Tot Times and Open Gym were 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:
Disclaimer: While we do our best to keep up with changes, Tot Times, Open Play and Open Gym times are subject to change without notice. We recommend calling or clicking on the accompanying links to double check our information before heading out.
PRESCHOOL TOT TIMES, OPEN PLAY & GYM AT COMMUNITY RECREATION CENTERS
When: Ongoing Mon, Wed, Fri | 9:30-11am
Ages/Cost: 5 & under w/ caregiver, FREE
Details: Burn off some energy with other kids, develop motor skills and coordination. A special tot time for tykes ages 2 & under is held from 9-9:30 am followed by open play for 5 & under until 11.
Andover Community Center: Tot Time Open Gym & Activities
15200 Hanson Blvd NW, Andover
When: Most Mon & Tues starting 10/2/17 through April 2018 | 9:30-11:30am
Ages/Cost: 6 & under w/ caregiver, $3-$4/child
Details: Drop in for unstructured play time and special activities such as a bounce house, book swap and craft days. Be sure to check the calendar for the latest schedule.
Braemar Field: Tot Time
7509 Ikola Way, Edina
When: Ongoing Mon & Wed starting Nov 6 | 9-11am
Ages/Cost: At your discretion (w/ adult), $5/child
Details: Room to run, age appropriate toys and some organized games. Keep in mind when dressing – temp is set at 55 degrees. Also, Family Night is hosted ongoing Saturdays, 6:30-8:30pm, at $5/pp.
When: Fridays through March 31, 2017 | 10-11:30am
Ages/Cost: 1-5 w/ caregiver; $2 per child, under 1 year free
Details: A variety of play areas will be set up for kids to run, jump, crawl and roll indoors.
The Preschool Playtime at Brookview Community Center has been discontinued. The brand-new Brookview Backyard Adventure Indoor Playground opened 12/2/17.
When: Mon, Wed-Fri | Times vary, see this page for details
Ages/Cost: 6 & under for most activities, 5 & under for tot gym • $6.50/pp resident youth, $8/pp non-resident youth, caregivers free
Details: Lots to choose from here: Mondays bring art projects in the craft room, open gym with special tot toys is Thursdays, splash around during Tot Time Swim Mondays, Fridays & Sundays, and try out ice skating with your little one on Wednesdays (skate rental $2).
Crystal Community Center Gym: Preschool Playtime
4800 Douglas Drive North, Crystal, MN 55429
When: Wed through April 11 |10-11:30am
Ages/Cost: 1-5, $3/child
Details: Jump, crawl, build and play the winter away in 3 gyms. 1 adult to every 3 kids required.
Eagan Community Center: Open Gym
1501 Central Pkwy, Eagan
When: Mon-Fri | 9-11:30am
Ages/Cost: 1-5, $4-$6 per child, under 18 months free.
Details: A variety of fun toys and sport equipment are available to play in the gym as well as Play time in the Blast Indoor playground. On Fridays during the Fall of 2017, the preschool room will also be available. (Find this information in the Eagan Recreation Catalog for Sept/Oct/Nov 2017).
3870 Pilot Knob Road Eagan, MN 55122
When: Mon-Fri | 9-11:30am, March – May.
Ages/Cost: ages 1-6; $3 per child, under 12 months free.
Details: Only open during the spring. A variety of fun toys and sport equipment are available.
Eden Prairie Community Center: Tot Time Open Gym
16700 Valley View Rd, Eden Prairie
When: Mon, Wed, Fri | 9-11:15 am
Ages/Cost: Best for ages 1-4; $4.50/pp ages 1-4, $5.50/pp ages 5+, under 1 and caregivers free.
Details: Participate in free play with balls, hoops, scooters, jump ropes, tumbling mats, parachutes, and more. For $6/pp, admission to the Prairie Play Zone indoor playground is included.
When: Tues-Thurs | 10am – 12pm; October 24 – March 22 (closed holidays)
Ages/Cost: Families with preschoolers; $3/child; $5/family – at the door or passes can be purchased online.
Details: A chance to dance, run, wiggle and play. Age appropriate equipment provided. Nut free snack carry-ins only. Park in the east green lot, enter door #5 and exit door #8.
Gleason’s Gymnastic School: Preschool Open Gym
2015 Silver Bell Rd. Suite 180, Eagan
When: Wed | 9:30-11:30am & Fri | 9:30-11:30 and 12-2pm
Ages/Cost: ages 0-6, $8/child or $10/family
Details: Have the run of the equipment! Kids can jump on the trampolines, launch themselves into the foam pit, walk the balance beam, follow obstacle courses, swing from the trapeze and more.
9775 85th Ave N. Suite 500, Maple Grove
When: Wed | 9:30-11:30am & Fri | 12:30-2pm
When: Turf Tots March 1-April 25, 2018
Ages/Cost: 9 mon-5 years; $4/child, caregivers free
Details: In the spring, playtime moves to the indoor turf where there’s more room to run!
When: Mon & Wed | 10-11:30am
Ages/Cost: Best for ages 5 & under; $3/resident youth, $3.50/non-res youth, caregivers free
Millz House (Apple Valley): Open Play
14645 Felton Court, Suite #104, Apple Valley
When: Weekdays 9am-4pm, Sat 10am-4:30pm & Sun 11am-3pm
Ages/Cost: Weekdays are $6/child or $18/family & weekends, $8/child or $24/family.
Details: Work out the wiggles with indoor playsets, trampolines and basketball courts.
