School’s out—at least for a long weekend on October 17 and 18. And with more mini-breaks in November and December, we’ve found a bunch of places to keep your children’s brains and bodies busy while they’re not in class. From cooking and art to jumping and climbing, the southwest metro offers something for just about every interest.
With a large trampoline park, laser tag arena and cosmic mini golf, kids and adults of all ages can find something interesting at Airmaxx Trampoline Park and Fun Center. The huge arcade also features mini bowling and a laser maze. 7000 Washington Ave. S., Eden Prairie; 952.232.0096.
Carver County Historical Society
If you’re a history buff, the Carver County Historical Society is your ticket to fun with your family. The museum opened a new exhibit this fall highlighting the Westermann Spinning and Weaving shop, including items from the original shop. 555 W. First St., Waconia; 952.442.4234.
Eden Prairie Art Center
The Eden Prairie Art Center provides access to the arts for everyone from toddlers to seniors. The center offers special classes for children throughout the October 17–18 teacher conference weekend, including Two Days of Clay for MEA for children ages 5–10. This workshop gives kids the chance to learn about creating vases, bowls and sculptures. Children ages 6–12 can take a field trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts followed by an afternoon creating at the art center. 7650 Equitable Drive, Eden Prairie; 952.949.8304.
Jump and Jam Activity Center
If your kids just need to “jump their jiggles out,” check out Jump and Jam. This indoor trampoline park features an open jump area, two dodgeball courts and two jump lanes with basketball hoops. Jump and Jam also offers laser tag. With this much fun, the kids may not want to leave. 18832 Lake Drive E., Chanhassen; 952.937.6218.
Kidcreate Studio offers art education in a kid-friendly environment. Owner Lara Olson says that kids are welcome to come in and make a mess. Classes are open to children ages 18 months to 12 years, and the studio offers special programming October 17 and 18, including a pajama party at the museum where children can wear pajamas and learn about the work of Michelangelo, a food-a-licious art camp for children ages 5–12 and more. Kidcreate even offers a date night option for parents wanting some time alone. 7918 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie, 952.974.3438.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
From the Maze Garden with a special kids-only area to the Shade Tree Exhibit with its tree fort, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum has it all. Kids can explore the ‘Hide-n-seek’-friendly hedge display on Three-mile drive and The Green Play Yard. With natural activities for parents and children, the Learning Center and play yard offer educational programs and weekend family fun. And if that’s not enough, the arboretum is planning a special Harvest Rainbow event from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays in October. This event offers children the chance to prepare garden fresh foods using colorful vegetables and fresh herbs. Families can also grab lunch at the arboretum’s restaurant offering healthy and kid-friendly options. 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chanhassen; 952.443.1400.
Safari Island Community Center
Safari Island offers rental for items like frisbees, volleyball sets, tug-o-war ropes, bocce ball and more. The Lions Den includes a four level indoor play structure with ball pits, a slide and more for kids to climb, crawl and explore. If you aren’t all adventured out, stop by Amazon Bay for a zero-depth pool. For the bigger kids or kids at heart, Raging Falls offers a thrilling 175-foot water slide. 1600 Community Drive, Waconia, 952.442.0695.
Way Cool Cooking School
With classes for children ages 3–14, Way Cool Cooking School is the perfect option for families who like to spend time together in the kitchen. The school offers cooking classes on topics ranging from sushi and soup to cartoon-themed options; check out the Halloween-themed class. 16544 W. 78th St., Eden Prairie, 952.949.6799.