Family travel tips: kid-friendly activities & experiences in Minneapolis

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If you are planning a trip to the Minneapolis, Minnesota area and you’re bringing kids, then I’m sure you’ll want to find fun activities in Minneapolis that kids will enjoy.  Here at Green Vacation Deals, we’ve picked out the 25 best things you can do with your children in Minneapolis that will make your family trip a sure success!

    1. Nickelodeon Universe: One of the greatest attractions in the Minneapolis area is the Mall of America in nearby Bloomington, so a lot of the attractions on this list are actually in the Mall of America.  One of those is Nickelodeon Universe, an actual amusement park located inside the mall.  This is a great place your kids would enjoy – and if you have someone else on your trip watch your kids, then you can even get in some shopping while they spend time doing fun rides!
    2. FlyOver America: A unique, awesome part of the Mall of America is FlyOver America, where you can experience a 10-minute flight simulation experience where the state-of-the-art special effects will make you feel like you’re flying over the lakes, mountains and rivers of our beautiful country.
    3. SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium: A fun activity your whole family can enjoy together at the Mall of America is SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium.  They have a lot of great exhibits where you can enjoy seeing beautiful sea creatures, like sharks, clownfish, seahorses, etc. plus there are a lot of great experiences like feeding stingrays and even snorkeling with fish!  You can get discounted tickets by purchasing your tickets ahead of time online.
    4. Amazing Mirror Maze: Want even more fun in the Mall of America?  Try the Mirror Maze, where the whole family can enjoy making their way through this mirror maze.  And you can purchase discounted tickets for your family by clicking here.
    5. Crayola Experience: Yet another fun experience you and your kids can have at Mall of America is the Crayola Experience, where there are over 22 hands-on activities blending technology, creativity, chemistry and of course fun!  Thousands of crayons will be at you and your child’s disposal so you can create whatever you want at the Ultimate Coloring Station and if you can’t find the crayon you want, you can even wrap and name your own crayon!  You’ll even be able to take a behind-the-scenes tour of how crayons are made.  A definite must if your kids like coloring, and you should purchase your tickets here if you like saving money.
    6. XD Ride: If your child loves gaming then they love this 7D experience you can have at XD Ride in the Mall of America.  Guests are strapped into a motion seat where they can experience the sensation of flying, crashing & falling while experiencing environmental effects such as blowing wind, surrounding sounds and light effects.  They can enjoy Zombie Attack, Robotic Wild West, Road Fighters and Gigamon, and you can save money by clicking here.
    7. Rainforest Cafe: There are a lot of great restaurants at the Mall of America, but perhaps the most family friendly is the Rainforest Cafe.  Children and adults alike enjoy the fun atmosphere and great animal animatronics, not to mention the periodic “storms” that occur during your meal.  You can save money here, too, by joining the Landry Select Club.
    8. Great Wolf Lodge: If you’re in the Mall of America area, then head to the 75,000 square foot indoor waterpark at the Great Wolf Lodge!  You can enjoy great attractions like the River Canyon Run (a 4-story raft water slide), a 4-story treehouse with a 1,000 gallon tipping bucket, the Cub Paw pool for younger kids, etc.  You can enjoy these features without staying at the Great Wolf Lodge – but if you want to stay at the Great Wolf Lodge, you can get a discounted stay by clicking here.
    9. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema actually has a lot of great children’s activities at their movie theater.  They show children’s movies and have kids’ menus.  You can even watch PBS shows on the big screen there.  Alamo Drafthouse Cinema even offers movies in a sensory friendly environment, which I really appreciate it.  You can find out more here.
    10. The Fun Lab: The Fun Lab, as the name would imply, is a lot of fun.  You can enjoy bumper cars, VR experiences, a laser maze, mini bowling, a ropes course and more.  You can save up to 53% by clicking here.
