One Sunday, we packed up the kids and headed out to find some Maple Grove family fun and explore its parks. One thing I’ve learned is that you don’t need to go far in the Twin Cities to enjoy parks. While each park is unique, there is always something to do close to home. These are 10 parks we think are great places to start in Maple Grove.
Note: In 2020, we are facing unique closures and delays. While we are writing this article for now, we also hope it will prove useful in the future. We’ve listed projected opening dates for anything that is currently closed. Maple Grove’s city parks, trails, playgrounds, sport courts and open space continue to remain open for public use.
1. Become Amateur Dendrologists at Maple Grove Arboretum
A dendrologist is a scientist who studies trees. Now we know. The Maple Grove Arboretum has over 100 native trees that families can study together at their own pace. We have some suggestions in our directory for learning materials and downloads to use.
Learn More: 10 Ideas for Family Fun at Maple Grove Arboretum
2. Spread Out at Lakeview Knolls Park
Watch for 2020 updates, the city and school district have collaborated to build a nature play area that should be completed sometime this year.
This 15-acre park spreads out to encompass a playground, walking paths and several sports fields and courts. It is also the home of the old Village Hall. There are quite a few older trees lining the walking path between this park and the Maple Grove Arboretum.
Learn More: 7 Ideas for Family Fun at Lakeview Knolls.
3. Explore the Central Park Labyrinth
The Splash Pad at Central Park is scheduled to re-open July 6, 2020. The playground is open, but may be a popular destination.
For a quiet activity, walk the labyrinth at Central Park. It was created so visitors could find a space for quiet contemplation or prayer. The pattern of the labyrinth is actually named “partner stroll” because it is designed so two people can walk it together. While there are no actual rules, if you want to try out the partner walk, you can find the instructions and more ideas in this PDF printout. If you need to get loud after this quiet time, the GIANT playground is open for business.
Learn More: 7 Ideas for Family Fun at Maple Grove Central Park .
4. Visit Minnesota’s Biggest Playground at Elm Creek Park Reserve
The playground open June 19, 2020; the Swim Pond opens June 26, 2020, but Eastman Nature Center will only be open for camps and programs.
Okay, Elm Creek Play Area may or may not be the state’s largest playground. Hyland Lake Park Playground is also quite large and I haven’t taken a tape measure. You could make it a mission to measure both this summer. If you do, send us your results and we’ll share with the community.
5. Create a Ninja Obstacle Challenge at Kerber Park
Kerber Park is a good example of why we don’t want to overlook small neighborhood parks when looking for fun with our kids. The linear design and more challenging aspects of the playground equipment make it a good place to create an obstacle course for grade school kids. While not on the scale of Schaper Park in Golden Valley, neighborhood parks are good places to play and build skills while maintaining social distance. We had the playground to ourselves. Like many of the smaller parks in Maple Grove, Kerber Park isn’t even mentioned on the city’s website. This would be a great summer to get on your bikes and find as many parks as possible.
Learn More: 8 Ideas for Family Fun at Kerber Park.
6. Hit the Beach at Weaver Lake Park
Weaver Lake Beach will begin being guarded on June 20th.
This 80 acre park has a guarded beach that is open daily from noon to 7pm during the swim season. The beautiful wood observation deck and metal tube slide that leads from the playground area to the beach make this beach a unique outing.
Learn More: 11 Ideas for Family Fun at Weaver Lake Park
7. Go Fishing at Thoresen Park
This pretty park offers shoreline fishing in Eagle Lake. While there isn’t a lot of easy access to shoreline, there are a lot of fish. According to the DNR this lake has a wide range of fish species, including bullhead, crappie, bluegill, sunfish, bass, walleye, perch and more.
Learn More: 4 Ideas for Family Fun at Thoresen Park
8. Get Sporty at Gleason Fields
Gleason Fields is an expansive sports park with fields for baseball, lacrosse, and soccer and courts for basketball, tennis and pickleball. Families can pack their favorite sports equipment into the car and find a place to practice together.
Learn More: 6 Ideas for Family Fun at Gleason Fields.
9. Explore the Outdoors at Fish Lake Regional Park
Fish Lake Regional Park is a beautifully wooded park on the lake. Families can come for the unguarded beach or to hike or geocache. You can even rent equipment for both land and water play. Hiking paths wind through natural areas and include both paved and boardwalk areas.
Learn More: 10 Ideas for Family Fun at Fish Lake Regional Park.
10. Enjoy a Concert at Town Green Park
Modified Concerts at Town Green will begin Wednesday, June 17th. Find more information on Town Green’s Facebook page.
Built in 2009, Town Green Park is on Main Street and hosts city concerts, outdoor movies and other entertainment. But there is so much more to do here, like explore the pond, which is teeming with life and play music in the music park. I was surprised to learn that this was my kids favorite park on our Maple Grove park tour. We can do playgrounds anywhere, but an up-close view of fish in West Arbor Lake was something new and exciting.
Learn More: 10 Ideas for Family Fun at Town Green Park.
More Ideas for Exploring Maple Grove Parks:
This summer, Maple Grove is encouraging “Passive Park Family Play”. They proudly remind us that Maple Grove has 52 parks and over 270 miles of trails to explore, so obviously we’ve only featured a fraction. We would love to hear about your favorite Maple Grove park. Leave us a comment and we’ll share it with the community..
Find more information on family fun in Maple Grove in the modified summer activity guide.
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