Wanted: Thrill Seekers
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Geared a bit more to the younger and tweenage crowd than its local competitor Sky Zone, Eden Prairie-based AirMaxx also features laser tag, a cosmic (think black lights and neon) mini golf course, an arcade, mini-bowling (you have to see it to believe it, although one game will suffice) and a laser maze.
Located in nearby Minnetonka, The Big Thrill Factory is often voted as the top location for kids and teenage birthday parties as well as corporate events—go figure!
With locations in Eden Prairie, Lakeville, Brooklyn Park and Blaine, Brunswick Zone adds laser tag to the mix of bowling and ticket-earning arcade games.
Located just north of the Twin Cities in the suburb of Coon Rapids, is a one-of-a-kind outdoor water adventure. Featuring a wave pool, six waterslides (two body, four tube), a lazy river, zero-gravity entry pool, and a huge “sandbox” play area, this park has it all and then some.
One of the best outdoor waterparks in the metro is found just southwest of the cities in Eagan. Surrounded by a gently sloping grassy area dubbed ‘Lookout Point” that doubles as the perfect spot for setting up camp for the day
Chuck E. Cheese’s serves up family fun & entertainment across the Twin Cities with locations in Blaine, Burnsville, Edina, Osseo, St. Paul and Woodbury.
The aquatics center is the newest to the Twin Cities and it shows with the diversity of offerings: a 25-yard, six-lane lap pool, ample aquatic basketball hoops, children’s activity pool with family slide, one-meter diving board, two diving platforms, an aquatic climbing wall and zip line and a 400-foot lazy river.
Located in the heart of the Midway area of St. Paul, Como Town is a good-old-fashioned family amusement park surrounded by quaint 1930s era housing. With 19 rides aimed at younger thrill seekers, this family friendly haven is part of a 384-acre park with ample picnic and play areas as well as beautiful, paved trails.
Train or just play like an American Ninja Warrior at the Conquer facility in Eden Prairie – just make sure to stretch beforehand.
If Chuck E Cheese’s motto is “Where a kid can be a kid” Dave & Buster’s should be “Where an adult can be a kid” and still drink adult beverages.
There are very few indoor public parks like this one. Sunny and 70 degrees all year round, Edinborough Park, nestled in the heart of Edina, is a one-acre park featuring Adventure Peak.
Visit Mall of America this season for more than just holiday shopping. Fun events for the whole family abound at the Twin Cities’ big mall.
Operated by the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, this smaller waterpark is still a blast for families with younger children.
Spread across seven acres in the center of Mall of America is Nickelodeon Universe, the world’s first Nickelodeon-themed amusement park.
For some upscale dining mixed with an appetizer of Bocce ball and a dessert of bowling, look no further than Pinstripes, in the heart of Edina.
Smack in the middle of the infamous Level 4 of Mall of America lies this sports aficionado haunt. Combining the best of Dave & Busters and Chuck E Cheese with even more streaming sports on even more big screen TVs
Experience Nickelodeon Universe’s four-level ropes course, which features bridges, slides and an 800-foot zip line.
Experience the weightlessness of bouncing, flipping and landing in a pit filled with 10,000 foam cubes or try your hand against people of all ages and walks of life in trampoline dodge ball.
The crown jewel of outdoor waterparks in the Twin Cities is definitely this park within a park. When you pay for admission to Valleyfair, Soak City comes along with it.
Get your thrill on at Valleyfair, the midwest’s largest amusement park. With rides like Steel Venom, thrill seekers will find no better park in the region.
Located in the bustling southern suburb of Bloomington—home to Mall of America—is, you guessed it, Waterpark of America.
Family owned and operated since 1974, Woodale FunZone located in Woodbury is a perfect spot to head after shopping the nearby Woodbury Lakes Mall and Woodbury Common Outlets.
This indoor trampoline park in the northern Twin Cities suburb of Mounds View is similar to AirMaxx albeit with a slightly different mix of fun factors: trampolines as far as the eye can see, foam pits, laser tag and arcade.