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Zero Gravity Trampoline Park, Mounds View
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Zero Gravity Trampoline Park, Mounds View

Zero Gravity Trampoline Park is an indoor playground in Mounds View. Besides regular jump times, they offer discounted tot times and birthday parties. Trampoline parks do come with a certain amount of risk. You can read about Gianna’s experience here when one of her children broke a leg. Despite this experience, Gianna has returned and her children still enjoy trampoline parks.

Trampoline Park

Dashing around in a blur!

Attractions at Zero Gravity

Kids seeking some thrills might like enjoy the indoor attractions:

  • wall-to-wall trampolines
  • trampoline foam pit
  • dodgeball court
  • climbing wall
  • ninja obstacle course
  • laser tag
  • arcade

Tot Times at Zero Gravity

During the school year, parents can jump with their tots and preschool-aged children on most Friday mornings. Tot time is from 11 am to noon on Friday from late September through May (except on a few holidays). The facility is only open to children up to age 5 and their parents during this time. Admission is $6.99 for one child and one adult. (Hey, an hour of jumping counts as your workout for the day! Woo hoo!)

Birthday Parties at Zero GravityBirthday Parties at Zero Gravity

Zero Gravity offers party packages for birthdays and other private events. With prices starting at $119 for a 90 minute party on a weekday, a basic party includes jump time and jump socks, a party table with cake, beverages and pizza. Prices vary by number of guests, weekday/weekend and length of jump time.

Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis

For over 50 years, Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) has been creating extraordinary theatre experiences that educate, challenge and inspire young people and the Twin Cities Community. Going to a play or musical there is always a treat for the family, especially when combined with a short trip to the MIA. CTC also offers acting classes, workshops and camps for kids throughout the year through their Theatre Arts Training (TAT) program.

One of my favorite things about CTC is that they employ a full-time professional acting company. As regular audience members, we start to feel like these actors are friends and we love to see each new incarnation. As community members, we know we can count on CTC to keep great talent in our community by employing them full-time. It’s really a winning combination. Get to know your favorites a little more here.

Discounts and Coupons to Children’s Theatre Performances

Shows start at $15 in Price Level C. This is close to the prices of other children’s theatre’s around the Twin Cities. However, when you are making it a family outing, this pricing can still be out of reach for some families. We have never seen a legitimate coupon for any main stage performance at CTC. However, there are several ways to get discounted tickets.

CTC’s ACT Pass Program is a needs-based scholarship program for tickets, classes, and camps. You can read more about Joy’s experience with the ACT Pass Program here. In short, if you qualify for any type of assistance, school lunches, WIC, MA, etc., it is worth applying for this program. 

Besides the ACT Pass program, CTC suggests other ways to save on tickets. These include:

  • Military ID discount: For adults with military IDs and partners of employed military.
  • Plan Ahead with Preview performances: Tickets for the first Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday performances of each show can be purchased in advance and are substantially discounted.
  • Be Spontaneous with Rush Tickets: Starting 2 hours you can show up at CTC and purchase unsold seats for $15 each at the ticket office. While this is the same price as the C Level tickets, the seats will be better.
Theatre Arts Training at Children's Theatre Company

Theatre Arts Training at Children’s Theatre Company

Acting Classes for Kids at Children’s Theatre

Besides children’s productions, CTC also offers the Theatre Arts Training (TAT) Program. Gianna has shared her experience with TAT here; and Joy, who has taken advantage of classes through the ACT Pass program, lists 10 benefits of theatre classes here. Gianna has also interviewed Ellie McKay, the director of the TAT program. You can read that interview here.

Articles and Reviews of Past Productions

We love CTC and think our reviews speak for this fondness. While some productions are more appropriate for certain ages, we have never been disappointed. Click on the links toggles below to read past reviews. Family Fun Twin Cities received reviewer tickets to these shows, but opinions are our own:

The Wiz - February 2018

The Abominables Musical - September 2017

The Sneetches - February 2017

Pinocchio - July 2016

The Frog Bride - January 2016

The Wizard of Oz - November 2015

Jungle Book - October 2015

20,000 League Under the Sea - July 2015

Peter Pan - April 2015

Snowflake - January 2015

SHREK! From Book to Musical - April 2014

Balloonacy - April 2014 & October 2017


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