As the line between late spring and early summer starts to melt away in the rising temps, it’s time to update our master list of Twin Cities beaches, outdoor swimming pools, water parks and splash pads. Several are anticipating an opening Memorial Day Weekend with dozens more following suit in early June. Find your new splash happy spot from our following suggestions:
Everything you need to know about family fun this summer is in the Ultimate Summer Guide to the Twin Cities.
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As the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Minnesotans take pride in our summer water sports. We’ve collected water ski shows, boat rentals, kayaks and canoes, sailing experiences and other water fun. Most are located in the metro while some of them are just a short drive away.
Happy wakes to you.
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Water Safety Info Every Family Needs to Know
The swim and water safety experts at Goldfish Swim School Oakdale share practical tips and skills.
May is National Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Month. This important topic impacts all families. Every adult who supervises children needs to know basic information on how to keep kids safer in and around water. Read More
Classic outdoor adventures, tech-y enrichment, performing arts opportunities and cultural explorations are just a sampling of what you’ll find in our 2017 Guide to Twin Cities Summer Camps. From day camps for your preschoolers to sleepaways for the teens, these local camps offer something for everyone.
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Get the children moving with this list of physical activities for kids! They are categorized into age appropriate groups, but as always, these physical activities for kids can be enjoyed by those who are ready and willing to have fun and get some exercise. How did you like to stay active as a kid? What physical activities do you do with your your kids? Let us know!
Physical activities for kids ages 2-4
Physical activities for kids ages 5-8
Physical activities for kids ages 9-12
Physical activities for kids ages 13-17
Physical activities for kids of all ages! Read More
Meet Jeff Lenz. He is a local dad who likes to spend time with his family outdoors. Right now in this winter season, he likes to ski with his girls.
I met Jeff at my 20th high school reunion where I grew up with Kassie his wife. Reconnecting with Kassie and meeting her husband were some of the best parts of the reunion. When I learned that they lived in South Minneapolis (and we laughed at how we both were small town girls who wanted to live in an actual city), I asked Jeff if he wouldn’t mind sharing how he and his family spend time together. Read More
Tot Times and Open Gym was my savior when my firstborn was a squirrelly toddler who needed a space to run off his pent-up wintertime energy. A few years later, I had four littles under the age of 7 who were climbing the walls and testing the limits of my sanity. Perhaps you find yourself in the same boat? Browse through the listings below to find an open gym, open playtime or open swim near you and treat yourself to a (near) guaranteed naptime:
For the past five summers, I have made it a priority to get to the beach each week with my kids–to really take advantage of the Minnesota weather and Minnesota lakes.
This year, much to my kids’ chagrin, is the first year in the past five that hasn’t been successful in this endeavor. It wasn’t until July 11 that we made it to the beach.
So we made an excursion of it, heading down to South Minneapolis to explore Lake Nokomis’ Main Beach.