Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds Guide

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Indoor Playgrounds Twin Cities MN

We all know the realities of raising kids in the Minnesota extremities: there’s got to be a place to go were we can escape the elements while still allowing those kids a place to burn off that extra energy. Enter our Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds and Play Areas list. We hope you can use it to find a new space to wear those littles out — and perhaps catch yourself a break.

Good Times Park
3265 Northwood Circle, Suite 100, Eagan 55121

Open Play hours: Daily from 7am – 9:30pm

Admission: Play Today passes or Memberships available ONLY online! Purchase in advance from home or by self-use kiosk at the door. A one-day pass is $8 per child under 18 (under 1 year play free). See website for group and membership rates.

Details: There’s been quite a bit of buzz about this relatively new indoor play park in Eagan. It’s all been good stuff, too: parents loving the unique outdoor feel of the facility with its jungle gyms, unwalled pillow jumper, basketball court and plenty of open turf for family games. Further setting the park apart from other indoor playgrounds, Good Times bills itself as “self-use” park. Guests purchase day passes online (or at the guest kiosk inside the park entrance) and receive a code to enter the building. The code is good for the entire day. Families are encouraged to bring their own food and beverages to eat in the picnic area and are expected to clean up after themselves (as there is no staff employed by the family-run business). I think this place sounds truly innovative and a whole lot of fun.

The Blast Indoor PlaygroundThe Blast Indoor Playground at Eagan Community Center
1501 Central Parkway, Eagan

Open Play hours:
Mon – Fri: 9am – 8pm
Sat: 8am – 8pm
Sun: 10am – 8pm

Admission: $4/per child ages 18 mons. to 12 years, 13+ & under 18 mons. free. Includes admission to the indoor playground and Preschool Open Play in the gymnasium for children ages 1-5 years only.

Details: The Blast is not as elaborate as some of the other metro-area indoor playgrounds, but you can’t beat the price. And it’s got a pretty cool space theme going on, too. As an added bonus, the Eagan Community Center hosts Preschool Open Play each weekday from 9 – 11:30am. Included in the $4 admission fee is access to The Blast and free use of fun equipment in the gym (infants to age five only, please): plasma cars, hockey sticks, tumble blocks and more! We’ve enjoyed this deal a number of times. Fantastic Saturdays from 5 – 9pm at the ECC kick in even more bang for your buck: $4 will get you into the Blast, the gym for games, and provide a movie and crafts (parents must stay to supervise their kids).

The Atrium at Playworks
2200 Trail of Dreams, Prior Lake

Family Play hours:
Mon – Fri: 8am – 7pm
Sat/Sun: 9am – 7pm

Admission: $8.50/per child ages 3-12, $5.50/per child ages 1-2, adults & under 1 year free. A “Family Play Special” is available for $29 and includes admission for 2 children, 1 large cheese pizza, a pitcher of pop and 10 tokens.

Details: Families are welcome to drop in at this contract and hourly childcare facility for open Family Play daily. Family Play takes place in the “Atrium”, fully equipped with a giant climbing structure, interactive games, daily art projects and much more. A full menu is available in the Playworks Grill.

Chaska Community Center Playroom
1661 Park Ridge Drive, Chaska

Open Play hours:
Mon: 9am – 6pm
Tues – Sun: 9am – 9pm

Admission: $2/member, $4/non-member per child over 1 year, adults free.

Details: A small playroom that was fun for a first birthday party, but doesn’t include many features that excite the older kiddos. The ball pit and castle theme were a hit. Noteworthy if you plan to visit in the summer months: the Chaska Community Center’s got a pretty fun splash pad and – inside – a zero-depth entry swimming pool.


Adventure Peak Indoor Playground

Adventure Peak at Edinborough Park
7700 York Ave. S., Edina

Open Play hours:
Mon-Sat: 9am – 9pm, Sun: 9am – 6pm. Check website for summer and holiday hours.

Admission: $7 plus tax/per child over 1 year of age, adults free.

Details: Either be prepared to lose your children completely in the 37-foot main play structure or get an awesome workout trying to keep up with them! This is our family’s favorite metro-area indoor playground. The kids are entertained for hours running back and forth between the “peak” and the Great Hall, an activity room filled with balls, scooters and a bounce house. A small toddler area is included, but it’s tough to keep the littlest ones from straying into the massive “big kid” apparatus. Don’t forget the socks (or an extra $2.50 per pair)! Bonus: the lush indoor landscaping of Edinborough Park makes it feel like summer year-round.

