Looking for some fun activities to keep your kids (or yourself!) occupied over spring break? Inver Grove Heights and the Twin Cities have plenty of options to stay busy indoors and out. Whether you want to indulge your green thumb with a gardening class, take the kids to the zoo, or hit the slopes, this list has you covered.
Splash year round at The Grove Aquatic Center’s indoor water park. A zero-depth entry pool helps little ones ease into the water, and there’s also a play structure with splash features, spray toys, and a water table. Bigger kids will love zooming down the two large water slides and scrambling over the floating logs.
It’s not too early to get a head start on spring planting! At Gertens annual hanging basket garden party, experts will help you create your own hanging basket. Then, Gertens will grow your basket baskets in their greenhouse until it’s ready for pick up in May. Materials and light refreshments are included.
The historic conservatory at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory is a lush escape from the winter chill, with a variety of gardens that feature tropical plants and water features. The artistic flower shows at the Sunken Garden are updated seasonally, the Palm Dome has towering trees that are over 100 years old, and the North Garden offers a glimpse of plants that provide foods like chocolate and figs.
The Mall of America’s Nickelodeon Universe has 27 indoor amusement park rides, ranging from toddler-friendly to thrilling roller coasters. There are also appearances by characters from favorite cartoons, including Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Paw Patrol.
Zoos and Aquariums
Como Park Zoo is one of the country’s few free zoos and is home to everything from giraffes and gorillas to bison and polar bears. On cold days, The Tropical Encounter exhibit feels like a budget-friendly getaway, with a rainforest landscape and animals like turtles, an anaconda, and Chloe the sloth.
With over 5,000 animals and 485 acres, the Minnesota Zoo offers a day’s worth of fun. The Northern Trail highlights animals native to cooler regions around the world, while the Tropics Trail has lemurs, gibbons, and other warm-weather species. At Discovery Bay, learn about sea life with the interactive touch tide pool.
Featuring both native and exotic species, Sea Life Aquarium lets visitors get up close and personal with sharks, turtles, rays, and other aquatic animals. The new “Brave the Rainforest” exhibit will open March 15, 2019, with creepy crawly critters like cockroaches, pythons, millipedes, and more. The new exhibit will feature interactive experiences, animal encounters, and special weather effects.
Celebrate spring break Minnesota-style by embracing the great outdoors and hitting the slopes! Buck Hill offers skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. There are 16 runs, including a halfpipe and freestyle terrain. At 300 skiable acres, Afton Alps is the Twin Cities metro area’s largest resort. Enjoy 52 trails and 4 terrain parks for skiers and snowboarders of all ability levels.
Guests and spectators are always welcome to watch matches at the Saint Paul Curling Club from the heated club room and bar area. League games are played daily from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. from October to mid-April.