Maple Grove has a lot to offer for a suburb! It’s located about 20 minutes west of Minneapolis and we found plenty of awesome things to keep busy for a whole day of adventure. My kids wanted to go to an indoor water park so I wanted to find a new one to check out. We chose the Grove Cove Aquatic Center, located in the Maple Grove Community Center. Before we made it the water park we had a couple really fun stops.
The first place that we checked out was the Elm Creek Park Reserve. My kids were over the moon for the “rainbow park”! I was impressed with the different play structures and areas. There were also plenty of shady spots to sit. One of the coolest features at the park is the sand pit area, where there is a replica dinosaur skeleton that that the kids can dig up and live out all of their archaeologist fantasies!
After all of that playing it was time for a snack. We stopped by Nadia’s Cakes – what a treat! The store is adorable and the cupcakes were as beautiful as they were delicious! Next we stopped at the Maple Grove Rotary Music Plaza. This little area offers 6 different musical instruments to play. We found parking easily on the street. I don’t know how busy it normally is but on this particular area we were the only ones there and we had a blast jamming out!
After that it was time to hit up the pool. The Grove Cove has a great indoor water park for little ones. It costs $7 for non-residents, which was very reasonable. The water park has a zero depth entry area and then different depths of pools and water slides for different age kids. There were plenty of lockers and concessions available. The water was warm and my kids absolutely loved it.
On our way home we made one last stop, while a grocery store is not normally an adventure stop we wanted to check out the Maple Grove Whole Foods because they have a play area for kids. I needed to pick up some groceries anyway so we were multi-tasking! I was less than impressed with the play area; it was a disaster. I’m guessing that it looked like that because it was late afternoon on a Saturday but there were toys everywhere! My kids didn’t mind, guess it reminded them of their playroom at home some days!
In the end, Maple Grove was an excellent destination for a local adventure day! Here are some more ideas for kid-friendly things to check out in Maple Grove:
- Central Park
- Fish Lake Regional Park
- Maple Grove Town Green
- Venetian Waterpark at Holiday Inn
- Eagle Lake Youth Golf Center
- Whirlyball Twin Cities
- Maple Grove Arboretum
- Elm Creek Swimming Pond