Top 10 Kid-Friendly Things to Do This Summer

From vacations to staycations, St. Louis Park and Golden Valley offer loads of family fun!

1. Make a splash

St. Louis Park’s 20,000 sq. ft. Aquatic Park features a “wade-in” water playground, two four-story water slides, drop slides, a diving area, lap swim lanes, water obstacle course, a sand-and-water play area, a picnic area, gazebo, concessions, and more. For smaller tots, the 2,350 sq. ft. Oak Hill Park Splash Pad offers endless water play fun, with bubbling hoses, water nozzles, and sprinkler arches.

2. Catch some air

Carpenter Park Skate Park is a 6,500 sq. ft. all concrete outdoor skate park. Designed to replicate a plaza-style park, it features stair, rails, and a mini half-pipe. Perfect for practicing grinds, slides, and kickflips. Want a lesson? Head over to 3rd Lair Indoor Skatepark.

3. Unleash your inner ninja

Schaper Park Challenge Course is 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 for younger children.

4. Cruise the neighborhood

Explore St. Louis Park via canoe or kayak. Westwood Hills Nature Center offers 160 acres of marsh, woods and restored prairie. Rent a canoe and explore Westwood Lake or enjoy more than 3 miles of trails and walkways offering ample birdwatching and wildlife spotting. Kayak The Creek offers 2.5 – 3 hour paddling trips along Minnehaha Creek. Spot egrets and blue herons as you pass through Meadowbrook Lake. (For ages 12+.)

5. Have a “fling”

The Theodore Wirth Par 3 Disc Golf course offers 18 holes, ranging in length from 46-156 years, and tees for beginner and intermediate players. The course offers tree-lined fairways and rolling elevations.

6. Play in the backyard

The Backyard at Brookview is an indoor playground designed for ages 2-12. Kids will delight in the super slides, twisty tubes, cargo climbs, bumper balls, log rollers, cave crawls, and more! Plan a party in The Hideout or Clubhouse. And don’t forget your socks!

7. Enjoy your “spare” time

The Park Tavern Bowling & Entertainment Center, a local favorite for almost 60 years, offers bowling, arcade games, casual dining, an outdoor patio (and cornhole), and a full bar with big screen TV viewing. Texa-Tonka Lanes, family owned for over 30 years, offers 24 lanes of bowling, an onsite pro shop, and a full-service bar and grill.

8. Go retro

Learn about the history of electronic communication at the Pavek Museum. Their unique collection includes a Philco Mystery Control Radio, Theremin, Magnetaphon, and a Spark Gap Generator. The museum is also home to the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

9. Glide across the floor

The Roller Garden has been Minnesota’s #1 roller skating rink for over 50 years. Choose from roller or inline skates and go for a spin. When you’re ready for a break, grab a bite from the snack bar and play some arcade games.

10. Get your game on

REM5 VR Lab offers state-of-the-art virtual reality experiences for the entire family. Swim with whales, visit the Eiffel Tower, paint in 3D, fight a zombie apocalypse, play baseball or even become a space pirate! At Game Show Battle Rooms, try your favorite classic or primetime game shows. Or test your puzzle solving skills by escaping a locked room before time runs out at Escape MSP.

Check out our Destination Guide for a complete list of things to do in Minnesota’s Sweet Spot. For all the latest happenings, be sure to follow or like us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter. And don’t forget to tag your photos with #DiscoverSLP – we’d love to see them!