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Indoor activities for kids during cold days off

This list will be updated throughout Tuesday.

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — The kids have the day off because it’s just too cold for school. 

But for parents and guardians, there is no staying home from work. 

So, what should the kids do all day?

If you have an idea, Tweet us using #Sunrisers. In the meantime, we’ve reached out to local centers to find out what kids can do today. 

Here are some options to consider:



  • If you participate in YMCA school age care programs, you will directly receive communications on where and when to get the care you need for your child.
  • Youth ages 10-17 may attend the YMCA alone, as long as they are a member or accompanied by a member.
    • Guest pass or $5 fee will be required for non-member.
    • At age 18, they are considered an adult and the fee is $10.
  • At the Harold Mezile North Community Youth & Teen Enrichment Center in North Minneapolis, the Y will offer a special school release program for from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • For any questions, please contact your local YMCA to see what programs and services are offered in your area and school district.


  • Click here for a list of all recreation centers in Minneapolis
  • Rec Plus program available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 4 sites
    • Webber – 4400 Dupont Ave N  (612-370-4916)
    • Waite – 1810 34th Ave. NE  (612-370-4959)
    • Matthews – 2313 28th Avenue South (612-370-4950)
    • Lynnhurst – 1345 Minnehaha Pkwy. W (612-370-4914)
  •  Registration is on site.  $40 for Mpls residents.
  • The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board offers needs-based financial assistance on its website.


  • Click here for a list of all recreation centers in Minneapolis 
  • No additional programming - if your child is old enough to not be with an adult, they are welcome (use best judgement)
  • Open Gym times vary


  • Toddler Tuesdays - no sign of cancellation on website as of 8:30 a.m.
    • FREE
    • Workshops at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
    • In the Rotunda




  • The Chaska Community Center isn't offering any additional programming but will be open for business as usual.
  • The Eden Prairie Community Center isn’t offering additional programming and there aren’t any full-day camp or drop-of programs, however, there are a number of activities for parents who are looking for ways to stay active with their kids during this time.
  • The Highland Park Community Center in St. Paul is a partnership between Hillcrest Recreation Center and Highland Park Library. The center welcomes children without parents at the parents' discretion. Click here for more info. 

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