If there’s one thing this cold snap has reminded me, it’s this: cabin fever is real. And it’s even worse for the little ones! After a beautiful summer of spending lots of time outdoors, playing at parks, breathing the fresh air, our little ones can have a hard time to adjusting to life indoors. In a later post, we will explore ways to comfortably spend time outside in the colder months. But for today, we are going to talk about indoor activities!

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1. Maple Grove Community Center: Maple Maze and Aquatic Center
Located in Maple Grove, this community center has 2 great attractions: Maple Maze Indoor Park and the Aquatic Center. At Maple Maze, kids years 12 and younger can run, climb, and slide on the indoor playground equipment. There is a special area just for those under 3! Admission is $4.50 for residents, $5.50 for non-residents. Or you can buy a 10 pass coupon book for $40! The Grove Cove Aquatic Center is another great place to play! With a zero-depth beach area, a tot slide, and water-spray activities, there is lots of fun for toddlers. Admission is $6 for Maple Grove residents, and $7 for non-residents. 10-pass coupon books are available for $55! My 2 year old son and I have gone to both the Maple Maze and Aquatic Center and have had a great time!

2. Toddler Tuesday at Mall of America
Spend the morning playing at the Mall of America! Events, special character appearances, dance parties, arts and crafts begin at 10am until noon and are free.┬áKids eat free at most of the restaurants in the mall, and there are special rates for ride passes just for toddlers! While you’re at the mall, stop by the Underwater Adventures Aquarium for some more fun!

3. Edinborough Park Playpark in Edina
Adventure Peak is the highlight of this indoor playground! With lots of places to climb and slide, many children are so excited to spend a morning or afternoon here. Have a toddler or baby? There is also a designated “Toddler Park” with small slides and places for your wee-ones to play. When your kids are tired of playing in Adventure Peak, there is also a huge open gym with lots of fun activities, such as bounce houses, basketball, and ride-on toys! Admission is free for children under 1 year, $7 for children over 1 year old, $60 for a 10-punch pass. Season tickets are also available!

4. Eagles Nest Indoor Playground in New Brighton
This indoor playground is very similar to Edinborough Park and the Maple Maze. Your kids will love jumping in the ball pit, climbing the wall, or going down slides. There is also a designated area for those under 3 years old! On Mondays and Wednesdays, from 10:30 – 1:30, a preschool open gym is included in the cost of admission! Admission is $5.50, children under 1 year old are free. You can also buy a 12-pass card for $55.

5. Storytime at your Local Library or Bookstore
A great way to spend time with your child is with books! Kids love books, especially as they are developing their imagination! Many local bookstores and libraries have storytime for babies through preschool.

What are some of your favorite indoor activities??