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Things To Do in Bloomington with Kids & Family

Welcome to Bloomington! The city is the fifth largest in Minnesota and home to one of the country’s top tourist attractions – the Mall of America. While the Mall is certainly packed with fun, don’t overlook Bloomington’s natural spaces. The mighty Mississippi River forms the southern boundary of the city, nourishing a stretch of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge and Fort Snelling State Park. Read on for the best Bloomington, Minnesota Family Fun!

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    Kid Friendly Events This Week Near Bloomington, Minnesota

    Find this week’s Bloomington, Minnesota Family Fun, including the nearby southwest suburbs of the Twin Cities: Chaska, Eden Prairie, Edina, Elko New Market, Jordan, Minnetonka, Minnetrista, Prior Lake, Richfield, Savage, Shakopee, Victoria, and Wayzata. Find our full Twin Cities Family Fun Calendar here.

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    Fall in Bloomington: Festivals & Activities

    River Rendezvous at Pond Dakota Mission Park

    401 E 104th St, Bloomington, MN 55420
    Learn about life in Minnesota between 1800-1870 through living history activities, storytelling, costumed interpreters and tours of the restored 1856 Gideon and Agnes Pond House. September 25 and 26, 2021, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. $10/pp. Learn more about visiting POND DAKOTA MISSION PARK in Bloomington year-round – it’s a fun place to bring kids to learn about the history of the area!

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    Fall Hyland Hills Chairlift Rides

    8800 Chalet Rd, Bloomington, MN 55438
    Take in the splendid fall colors view as you glide to the top of Mount Gilboa at HYLAND HILLS SKI AREA, the highest natural point in Bloomington. Enjoy some live tunes, too. Food will be available for purchase.
    Oct 9-10, 2021. $6/pp. Get your tickets fast as this event sells out.

    October Weekend Family Fun on the Chairlift at Highland Park in Bloomington, Minnesota

    Bloomington Halloween Events

    Bloomington Citywide Halloween Trick-or-Treat Trail

    W 84th St & Chalet Rd, Bloomington, MN 55437
    Bloomington’s first trick-or-treat trail will take place at
    NORMANDALE LAKE PARK. This FREE event will include live music by Wendy’s Wiggle, Jiggle and Jam starting at 4pm. No registration required! Costumes encouraged but also not required. Oct 31, 3-5pm.

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    Mall of America

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    60 E Broadway, Bloomington, MN 55425
    The sprawling Mall of America in Bloomington is one of the state’s top tourist destinations. It boasts four levels packed wall-to-wall with shopping, dining and fun family attractions including a large indoor amusement park, an aquarium, a cinema and oodles of entertainment you can sort through in our MALL OF AMERICA FAMILY GUIDE, Floor by Floor. Make sure to pocket this before your trip so you can make the most of your trip to the mega-mall (as we coined it upon opening day, 1991.)

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    The Works Museum

    9740 Grand Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55420
    THE WORKS MUSEUM has exhibits, programs, and design challenges that engage kids in science, technology, and engineering while making learning memorable and fun. Kids of all ages love the Works for its hands-on science fun.

    See more about Pre-K Mondays at the Works Museum in Bloomington in Bloomington.

    Base Camp - Northern Star Council

    6202 Bloomington Rd, St Paul, MN 55111
    Located in the century-old Cavalry Drill Hall near Fort Snelling,
    BASE CAMP is operated by the Northern Star Council. Public programs include rock climbing, archery, high ropes, camping and outdoor skills, space simulator, and cycling. The first Tuesday of each month, Base Camp is open for drop in indoor rock climbing between 5-9pm. Ages 5 & up, $7/participant.

