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:


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.


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: Ongoing Tuesdays 
Times: 10-11am
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 can look forward to zero-depth entry, water tables and other age-appropriate splash opportunities.  

Battle Creek Waterworks Play Strucutre

Bloomington Family Aquatic Center Tot Time

201 E 90th St, Bloomington, MN 55420

Dates: Mon-Fri
Times: 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. 1:1 parent to child ratio required for children under 5.

Bunker Beach Water Park Tot Time

701 County Rd A, Coon Rapids, MN 55448

Dates: 2023 dates TBA
Times: 9:30am-10:30am
Admission: $5/swimmer; adults are free. (There is a $6 vehicle fee to enter the park)
Details: Special time for PreK’s and parents before the park opens to the public.

Read More About Bunker Beach Water Park Here.

Cascade Bay Little Mates 

1360 Civic Center Drive, Eagan, MN 55122

Dates: Early June to mid-August
Times: 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 will be open 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: Sundays
Times: 9:30am-11am
Admission: $4/child; $4/adult.
Details: Only the splash pad is open during this time for kids ages 6 and under with supervising adult.

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: Saturdays
Times: 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

Lorraine Park Splash Pool Toddler Time

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

Dates: Monday-Thursday
Times: 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: Monday-Saturday
Times: 10am-11am
Admission/Day Pass:  Under 1: FREE; Tots: $9; Parents: $11
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: Fridays and Saturdays 
Times: 9:15-10:45 a.m.
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 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: Monday-Friday
Times: 9:30am-11am
Admission:  Under 1: FREE; $10/residents; $15/non-residents; season pass holders: FREE.
Details:  Exclusive use of the shallow end of the pool with its splash features for kids ages 6 and under and their caregivers.

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.


4 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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