THINGS TO DO IN WOODBURY WITH KIDS & FAMILY
Welcome to Woodbury, Minnesota! This Twin Cities suburb rests a few miles east of the Minneapolis-St Paul downtown areas and is a wonderful place to live, play, shop and explore. Woodbury fits neatly into a wedge between two major metro freeways, making it easy to reach and close to dozens of other Twin Cities-area attractions. Read on for all the top things to do in Woodbury, Minnesota, with kids. Family fun at its best!
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KID-FRIENDLY EVENTS THIS WEEK NEAR WOODBURY, MINNESOTA
Find this week’s Woodbury, Minnesota, family fun including the nearby southeast suburbs of the Twin Cities: Afton, Cottage Grove, Eagan, Hastings, Lake Elmo, Maplewood, Newport, Oakdale & St Paul Park. Find our full Twin Cities Family Fun Calendar here.
SPECIAL EVENTS, FESTIVALS & SEASONAL ACTIVITIES IN WOODBURY
Winter in Woodbury: sledding hills, snow tubing, and ice skating rinks
Outdoor ice skating rinks in Woodbury
The city of Woodbury maintains free public outdoor ice skating rinks at five parks including COLBY LAKE PARK, KARGEL PARK, OJIBWAY PARK, SHAWNEE PARK and a refrigerated outdoor ice rink at HEALTHEAST SPORTS CENTER. The refrigerated rink is for pleasure skating only, no hockey sticks or pucks allowed. Weather permitting, it opens early December. Learn more about Woodbury’s outdoor ice skating rinks here. Looking for an indoor skating option? The HEALTHEAST SPORTS CENTER also offers year-round ice skating (fees apply).
The best sledding hills in Woodbury
EAGLE VALLEY GOLF COURSE: The golf course’s 225 acres are used for sledding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.
VALLEY CREEK PARK: One of the top 10 requested features for this new park was a sledding hill. Watch for a sledding hill for the winter of 2022/2023. Find more awesome sledding hills near Woodbury here.
Insider Tip: We suggest these four Woodbury sledding hills:
- Middleton Elementary
- Red Rock Elementary
- Woodbury Elementary
- PIONEER PARK
Woodbury winter festivals & activities
Search for three coins this winter – one hidden in a Woodbury park each week! See link for details. You could win $100 worth of gift cards to Woodbury businesses! FREE, no registration required.
HealthEast Sports Center, 4125 Radio Drive, Woodbury, MN, 55129
Fun inflatables, obstacle courses, bingo, ice skating, music and more to ring in the new year. Geared towards families with children under 12. There is also a New Year’s Matinee option for those wanting to celebrate before bedtime $13/pp pre-registered, $15/door. December 31, 2023.
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Christmas & holiday events in Woodbury
Eagle Valley Golf Course, 2600 Double Eagle Ln, Woodbury, MN 55129
Help Santa decorate cookies, make a fun holiday craft and take a few picture with him. December 2, 2023, 9am-1pm sessions. $15/child.FIND MORE PLACES TO VISIT SANTA NEAR WOODBURY!
Christmas & holiday lights displays in Woodbury
8846 Glacier Road, Woodbury, MN 55125
Runs Thanksgiving through New Years. Sun-Thurs: 5pm-10pm; Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm.
10870 Artesian Lane, Woodbury, MN 55129
Submitted by the homeowner for 2021.
FIND MORE HOLIDAY LIGHTS DISPLAYS NEAR WOODBURY ON OUR HUGE LIST and hundreds of holiday events in our 2023 TWIN CITIES CHRISTMAS & HOLIDAY GUIDE.
More winter fun near Woodbury
For more outdoor winter fun in the Twin Cities check out our round up of free outdoor ice skating rinks our Winter Survival Guide and our Winter Family Festival Calendar – all filled with ways to enjoy the cold season.
Summer in Woodbury: Festivals & Activities
Buttons required for many events ($5/pp or $15/4-pack – children’s coin hunts, workshops and art activities), petting zoo, magic shows and Grande Parade. Learn more at the page. Ojibway Park. August 18-20, 2023.
M Health Fairview Sports Center, 4125 Radio Drive, Woodbury MN
The Independence Day festival includes bands, inflatables, food trucks and fireworks. July 4, 2023.
