Get Moving: Tot Times, Open Play, Gym & Swim Spots for Tots in the Twin Cities

Indoor Toddler Activities

Tot Times and Open Gym were my savior when my firstborn was a squirrelly toddler who needed a space to run off his pent-up wintertime energy. A few years later, I had four littles under the age of 7 who were climbing the walls and testing the limits of my sanity. Perhaps you find yourself in the same boat? Browse through our listings of indoor toddler activities to find an open gym, open playtime or open swim near you and treat yourself to a (near) guaranteed nap time.

Disclaimer: While we do our best to keep up with changes, Tot Times, Open Play and Open Gym times are subject to change without notice. We recommend calling or clicking on the accompanying links to double check our information before heading out. Updated and verified 11/04/2022.


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2022 Play Partner: Songs with Sarah

Songs with Sarah is an audition based music school that specializes in early childhood music and offers lessons and classes for children through adults! Heavily influenced by Dr. Edwin Gordon’s Music Learning Theory, we help students find their musical through ear training, singing, chanting, movement and creative play. Every teacher has a degree in music and is committed to using improvisation in every lesson and class!

There is a budding musician in each and every one of us- come find it here!


If you are looking for ways to get the whole family moving, check out our
 Family Sports & Fitness Calendar.

MINNEAPOLIS & ST PAUL TODDLER ACTIVITIES
OPEN GYM & TOT TIMES

Minneapolis Parks: Family Indoor Playground

When: Times & parks vary, open gyms continue into the fall of 2022
Ages/Cost: 5 & under with caregiver | FREE
Details: Finding tot times in the Minneapolis parks can be tricky. Click the above link and type “indoor playground” into the activity search box to get a list of parks that offer drop-in Indoor toddler activities and play with scooters, balls, tumbling mats and more. You’ll need to sign up for an active pass, but it is free and you can do that the first time you go in.

Saint Paul Recreation Centers: Tot Time

When: Times & parks vary. 
Ages/Cost: 6 & under with caregiver | FREE
Details: St. Paul Tot time and open gym hours continue into the fall of 2022. Advanced reservations are available for a few locations, but most have moved back to drop-in style. 


TWIN CITIES NORTH METRO
OPEN GYM & INDOOR TODDLER ACTIVITIES

ANDOVER COMMUNITY CENTER

Tot Time Open Gym

Address: 15200 Hanson Blvd NW, Andover, MN 55304
When: Most Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30 am – 11:30 am.
Ages/Cost: Ages 6 & under w/ caregiver, $5/child
Details: Drop in for unstructured play time and special activities like crafts, book swaps and storytimes. Be sure to check the calendar for the latest schedule.

FRIDLEY

Family Tot Time Open Gym

Address: Hayes Elementary Gym, 615 Mississippi St NE, Fridley, MN 55432
When: Saturdays 10am-Noon, November thru late February 2023.
Ages/Cost: Drop in fee: $2 per child / $4 per family
Details: Enjoy free play with balls, hoops, scooters, jump ropes, music and more. Capacity is limited. (Thank you to our reader, Ally, for this information).

LINO LAKES

Tot Time at The Rookery

Address: 7690 Village Drive, Lino Lakes, MN 55014
When: Find weekly gym schedules here. Tot Times are listed in green.
Ages/Cost: Ages 1-8 with parent; Drop in fee: $4 per child / members Free
Details: Gymnasium activities and bounce house.

MAPLE GROVE COMMUNITY CENTER

Parent/Tot Time

Address: 12951 Weaver Lake Rd, Maple Grove, MN 55369
When: Mondays & Fridays, 9-11am.
Ages/Cost: Cost is $3/child, parents free during tot time only
Details: Stop at the front desk to pay or scan your membership card upon arrival.

