On those rainy days when you need to get out of the house, where can you take the kids for a cool change of venue? You want something free or at least inexpensive. How about an indoor putting green at Galaxy Golf? Maybe go rock climbing at REI? Edinborough Park in Edina will keep your kids busy for hours. And who can’t resist getting lost in a bookstore. Do you like nature? I bet your kids do. And who can resist dead animals, okay, they’re taxidermied.
Golf Galaxy

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Golf Galaxy

4 Twin Cities locations: Bloomington, Plymouth, Roseville and Woodbury

Golf Galaxy is a retail store for golfers. Yet, they have this great indoor putting course to try out putters and clubs. If the store isn’t busy, it’s a great place to work on your swing and let the kids have a few shots too.


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Three Twin Cities locations: Bloomington, Roseville and Maple Grove

If the kids need to get their sillies out, what better place than up in the air on some rocks. The rock climbing wall at REI is a safe, fun way to try something new. Who knows you may be planting the seeds of a future mountain climber.

Edinborough Park

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Edinborough Park

7700 York Ave. S.
Edina, MN 55435

Take off your socks and start climbing! This indoor climbing park is nestled inside an assisted living high rise. Get one day admission for $6, a 10 time punch pass for $50, or a season pass. The kids will be lost for hours imagining they’re storming a castle or in the Himalayas on a mountain expedition.

Wild Rumpus Bookstore

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The Wild Rumpus Book Store

2720 W 43rd St # 1
Minneapolis, MN

The Wild Rumpus is the perfect place for little minds to ruminate. It’s also a great place to hear stories, sing songs and learn about just about anything. And you never know what cool author will show up and talk about their book!


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3900 Cabela Drive
Owatonna, MN and
20200 Rogers Drive
Rogers, MN

A 12 foot polar bear, majestic moose, lions, bears, and other fantastic taxidermied animals. It looks like the Bell Museum on steroids. And if taxidermied animals aren’t your thing, the ginormous fish lake is worth the trip to Owatonna.

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Westwood Hills Nature Center

8300 W Franklin Ave
St. Louis Park, MN

Whether you like walking on trails, or looking for toads under logs, Westwood Hills nature Center in St. Louis Park offer that and more. They have scheduled activities like collecting maple Syrup, pumpkin carving, themed parties and they are a great venue for your kid’s birthday party too.

-Susan Blanch is a producer at WCCO Radio.