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Get Moving: Tot Times, Open Play, Gym & Swim Spots for Tots in the Twin Cities

1December 2021

Tot Times and Open Gym were my savior when my firstborn was a squirrelly toddler who needed a space to run off his pent-up wintertime energy. A few years later, I had four littles under the age of 7 who were climbing the walls and testing the limits of my sanity. Perhaps you find yourself in the same boat? Browse through our listings of indoor toddler activities to find an open gym, open playtime or open swim near you and treat yourself to a (near) guaranteed nap time.

Disclaimer: While we do our best to keep up with changes, Tot Times, Open Play and Open Gym times are subject to change without notice. We recommend calling or clicking on the accompanying links to double check our information before heading out. Updated and verified 12/16/2021.

PRESCHOOL TOT TIMES, OPEN PLAY & GYM AT COMMUNITY RECREATION CENTERS

Featured Partner: Music Together in the Valley 

Music Together: Exciting, award-winning music and movement classes for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, K-2nd graders—and the grownups who love them! Completely online for the Winter 2021 Session.

It’s safe, convenient, engaging, effective, stress relieving, connection building and totally fun. Even though your teacher is on the screen, each class is designed to be an active music-making experience for the whole family. Tuition includes one live 30-minute class each week plus weekly Tuesday evening ‘Musical Play Dates’ and Thursday evening ‘Songs, Stories and Lullabies’ and every other week Saturday night dance parties. FUN!

Free demonstration classes anytime at MusicTogetherClasses.org under ‘Demos.’


If you are looking for ways to get the whole family moving, check out our
 Family Sports & Fitness Calendar.

MINNEAPOLIS & ST PAUL TODDLER ACTIVITIES
OPEN GYM & TOT TIMES

Minneapolis Parks: Family Indoor Playground

When: Times & parks vary, open gyms continue into the winter of 2022
Ages/Cost: 5 & under with caregiver | FREE
Details: Finding tot times in the Minneapolis parks can be tricky. Click the above link and type “indoor playground” into the activity search box to get a list of parks that offer drop-in Indoor toddler activities and play with scooters, balls, tumbling mats and more. You’ll need to sign up for an active pass, but it is free and you can do that the first time you go in.

Saint Paul Recreation Centers: Tot Time

When: Times & parks vary and require pre-registration for specific time slot
Ages/Cost: 6 & under with caregiver | FREE
Details: St. Paul Tot time and open gym hours continue into the winter of 2022. Advanced reservations are available for a few locations, but most have moved back to drop-in style. Public health guidelines, including face coverings and physical distancing, will be in place.


TWIN CITIES NORTH METRO
OPEN GYM & TOT TIMES

ANDOVER COMMUNITY CENTER

Tot Time Open Gym

Address: 15200 Hanson Blvd NW, Andover, MN 55304
When: October 2021-April 2022, most Mon & Tues, 9:30-11:30am.
Ages/Cost: Ages 6 & under w/ caregiver, $3-$4/child
Details: Drop in for unstructured play time and special activities. Be sure to check the calendar for the latest schedule.

FRIDLEY

Tot Time Open Gym

Address: Hayes Elementary Gym, 615 Mississippi St NE, Fridley, MN 55432
When: Saturdays 10am-Noon; Fall Session begins 11/6/21-12/18/21; Winter Session 1/8/22-2/26/22
Ages/Cost: Drop in fee: $3 per child / $6 per family
Details: Enjoy free play with balls, hoops, scooters, jump ropes, music and more. Capacity is limited. (Thank you to our reader, Ally, for this information).

MAPLE GROVE COMMUNITY CENTER

Parent/Tot Time

Address: 12951 Weaver Lake Rd, Maple Grove, MN 55369
When: Check the open gym schedule at the beginning of each month at the link above.
Ages/Cost: Cost is $3/$3.50 per child, parents free during tot time only
Details: Stop at the front desk to pay or scan your membership card upon arrival.

TWIN CITIES SOUTH METRO
OPEN GYM & TOT TIMES

APPLE VALLEY COMMUNITY CENTER

Pre-K Gym

Address: 14603 Hayes Rd, Apple Valley, MN 55124
When: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 9-11am.
Ages/Cost: $15 membership or $3 drop-in

Family Open Gym

Admission is FREE for families. Sundays, 12-2:30pm.

EDINA

Tot Time

Address: Braemar Field, 7509 Ikola Way, Edina, MN 55439 
When: Tuesdays & Thursdays through December 30, 2021; Check the City Calendar for more dates.
Ages/Cost: At your discretion (w/ adult), $5/child
Details: Room to run, age appropriate toys and some organized games. Keep in mind when dressing – temp is set at 55 degrees. Also, Family Night  $5/pp.

