Maple Grove Minnesota Family Fun

Things To Do in Maple Grove with Kids & Family

Welcome to Maple Grove! Popular for upscale shopping and beautifully maintained natural and recreational parks, Maple Grove Minnesota Family Fun can be found in small businesses, special events, kid-friendly restaurants and parks. Families can find both big-ticket and free family fun in the northwest area of the Twin Cities.

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    Maple Grove Minnesota Family Fun

    Kid Friendly Events This Week Near Maple Grove, Minnesota

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    Special Events, Festivals and Seasonal Activities in Maple Grove

    Winter in Maple Grove: Festivals & Activities

    Wonders of Winter at Central Park of Maple Grove

    Embrace the season with free ice skating on the CENTRAL PARK ICE LOOP, ice luminaries and more outdoor activities. This is a FREE event held in February 2022. MORE ABOUT THE CENTRAL PARK ICE SKATING LOOP: During the winter months, take a serpentine spin on an LED-lit, refrigerated ice loop through the park. The ice designed for leisure skating; no hockey sticks or pucks are allowed. There is no charge to skate. Bring your own skates or rent from the Phenow Pavilion – which also has a fireplace for warming up.

     

    More outdoor Ice skating rinks in Maple Grove

    The City of Maple Grove maintains ten community ice skating rinks to enjoy during the winter. Eight park locations have warming shelters and attendants: BOUNDARY CREEK PARK, CEDAR ISLAND SCHOOL PLAYFIELD, DONAHUE NORTH PLAYFIELD, ELM CREEK SCHOOL PLAYFIELD, GLEASON FIELDS PLAYFIELD, KERBER PLAYFIELD, MAPLE GROVE MIDDLE SCHOOL PLAYFIELD, & WEAVER LAKE PLAYFIELDTHORESEN SPECIAL USE PARK offers skating without a shelter.  

    Elm Creek Park Reserve Winter Recreation Area

    Hit this park up for the best sledding to be found in Maple Grove. Operated by the excellent Three Rivers Parks District, Elm Creek features a free sledding hill and/or, for an extra thrill, a tubing area with lanes of varying steepness. Tubing rate is $15/2 hrs. The season typically begins in early December and goes through mid-March, weather permitting. Elm Creek aims to fit most of your winter recreational needs – you can also ski, snowboard, snowshoe or kicksled in the park.  Daily downhill ski & snowboard pass: $17 plus tax, equipment rental available. For hiking after dusk, Elm Creek’s Northern Lights Trail is lit after dark.

    Learn more about winter fun at ELM CREEK PARK RESERVE and FIND MORE SLEDDING HILLS NEAR MAPLE GROVE.

    Holiday Events in Maple Grove

    Holiday Walk in the Woods Open House

    The Woods Gifts | 15825 95th Ave N, Maple Grove, Minnesota 55369
    Visit with Santa and his reindeer at this annual holiday shopping event.  November 20, 2021, 9am-3pm.

    Breakfast & Lunch with Santa

    Dining with Santa is a holiday tradition in Maple Grove. Held at the MAPLE GROVE COMMUNITY CENTER, choose between a breakfast or lunch meal, play games and visit with Santa. Prices run $2-$7/pp and pre-registration is required. December 4, 2021.

    Maple Grove Christmas & Holiday Lights Displays

    6809 Cottonwood Ln N., Maple Grove MN
    Tune to radio station 87.9, Show times are on the half hour. 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 every night added show at 9:30 on Friday and Saturday. Static lights when not running. Verified by owner for 2020. FIND MORE HOLIDAY LIGHTS DISPLAYS NEAR MAPLE GROVE ON OUR HUGE LIST and hundreds of holiday events in our 2021 TWIN CITIES CHRISTMAS & HOLIDAY GUIDE.

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    Fall in Maple Grove: Festivals & Activities

    Arbor Lakes Chalkfest

    Chalkfest Family Zone is set aside for families to create together, plus games, music and food. September 4-6, 2021.