NEW BRIGHTON

Preschool Playtime

Address: Eagles Nest Indoor Playground, 400 10th St. NW, New Brighton, MN 55112
When: Mondays & Wednesdays 12pm-3pm (when school is in session)
Ages/Cost:  $7 per child; adult companion is free.
Details: Includes admission to the Eagles Nest and use of the gymnasium, including gym equipment and inflatables.

PLYMOUTH

Open Play

Address: Plymouth Field House, 14800 34th Ave., Plymouth, MN 55447-1482
When: Mon, Wed, Fri – winter months beginning Nov. 1, 2022; 10:30am-1:30pm
Ages/Cost: Best for toddlers and kids ages 12 and under; $5-$6/child, caregivers free
Details: During the chilly months, heat in the field house is turned on to 55 degrees for fun with inflatables, slides, nets and lots of space to run the kids ragged. Call 763-509-5280 for more details or cancellation information.

Vadnais Heights

Toddler Thursdays

Address: 1490 County Road E East, Vadnais Heights, MN 55110
When: Ongoing Thursdays November 1-April 2023, 9:30-11:30am.
Ages/Cost: FREE!
Details: Come to Field 2 for indoor activities such as a bouncy house, kicking around soccer balls and open field time with room to run.  The fieldhouse is kept at 55 degrees so dress with this in mind.


TWIN CITIES SOUTH METRO
INDOOR PLAY PLACES & TOT TIMES

APPLE VALLEY COMMUNITY CENTER

Pre-K Gym

Address: 14603 Hayes Rd, Apple Valley, MN 55124
When: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 9-11am.
Ages/Cost: $15 membership or $5 drop-in. Registration required.

Family Open Gym

Admission is FREE for families. Sundays, 12-2:30pm. Drop In.

MILLZ HOUSE – APPLE VALLEY

Millz House Open Play

Address: 14645 Felton Court, Suite #104, Apple Valley, MN 55124
When: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 9am-4pm; Wed: 9am-12pm.
Ages/Cost: Cost is  $6/child; parents and babies under 18 months free
Details: Work out the wiggles with indoor playsets, trampolines and basketball courts. Indoor toddler activities

EAGAN COMMUNITY CENTER

Blast & Play

Address: 1501 Central Pkwy, Eagan, MN 55121
When: Fall 2022 Hours: Tues, Thurs & Fridays, 9am-12pm. (The Blast is open daily from 8am-8pm.)
Ages/Cost: Open to children 0-6 years old and their caregiver adult; Cost is $5/child, or a 10 visit punch pass for $45
Details: A kids gym time and access to The Blast facility are both included in admission.

The Blast Indoor Playground at Eagan Central Park, Eagan Minnesota
The Blast Indoor Playground

IGM GYMNASTICS – BURNSVILLE

Open Gym

Address: 12117 Riverwood Drive, Burnsville, MN 55337
When: Fri 9:30-11:30am
Ages/Cost: 18 months – 12 Years; $10/child or $15/family
Details: Free-play style with certified coaches ensuring safety (parents are still required to stay).

GLEASON’S GYMNASTICS SCHOOL – EAGAN

Preschool Open Gymnastics

Address: 2015 Silver Bell Road, Eagan, MN 55122
When: Wed & Fri 9:30-11:30am
Ages/Cost: Ages 0 to Kindergarten. Pre-Register: $8/child or $10/family; Drop-In: $10/child or $15/family
Details: Have the run of the equipment! Kids can jump on the trampolines, launch themselves into the foam pit, walk the balance beam, follow obstacle courses, swing from the trapeze and more. Read more here.

Savage Sports Center

Tot Time

Address: 13450 Dakota Ave., Savage, MN 55378
When: November-April, Tues & Thurs, 9-11:30am
Ages/Cost: Ages 5 & under, $3/child
Details: Toddlers can play on inflatables, throw balls, hit with bats, and more, all equipment provided.

