Indoor Places for Early Risers

Rise and Shine! Do you feel like your children are wide awake and ready to go before most businesses are even open? You are not alone. Below are indoor places in the Twin Cities area that open before 10am. Now grab that cup of coffee and get moving!


Minnesota Children’s Museum (St Paul MN)

  • 9am daily; closed Mondays
  • $9.95 per child; children < 1 free, memberships

Science Museum (St Paul MN)

  • 9:30 daily, except Mondays when closed
  • $10 (4-12yrs); Free (0-3); $13 adults; memberships

Mississippi River Visitor Center (St Paul MN)

  • 9:30 Tues-Sun; Monday Closed
  • Always admission free

Dancing Goat Coffee Shop (St Paul MN)

  • 6:15am Mon-Sat; 7:30 Sun

Ginkgo Coffeehouse (St Paul MN)

  • 6:30am Mon-Fri

Carl Kroening Interpretive Center (Minneapolis MN)

  • 9am Mon-Sat; Noon Sun
  • Always admission free

Firefighters Hall & Museum (Minneapolis MN)

  • 9am Sat
  • $4 (3-12yrs); Adults $7

Riverview Cafe (Minneapolis MN)

  • 6:30am Mon-Fri; 7am Sat; 7:30 Sun

Sovereign Grounds (Minneapolis MN)

  • 6:30am Mon-Sat; 8am Sun

Fireroast Cafe (Minneapolis MN)

  • 6:30am Mon-Fri; 7:30 Sat/Sun

Dunn Brothers Coffee – Linden Hills  (Minneapolis MN)

  • 6am Mon-Fri; 6:30 Sat/Sun


Minnesota Zoo (Apple Valley MN)

  • 9am daily
  • $12 (3-12yr); $18 (13+yrs); Free (0-2yr), memberships

Edinborough Playpark (Edina MN)

  • 9am daily
  • $7/child

Wood Lake Nature Center (Richfield MN)

  • 8:30 am Monday-Saturday
  • Always admission free

The Works (Bloomington MN)

  • 9am Weekdays; Sat 10am/Sun 12pm
  • $8/person; Free (<2yrs), memberships

Richardson Nature Center (Bloomington MN)

  •  9am Mon-Sat; Noon Sun
  • Always admission free

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge & Visitor Center (Bloomington MN)

  • 9am Tues-Sat (winter); 9am Tues-Sun (summer)
  • Always admission free

West Side Perk (Bloomington MN)

  • 6am Mon-Fri; 7am Sat/Sun

Savage Sports Center  (Savage MN)

  • 6:30-9:30 a.m Monday, Wednesday, Friday.Open Walking/Jogging November – April
  • 9-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Toddler Tot Time | $3 per toddler with an adult

IGM Gymnastics (Burnsville MN)

  • 9:30am Open Gym Fridays (ages 1-6)
  • $8/child

Eagan Community Center – The Blast Indoor Playground (Eagan MN)

  • 8am Sat; 9am Mon-Fri; 10am Sun
  • $4 child (18mo-12yr); Free (<18mo or > 13yrs), memberships

Good Times Park (Eagan MN)

  • 7am daily
  • $8/child; memberships

Lebanon Hills Nature/Visitor Center (Eagan MN)

  • Daily, 9 a.m.–5 p.m
  • Always admission free

Playworks Family Play (Prior Lake MN)

  • 8am Mon-Fri; 9am Sat-Sun
  • $8.50 (3-12yr); $5.50 (1-2yrs); Free (<1yr)

River Bend Nature Center (Faribault MN)

  • Mon-Fri 8am; Sat 9am; Sun Closed
  • Always admission free


Pinwheel Play (Chanhassan MN)

  • 7am daily
  • $8.50/child; memberships

Big Thrill Factory (Minnetonka MN)

  • 9am Saturdays; 10am all other days
  • Pay per attraction or day pass options

Williston Fitness Center (Minnetonka)

  • Treehouse Play Area & Splashpad/Pool
  • 6am Mon-Sat; 8am Sun
  • >$5/kid, $3/adult (if you plan to swim, too)
  • Price includes play area & splashpad/pool

Westwood Hills Nature Center (St Louis Park MN)

  • 8am Mon-Fri ; 12pm Sat-Sun
  • Always admission free

Lakeshore Learning (St Louis Park MN)