MILLZ HOUSE – APPLE VALLEY

Millz House Open Play

Address: 14645 Felton Court, Suite #104, Apple Valley, MN 55124
When: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 9am-4pm; Wed: 9am-12pm.
Ages/Cost: Cost is  $6/child; parents and babies under 18 months free
Details: Work out the wiggles with indoor playsets, trampolines and basketball courts. Find social distancing and health/safety guidelines here.Indoor toddler activities

CHASKA COMMUNITY CENTER

Tot Time

Address: 1661 Park Ridge Dr, Chaska, MN 55318
When: Thursdays from 11:30am-12:30pm.
Ages/Cost: Kids ages 6 & under; drop-in fee of $9-$11/pp
Details: These activities, plus the indoor playground, are included with membership fee or drop-in fee.

Tot Swim

When: Mon-Fri-Sun, 9-10:30am.
Ages/Cost: Kids ages 6 & under; drop-in fee of $9-$11/pp
Details: These activities, plus the indoor playground, are included with membership fee or drop-in fee.

An awesome place to find Tot Time locations and other activities to do with my preschool child.

EAGAN COMMUNITY CENTER

Blast & Play

Address: 1501 Central Pkwy, Eagan, MN 55121
When: Tues & Thurs, 9am-12pm. (The Blast is open daily from 8am-8pm.)
Ages/Cost: Open to children 0-5 years old and their caregiver adult; Cost is $5/child, or a 10 visit punch pass for $45
Details: The Gym and The Blast are both included in admission.

The Blast Indoor Playground at Eagan Central Park, Eagan Minnesota
The Blast Indoor Playground

IGM GYMNASTICS – BURNSVILLE

Preschool Open Gym

Address: 12117 Riverwood Drive, Burnsville, MN 55337
When: Fri 9:30-11:30am
Ages/Cost: Ages 1-6. Pre-Register: $10/child or $15/family
Details: Supervised free-pay for pre-K families.

GLEASON’S GYMNASTICS SCHOOL – EAGAN

Preschool Open Gymnastics

Address: 2015 Silver Bell Road, Eagan, MN 55122
When: Wed & Fri 9:30-11:30am
Ages/Cost: Ages 0 to Kindergarten. Pre-Register: $8/child or $10/family; Drop-In: $10/child or $15/family
Details: Have the run of the equipment! Kids can jump on the trampolines, launch themselves into the foam pit, walk the balance beam, follow obstacle courses, swing from the trapeze and more.

Savage Sports Center

Tot Time

Address: 13450 Dakota Ave., Savage, MN 55378
When: Currently On Hold Due to Staffing Issues (November-April, Tues & Thurs, 9-11:30am)
Ages/Cost: Ages 5 & under, $3/child
Details: Toddlers can play on inflatables, throw balls, hit with bats, and more, all equipment provided.

TWIN CITIES WEST METRO OPEN GYM,
TOT TIMES & INDOOR TODDLER ACTIVITIES

HOPKINS PAVILION

Turf Tots

Address: 11000 Excelsior Boulevard, Hopkins, MN 55343
When: March 3 through April 21, 2022; Mon-Fri, 9am-2pm
Ages/Cost: Ages 1 to 5 years old; $5 per session per child
Details: .Back for Spring 2022,  playtime moves to the indoor turf where there’s more room to run! Kids 5 & under can play with bounce houses, climbing wall, sport balls, crawl tunnels, blocks, trikes and more.

Twin Cities Tot Times and other activities to do with my preschool child.


TWIN CITIES EAST METRO
OPEN GYM & TOT TIMES

We are not aware of any east metro open gym, tot times or indoor toddler activities for the winter of 2022.  If you know of anything, please leave a comment and we will share with the community.

Spend Tot Times at Indoor Playgrounds around the Twin Cities

OPEN TWIN CITIES INDOOR PLAYGROUNDS & PLAY CENTERS

INDOOR PLAYGROUNDS

This is a short synopsis of indoor playgrounds. Click the above graphic for a more detailed article.

SUBURBAN TWIN CITIES – MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

INDOOR PLAY SPACES

MiniSota Play Cafe | Maple Grove

Ages/Cost: Ages 1-9/$12, ages 6-12 mon/$5, adults $3 (or free with beverage purchase)
Details: MiniSota is currently the only location in the Twin Cities that combines an open play center with a café. Between themed days, storytimes and music classes there’s always special Indoor toddler activities going on (so check the calendar).

Minnesota Playseum | Ridgedale Mall, Minnetonka

When: Drop-In Play. Mon-Thurs 11am-6pm; Fri & Sat 11am-8pm; Sun 1pm-6pm
Ages/Cost: Ages 1-99. $12/pp.
Details: A bit like the Children’s Museum, but in the mall. Explore a bakery, art studio, science bar, play shops and restaurants, as well as places to read together. Staff on hand to help with projects at various stations.


