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Powderhorn Park is home to the annual Fourth of July Celebration, May Day Festival, and Powderhorn Arts Festival. This park offers picnic areas, a grill and restroom facilities, drinking fountain. Amenities include three playgrounds, a wading pool (currently closed), walking path, fishing spots, sports fields, a bike pump, a garden and a well with water pump. In the winter there is an ice skating rink and an unofficial sledding hill.
Ice Skating at Powderhorn Park
Minneapolis Parks open their ice rinks as soon as the weather allows and, weather permitting, keep them open until mid-February to accommodate Martin Luther King Day and Presidents Day skating. Powderhorn has a rink and warming house. Among under updates, MPRB replaced two heat-exchanger units on the roof of the Powderhorn Recreation Center in the fall of 2017, promising a warmer season than last year. Find a full list of Twin Cities Outdoor Ice Rinks here.
Sledding at Powderhorn Park
While MPRB does not officially endorse any sledding hills at Powderhorn, it is the home of the Art Sled Rally. With regard to sledding outside of its three official sites, MPRB states:
We recognize that sledding occurs at other parks on an “at your own risk” basis. While some parks are more sled-friendly than others, please use caution when using these non-designated sledding areas; never sled toward traffic and avoid hills with trees nearby.
Powderhorn Park Recreation Center
This recreation center is air-conditioned. Amenities include community gathering spaces, computer labs, gyms, craft rooms, meeting rooms and community kitchen.
Powderhorn Wading Pool
The new wading pool features bubblers, a water play feature, new fencing and pool deck, shade structure and benches. Minneapolis wading pools are open Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day between 10 am and 9 pm daily. There are no lifeguards on duty.
The three playgrounds were all updated between the fall of 2016 and Summer of 2017, with a Grand Opening July 5, 2017. Updates included new playground surfacing and new accessible pathways.
Birthday Parties at Powderhorn Park
Room rental available for meetings,banquets and birthday parties.MPRB wants you to use your park facilities to their full potential! Individuals and groups are encouraged to use the centers and park spaces for self-directed activities. There are different permit requirements and special use fees, depending on the use. Make your child’s birthday party special! MPRB is committed to making your child’s birthday a fun and memorable event in the parks. Find more birthday party ideas in our Ultimate Guide to Birthday Parties in the Twin Cities.
Free Summer Meals at Powderhorn Park
This park has participated in the summer meals program, offering a free meals to children under 18 years during the summer. Schedules for meal times at the various parks usually come out in early June and can be found on MPRB's Free Meals page.
For more outdoor play ideas:
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- Nature Playgrounds in the Twin Cities - Get Back to Green
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The Family Fun Twin Cities Parks & Playgrounds Search directory is your one stop for the best Twin Cities Park Guide! We share some of the best playgrounds in the Twin Cities in this directory. We are so passionate about how awesome are parks are, that we don't want you to stop with 10 parks or even 150 parks! There are so many parks in the metro area, you could visit a new one every day for some free Twin Cities family fun and still not have seen them all in 5 years.
We've currently reviewed over 400 parks in this directory, but we would love to hear from you! What do YOU think are the best parks in the Twin Cities? How about the best parks in Minnesota? What parks did we completely miss? What is your favorite little unknown gem? We really want to share all your favorite indoor playgrounds and outdoor parks! Let us know and we'll add a review here.
Twin Cities parks are great for hiking, biking, rollerblading, kayaking, canoeing and other fun physical games. But, they are also just great for hanging out in a hammock and picnicking while the kids explore and enjoy some of the best playgrounds in Minnesota. Let's enjoy our parks:
In Minnesota indoor playgrounds are a necessity! I know we think of outdoors when we think of parks, but with our long, dark and cold winters, some indoor active games are a must. You can even have indoor picnics at these parks. This such a great way to stretch the summer feeling into the winter! Check out some of the best indoor playgrounds in the Twin Cities this winter.
Outside Parks and Outdoor Waterparks
Minnesota has these, too! And during our short summer, we want to take advantage of them as much as possible! best In fact, the Minneapolis and St. Paul Parks are some of the best outdoor playgrounds twin cities - actually in the country. They win awards - every year! Look and See. Every. Single. Year. So get out to our area parks, make up some fun games to play.
Some of the best beaches in the Twin Cities are hidden little gems. Anne has her favorite 20 Twin Cities Beaches, Parks & Playgrounds to Try This Summer. She revises the list every year to keep us in the know.
Shakespeare in the Park at Twin Cities Parks
One of my favorite ways to enjoy our parks is with a play or musical in a park. It doesn't really have to be Shakespeare, it can be the latest Disney princess musical or even a puppet wagon. In fact, sometimes Open Eye Figure Theatre's driveway tour has some park stops. Watch our Performing Arts page each summer to find these fun, free park events.
Music in the Parks - Minneapolis, St. Paul, Suburbs
Nothing says easy summertime fun like music in the parks! The best thing is, there is seriously a concert every night of the week from Memorial Day until Labor Day. Obviously, some get cancelled due to weather, but pick any nice night, take a look at the Family Fun Twin Cities calendar and you can find music in a park. No sign up, no tickets, no money, no commitment. Show up, bring a picnic, play at some of the best playgrounds in Minnesota and relax to great music.
Movies in the Parks at Twin Cities Parks
One thing I love about Movies in the Park is that they tend to screen at some of the best playgrounds in Minneapolis and the greater Twin Cities. I love to make it a full evening with a picnic and some fun outdoor kid games and Park Games for Kids. This is a good time to see newer kids movies that you didn't catch in the theater or to introduce your kids to your own childhood favorites without having to gamble on library DVD quality.
Active indoor games for preschoolers are something we are always on the search for when the weather is uncooperative. The parks have a lot to offer with their tot times and open gym slots. For instance, they often offer riding toys, hula hoops, games to play with preschoolers, balls of all kinds, climbing structures, fun games for toddlers, etc.
Looking for the Best Playgrounds and Parks Beyond the Twin Cities?
If you are traveling outside the metro, you'll want to check out some of our favorite day-trip parks. If you are going further than that, we have a list of great family-owned websites to direct you to the best parks around the country so you don't have to depend on national websites or random internet searches.