Tot Time Open Swim at Twin Cities Pools & Aquatic Centers

So you’ve got a little one who’d prefer to become accustomed to the pool without those periodic (and unintentional) slaps of water in the face from sharing space with the big kids? Many local pools offer dedicated tot time open swim hours and several of them offer discounted rates for these short sessions. Families can get an hour of swim time for half the price of a full days admission. Compare prices and find a pool near you.

For a more casual experience, parents and tots can visit any of the free Minneapolis wading pools. In addition, the following Twin Cities pools are offering special tot times this summer solely for the purpose of helping youngsters get comfortable in the water:


Toddler at Cascade Bay's Little Mates Tot Swim
Cascade Bay Little Mates

Battle Creek Waterworks Tot Tuesdays

2401 Upper Afton Rd E, Maplewood, MN 55119

Dates & times: Ongoing Tuesdays, 9:30-10:30am
Admission: $2.50 per person over one year of age. An additional fee of $4.50/person applies if staying after 10:30 a.m.
Details: During this special time, tots 5 years and under can look forward to zero-depth entry, water tables and other age-appropriate splash opportunities. The pool also offers a a sensory-friendly hour on Sundays at the same timeslot (regular admission applies) for those who could benefit from a more controlled environment. Learn more at the Battle Creek Waterworks website.

Battle Creek Waterworks Play Strucutre

Bloomington Family Aquatic Center Tot Time

201 E 90th St, Bloomington, MN 55420

Dates & times: Mon-Fri, June 10 – August 20, 2023. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m..
Admission: $8-$10/pp
Details: During open Tot Swim, cool off at the tot spray table in the zero-depth entry pool. This special pool time for ages 6 & under requires at minimum a 3:1 parent to child ratio.

Bunker Beach Water Park Tot Time

701 County Rd A, Coon Rapids, MN 55448

Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 13-August 15, 2023. 9:15-10:15am.
Admission: $5/swimmer; adults are free. (There is an additional $6 vehicle fee to enter the park.)
Details: Special time for PreK’s and parents before the park opens to the public. One adult per two children is required to be in attendance. Read more about Bunker Beach Water Park here – the largest outdoor waterpark in Minnesota!

Cascade Bay Little Mates 

1360 Civic Center Drive, Eagan, MN 55122

Dates & times: June 9-August 27, 2023. Daily (except Wednesday,) 9:30am-10:30am.
Admission: $6/child; one adult free with paid child.
Details: Swimmers and splashers ages 0-6 have the pool and sand to themselves before the water park opens for the day. The Orange Slide is available for more adventurous tots.  There must be one adult for every 4 children in attendance. Little Mates need to leave the pool when it opens to the public. Read more About Cascade Bay here.

Como Pool Tot Time

1151 Wynne Ave, St Paul, MN 55108

Dates & times: Ongoing Sundays, June 11-September 3, 2023, with the exception of July 2. 9:30am-11am.
Admission: $4/child; $4/adult.
Details: Only the splash pad area of the pool is open during this time for kids ages 6 and under with supervising adult, but there’s plenty of space to enjoy. Read more about Como Regional Park Pool here.

Girlplaying with water sprayer at Como Regional Park Pool Water Play Area, St. Paul, Minnesota
Como Pool Tot Time

Crystal Cove Little Splashers Pool-Time

Crystal Cove Aquatic Center, 4848 Douglas Drive N, Crystal, MN 55429

Dates & times: Saturdays, June 17-August 19, 2023, exception of July 1. 10am-11:30am.
Admission: $3/child; adults free.
Details: Only the zero-depth pool will be open for kids 7 and under with a parent. Read more about Crystal Cove Aquatic Center.

Highland Park Aquatic Center Tot Time

1840 Edgcumbe Rd. Saint Paul, MN 55116

Dates & times: Ongoing Sundays, June 11-September 3, 2023, with the exception of July 2. 9:30am-11am.
Admission: $4/child; $4/adult.
Details: Only the splash pad area of the pool is open during this time for kids ages 6 and under with supervising adult, but there’s plenty of space to enjoy. Read more about Highland Pool here.

Father playing with toddler son at Highland Park Aquatic Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota
Highland Park Aquatic Center Tot Time

Lil’ Lagoon – Water Playground

Edina Aquatic Center, 4300 W 66th Street, Edina, MN 55435

Dates & times: Open Daily June 8-August 20, 2023. 10am-8pm.
Admission: $13/ages 1+ ($10 after 5pm).
Details: Instead of a tot time, Edina offers a new dedicated space exclusively for kids 8 and younger and the adults supervising them. Lil’ Lagoon has slides, sprayers and dump buckets plus a space for toddler splashers. Read more about Edina Aquatic Center.

