Whether you’re on a vacation or a staycation this spring, we know the kiddos want to be entertained. That’s why we’ve put together this list of family-friendly attractions in St. Louis Park and Golden Valley.
There’s something for everyone at Brookview. Kids ages 2-12 can get their wiggles out in the Backyard, an indoor playground filled with super slides, twisty tubes, cargo climbs, bumper balls, log rollers, and cave crawls. Snow still on the ground? Older kids can challenge themselves on one of Brookview’s two 18-hole disc golf courses. Can they make the elusive hole-in-one? A bundle of discs is only $6 to rent. And when it’s time to grab a bite, the whole family will enjoy the Three One Six Bar + Grill, with its classic American menu of burgers, salads, sandwiches, and flatbreads, complete with a selection of kid’s favorites.
For families who enjoy a challenge, test your puzzle solving skills by escaping a locked room before time runs out. Choose from one of 5 missions, each designed around a specific theme and experience level, and see if you can find the clues, collect the assets, and make it out in time. You’ll have to work together if you want to survive. Designed for ages 10+.
Do you love game shows? Create ridiculously fun memories with your friends and family at Game Show Battle Rooms. Your host will guide you through your favorite TV game shows. Choose the classics: Friendly Feud, Wheel of Phrases and Name That Price or primetime favorites: Minute Games, Matchup, and Friendly Feud. Perfect for ages 10+.
A local favorite for nearly 60 years, the Park Tavern is the perfect family hangout, with twenty lanes of bowling, arcade games, pool tables and dart boards. Hungry bowlers can take advantage of the full-service restaurant, which offers a comprehensive menu complete with freshly-made pizza, killer tator tots, and vegan and gluten-free options (with no upcharge!). There are also two bars with large screen TV’s to catch the latest game and, when the weather is nice, an outdoor patio with lawn games and seating for 150.
The Pavek is home to one of the world’s most significant collections of vintage radio and television equipment. A favorite of schoolchildren, visitors can learn about the history of electronic communication and the science of electromagnetism and sound. Their unique collection includes items such as a Philco Mystery Control Radio, Theremin, Magnetaphon, and a Spark Gap Generator. The museum is also home to the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
The entire family will fall in love with REM5 and their state-of-the-art virtual reality experiences. Swim with whales, visit the Eiffel Tower, paint in 3D, play baseball, have a snowball fight, take part in a zombie apocalypse and more! TV monitors allow you to follow along with the game player. VR pods are booked in half hour increments and are perfect for up to 5 people per pod. REM5 also makes great snacks and shareables, including flatbread pizzas, boneless wings, and cinnamon + sugar mini donuts. And for the adults in the party, there are MN craft beers, ciders, hard seltzers and wine.
Minnesota’s oldest roller rink has been in business for over 50 years. Choose from roller or inline skates and go for a spin on the beautiful hardwood maple skating floor. Enjoy the latest family-friendly tunes and cool disco lights. When you’re ready for a break, stop by the snack bar for a hot dog or some cotton candy and play some fun arcade games.
Schaper Park is home to the state’s first outdoor fitness challenge course. Loosely based on Ninja Warrior, the course allows kids and adults to race against time – and each other – through a 40-yard dash and an obstacle area. There’s also an all-inclusive play structure designed for younger children and their families of all ability levels.
Located in the heart of the West End, the ShowPlace is the perfect place to watch the latest movie releases. Enjoy stadium seating and the ability to select your seats in advance. Plus, there’s ample free parking in the attached ramp. Pro tip: Become an Extras member (it’s free) and never pay convenience fees when you purchase your tickets online. So get a bucket of popcorn, sit back, relax and enjoy the show.
Get back to nature at Westwood Hills Nature Center, home to 160 acres of marsh, woods and restored prairie. Try geocaching and enjoy birdwatching and wildlife spotting, including deer, turtles, fox, mink and owls, on over 3 miles of trails. The Interpretive Center offers fun, hands-on educational programs, exhibits and live animals, including a resident red-tailed hawk and a barred owl.
For a complete list of things to do in Minnesota’s Sweet Spot, check out our Destination Guide. For all the latest happenings, be sure to follow or like us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And don’t forget to tag your photos with #DiscoverSLP – we’d love to see them!