities NW Metro indoor activities for kids that might just be fun for you as well! Beyond bowling, the movies and your local McDonalds, check out these out of the ordinary ideas and let us know in the comments below your favorite indoor spot to take the kids! Click here for our Weekly Guide of NW Metro Events
Eastman Nature Center – Elm Creek Park Reserve, Maple Grove
The Eastman Nature Center is located in the Elm Creek Park Reserve in Maple Grove and Dayton MN. While the Elm Creek Park Reserve is known for it’s outdoor activities. the Eastman Nature Center has a huge observation window overlooking the woods, where you can watch birds, squirrels, deer and more enjoying the feeders.
Deer at the Eastman Nature Center
There is a play area for kids, and lots of events for all ages. Check out their website for more info:
Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park Visitor Center – Brooklyn Park
The Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park and Visitor Center is full of activities and events for kids all year round. Parents will love the live turtles and other animals on display! Visit their website here.
MiniSota Play Cafe – Champlin
The MiniSota Play Cafe is a great place to let your “littles” have imaginative “MiniSota” themed fun, such as fishing on Lake “MiniTonka”, while you can enjoy a good cup of coffee. Visit their website here!
Space Aliens – Albertville
Looking for the perfect balance between kid-friendly fun AND a relaxing meal for adults? Space Aliens Restaurant in Albertville MN has everyone covered! They have great food, a full bar, and the “Galaxy Games” arcade will keep the kids entertained the whole time!
Older kids can safely hang out in the arcade – which is tucked back into the back corner of the restaurant, and there are plenty of age appropriate games for the younger children too. Space Aliens website
Playground Plaza – Maple Grove
Playground Plaza is an indoor non-staffed playground facility open 365 days per year. Passes are sold online only, and start at $10 per day per child. There are monthly passes available as well. Visit them online here.
You can also rent the facility for birthday parties and other events.
Jump City Indoor Bounce Park – Otsego
Jump City rents inflatables for parties and events, but did you know they have their own Indoor Bounce Park? Check out their website for Open Jump dates and times, and you can book your birthday parties here too!