    Maple Grove Fall Tree Festival

    Enjoy the fall colors in Maple Grove with your family at this annual event. Explore the MAPLE GROVE ARBORETUM using the Parade of Trees map as a guide, go on a photo scavenger hunt to win prizes and take home a free tree to plant. Activities at your own pace from September 25-October 10, 2021. Make sure to take along a virtual copy of our list of 10 IDEAS FOR FAMILY FUN AT THE MAPLE GROVE ARBORETUM.

    Harvest-Tober Fest at Central Park

    Beverages, food and music to usher in the fall season at MAPLE GROVE CENTRAL PARK. Kids will enjoy the huge, creative playground! October 9, 2021.

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    Fall fun near Maple Grove – the best apple orchards, pumpkin patches and corn mazes to take the kids and enjoy a beautiful fall day in Minnesota. Our guides are bursting with ideas for things to do.

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    Maple Grove Halloween Events

    Halloween Family Fun Day

    Activities, crafts and treats aimed for kids ages 2-8 at WEAVER LAKE PARK. October 23, 2021. $6/child; pre-registration is required.

    Maple Grove Halloween Trunk or Treat

    Come one and all for a fun Trunk or Treat event in the community center parking lot as a part of the Maple Grove Parks and Rec event. October 30, 1-4pm, FREE.

    Halloween Family Day at Color Me Mine

    Celebrate Halloween in the studio. Bring treat bags for the kids. Oct 31. Studio Fee $15/family. Items extra.

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    Cool Places to Take Kids in the Maple Grove Area

    Maple Grove Community Center

    The MAPLE GROVE COMMUNITY CENTER is a concentration of recreational facilities that welcomes any family to come play and be active. There is no need for a membership to visit. The center is located near the heart of Maple Grove’s shopping and dining district and close to two of the city’s major parks, MAPLE GROVE TOWN GREEN and CENTRAL PARK OF MAPLE GROVE. Enjoy a day out in Maple Grove with kids and include these amenities at the community center:

    Learn more at the Maple Grove Community Center website.

    Maple Maze Indoor Playground in Maple Grove Minnesota

    Whirlyball Twin Cities

    13644 80th Circle North, Maple Grove, MN 55369
    Whirlyball, you say? We were unfamiliar, too, but having active tweens and teens, we needed to check this place out. The sport combines hockey, lacrosse and basketball – played while navigating around on bumper cars! That’s just the beginning of the fun at the Maple Grove location – there’s also bowling, laser tag, an escape room, an arcade, and lots of food options. We don’t recommend this place for younger kids, but your teen just may love it (and Mom & Dad might, too). Learn more about fun at Whirlyball in Maple Grove.

    Color Me Mine

    Color Me Mine | 12155 Elm Creek Boulevard North, Maple Grove 55369
    Family friendly offerings include Toddler Tuesdays, Family Nights and Kids Night Out drop off events. They also offer some seasonal fun and kits to pick up and make at home.

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    Maple Grove Indoor Playgrounds

    Anyone who raises kids in Minnesota understands that we desperately need places where they can bounce off someone else’s walls during the winter. Maple Grove has four indoor playgrounds and play areas where kids can do just that! Find more indoor play areas near Maple Grove in our TWIN CITIES INDOOR PLAYGROUNDS GUIDE.

    Sky Zone Trampoline Park

    16501 County Rd 30, Maple Grove, MN 55311
    A family outing to SKY ZONE TRAMPOLINE PARK is one of the most requested among our kids. We often recommend trampoline parks for tweens and teens, but the SkyZone parks also offer special toddler times and adults can get a good workout while playing with their kids. Some of the thrills you’ll find at the parks include trampolines for open jumping, ninja obstacle courses, ultimate dodgeball, climbing walls and foam pit zones. Each location is a bit different but tons of fun!

    Girl climbing nets at Skyzone in Maple Grove, Minnesota

    MiniSota Play Cafe

    12055 Elm Creek Blvd N, Maple Grove, Minnesota 55369
    MINISOTA PLAY CAFE, located within The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes, provides an indoor play space and a coffee shop in one location – the perfect place to sit and relax after a shopping session while the kids can get wiggles out. They’ll love exercising their “make-believe” muscles at the pint-sized play town and lake to fish on. Drinks and kid snacks are sold.  Admission fees are $3/adults, $5/ages 6-12 mons & $12/ages 1-9. Grip socks are required.