    11. Three Bear Waterpark: Three Bear Waterpark is a wonderful indoor waterpark.  It has lots of waterslides and pools.  Additionally, you can enjoy multi-level laser tag and arcade games there.  You can save up to 52% on admission by clicking here.  It’s located inside a Holiday Inn Express and could make a nice weekend trip from the Twin Cities.
    12. Tech Academy: If you are looking for a place to keep your child entertained but also have a great educational experience while you enjoy Minneapolis, then consider enrolling your child in a class at the Tech Academy in nearby Little Canada.  They offer STEM education classes for children & teens ages 4 to 15 years old with classes in robotics, coding, engineering, minecraft & movie making.  You can save at least 50% on admission for a 2-day camp through Groupon.
    13. Blainbrook Entertainment Center: The Blainbrook Entertainment Center in Minneapolis is another great place to take the family.  It includes a bowling alley, a sports bar with large TV-screens for games and a 4,100-square-foot arcade with arcade games, virtual reality games, pool tables, dartboards, poker tables, etc.  You can get discounted packages by clicking here.
    14. The Park Tavern: Your kids can enjoy great burgers or pizza and bowling while you can enjoy a wonderful drink menu of domestic & imported beers & wines.  You can save 59% on tickets by clicking here.
    15. National Sports Complex: Your children can have a lot of fun hitting the ice.  The National Sports Complex in Blaine has open skate and open hockey.  And you can save 50% on tickets by clicking here.
    16. AMF – Bowlero: How about a day or afternoon when you can combine bowling, laser tag, a state of the art arcade with 4-D adventures, domed screens and amazing game experiences, like the World’s Largest Pac-Man, The Walking Dead, Mario Kart DX, NBA Hoops Basketball & more?  You can do this at AMF – Bowlero, which has multiple locations throughout the Twin Cities area – and you can save over half off game cards by clicking here.
    17. Fallout Shelter Arcade: If your child is a serious gamer, then they will love the Fallout Shelter Arcade in Minneapolis, where they can become completely immersed in virtual realities.  You can book discounted “missions” by clicking here.
    18. Urban Adventure Quest: If you were hoping to explore Minneapolis and see the city but worry your children will grow bored, then the Urban Adventure Quest might be a great choice for your family.  You explore the city following puzzles & challenges along the way and this makes sightseeing even more fun for your kids plus it is a great interactive experience which can bring you closer.  You can purchase a ticket here.
    19. St Croix River – Scenic Helicopter Tour: The St. Croix River is one of the few designated wild & scenic rivers in the country & is abundant with wildlife & rustic architecture.  A great way for you to experience it and keep your children entertained is by taking an exciting St Croix River Scenic Helicopter Tour above it.
    20. Valleyfair: One of the top amusement parks in the country is located in the Minneapolis area, and that is Valleyfair.  It has over 75 attractions & rides including 8 roller coasters.  It is opened seasonally and if it is open when you visit Minneapolis, your kids will definitely enjoy a visit!  Right now there is a great children’s Halloween event going, The Great Pumpkin Fest.  You can get discounted tickets here.
    21. Hyland Hills Ski Area: If your family enjoys winter sports, then in the winter you can enjoy the Hyland Hills Ski Area which offers downhill skiing and snowboarding for all levels in the Twin Cities area.  You can get discounted lift tickets by clicking here.
    22. Minnesota Twins Games: You and your kids can enjoy a Minnesota Twins Game, and if you worry your child will get bored during the day, you’ll be happy to know about T.C.’s Den, a hands-on area where kids can release their energy.  It is located on the club level of the stadium and it is a great place for your kids to go during the game when they get restless.
    23. Trail Rides at Erik’s Ranch: If your children are 8 or older, then you can enjoy trail rides at Eriks Montana Adventures in nearby Edina, the ranch which was used in the popular movies “Horse Whisperer” and “A River Runs Through It”.
    24. Kerfoot Canopy Zipline Tour: If your kids are 9 or older, then they may enjoy the Kerfoot Canopy Zipline Tour, which is just outside Minneapolis in Henderson, Minnesota.  You’ll enjoy the beautiful Minnesota River Valley in a way you’ve never seen before!
    25. Disney On Ice: if you happen to be in Minneapolis from December 5th to December 8th, then you can check out Disney On Ice: Worlds of Enchantment, a sure hit with children!


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