  • 9am Weekdays; Sat 10am/Sun 11am

Pavilion Turf Tots & Play Place (Hopkins MN, Oct-Feb)

  • 9am Mon-Friday
  • $3 per child (9 months-5 years)

AirMaxx Trampoline Park & Fun Center (Eden Prairie MN)

  • 9:30am Mondays – Mini Maxxers
  • Pricing starting at $9

Prairie Play Zone (Eden Prairie MN)

  • 8am daily
  • $4 (18mo-4yrs); $5 (5yrs+); Free (<18mo), memberships

Shakopee Community Center (Shakopee MN)

  • 5:30am-9pm Mon-Fri; 8am-8pm Sat; 10am-5pm Sunday
  • Starts at $5; memberships

Jumps & Down (Shakopee MN)

  • 9am Sat; 10am Tues-Fri; 12pm Sun
  • $7/child; parents free

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (Chanhassan MN)

  • 8am-4:30pm Mon-Sat
  • $12 Age 13+, <12 free, memberships available

Chaska Community Center Playroom (Chaska MN)

  • 9am daily
  • $2-$4/child, adults free, memberships

321 Jump (Monticello MN)

  • Hours vary, but generally 9am Fri-Sat
  • $6.50/Jumper; 1 free viewing adult/child

Monticello Community Center (Monticello MN)

  • Play Area & Splashpad/Pool
  • 8am daily
  • $6.50/child; $7.50 adult (if you plan to swim, too)
  • Price includes play area & splashpad/pool

Safari Island Community Center  (Waconia MN)

  • Play Area & Splashpad/Pool
  • 5:30am Play area opens on Mon-Sat; 8am Sun; Pool opens at 10am
  • Children $6.50 Resident/$8 Non-Res; Age <2 free; Adult $7.50 Resident/ $9 Non-Res. Parents do not need to pay if they’re only going to the play area

Lowry Nature Center (Victoria MN)

  • 9am Mon-Sat; 12pm Sun
  • Always admission free

Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center (Carver MN)

  • 9am Tues-Sat
  • Always admission free


Maple Grove Community Center: Maple Maze Indoor Playground (Maple Grove MN)

  • 9am Mon-Sat; 10am Sun
  • $4.50 (1-12yrs); Free (<1yr)

Gleason’s Gymnastic School Open Gym (Maple Grove MN)

  • 9:30am Wed & Fri
  • $8/child; $10/family

Maple Grove Whole Foods Play Area (Maple Grove MN)

  • 8am daily

Shoreview Community Center: Tropical Adventure Indoor Playground (Shoreview MN)

  • 8am daily
  • $5/child ages 1-12; free to members

Eagles Nest Indoor Playground (New Brighton MN)

  • 9am Mon-Sat; Sun 11am
  • $5.50/child (12mo-12yr)

Eastman Nature Center (Osseo MN)

  •  9:00 AM–5:00 PM Mon-Sat; Noon-5:00 PM Sunday
  • Always admission free

Brown Family Adventure Park (Ham Lake MN)

  • 9:30 Mon-Sat; Sun 12pm
  • $7/child (ages 1-12)

Silverwood Park Visitor Center (St Anthony MN)

  • 9am daily
  • Always admission free

Tamarack Nature Center (White Bear Lake Township MN)

  • 8am Mon-Fri; 9am Sat; 12pm Sun
  • Always admission free

Wargo Nature Center (Lino Lakes MN)

  • 8am Tues-Fri; 9am Sat; 12pm Sun
  • Always admission free


Dodge Nature Center (W St Paul MN)

  • 8am Mon-Fri
  • Always admission free

Maplewood Nature Center  (Maplewood MN)

  • 8:30am Tues-Sat
  • Always admission free

Lakeshore Learning (Maplewood MN)

  • 9am Weekdays;Weekends Sat 10am/Sun 11am

Oakdale Discovery Center (Oakdale MN)

  • 8am Mon-Fri; 12 Sat; 1pm Sun
  • Always admission free

Giggle Factory (Hudson WI)

  • 9am daily
  • $5 (12-24mo); $7 (2yr+); Free (<1yr)


  • Mall Walking – Shopping malls often open their doors early for walkers
  • Public Libraries – Most open at 9am, except later on Sundays
  • Bowling Alleys – Quite a few open at 9am

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