Parent & Tot Open Play Time at St. Paul Rec Centers

Looking for Saint Paul Toddler Activities? Anne, our resident St. Paulite, has all the details on the Parent & Tot Open Play times offered by St. Paul Parks and Rec.

Saint Paul Toddler Activities - Toddler playing basketball at North Dale Recreation Center tot time
Saint Paul Toddler Activities

Saint Paul Toddler Activities for Cold Winter Days

Have all the unscheduled snow days and frigid temps been successful at driving you and your little ones stir-crazy yet? Are you about desperate to find a place where they can truly burn off some energy while you might find some grown-ups to bond with over entertaining tots during long Minnesota winters?

Chances are you’ve heard about the drop-in Parent & Tot Play Time program at rec centers across St. Paul. It’s fun, unstructured, nearly always free and a total sanity-saver during our cold months. I used it routinely when my firstborn was a toddler. He thrived on the small bikes, balls, tumbling mats and other provided equipment for free physical play. (And naptime was a GIVEN afterwards!) Children must be 5 years of age or younger to attend and must be accompanied by their caregiver. I found that – particularly at the most popular rec center gyms – it wasn’t as easy to bring crawlers along and not have to worry about them getting in the paths of the big kids.

Schedule a Toddler Time in St. Paul in 2021.

Tot Times reopened at  February 22, 2021 with safety restrictions and reservations required. Pre-registration is new (and hopefully limited) to winter 2021. Follow the link to find current St. Paul Rec Centers offering Parent & Tot Play Times and a Registration Link. This list updates seasonally. Families with older kids can find and register for St Paul open gym times here.

Toddler Activities Outside St. Paul

Minneapolis Tot Times and Open Gym Hours:

If it’s opportunities in Minneapolis you seek, try searching the Park & Rec Board site and type “tot” into the search box. Minneapolis open gym times can also be found at the same link, type “open gym” into search box.

Greater Twin Cities Tot Times:

And for the surrounding metro suburbs, we have included many on our list of Get Moving: Tot Times, Open Play, Gym & Swim Spots for Tots in the Twin Cities.

Toddler Scribbling on wall with red crayon - "Stir Crazy?! Tot Times, Open Play, Gym & Swim Spots for Tots in the Twin Cities"
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We find it best to call ahead with any rec center program, including these Saint Paul Toddler Activities. If numbers are low, activities are sometimes discontinued without warning and may be cancelled if other activities need the space.

Updated 2/21/21

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