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Pinwheel Play – Chanhassen

Admission: $9.95
$9.95/child. Adult chaperone is free.
Concessions Available
Hours of Operation:
Mon. 07:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Tue. 07:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Wed. 07:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Thu. 07:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Fri. 07:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Sat. 07:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Sun. 07:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Open every day including holidays.

Pinwheel Play is a modern indoor play space for tots up to age six with their chaperones. Unlike many other indoor play areas, it is usually unstaffed and, therefore, available for use more hours of the day and on holidays. The daily fee allows unlimited use of the facility for the full day. An adult chaperone is required and users should clean up after their children. Video surveillance is employed throughout the facility. 

pinwheel play

Isla, Pinwheel's resident fairy, only comes out at night and sometimes leaves glitter by her door.

Included with Entrance to Pinwheel Play

  • Play structure with slides, look out tower, rope ladder, crawl spaces, bridges, steering wheels, telescopes and see-through decks.
  • Art room with weekly art projects and expansive array of art materials.
  • Area for large motor sports play.
  • Big kid room (unless in use for party) that includes cardboard box building, games, pool noodle building, Keva planks, etc.
  • Tot area for children age birth to 2 that includes a soft play crawl gym, pull up bar/mirror and tummy time entertainment.
  • Alternating rocking boat and climbing steps.
  • Stage with dress up materials.
  • Magnetic wall and light table.
  • Play kitchen and play grocery store.
  • Alphabet scavenger hunt.
  • Fairy doors and mailbox.
  • BEAM: Digital interactive playground (see video below). This is the same interactive floor that the Crayola Experience uses. Kids really love this, but play can get a bit physical and may not be in every parent's comfort zone.

Rotating Activities at Pinwheel Play

  • Building forts.
  • Dance party.
  • Story time.
  • Snowball fight.
  • Scavenger hunt.
  • Bubble Machine.
  • Treasure hunt.
  • Dress up parade.

Activities are always free with paid admission or membership. For the most up-to-date information on activities as well as their birthday party and field trip schedule, see Pinwheel's Events page.

Access to Pinwheel Play

Users are encouraged to reserve their space online in advance, however, there is a kiosk at the entrance as well. Once paid, you will be given an access code to enter the space. All children over age 1 require an entrance fee. Adults are free. All equipment, toys and art supplies are included in the daily fee.

There are quite a few common sense, common courtesy and health & safety rules, which can be found here.

Snacks at Pinwheel Play

Outside snacks (except peanut snacks) may be brought in or purchased at Pinwheel. However, they are not allowed in the play areas. Clean up is the responsibility of the family.

Pinwheel Play


Birthday Parties at Pinwheel Play

Parties start at $100 plus $8.00 per child (all children must be accompanied by an adult) and include a private party room for an hour and a half and unlimited play for guests. Patrons bring their own food and do their own clean up, but staff will be on hand. Customized art projects can be added for an additional cost. More details can be found here.

pinwheel play offers space for birthday parties.

Birthday parties start at $100 plus $8.00 per child.

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