    Playground Plaza Indoor Playground

    11701 95th Avenue North, Maple Grove 55369
    PLAYGROUND PLAZA INDOOR PLAYGROUND is a 20,000 square foot space where kids can run and play year-round. There is standard park equipment as well as turf for free play. Buy your passes online (the park is self-use; there is no staff) and come and go as you wish for the day. Open 7 days a week, 7am-9pm. $12/child, adults FREE.

    Teen & Tween Fun @ ProKART Indoor Racing

    11700 Troy Lane North, Maple Grove, Minnesota 55369
    PRO KART INDOORS provides an indoor go-kart racing track with a seasonal outdoor extension. The venue offers birthday party packages. Parental waivers are required for all minors.

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    Maple Grove, Minnesota, Free Family Fun at Parks & Outdoor Play

    Maple Grove carefully tends to more than 50 parks, dozens of playgrounds, athletic fields, an arboretum, trails and more natural spaces to explore. Our list of the 10 BEST PARKS IN MAPLE GROVE is a great place to start no matter the season. Our Parks Search tool also covers most of these parks – just type “Maple Grove” into the location search space. Some parks not to miss when searching for things to do with kids outdoors in Maple Grove:

    Girl paying in splash pad found at Central Park in Maple Grove Minnesota
    Maple Grove Central Park

    Free Family Fun:

    • A huge, creative playground, interactive water fountains, a winter ice-skating loop, a garden labyrinth and more to be found at MAPLE GROVE CENTRAL PARK. 12000 Central Park Way, Maple Grove, MN 55369.
    • An even bigger (can you even imagine?) playground is to be found at the ELM CREEK PLAY AREA within ELM CREEK PARK RESERVE. Keep reading for lots more about this incredible Maple Grove park (12400 James Deane Parkway, Maple Grove, MN 55369).
    • Sandy swimming beaches at WEAVER LAKE PARK (8401 Dunkirk Lane N, Maple Grove, MN 55311) and FISH LAKE REGIONAL PARK (Fish Lake Regional Park, 14900 Bass Lake Road, Maple Grove, MN 55311).
    • Community concerts, kids entertainment, outdoor movies and more at TOWN GREEN PARK (7991 Main Street N, Maple Grove, MN 55369).
    • Learn all about native tree species at the MAPLE GROVE ARBORETUM (9400 Fernbrook Lane North, Maple Grove, MN 55369).
    • Winter Open Dome Times and Outdoor Playground at FERNBROOK ATHLETIC COMPLEX (14401 99th Ave N, Maple Grove, MN 55369)
    • Year-round outdoor fun at GLEASON FIELDS (18815 67th Avenue North, Maple Grove, MN 55311).
    • Access Eagle Lake from THORESEN PARK (6259 Eagle Lake Drive, Maple Grove, MN 55369)Maple Grove Minnesota Family Fun - 10 Parks to Visit This Summer - Explore Close to Home Maple Grove MN

    Eastman Nature Center at Elm Creek Park Reserve

    13351 Elm Creek Road, Dayton, MN 55369
    The beautiful
    ELM CREEK PARK RESERVE sprawls across almost 5,000 acres, passes through three northwest Twin Cities communities and is the largest in the Three Rivers Park District system. There is so much to do at here that you’d be hard-pressed to fit it into one day! If you’re interested in the highlights, here’s what we recommend trying:

    • Your kids will go crazy for the giant, rainbow-hued ELM CREEK PLAY AREA (pictured). Great for all abilities!
    • Spend a summer afternoon swimming at the chlorinated, sandy ELM CREEK SWIM POND ($5/pp).
    • Explore the EASTMAN NATURE CENTER – filled with indoor exhibits and live animals, then head outdoors to find a boardwalk, trails and a sweet little nature playground. Check out free nature exploration materials at the front desk.
    • Feeling sporty? Elm Creek has an archery range (BYO equipment) & a disc golf course. $6/day pass.
    • Ride the bike trails. They’re very smooth and fairly level with some rolling areas. The park is huge and a little tricky to navigate; study the map well before you ride.

