Sunday, December 30, 2018

Twin Cities- Where To Hang with Your Kids


Well, the results are in!  Thank you so much to those who completed my survey about what they'd love to see on the blog this year- a lot of people requested local resources about fun things to do with kids!  So I thought I'd update my most read post ever, Where To Hang With Your Babe, and share some more fun places we like to go.  If you known me in real life, you know I'm the least stay at home stay at home mom ever- ha.  We like to get out of the house!

New Mom Groups- for those first crazy days of being a mom.

Blooma- New mom & baby heaven. The (free!) new mom's group will get you though that crazy postpartum time, and it's also where I met a lot of my new mama friends.  There is also a breastfeeding support class called Milk and Cookies on Mondays from 12:30-1:30pm at their Minneapolis location
Health Foundations- Ophelia was born here!  Free new mama group every Thursday at 1:30.  
Enlightened Mama Community Parent Group that meets every Thursday at 10am at the MN Birth Center in St. Paul. $5 fee.  
Amma Parenting Center - They have both mom groups you pay for and meet with every week, and a free playgroup every Friday.  
La Leche League- Meetings can be a great way to meet other moms, especially moms who support nursing.  They have groups all over the metro.  

Indoor Playgrounds
(free for under 1!)

Eagles Nest- New Brighton
Good Times Park-  Eagan 
Blast Park- Eagan
Pinwheel Play- Chanhassen 
Edinbourough- Edina
Lookout Ridge- Woodbury 
InnerActive- Mounds View and Minnetonka
Tropics Playground (and waterpark/pool!)- Shoreview 
Rainbow Playground- Bloomington
Playground Plaza- Maple Grove
Brookview Backyard- Golden Valley
Mini Sota Play Cafe- Champlin
Monkey House- Maplewood

Open Gym/ Tot Times- aka my saving grace in the winter

Saint Paul schedule- we love the Edgecumbe location.  
Minneapolis schedule
Gleason's Gymnastics School- so fun! Eagan

Nature Centers

Libraries/Bookstores/Storytimes
Hennepin County- in my opinion, the very best storytime is the Baby Storytime at Nokomis Library with Library Lisa! 
Wild Rumpus Bookstore - this place is super cool and worth a visit, but the storytime  (at least when we have been there) is insane.  Like wall to wall insane. 
The Roseville library is very impressive- great kid's space and a coffee shop inside!

Museums/ Zoos
Minneapolis Institute of Art-  Free, and a super peaceful place to hang with your babe when they're little.  Plus the family center has a super cool play place.  
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory- one of our favorites.  The conservatory is a little tropical escape on cold January days! 
They also have a free program every Thursday with a different theme called Lil Explorers!
Music/Art Classes
Music Together- I did three rounds of this with Ophelia, and now am doing it with Ralphie! 
Art With Ellen- so fun for toddlers!
Stepping Stone Theatre- offers a weekly preschool drop in art class.  We adore this!

Trampoline Parks
SkyZone- Oakdale.  Has a Toddler Time jump!
Rockin' Jump- Eagan

Others
Sovereign Grounds Coffee Shop- has a big attached play space. 
Mall play areas - RosedaleSouthdale
Mall Of America- the possibilities are endless. Toddler Tuesdays, the Paw Patrol Indoor Playground, Nickelodeon Universe, Legoland... go crazy. 
Choo Choo Bobs- a train store with a free play area and storytime! 
ECFE- early childhood classes in every county- check out your local community ed for sign up!


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