Minnesota not only claims the biggest indoor mall, it also claims Southdale Center -- the nation’s first indoor mall. One of two malls in Edina, this mall has an indoor play area. Family-friendly stores include: Games by James, GamerHeadz, Gymboree, Gap Kids and Dave & Busters. There is also an AMC Theater in the complex.
Other family-friendly amenities include baby changing stations in every restroom in the mall and family restrooms conveniently located in near the Children's Play Area and the Dining Pavilion.
Kids Scavenger Hunt at Southdale Center Play Area
We like to gather ideas for scavenger hunts for kids. They never seem to tire of them. Southdale's play area has "Simon Kidgets" scattered throughout the carpeted area. Kids can try to find all of them while visiting.
Kids Eat Free Opportunities at Southdale Center
The only restaurant on our Kids Eat Free list in this mall is Ruby Tuesdays. Not only do Kids Eat Free on Tuesdays, but if you sign up for their emailing list, you'll get weekly $5 specials - many of which are perfect for sharing a little post-play time snack with your tot.
Birthday Parties at Southdale
Southdale has some suggestions on a fun birthday celebration at the mall. This is not a party package, but some ideas of things you could do for a birthday. If you are looking for a party package, check out our Twin Cities Birthday Parties Guide. Dave & Busters, which is located in the mall, offers birthday party packages.
Fun Facts: Did you know that, as the first indoor mall, Southdale was conceived of by Donald Dayton and Austrian architect Victor Gruen to entice shoppers during cold Minnesota winters, and that it originally included a skating rink? Learn more about the history of Southdale on the Hennepin History Museum blog.