    Featured Park: Elm Creek Park Reserve, Maple Grove Minnesota

    Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free or Cheap Near Maple Grove

    Chatters Restaurant & Bar

    4181 Cedar Street, Monticello, MN 55362 (763) 271-0070
    Day/Time: Tuesdays; 4pm-Close
    Deal: Kids eat free with the purchase of an adult meal, 1 child per adult.  
    Verified: 6/21/21

    Green Mill

    4355 Pheasant Ridge Drive, Blaine MN, 55449; (763)792-9400
    2705 Annapolis Ln N, Plymouth MN, 55441; (763) 553-9000

    Day/Time: Tuesdays, Hours vary by location (Mondays Blaine only)
    Deal: Kids Eat Free: 1 child (12 and under) eats free with adult purchase at all Twin Cities locations. 
    Verified: 6/21/21

    Pizza Ranch

    13797 Jay Street NW, Andover, MN 55304; (763) 710-4555
    12443 Champlin Drive, Champlin, MN 55316; (763) 444-1344
    19141 Freeport St NW, Elk River, MN 55330; (763) 441-3000
    Day/Time: Tuesdays, 4pm-7:30 (or 8pm depending on location)
    Deal: Kid’s Night: One child 12 & under per paying adult. 
    Verified: 6/21/21

    Space Aliens Grill & Bar

    11166 CR-37, Albertville, MN 55301; (763) 497-6718
    Day/Time
    : Tuesday Evenings

    Deal: $1.99 kids pizza & free game card with purchase of an adult meal.
    Verified: 6/21/21

    Sunshine Factory Restaurant

    4100 Vinewood Lane, Plymouth MN, 55442; 763-535-7000
    Day/Time: Sundays after 4pm
    Deal: Kids eat free – kids 10 & under get one free meal per adult meal purchased.
    Verified: 6/21/21

    Willy McCoy’s

    5651 La Centre Ave, Albertville, MN 55301; (763) 515-3600
    13655 Martin St NW, Andover, MN 55304; (763) 767-6333
    12450 Business Park Blvd N, Champlin, MN 55301; (763) 422-5020
    6415 Highway 10 NW, Ramsey, MN 55303; (763) 717-8916

    Day/Time: Sundays, 5-8pm
    Deal: One free kid’s meal per adult entrée purchased.  
    Verified: 6/21/21

    More Family-Friendly Restaurants in Maple Grove

    Chuck E Cheese

    12945 Elm Creek Blvd N., Maple Grove, MN 55369
    Chuck E. Cheese is the quintessential kid-friendly restaurant (family-friendly might be stretching it). Deals change, so we suggest you
    check the deals page before going, but two regular family deals include:

    •  Two for Tuesdays: Two Large 1-Topping Pizzas for $22-$25 every Tuesday!
    • All You Can Play Wednesday: Purchase an hour of unlimited play time for only $14.99!

    Dave & Busters

    11780 Fountains Way, Maple Grove, MN, 55369

    Another options to eat and play. Find weekly deals here. One to look for is 1/2-Price games on Wednesdays.

    Nadia Cakes

    11650 Fountains Dr #207, Maple Grove, MN 55369
    This award-winning cupcake shop is great for special occasions or just a fun treat. Kid-friendly workshops make great birthday parties.

    Best Family Hotel in Maple Grove

    Holiday Inn & Venetian Indoor Waterpark

    11801 Fountains Way North, Maple Grove, MN 55369
    Whether you’re in town to shop and play or you’re treating the kids to a staycation the best family hotel in Maple Grove is the HOLIDAY INN & VENETIAN WATER PARK. Themed after the famous city, the waterpark features two 4-story slides, an activity pool, zero-depth entry for the youngest kids, a spa for the parents, and an arcade. Most likely, you’ll have to beg the kids to take a break from the waterpark to enjoy the rest of Maple Grove. (Images courtesy of TPI Hospitality)

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    Maple Grove Performing Arts

    Bunce Backyard Productions is a family-owned theater group located in Maple Grove that produces an annual summer show that is FREE and open to the public. In 2021 the theater is planning a Christmas show, as well. As their name indicates summer productions are held in a local backyard. They also offer summer camp programs for kids.

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

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

    Maple Grove 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 Maple Grove, Minnesota particularly love these Twin Cities attractions:

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

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