WOODBURY SUMMER COMMUNITY PARK EVENTS
- WOODBURY PUPPET WAGON – Traveling around more than 20 Woodbury parks with fun puppet shows. See link for schedule. Ongoing Mon-Thurs, June 12-August 10, 2023.
- STORYTIME IN THE PARK: Aimed at toddlers and preschoolers. Friday mornings in the park. See link for schedule.
- STARLIGHT CINEMA OUTDOOR SERIES: The free outdoor movie series is hosted at OJIBWAY PARK. Five dates: June 15 & 29, July 13 & 27 and August 10, 2023. Activities start at 7pm. 2695 Ojibway Dr, Woodbury, MN 55125.
Woodbury swimming & beaches
3175 Century Ave S, Woodbury, MN 55125
Offers a family-friendly swimming beach along with a volleyball court, a picnic area, an accessible playground, and a 5 1/2 mile bike trail (hilly in many spots). This park hosts a family campout July 7-8, 2023, $20/pp.
Woodbury splash pad
4125 Radio Dr, Woodbury, MN 55125
A splash pad and MADISON’S PLACE PLAYGROUND combine to create one of the most popular playgrounds in the metro. Madison’s Place is an all-inclusive playground with sun-shaded play decks, swings, sensory play equipment and ramps for wheelchair access.
Fall in Woodbury: Festivals & activities
Location: R.H. Stafford Library, 8595 Central Park Pl, Woodbury, MN 55125, USA
Vehicles like an ambulance, fire truck, garbage truck ad more will be on the Central park Patio. September 23, 2023, 9am-12pm.
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More Fall Fun Near Woodbury
Fall fun near Woodbury – the best apple orchards, pumpkin patches and corn mazes to take the kids and enjoy a beautiful fall day in Minnesota. Our guides are bursting with ideas for things to do.
Woodbury Halloween Events
Includes trick-or-treating at participating mall businesses plus take-home crafts and coloring pages. October 28, 2023, 10am-2pm. FREE.
Kids can dress up, troll for treats and enjoy other activities. The Woodbury location celebrates October 28 from 1:30-4pm. FREE.
Trick-or-treating is back throughout the grocery store. October 29, 10am-12pm. FREE.
Shepard Farm, 8946 70th Street S, Cottage Grove, MN 55016
Party with face painting, slithery friends, dancing, marshmallows over a bonfire, games and treats. October 28, 2023, 12-4pm. $8/pp advance, $10/pp day of.
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Easter egg hunts and events in Woodbury
2695 Ojibway Dr, Woodbury, MN 55125
Bring your bucket to collect eggs hidden around the playground then participate in a spring craft and take photos with the spring bunny. Best for ages 1-6 with an adult. March 25, 2023. Registration required for time slot between 10 and 11:30am. $8/child.
Find more Easter egg hunts near Woodbury on our master list: EXPLORE OUR GIANT LIST OF 2023 EASTER EGG HUNTS ACROSS THE TWIN CITIES METRO!
Spring registration for summer camps
Yes, it’s about that time to start planning summer camp opportunities for your kids! As many camps open registration as early as February (and many fill almost as quickly), we strive to publish our 2023 GUIDE TO TWIN CITIES SUMMER CAMPS accordingly. We work closely with local businesses and camps to provide a wide variety of activities and concentrations. Some camps we are proud to highlight in Woodbury, Minnesota, include:
Carver Lake Park, 3175 Century Avenue South, Woodbury, MN 55125
Summer day camp program with classic activities such as swimming and outdoor games. Full and half-day options available for ages 6-12. Sessions run June 5-August 11, 2023. Morning: Res $100/NR $120 per week. All day: Res $200/NR $225 per week.
1785 Radio Dr. Suite F, Woodbury , MN 55125
Full, half-day or one-day mini-camp options and extended lunch hour sessions for ages 3-12. Summer sessions run May 30 – September 1, 2023. $85/one-day, $120-$160/multi-day.
380 Rivertown Dr #200, Woodbury, MN 55125
Arts Education Camps for various levels from super hero camp to a theater intensive. Baby & Me – 12th Grade; June-July. $250-$450/camp. 2023 TBA.