    Rock Climbers receiving instruction at Base Camp in Bloomington Minnesota

    Vertical Endeavors Indoor Rock Climbing

    9601 James Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55431
    VERTICAL ENDEAVORS is one of the  premiere indoor rock climbing and bouldering facilities in the Twin Cities. The Bloomington location boasts 230 routes and walls of up to 60 feet high. Routes range from a beginner skill level to very difficult, meaning there’s something for every age and ability. Rock climbing makes for a great birthday party activity, too! Browse our directory of birthday party ideas to find one in the Bloomington area.

    Boy climbing wall at Vertical Endeavors in Bloomington Minnesota

    Bloomington Minnesota Free Family Fun at Parks & Outdoor Play

    Bloomington bursts with more than 100 parks, playgrounds, athletic fields and more natural spaces to explore. Our list of the 10 BEST PARKS IN BLOOMINGTON is a great place to start no matter the season. Our Parks Search tool also covers most of these parks – just type “Bloomington” into the location search space. Some parks not to miss when searching for things to do with kids outdoors in Bloomington:

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    Richardson Nature Center at Hyland Lake Park Reserve

    8737 E Bush Lake Rd, Bloomington, MN 55438
    In addition to one of the largest playgrounds in Minnesota,
    HYLAND LAKE PARK RESERVE is home to the RICHARDSON NATURE CENTER, which is stuffed with kid-friendly exhibits, live raptors, a nature play area and very deserving of your time. Make plans for your visit there with 10 Things for Kids: Richardson Nature Center & Hyland Lake Park.

    Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free or Cheap Near Bloomington

    Cantina Laredo (Mall of America)

    300 West Market (MOA 3rd Level), Bloomington, MN 55425; (952) 406-8311
    Day/Time: Tuesday, lunch or dinner
    Deal: Toddler Tuesdays: One free kid’s meal per adult entrée purchased. Verified: 6/21/21

    Cedar & Stone Urban Table

    JW Marriot MOA, 2141 Lindau Lane, Bloomington, MN 55425; (612) 615-0124
    Day/Time: Tuesday, lunch or dinner
    Deal: Toddler Tuesdays: One free kid’s meal per adult entrée purchased. Verified: 6/21/21

    Chevys Fresh Mex 

    2251 Killebrew Drive, Bloomington MN 55425; (952) 876-0222 
    Day/Time: Wednesdays, All Day
    Deal: Kids eat $1 with paid adult entrée.
    Verified: 6/21/21

    Crave

    Mall of America; 368 South Ave Bloomington, MN 55425; (952) 854-5000
    Day/Time: Tuesday, lunch or dinner
    Deal: Toddler Tuesdays: One free kid’s meal per adult entrée purchased. Verified: 6/21/21

    Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

    250 East Travelers Trail, Burnsville, MN 55337; (952) 882-4651
    214 Pioneer Trail, Chaska, MN 55318;  (952) 361-0199
    Day/Time: Sundays, All Day

    Deal: One free kid’s meal per $10 purchase. Valid at participating locations. (Limited time delivery/carry out code: KEFOLO)
    Verified: 6/22/21

    GameWorks

    4th Floor, Mall of America, Bloomington, MN 55425; (952) 500-8700
    Day/Time: Tuesday, lunch or dinner
    Deal: Toddler Tuesdays: One free kid’s meal per adult entrée purchased. Verified: 6/21/21

    Green Mill

    1201 West 94th St, Bloomington MN, 55431; (952) 884-9898
    8266 Commonwealth Dr, Eden Prairie, MN 55344; (952) 944-3000

    Day/Time
    : Tuesdays, Hours vary by location 

    Deal: Kids Eat Free: 1 child (12 and under) eats free with adult purchase. 
    Verified: 6/21/21

    Masu Sushi & Robata

    Third Floor, Mall of America, Bloomington, MN 55425; (952) 896-6278
    Day/Time: Tuesday, lunch or dinner
    Deal: Toddler Tuesdays: One free kid’s meal per adult entrée purchased. Verified: 6/21/21

