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Minneapolis - St. Paul Area Playgrounds and Parks

The Minneapolis-St. Paul area boasts a wide variety of parks and playgrounds for the whole family. Kids love playgrounds, and why wouldn't they? Playgrounds are fun places for kids because there's so much to do and so many other kids to have fun with.

Good thing indoor and outdoor playgrounds can be found in Minnesota- kids shouldn't have to stop playing just because it's cold outside. Keep in mind, depending on the Minneapolis-St. Paul weather, indoor playgrounds can get pretty crowded-but the kids don't care. Minnesota has so many enjoyable parks and playgrounds- here is a list of a few of our favorites:

Edinborough Park and Adventure Peak

If you are looking for indoor fun, you can't beat the Edinborough Park and Adventure Peak, one of the largest indoor play structures in the country. With more than 6,000 trees, plants and flowers along a meandering cobblestone path, the playpark is almost an acre of some serious kid fun. The Adventure Peak is a 44-by-44-by-37 foot high climbing, low crawling, slip sliding Northwoods adventure. Climb into the 30-foot tall oak tree, slide down one of the four giant tube slides or wash down the triple wave slide. Climb across a canyon, scale the climbing wall and venture to the 30-foot lookout to spy around the Park. From the lookout, slide down the very popular and very fast new super slide. Adventure Peak also features great areas for toddlers to explore. The Tot Area includes climbing, crawling, sliding and even bouncing in an inflatable air bounce geared just for them. The entire padded, netted and enclosed structure has over 45 events to keep kids challenged and entertained for hours.

Nickelodeon Universe
Known for years as Camp Snoopy, and currently named The Park at the Mall of America, this indoor amusement park will soon become Nickelodeon Universe. Located in the center of the Mall of America, Nickelodeon Universe will be the world's largest indoor amusement park. Featuring seven acres of unique indoor attractions and entertainment. Nickelodeon Universe will be the only exclusive Nickelodeon theme park in the world, featuring rides, meet and greets with Nickelodeon characters and more.

Eagles Nest Indoor Playground, New Brighton
Children ages 12 months to 12 years can run, climb and bounce away their energy at the Eagles Nest Indoor Playground. Children can let their imaginations run wild as they leap into the ball pit, climb the 8 ft. climbing wall, zoom down the triple slide, and find their way through the wiggle waggles and the foam forest. The Eaglets Aerie has its own colorful ball pit, challenging climbing structure, reading corner and many other activities geared toward toddlers ages 3 and under.

Hyland Lake Park Reserve
With more than 1,000 acres of mature woodlands and a breathtaking prairie, it's hard to believe Hyland Lake Park Reserve is located in the heart of Bloomington. One of the most beautiful of Minneapolis parks, Hyland Lake is also one of the most popular. Hyland's award-winning 16,000 square-foot creative play area is equipped with various components for climbing and sliding. There also is a 1,500 square-foot accessible play area with sliding, swinging and climbing equipment designed to accommodate children ages 5 and under.

Lake Elmo Park Reserve
Located east of Minneapolis-St. Paul, the Lake Elmo Park Reserve has amenities galore, and there are several play areas located throughout the park. The largest play area is actually four separate play areas installed in one general location. There are slides, swings, tunnels, and more. A little known Mom Secret at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve- the swimming pond and its beautiful, sandy beach. The gradually sloping, sandy bottom makes the pond ideally suited for young waders, as well as serious swimmers. The pond is six feet at its deepest point, and, what Twin Cities moms love best-is filtered and disinfected for your family's pleasure and protection. The park also has clean rest rooms, changing rooms, and a food stand can be found in a nearby beach building.

Linden Hills Park and Rec Center
Located in southwest Minneapolis, this popular neighborhood park offers wide open spaces, picnic tables, a wading pool, and a large playground that's divided into two sections, with larger climbing structures and swings for older kids off to one side, and baby swings and inventive boat-themed play equipment on the other side.

Indoor and outdoor Minneapolis-St.Paul playgrounds and playscapes are fun for kids, and the social skills that children develop on the playground become lifelong skills. Most forms of play are essential for healthy development, but free, spontaneous play, the kind that occurs on playgrounds, is one of the most beneficial types of play.

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