When: Times & parks vary
Ages/Cost: 5 & under with caregiver | FREE
Details: Finding tot times in the Minneapolis parks can be tricky. Click the above link and type “parent tot” into the activity search box to get a list of parks that offer drop-in play with scooters, balls, tumbling mats and more. You’ll need to sign up for an active pass, but it is free and you can do that the first time you go in.
New Brighton Community Center: Preschool Open Gym
400 10th Street NW, New Brighton
When: Mon & Wed excluding holidays and school breaks | 10:30am-1:30pm
Ages/Cost: Preschool & under with caregiver | Admission to open gym is included in the price of admission to Eagles Nest Indoor Playground, $5.50/child, caregiver free.
Details: Gym equipment includes a bouncer, crawl tubes, mats, tumbling blocks and more.
Eagles Nest Indoor Playground is scheduled to be closed for a complete remodel September through early November 2017. Please call to confirm open gym times and prices before heading out!
When: Mon, Wed, Fri starting in early November 2017 | 10:30am-1:30pm
Ages/Cost: Best for ages 3-5; $4/resident youth, $5/non-resident youth, caregivers free
Details: During the chilly months, heat in the field house is turned on to 55 degrees for fun with inflatables, slides, nets and lots of space to run the kids ragged.
When: Tues-Fri | Begins November 8, 2017 | 9:30-11:30am
Ages: 1-5 with caregiver
Cost: $2 per child
Details: Bounce in the inflatables, ride the big wheelers, play dress up or build with blocks on the creative carpet.
When: Daily Mon-Fri | Times vary depending on location
Ages: 5 & under with caregiver
Details: 16 recreation centers across St. Paul offer free, drop-in sessions of open play with a variety of scooters, balls, mats, and small slides available. Click the above bold link to find the center nearest you.
13450 Dakota Ave., Savage
When: Tue & Thurs | 9-11:30 am, November – April.
Ages/Cost: Ages 5 and under; $3 per child with adult.
Details: A variety of fun toys and sport equipment are available. Prepaid passes can be purchased.
Shakopee Community Center – CC Kids Playtime
1255 Fuller St S, Shakopee
When: Mon & Wed | October through April 2018, 10-11:15am
Ages: 1-5 with caregiver
Details: Kids and their parents are invited to run around the gymnasium. Bring your clean trikes, riding toys, balls or use theirs.
When: Thurs | Begins mid-October 10:15am-12:15pm
Ages: Toddlers with caregiver
Details: Programs are limited to 50 people per playing field. Spots are first come, first served.
TWIN CITIES INDOOR PLAYGROUNDS & PLAY CENTERS
INDOOR PLAYGROUNDS – click the above graphic for all the details!
- Adventure Peak | Edinborough Park, Edina
- Atrium at Playworks | Prior Lake
- Blast Indoor Playground | Eagan
- Brookview Backyard | Golden Valley
- Brown Family Adventure Park | Ham Lake
- Chaska Community Center Playroom | Chaska
- Eagles Nest Indoor Playground | New Brighton
- Giggle Factory | Hudson WI
- Good Times Park | Eagan
- InnerActive | Minnetonka
- Lookout Ridge Indoor Playground | Woodbury
- Maple Maze | Maple Grove
- Millz House | Apple Valley
- Monkey House | White Bear Lake
- Prairie Play Zone | Eden Prairie
- Pump It Up | Plymouth
- Rainbow Play Systems | Bloomington
- SkyZone Indoor Trampoline Park | Oakdale & Plymouth
- Tropical Adventure Indoor Playground | Shoreview
- Williston Treehouse | Minnetonka
INDOOR PLAY SPACES
Kid Oasis: Open Play Time
120 Main Street S, Stillwater
When: Mon-Fri 9am-3pm & Sat 9am-1pm
Ages/Cost: $6.50/child ages 5 mons-8 yrs, 2 adults free w/ child
Details: Discover the power of free play alongside activities designed to encourage creativity and thinking skills.
1256 Park Road, Chanhassen
When: Open daily, 7am-9pm
Ages/Cost: $8.50/child ages 1+, adults free w/ paying child
Details: This brand new 5,000 square feet space includes equipment for large-motor play, an art room, rotating activity stations, engaging toys and much more.
When: School-yr weekdays, 10am-3pm & summer, 9am-5pm. Fri, 10am-8:30pm & Sat-Sun, 9am-5pm
Ages/Cost: All ages pay $8/pp for unlimited play that day or drop-off at $6/hr ages 5+
Details: Guaranteed to entertain with opportunities to build with LEGO bricks, K’nex and other materials.
Wishing Tree Play Cafe
1011 Meadowlands Dr, White Bear Lake, MN 55127
Open Play hours: Mon-Fri 9am-8pm, Sat 8:30am-1pm
Ages/Cost: $5/child ages 9-23 mon, $7/child ages 2+, additional siblings $3.50-$5
Details: A beautiful new space with ample room for large motor play, art activities, classes and workshops served up with a positive play philosophy. Plus a delicious and extensive menu of breakfast and lunch options. The entire facility is nut-free and offers plenty of gluten free alternatives.
TOT OPEN SWIM AT TWIN CITIES WATERPARKS & POOLS
Swimming can be a wonderful way to squeeze in a workout during the frigid winter months in Minnesota. Use this list of Twin Cities Indoor Waterparks and Pools to find tot swims, open swims and special ways to save on splashing your way through the winter.