    McHugh’s Public House 

    5715 Egan Drive, Savage, MN 55378; (952) 226-5800
    Day/Time: Sundays; 4pm-8pm
    Deal: Kids Eat Free.
    Verified: 6/21/21

    Patrick’s Bakery and Café

    2928 West 66th St, Edina, MN; (612) 861-7570
    Day/Time: Tuesdays; 4pm-close
    Deal: Kid’s Night: Kids eat free – 1 child (12 & under) eats free per adult entrée purchased. Entertainment by Lulu the Clown.
    Verified: 6/21/21

    Pinstripes

    3849 Gallagher Drive, Edina, MN 55435; (952) 835-6440
    Day/Time: Monday-Thursday; All Day
    Deal: $5 Kids Club Special – $5 Kids Meals & $5/hour gaming with purchase of adult meal
    Verified: 8/9/21

    Pizza Ranch

    1266 Vierling Drive East, Shakopee, MN 55379; (952) 233-2122
    Day/Time: Tuesdays, Regular Buffet Hours
    Deal: Kid’s Night: One child 12 & under per paying adult. 
    Verified: 6/21/21

    Station Pizzeria

    13008 Minnetonka Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55305; (952) 426-3273
    Day/Time: Monday All Day

    Deal: Kids eat free off the kids menu. (Thanks, Nicole)
    Verified: 6/21/21

    Twin City Grill

    First Floor, Mall of America, Bloomington, MN 55425; (952) 854-0200
    Day/Time: Tuesday, lunch or dinner
    Deal: Toddler Tuesdays: One free kid’s meal per adult entrée purchased. Verified: 6/21/21

    Willy McCoy’s

    10700 France Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55437; (952) 456-8905
    Day/Time: Sundays, 5-8pm
    Deal: One free kid’s meal per adult entrée purchased.  
    Verified: 6/21/21

    Find More Twin Cities Restaurants: Kids Eat Free or Cheap Twin Cities List.

    Best Family Hotel in Bloomington

    Great Wolf Lodge

    1700 American Blvd E, Bloomington, MN 55425
    GREAT WOLF LODGE (in the former Waterpark of America space) is a super kid-friendly hotel and water park located near the
    MALL OF AMERICA. The facility boasts amazing waterslides and pristine pools. They also offer a ton of activities for kids and dining options. Waterpark passes are included in the price of all suites. Don’t miss our 7 Tips for Visiting Great Wolf Lodge in Bloomington.

    Some Boredom Busting Ideas for Your Hotel Room: 75 Indoor Games for Kids of All Ages

    Bloomington Performing Arts

    Located on the grounds of the Bloomington Civic Plaza, BLOOMINGTON CENTER FOR THE ARTS (1800 W Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington, MN 55431) supports performing and visual arts in the community. The building houses two theaters, two art galleries and a dance studio. It is also home to 8 arts organizations that often offer concerts, exhibits and events. You can check their 2021-2022 Performance Series for details on family-friendly shows such as Little Women the Broadway MusicalNovember 5 – 28, 2021. 

    SIDEKICK THEATRE (11411 Masonic Home Dr., Bloomington, MN 55437) usually produces a summer and a winter kid-friendly show that the whole family will enjoy. The 2021 Holiday performance of The Elves & The Shoemaker will run November 16-December 30, 2021.

    Watch for more events near Bloomington in our FAMILY PERFORMING ARTS PLAN-AHEAD CALENDAR.

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    Find More things to do in the Twin Cities with Kids!

    Bloomington is just the beginning! FAMILY FUN TWIN CITIES tries hard to be the best resource when it comes to finding things to do with your kids and family in the Minneapolis-St Paul metro area of Minnesota. We strive to cover a wide range of communities and share activities and events we have personally experienced with our own kids in tow (all 12 of them!) We call the Twin Cities HOME and are excited to share the area with you! Visitors to Bloomington Minnesota particularly love these Twin Cities attractions:

    Find things to do this weekend in Bloomington on our Weekend Family Guide!

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