Family Fun Directory of Things To Do with Kids

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Boom Island Park – Part of Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park

724 Sibley St. NE Minneapolis, MN 55413
Park Hours 6 am-10 pm

Boom Island Park is part of the larger Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park. It offers a beautiful view of both the river and downtown Minneapolis. Families will find a playground and both biking and walking paths to explore the Mississippi riverfront. Other family-friendly amenities include a picnic area and grill, drinking fountain and restroom facilities. There is a Mississippi River Paddle Share station located in Boom Island Park where you can rent single or two-person kayaks for 3 hours.

Birthday Parties at Boom Island Park

Families can reserve picnic shelters for birthday parties and other private events at Boom Island

Birthday Parties at Boom Island Park

This park has three reservable picnic shelters for birthdays and other events between April 15 the and October 15. Permits are available in half day (9-3 or 4-10) and full day blocks. Reservations can be obtained by calling 612-230-6400 during business hours, online or in person. A half-day rental is $125 and full day is $250.

The Lighthouse at Boom Island Park

If you happen to be following the Brightly Beaming Letter of the Week Program with your preschooler, you will want to know that Boom Island Park has a miniature lighthouse (one of the L-week theme words). You can't go in it, but you can see it from the shore. This is a nice quick outing for a preschool aged child. Even if you are not following the program, lighthouses can be fascinating for kids of any age.

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