Prairie Play Zone Indoor PlaygroundPrairie Play Zone at Eden Prairie Community Center
16700 Valley View Rd., Eden Prairie

Open Play hours: Daily 8am – 8pm

Admission: $4/per non-member ages 18 mons.-4 yrs., $5/per non-member ages 5+, adults free. Half-price Mon-Fri after 1pm, Sat-Sun after 4pm.

Details: Newly expanded, this multi-level indoor playground has a mini rock climbing wall and a space dedicated to toddlers. Socks required.

Williston Tree House Indoor PlaygroundWilliston Treehouse at the Williston Fitness Center
14509 Minnetonka Dr., Minnetonka, MN 55345

Open Play hours: Call 952-939-8370 for current hours.

Admission: $5/per child ages 12 and under, members and adults free.

Details: Cheerful and colorful, this indoor playground is perfect for the 5-and-under set. There are slides to suit both toddlers and preschoolers including one of those fun triple-laners. The Williston Fitness Center also features an indoor splash pad with a zero-depth entry pool and frog waterslide. Fees for the splash pad are $5 for children ages 1 – 14 and $8 for 15 years & up.

Pump It Up
3500 Holly Lane N., Ste 65, Plymouth, MN 55447

Open Jump hours:
Tue: 1:30 – 3pm
For Special Events hours, click here.

Admission: $6.95/per child. All ages welcome, but kids must be at least 34″ to jump on the inflatables.

Details: Pump It Up is a franchise that operates in five spots around the Metro. This indoor play area exclusively features giant inflatables — slides, obstacles, jumpers, and more. Pump It Up is well-known for its private birthday parties but also holds a number of open jump times mid-week. Tuesday nights from 6 – 7.30pm Pump It Up hosts a Family Jump ‘n GLOW lights-out party for $7.95 per child. A special Parents Night Out is held the first Friday of each month if you’re looking to drop the kids for a date night.


Lookout Ridge Indoor PlaygroundLookout Ridge Indoor Playground at Central Park
8595 Central Park Place, Woodbury

Open Play hours:
Mon/Wed/Fri: 10am – 5pm
Tue/Thurs: 10am – 8pm
Sat: 10am – 5pm, Sun: 1 – 5pm
For special holiday hours and maintenance closures, click here.

Admission: $3.50-$5.50/per child ages 1 year & up, can vary by date and time. Click here to see current rates.

Details: It must be the nature theme of this indoor playground that has left a more peaceful impression on me than other similar tot spots. There are cliffs and caves to explore, a giant tree to scale, wildlife murals on the wall and faint echoes of nature throughout. I should note that there are areas designed for toddlers, but they are not partitioned off. Good luck keeping them from joining the big kids! Lookout Ridge also gets extra points in my book for being located in a multi-purpose building that includes a branch of the Washington County library, lush indoor landscaping, and the Central Park Amphitheater, a venue that features special live entertainment and movie nights. Get the Amphitheater schedule through Monday, December 29, 2014 here.

Sky Zone Indoor PlaygroundSkyZone Indoor Trampoline Park
595 Hale Ave. N., Oakdale, MN 55128

Open Jump hours*:
Tue/Wed/Thurs: 3 – 8pm
Fri: 11am – 10pm
Sat: 10am – 11pm
Sun: 11am – 7pm
* Jump times start every 30 minutes. You pay for and jump in 30-minute increments.

$9/30 min., $13/60 min., $17/90 min., $21/120 min.
SkyZone SkySocks must be purchased for $2/pair and are yours to keep.

Details: SkyZone is a blast (and a great workout!) at any age. Wall-to-wall trampolines, a bouncy basketball court, and a fly-in foam pit also are the makings of a great birthday party! For caregivers with children ages 5 and under I highly recommend SkyZone’s special Toddler Time. Most Tuesday and Friday mornings from 9:30 – 11:00am, admission is $6 per child to jump (plus $2 per pair of required SkySocks). 2 adult PAD PASSES are included per paid child; adults are only allowed to assist children on the pad, no jumping permitted. I’m talking about guaranteed naptime here. Check SkyZone’s calendar to confirm dates for Toddler Time.

During busy times of the day and especially during school breaks, SkyZone cannot guarantee jump availability without a reservation. To book a reservation or to learn more about this option, click here.

SkyZone also has a location in the West Metro: 13310 Industrial Park Blvd, Plymouth, MN 55441.