Twin Cities Indoor Waterparks and Pools - Tot Times


OPEN SWIM AT TWIN CITIES
WATER PARKS & POOLS

Swimming can be a wonderful way to squeeze in a workout during the frigid winter months in Minnesota. Use this list of Twin Cities Indoor Waterparks and Pools to find tot times, open swims and special ways to save on splashing your way through the winter. Or, here’s a quick list:

Indoor Pools:

Seasonal Outdoor Pools:

  • Crystal Cove Aquatic Center | Little Splasher Pool Times – Select Saturdays 10:30am-12:30pm. ($3/child).
  • Minneapolis Wading Pools | Open to everyone, but best enjoyed by smaller kids. FREE. Open Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day (unless adjacent to a school, then they open the Saturday after the last day of school.)

Where are you taking your stir-crazy toddler or preschooler this fall? Leave us a comment and we’ll share your ideas with the community!


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OPEN GYMS WE HOPE TO SEE RETURN IN 2022

BLOOMINGTON

Program: Kids Open Rec | Creekside Community Center, 9801 Penn Ave. S
When: Last Sunday of each month; 10am-Noon
Ages/Cost: 8 & under, $2/child, caregivers free
Details: Children age 8 and under with a parent or guardian can enjoy open rec. For additional details, call 952-563-4944

CRYSTAL

Program: Preschool Playtime Open Gym | Crystal Community Center Gym
When: Wed, early October-mid April, 10-11:30am
Ages/Cost: 1-5, $3/child
Details: Jump, crawl, build and play the winter away in 3 gyms. 1 adult to every 3 kids required. Punch cards available for discounted visits.

EDEN PRAIRIE

Program: Tot Time Open Gym | Eden Prairie Community Center
When: Mon, Wed, Fri, 9-11:15 am – Sept–May
Ages/Cost: Best for ages 1-4; $5/pp ages 1-4, $6/pp ages 5+, under 1 and caregivers free.
Details: Participate in indoor toddler activities and free play with balls, hoops, scooters, jump ropes, tumbling mats, parachutes, and more. For $6/pp, admission to the Prairie Play Zone indoor playground is included.

MAPLEWOOD

Program: Preschool Gymboree | Maplewood Community Center
When: Thur, 10-11:30am (November 2019-March 2020)
Ages/Cost: Unstructured playtime with balls, mats, music, toys & games and Jump Castle is included for ages 5 and under. $5/child. Under age 1/free.

PLYMOUTH

Program: Open Play | Plymouth Field House
When: Mon, Wed, Fri – winter months, starting early November, 2020, 10:30am-1:30pm
Ages/Cost: Best for ages 3-5; $4-$5/child, caregivers free
Details: During the chilly months, heat in the field house is turned on to 55 degrees for fun with inflatables, slides, nets and lots of space to run the kids ragged. Call 763-509-5280 for more details.

SHAKOPEE

Program: Kids Playtime | Shakopee Community Center | Not offered for 2020/2021 Season
When: Mon & Wed | October through April, 10-11:15am
Ages: 1-5 with caregiver
Cost: $1/child
Details: Kids and their parents are invited to run around the gymnasium. Bring your clean trikes, riding toys, balls or use theirs.

ST LOUIS PARK

Program: Little Tot Playtime | St Louis Park Rec Center – Canceled.
When: Tues-Fri | Jan 4, 2022 – May 6, 2022 | 9:30-11:30am
Ages: 1-5 with caregiver
Cost: $3 per child door or $55 for 30 sessions.
Details: Due to increased health concerns, the program has been canceled for January – May 2022. The program may be offered in fall 2022.

VADNAIS HEIGHTS

Program: Toddler Open Dome | TCO Fieldhouse | Reopened for Sports, but no tot times as of Spring 2021.
When: Stay tuned.
Ages: Toddlers with caregiver
Cost: FREE
Details: Tot times are limited to 50 people per playing field. Spots are first come, first served.


CLOSED TWIN CITIES INDOOR PLAYGROUNDS & PLAY CENTERS

INDOOR PLAYGROUNDS – click the above graphic for all the details!

INDOOR PLAY SPACES

Snapology Discovery Center | Minneapolis | Winter 2022: Discover Center Drop-In Closed
When: Drop-in Playtime during the school-yr weekdays, 10am-3pm & summer, 9am-5pm. Fri, 10am-8:30pm & Sat-Sun, 9am-5pm
Ages/Cost: All ages pay $8/pp for unlimited play that day or drop off your child at $6/hr ages 5+
Details: Offers great indoor toddler activities, guaranteed to entertain with opportunities to build with LEGO bricks, K’nex and other materials.

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