Zoos and Parks
The Minnesota Zoo is a cherished place during the winter time. The zoo offers an indoor playground called the Bee Hive for your tykes to explore. There are also daily shows at the zoo, so check out the schedule to see what animals will be center-stage each day. Children under two years are free and the Zoo offers a Free to Explore pass for qualifying families. If you have the winter blues, you can brighten your day at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. The tropical plants and animals will make you feel like you’ve traveled to another place. How can they do that? The greenhouse may be indoors, but the glass make it seem like you’re outside in a jungle. They host special events and family programs all winter long, and even better, visiting is always free with suggested donation.
Have you ever been to an indoor theme park? Yes, roller coasters that are actually indoors! You can find them at Nickelodeon Universe at the Mall of America where you’ll also find favorites like Spongebob and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles wandering around. They have rides for all ages, so you can take the entire family.
Want to reach even more heights? Spend a day at Vertical Endeavors. This indoor rock climbing wall is the perfect place to spend the afternoon trying something new! They offer youth (and adult) climbing lessons as well as a Boulder Sitter Club, where every Saturday kids 8 years or older can be dropped off and enjoy an evening full of climbing, new friends, games a movie and pizza. With walls up to 58 feet, 150 routes, and late hours, the climbers in your family can spend endless hours here. Not to mention, the Minneapolis location is on Eat Street, so you get both food and fun. Another fun climbing spot is the Minneapolis Bouldering Project. The high ceilings, open layout and nature light from floor-to-ceiling windows all set up the perfect scene for your climbing adventures, including a designated area just for family and kids. Day passes can be purchased at the front desk for any day of the week. And don't worry if you forgot your climbing shoes, they have rentals for $4.
Need a little pick me up after spending all that energy? Sovereign Grounds coffee shop has an indoor playground that’s toddler approved, but kids of all ages are welcome. So you can have your coffee, and they can continue their playtime.