The Giggle Factory
2007 O’Neil Rd., Hudson, WI

Open Play hours:
Mon-Fri: 9am-7pm
Sat/Sun: 9am-2pm

Admission: $5/per child ages 1-2 yrs., $7/first child ages 2+, $6/each additional child, adults free.

Details: Giggle Factory is a multi-level play structure with a spread of features including slides and a giant ball pit. There is a dedicated space for kiddos ages 3 years and under as well as space set aside for parents that need a breather.


Maple Maze Indoor Playground

Maple Maze at Maple Grove Community Center
12951 Weaver Lake Rd., Maple Grove

Open Play hours:
Mon-Sat: 9am – 8pm
Sun: 10am – 6pm

Admission: $4.50 per resident/$5.50 per non-resident ages 1-12, adults and under 1 free. Twilight Special – $3 after 7pm Mon-Sat and Sun after 5pm.

Details: A 2011 renovation punched up the fun at this community gathering place. When I last visited with toddlers, the area devoted to them was pretty ho-hum; new additions give them more options for climbing and sliding if they’re not yet up to braving the “big maze”. The major play structure received updates as well. Four levels of new slides and obstacles to navigate have been installed, including pogo sticks and – will someone please explain this one to me – hoover rings? Parents (and kids) with sensitive stomachs should beware the multi-story orange-and-yellow spiral tube slides! Learn more about Maple Maze and all the Maple Grove Community Center has to offer here.

Ball Pit at Eagle's Nest Indoor Playground

Ball Pit at the Eagle’s Nest

Eagles Nest Indoor Playground at New Brighton Community Center
400 10th St. NW, New Brighton

Open Play hours:
Mon-Sat: 9am – 8pm
Sun: 11am – 5pm

Admission: $5.50/per child ages 1-12, adults and under 1 free. Twilight Special – $3 after 6pm Mon-Fri.

Details: Eagles Nest isn’t particularly large or fancy, but if you’re looking for a couple hours’ worth of play to tire out the kids on a winter day, this place will do the trick. The toddler zone is surprisingly spacious and includes a mini ball pit. There’s also a ball pit for the bigger kids as well as an 8-ft. climbing wall and a triple slide. I favored this playground when bringing preschoolers – it’s just the right size for them to play independently without the uneasiness of losing sight of them. An adjacent gym offers preschool open playtime on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10.30am – 1.30pm.

Tropical Adventures Indoor PlaygroundTropical Adventure Indoor Playground
at Shoreview Community Center
4580 Victoria St. N., Shoreview

Open Play hours:
Mon-Sat: 8am – 8pm, Sun: 8am – 6pm

Admission to playground only: $5/per child ages 1-12, adults free.

Details: This playground loses points for lacking a dedicated area for toddlers. There are some soft obstacles that might interest them, but it might be difficult to keep them out of the paths of older children. Preschoolers might have a great time climbing through the jungle-themed apparatus with its customary slides and caves. Make a day of visiting the Shoreview Community Center by hitting Tropics Indoor Waterpark (extra charges apply). There are interactive water features to suit every age: slides, sprinklers, water sports and a zero-depth entry pool.

Brown Family Adventure Park Indoor PlaygroundBrown Family Adventure Park
14200 Lincoln St. NE, Ste 500, Ham Lake

Open Play hours:
Tues-Thurs: 9:30am – 3pm
Fri-Sat: 9:30am – 7:30pm
Sun: 12 – 5pm

Admission: $7/per child ages 1-12, adults free.

Details: As the name implies, this indoor playground is family owned and operated. The facility changed hands not too long ago and had a fresh, clean feeling when we visited. A jungle theme is followed through the treehouse, slides and suspended bridges over to the well-cared for and separated toddler spot. A couple things to keep in mind that differ from most metro indoor playgrounds: Brown’s does not accept checks or credit cards. An ATM is onsite for cash. Also, outside food and beverages (with baby formula, water & coffee excused) are not permitted. A full range of eats and healthy snacks are available for purchase.

Monkey House
1815 Buerkle Rd., White Bear Lake

Open Play hours:
Tues-Fri: 10am – 3pm
Sat-Sun: 10am – noon

Admission: $7.50/per child over 1 year, up to 2 adults free with paid child.

Details: Joy gives us all the details here on visiting this 5,000-sq. ft. indoor playground. It includes some great information about Monkey House birthday parties as well.


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Anne Kingston

If we left it up to Anne to write her own bio, it would never get posted. She doesn't enjoy talking about herself, but Anne does love exploring the Twin Cities with her family and sharing her finds here. She, her husband and their four kids are lifelong residents of St. Paul.

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