Fun Activities for Kids to Experience in Minneapolis This Summer

Don't worry, you don't have to keep the kids bored in the house all summer. We have some safe and socially distant activities for you to keep them occupied as Minneapolis begin to reopen this season.

1. Virtual Reality/Gaming

Keep your video-game-loving kids active by exploring the world of virtual reality. REM5's state-of-the-art VR Lab is a hit for all ages and interests. Get your kids off the couch and transform them into Spiderman, a fruit ninja, a star quarterback and more.

See their COVID-19 preparedness plan.

2. Museums

If your kids missed out on field trips while everyone was trying out distanced learning, you'll be excited to hear that some museums are opening to the public again. Although there will be capacity limits, all kinds of learning opportunities await in our favorite museums, including The Bakken and the Walker Art Center. Expect new protocols when visiting like mask requirements, ticketed times and reduced hours.

3. Cooking Classes

Have an aspiring chef experimenting in your kitchen? Get them some professional training with Cooks of Crocus Hill's Kids Camps. Classes range from global cuisine to baking to recreating popular restaurant dishes. All attendees (and the Cooks team) will need to complete a temperature check, complete a COVID-19 pre-screening form and wear masks during the class. For more details on their commitment to health and safety during COVID-19, please visit this link.

4. Solve a Puzzle

Get your kids thinking creatively by trying to solve their way out of an escape room at Trapped Puzzle Rooms. Race against the clock while finding clues in "Diagonal Alley", uncover secrets in a supervillain's lair or travel back in time and help save a kingdom. Masks will be required throughout the experience. See more of their COVID-19 safety precautions.

5. Beaches and Parks

Do your kids need some place to release their energy? Minneapolis is full of parks and beaches where you can run and swim, and still keep your distance.

Beaches are open during regular park hours, from 6am to 10pm daily. Bde Maka Ska, Thomas Beach, Lake Nokomis Main Beach, Wirth Lake Beach, Lake Harriet North Beach and Cedar Lake East Beach will have lifeguards on duty seven days a week from noon to 7pm.

Why not take a picnic to the park? With so many takeout options, and plenty of green space to spread out, social distancing suddenly doesn't seem so bad. Grab your favorite food, bring a blanket, and enjoy some outdoor time with the kids!

6. Water Taxi

If your kids enjoy being out on the water then they'll love the Mpls Water Taxi experience. This hour long boat ride can accommodate a family of 6 and takes you on a trip up and down the Mississippi River. The whole family will get to take in incredible views of the city and appreciate some nice relaxing time on the river.

7. Patio Dining

Go out to lunch at one of the many patios that are now open (reservations are often required). The family can enjoy a mix of food and sunshine while being assured that restaurants are taking precautions with updated cleaning procedures and socially distanced tables.

8. Experiences from Home

If your family is still not comfortable venturing out, there are still plenty of ways to experience your favorite city from home. Try putting together a virtual puzzle, have a dance party while listening to local artists, or go on an online tour. We've curated our very own Minneapolis virtual experience for you and your family!

9. Minnesota Zoo

Time to visit our animal friends again as the Minnesota Zoo prepares to reopen. The new Zoo experience will address the health and safety of guests, staff and animals. Ticket purchases will be required online and for a specific date and time. There will be both indoor and outdoor trails with one-way traffic flows and markers to promote social distancing. Masks will be required for all guests ages 3 and up.