While there are plenty of fun outdoor winter activities in the Twin Cities, sometimes the cold weather inspires you to seek out some indoor family-friendly fun.  Indoor playgrounds, art projects, theater, a theme park, and more—here are some of best indoor kids’ activities in the Twin Cities.

Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing Museum

  1. Museums

Have fun (and learn something, too) at these museums.  At the Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing, see historic aircraft, motor vehicles, and a collection of WWII artifacts at an operating airport.  The Minnesota Children’s Museum promotes play and discovery with a makerspace, four-story jungle gym, miniature city, and more.  At the Minnesota History Center, the “Then Now Wow” exhibit was designed to teach little history buffs about state history and features a play structure with steps and slides.  Exhibits at the Science Museum of Minnesota include dinosaurs and fossils, the interactive Experiment Gallery, and a cell lab where kids can use real lab equipment.  The Works Museum makes engineering engaging with hands-on activities.

The Gove Indoor Water Park Inver Grove Heights

  1. Indoor playgrounds

No need to worry about snow and ice at these indoor playgrounds!  The Grove Indoor Water Park has a play structure with splash features, water slides, and floating logs.  Lookout Ridge Indoor Playground is inspired by the St. Croix River Valley, with forests, a tree house, and a cave.  The Northwoods-themed Adventure Peak features four giant tube slides, a climbing wall and a 30-foot lookout.  Good Times Park is Minnesota’s largest indoor playground, with over 25 different play pieces including slides and a climbing web.

Kidcreate Studio

  1. Craft spaces and art studios

Create a cute craft or fridge masterpiece at these kid-friendly DIY spaces. At Kidcreate Studio (locations in Eden Prairie, Savage, and Woodbury), art classes and camps focus on providing art education in a fun environment.  Heartfelt offers a menu of craft projects for all ages, highlighting natural materials and bright colors.   Courageous heARTS has an open studio where kids can experiment with different art supplies and techniques.

Can Can Wonderland

  1. Indoor sports

When temperatures are chilly, stay active with indoor sports.  Can Can Wonderland is a whimsical artist-designed indoor mini golf course, and there’s also an arcade with vintage games.  Bloomington’s REI store has a climbing wall open to the public.  At Skyzone (locations in Oakdale, Edina, and Blaine), visitors can bounce on trampolines, jump into a giant foam pit, and play dodgeball.  Grand Slam offers batting cages, laser tag, mini golf, and a play zone obstacle course.

Bowling is fun for all ages, and Drkula’s 32 Bowl in Inver Grove Heights offers open bowling daily.  The Inver Grove Heights Aquatic Center has an 8-lane lap pool with open swim times.

Mr Poppins Penguins Childrens Theatre

  1. Theater

Children’s Theatre Company stages shows adapted from beloved children’s books and offers sensory-friendly performances for patrons with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other sensory, social, and cognitive disabilities.  At SteppingStone Theatre, the kid-friendly performances feature actors ages 8-18.

On the silver screen, enjoy at a movie at AMC Inver Grove 16, which has recliner and reserved seating and food options like flatbread pizzas and hot dogs.

SeaLife Aquarium Mall of America

  1. Mall of America

There’s a lot more than shopping at the Mall of America! Get up close and personal with sharks, sea turtles, rays, jellyfish, seahorses and other critters at SEA LIFE Minnesota AquariumNickelodeon Universe is the nation’s largest indoor theme park, with gentle rides for little ones and thrill rides for older kids.  At Crayola Experience, there are over 20 hand-on activities including naming and wrapping your own crayon, animating your art in 4D, and creating your own coloring page.  Moose Mountain Adventure Golf features 18 holes and a Northwoods-inspired design.  On Toddler Tuesdays, there are special character appearances, arts and crafts, storytime, and kids eat free specials at over a dozen eateries.

Looking for a convenient place to stay in Twin Cities?  Inver Grove Heights is just 5 minutes from St. Paul and less than 20 minutes from downtown Minneapolis, and close to attractions like the Mall of America and MSP International Airport.  Book your room today at these Inver Grove Heights hotels!