Sledding and building snowmen are fun, but eventually you hit a day when you are desparate for Winter to be over. Your kids are running in circles around the house and jumping off stairs because they are desparate for space to move. You are desparate for a wide open space where your kids can expend all of their pent up energy and maybe finally take a decent nap. It's much too cold outside (STILL!) to really play out there so what do you do? Where do you go?
I remember this time of year well and with lots of dread. I completely sympathize and I wish I had know about this place when I had been living those long hard months of Minnesota winter. My friend Rebecca is a mom of two little ones in the Twin Cities area and she has found a fantastic play space to save just such a day.
Need to run off some energy in the dead of winter in MN? Good Times Park in Eagan is the place to be! I’m talking about the kids in this post, but adults can have fun here too.
The park is a family owned indoor playground with multiple areas to satisfy many ages, abilities, and interests. It has a semi-closed off space for little babies and toddlers.
It even has a small carpeted area with books and chairs if your kid just needs to rest for a bit.
The bigger kids–older toddler and up–have many options. It has a lot of structures for climbing and sliding. Here is a GIANT pillow type, bouncing area that all the kids seem to love (and yes, the adults too).
On the other side of the facility is a basketball court, soccer field, building with giant foam blocks area, and lunch area.
*You pay either online or at the park and use a code to get in. Usually month memberships are cheaper.
*They ask that people take care of the space too. They provide cleaning supplies to clean your area after you eat and they ask that you help put materials away when you’re done (basketballs, building blocks).
*The lunch area includes many spaces to sit, a couple vending machines, cubbies to keep lunches (no refrigerator), a sink for washing hands, a broom, and cleaning wipes for the tables.
*The owners are usually on site, but other than that it’s not staffed.
*They have a nice diaper changing facility and a curtained corner of that diaper changing area with a chair for nursing. There are a couple chairs and benches around the park too that I have used.
*You need to wear your socks (or shoes) when at the park.
*They have a labeled bin of clean socks to borrow and then a bin where you can toss them when you’re done. How nice is that!
*Great storage space for your gear, jackets, and lunches.
This is such a well taken care of facility. The owners have also added a spinning apparatus (seen in the top picture) that most any child can enjoy too. Their hope is that children of all ages and abilities can have fun at their park. It gets very busy during the weekend, especially when it’s blistering cold outside. Come early, bring a lunch, and enjoy!
Written by Rebecca Nutter, M. Ed. Rebecca has a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She taught toddlers and preschoolers in various spots around the Twin Cities before she became a stay at home mom for her two girls. You can read more Minnesota with Kids ideas from her in our Minnesota section and check out her awesome Minneapolis Toy Lending Library for an affordable way to change up your play room at home!
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