SHAKOPEE

Kids Playtime

Address: Shakopee Community Center, 1255 Fuller St S, Shakopee, MN 55379.
When: Mon & Wed, 9:30-11am
Ages: 1-5 with caregiver
Cost: $3/child
Details: Kids and their parents are invited to run around the gymnasium. Bring your clean trikes, riding toys, balls or use theirs.


TWIN CITIES WEST METRO OPEN GYM,
TOT TIMES & INDOOR TODDLER ACTIVITIES

HOPKINS PAVILION

Turf Tots

Address: 11000 Excelsior Boulevard, Hopkins, MN 55343
When: March 6 through May 5, 2023; Mon-Fri, 9am-2pm.
Ages/Cost: Ages 1 to 5 years old; $5 per session per child

Details: Back for Spring 2023,  playtime moves to the indoor turf where there’s more room to run! Kids 5 & under can play with bounce houses, climbing wall, sport balls, crawl tunnels, blocks, trikes and more.

Twin Cities Tot Times and other activities to do with my preschool child.

ST LOUIS PARK

Little Tot Playtime

Address: Rec Center Banquet Room, 3700 Monterey Drive, St Louis Park.
When: Tues-Fri with holiday exceptions starting November 15, 2022. 9:30-11:30am.
Ages: 1-5 with caregiver
Cost: $3 per child door or $55 for 30 sessions.
Details: Preschoolers can ride on big wheelers, play with cars, trucks, blocks and more free play activities.


TWIN CITIES EAST METRO
OPEN GYM & TOT TIMES

If you know of any east metro open gyms or tot times, please leave us a comment and we will share the information with the community.


Spend Tot Times at Indoor Playgrounds around the Twin Cities

OPEN TWIN CITIES INDOOR PLAYGROUNDS & PLAY CENTERS

INDOOR PLAYGROUNDS WITH INDOOR TODDLER ACTIVITIES

This is a short synopsis of indoor play spaces for kids of all ages, including playgrounds with climbing structures, slides and trampolines. For more details, check our Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds and Play Areas Guide.

SUBURBAN TWIN CITIES – MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

  • SkyZone Indoor Trampoline Park – Edina, Blaine, Maple Grove & Oakdale | Purchase Tickets Online – Little Leapers Weekdays at 9am-Noon. $16.99/child (prices & times may vary by location)

INDOOR PLAY SPACES

MiniSota Play Cafe

12055 Elm Creek Blvd N, Maple Grove, MN 55369
Ages/Cost
: Kids ages 1-9/$12.5o, Babies ages 6-12 months/$6, adults $4 

Details: MiniSota is currently the only location in the Twin Cities that combines an open play center with a café. Between themed days, storytimes and music classes there’s always special Indoor toddler activities going on (so check the calendar).

Minnesota Playseum

Ridgedale Center, 12705 W Wayzata Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55305
When
: Drop-In Play. Mon-Tues 11am-6pm; Wed: 11am-4pm; Fri & Sat 11am-7pm; Sun 1pm-6pm (Closed Thurs)

Ages/Cost: Ages 1-99. $12/pp.
Details: A bit like the Children’s Museum, but in the mall. Explore a bakery, art studio, science bar, play shops and restaurants, as well as places to read together. Staff on hand to help with projects at various stations.


Twin Cities Indoor Waterparks and Pools

OPEN SWIM AT TWIN CITIES
WATER PARKS & POOLS

Swimming can be a wonderful way to squeeze in a workout during the frigid winter months in Minnesota. Use this list of Twin Cities Indoor Waterparks and Pools to find tot times, open swims and special ways to save on splashing your way through the winter. Or, here’s a quick list:

Indoor Pools:

Seasonal Outdoor Pools:

  • Bunker Beach Waterpark: Tot Times every other Thursday from July 30th-August 18, 2022. 9:30am-10:30am. ($5/child)
  • Cascade Bay Waterpark: Little Mates. Daily except Wednesdays. 9:30-10:30am ($6/child)
  • Como Regional Park Pool. Tot Time Sundays from 9:30am-11am.
  • Crystal Cove Aquatic Center: Little Splasher Pool Times – Select Saturdays 10:30am-12:30pm. ($3/child).
  • Edina Aquatic Center: Lil’ Lagoon, the 8-and-under, zero-depth pool opens 1 1/2 hours before the main pool on weekday mornings. Arrive at 10am for swim time without big kids around. ($13/pp).
  • Highland Park Aquatic Center. Saturdays 9:30am-11am – June 11, 2022 through September 10, 2022.
  • Lorraine Splash Pool: Toddler Time Monday through Thursday 11am-12:30pm; June 13-August 14, 2022.
  • Minneapolis Wading Pools: Open to everyone, but best enjoyed by smaller kids. FREE. Open Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day (unless adjacent to a school, then they open the Saturday after the last day of school.)

Where are you taking your stir-crazy toddler or preschooler this fall? Leave us a comment and we’ll share your ideas with the community!


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OPEN GYMS WE HOPE TO SEE RETURN IN 2022 or 2023

BLOOMINGTON

Program: Kids Open Rec | Creekside Community Center, 9801 Penn Ave. S
When: Last Sunday of each month; 10am-Noon
Ages/Cost: 8 & under, $2/child, caregivers free
Details: Children age 8 and under with a parent or guardian can enjoy open rec. For additional details, call 952-563-4944

BRAEMAR FIELD – EDINA

Tot Time

Address: Braemar Field, 7509 Ikola Way, Edina, MN 55439
When: Tuesdays & Thursdays; Nov. 8, 2022 through April 27, 2023.
Ages/Cost: 1-6 years w/ adult; $5/person
Details: Room to run, age appropriate toys and some organized games. Keep in mind when dressing – temp is set at 55 degrees. Also, Family Night, $5/pp.

CRYSTAL

Program: Preschool Playtime Open Gym | Crystal Community Center Gym
When: Wed, early October-mid April, 10-11:30am Unfortunately, this was cancelled for 2022 due to staffing issues. It may return in January if Crystal Community Center hires additional staff.  (P.S. Know someone looking for a job? Preschool Playtime attendants make $14-$15/hr)
Ages/Cost: 1-5, $3/child
Details: Jump, crawl, build and play the winter away in 3 gyms. 1 adult to every 3 kids required. Punch cards available for discounted visits.

EDEN PRAIRIE

Program: Tot Time Open Gym | Eden Prairie Community Center
When: Mon, Wed, Fri, 9-11:15 am – Sept–May. On Hold.
Ages/Cost: Best for ages 1-4; $5/pp ages 1-4, $6/pp ages 5+, under 1 and caregivers free.
Details: Participate in indoor toddler activities and free play with balls, hoops, scooters, jump ropes, tumbling mats, parachutes, and more. For $6/pp, admission to the Prairie Play Zone indoor playground is included.

MAPLEWOOD

Program: Preschool Gymboree | Maplewood Community Center
When: Thur, 10-11:30am (November -March)
Ages/Cost: Unstructured playtime with balls, mats, music, toys & games and Jump Castle is included for ages 5 and under. $5/child. Under age 1/free.


CLOSED TWIN CITIES INDOOR PLAYGROUNDS & PLAY CENTERS

INDOOR PLAYGROUNDS – click the above graphic for all the details!

INDOOR PLAY SPACES

Snapology Discovery Center | Minneapolis | Winter 2022: Discover Center Drop-In Closed
When: Drop-in Playtime during the school-yr weekdays, 10am-3pm & summer, 9am-5pm. Fri, 10am-8:30pm & Sat-Sun, 9am-5pm
Ages/Cost: All ages pay $8/pp for unlimited play that day or drop off your child at $6/hr ages 5+
Details: Offers great indoor toddler activities, guaranteed to entertain with opportunities to build with LEGO bricks, K’nex and other materials.

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