Lorraine Park Splash Pool Toddler Time

756 3rd Ave S, South St Paul, MN 55075

Dates & times: Monday-Thursday, June 10-August 13, 2023. 11am-12:30pm.
Admission: $5/pp, caregivers and children 2-3 yrs (cash only)
Details:  The pools offers an interactive water feature and zero depth entry. Read more about Lorraine Park & Pool.

Lorraine Splash Pool in South Saint Paul, Minnesota
Lorraine Splash Pool

Richfield Outdoor Pool Tot Time

630 East 66th Street, Richfield, MN 55423

Dates & times: Monday-Saturday starting June 7, 2024. 10am-11am.
Admission: $11/pp, under 1 year are free.
Details:  Kids ages 7 and under and parents can have the zero-depth-entry wading pool and water play equipment to themselves for this hour. Read more about Richfield Outdoor Pool.

Sandventure Aquatic Park Splish & Splash Tot Time

1101 Adams St S, Shakopee, MN 55379

Dates & times: Fridays and Saturdays, June 16-August 19, 2023. 9:15-10:45 am.
Admission: $5/child; parents are free
Details: Kids ages 0-6 are welcome to swim in the zero-depth entry pool and play in the sand beach before the waterpark opens to the rest of the public.

Twisty Yellow Slide at Sandventure Aquatic Park, Shakopee Minnesota
Big kids will love the slide at SandVenture

St Louis Park Aquatic Center Parent & Tot Time

3700 Monterey Dr, St Louis Park, MN 55416

Dates & times: Monday-Friday, June 9-August 23, 2023. 9:30am-11am.
Admission: $10/residents; $15/non-residents; season pass holders & under 1 year of age: FREE.
Details:  Exclusive use of the shallow end of the pool with its splash features for kids ages 6 and under and their caregivers.


Eden Prairie Community Center Pool Tot Open Swim

16700 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55346

Times: Open Tot Swim is tricky to keep track of at this venue; we’ve found the schedule to vary greatly. Rather than make promises on our site, please refer to the community center recreational pool schedule.
Admission: Ages 1-4/$5.75; ages 5-18/$7.50; adults/$8. Families up to 5 pay $25.50. Members swim free.
Details:  Families with children 5 years of age & younger can bring other children up to age 7 during Tot Time Open Swim. One nice thing about Eden Prairie Community Center is that daily admission includes the choice of 2 activities on the purchase date. Combine your swim with tot gym, tot skate or Prairie Play Zone.

Read More About Eden Prairie Community Pool.

Great River Water Park – Children’s Pool Only Hour

Great River Water Park, 270 N. Lexington Parkway Saint Paul, MN 55104

Dates: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, beginning Sept. 12, 2022
Times: 9am-10am
Admission:  Ages 0-2 FREE, Ages 3+: $7/pp.
Details:  This time is set aside for children and their parents. While this session is not exclusive to toddlers, most bigger kids will be in school, so it will be a less busy time to take a dip with little swimmers. Any kids under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

Learn More about Great River Water Park

Inver Grove Heights Aquatic Center Sensory Friendly Swim Time

8055 Barbara Ave, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077

Dates/Times: See the Open Swim calendar for dates and times
Admission: Ages 1-11: $6; Ages 12-59: $9; Ages 60+: $6; Under Age 1: FREE
Details:  This time is designed for both toddlers and families seeking a sensory-friendly swim time. Many of the waterpark features are turned off or closed at this time – including the dumping bucket, water features and slides.

Shakopee Indoor Aquatic Center Tot Time Swim

1255 Fuller St. S., Shakopee, MN 55379

Times: Wednesdays and Fridays 9-10:30 a.m. and Sundays 9:30-11 a.m.
Admission: $5/child, caregivers FREE
Details: This is a special open swim just for kids ages 6 & under. Just the zero-depth entry pool is open; slides and water play features are closed. Non-inflatable pool toys are permitted to play with.

What to Pack for Tot Swims:

  1. Swim diapers are consistently required for children not potty trained. Ask at the front desk if you forget, many facilities have swimmies available to purchase.
  2. Proper swimwear. Many pools have rules regarding what constitutes a swimsuit. Street clothes are generally not allowed, but some facilities allow a t-shirt over a swim suit for added sun protection.
  3. Sun protection is so easy to forget but so important on the water.
  4. Towels are another thing I tend to forget if I don’t plan ahead.
  5. Flotation Devices & Toys are allowed at some pools, but not others. You may want to call ahead before bringing anything
  6. Snacks. Always pack snacks for any outing. You won’t regret it.

We hope you find a pool or aquatics park that works for you and our pre-k. Start the kids off with these bite-size tot swims and pretty soon you’ll have a child joining you for lap swim or on the water slide.


2 thoughts on “Tot Time Open Swim at Twin Cities Pools & Aquatic Centers”

    1. Hi Kristen: The pool pictured is Como Regional Pool.Anne says her 4-year-old loves it because its shallow but has lots to do.

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