Cool places to take kids in the Woodbury area
Central Park, 8595 Central Park Place, Woodbury, MN 55125
WOODBURY CENTRAL PARK is a landscaped, climate-controlled indoor public park that houses LOOKOUT RIDGE INDOOR PLAYGROUND, the local library (R.N. Stafford branch of the Washington County Library), a branch of the YMCA and an ECFE center. There is also a city-owned café located next to the library. The park hosts free community programs, music, and movies throughout the year. Lookout Ridge is one of the featured indoor playgrounds in our Twin Cities Indoor Playgrounds and Play Areas Guide. The play equipment and climbing structure is themed to look like the St Croix River Valley with lookalike limestone caves and giant tree trunks. You can climb to the treetops and then make your way to the bottom on a number of zippy slides. Preschoolers and toddlers have their own spaces to bounce, climb, slide and explore a maze of tunnels and caves if they are not yet ready to scale the treehouse. $5.50/child.
Woodbury Minnesota Free Family Fun at Parks & Outdoor Play
Woodbury’s extensive parks system includes 45 neighborhood parks, five major open spaces, and five community parks plus miles of trails, athletic fields, play structures, and more natural spaces to explore. Our list of the is a great place to start no matter the season. Our Parks Search tool also covers most of these parks – just type “Woodbury” into the location search space. Some parks not to miss when searching for things to do with kids outdoors in Woodbury:
Free Family Fun:
- Splash away the summer at M HEALTH FAIRVIEW SPORTS CENTER splash pad.
- Fun and inclusive equipment at MADISON’S PLACE PLAYGROUND
- Hit the beach at CARVER LAKE PARK.
- Fish at POWERS LAKE PARK, stocked by the DNR.
- Summer movies outdoors at OJIBWAY PARK.
- Develop off-roading bike skills at CARVER LAKE PARK.
M Health Fairview Sports Center & Madison’s Place Playground
4125 Radio Drive, Woodbury, MN 55129
M HEALTH FAIRVIEW SPORTS CENTER is a multi-use destination with indoor and outdoor facilities. Amenities include a 90,000-square-foot indoor field house, two indoor ice arenas, an outdoor ice skating rink, outdoor athletic fields, a colorful splash pad, and MADISON’S PLACE PLAYGROUND, the Twin Cities East Metro’s first completely handicapped accessible inclusive playground.
Carver Lake Park
3175 Century Ave S, Woodbury, MN 55125
CARVER LAKE PARK is one of Woodbury’s finest, with family-friendly amenities that include a swimming beach and volleyball court, a picnic area, two playgrounds, and a bike trail. The trail is popular challenge for off-road bikers. There is also a bike park for kids to work on biking skills. The beach is large, sandy and clean. This is the kind of park you can make a day of it at!
Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free or Cheap Near Woodbury
1629 Lena Court, Eagan, MN 55122; (651) 289-2000
1750 Weir Dr, Woodbury, MN 55125; (651) 289-2001
Day/Time: Mondays; All Day
Deal: Kids eat free with purchase of regular sized pasta or entrée.
909 Vermillion St., Hastings MN, 55033; (651) 438-9191
6025 Hudson Road, Woodbury, MN 55125; (651) 735-1000
Day/Time: Tuesdays, Hours vary by location
Deal: Kids Eat Free: 1 child (12 and under) eats free with adult purchase at all Twin Cities locations.
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Woodbury Performing Arts
Rivertown Drive, Woodbury, MN, 55125 55125
MERRILL ARTS CENTER in Woodbury is an all-volunteer theater that offers family-friendly shows and acting, piano, voice, and dance classes as well as summer camps for kids. Merrill produces several family-friendly shows a year, which we list on our performing arts calendar. Among the family-friendly offerings there is usually a Christmas show each year.
Woodbury Minnesota Family Fun Map
Find More things to do in the Twin Cities with Kids!
Woodbury is just the beginning! FAMILY FUN TWIN CITIES tries hard to be the best resource when it comes to finding things to do with your kids and family in the Minneapolis-St Paul metro area of Minnesota. We strive to cover a wide range of communities and share activities and events we have personally experienced with our own kids in tow (all 12 of them!) We call the Twin Cities HOME and are excited to share the area with you! Visitors to Woodbury, Minnesota particularly love these Twin Cities attractions:
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