10 Ways to Celebrate Rainy Days

Regardless of the season or the weather, there’s always tons of fun to be had in the Twin Cities Gateway, just minutes away from downtown Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Grab the whole family for a day of fun at any of these great indoor attractions, with added health and safety precautions in place. Don’t let a rainy day get you down with our top picks for indoor fun!

Head to the Tropics

The water’s always warm and welcoming at Tropics Indoor Water Park at the Shoreview Community Center, but after a 7,500-square-foot expansion, fun-seekers of all ages have even more inviting reasons to visit. Bamboo Bay is a zero-depth shallow water splash pool with an interactive play structure. The Shipwreck Beach play area incorporates a boat slide, a challenging water walk, interactive splashing palm trees, water volleyball, and more. Head to the main pool to play water volleyball, slam-dunk basketball, or climb aboard a giant floating sea creature and the three-story Shark Attack water slide. If you go at the right time of the month, you can even try log-rolling!

Climb to the Eagles Nest

Head to the Eagles Nest Indoor Playground at the New Brighton Community Center for this adrenaline-burning destination designed for children age 12 and younger. The playground boasts a triple-level slide, a quadruple wave slide, a tornado slide, a walk-on piano keys player, two ball pits, a hanging foam forest, and a three-story climbing structure designed to look like a tree with an eagle’s nest near the top. A new toddler area offers a tree slide, foam play pieces, a lily pad walk, a toddler ball pit, plus an area staged to look like a neighborhood with a small carousel.

Fly High at Urban Air

Take a spin on the Sky Rider indoor coaster to fly over Urban Air Adventure Park, named “Best Place to Take Energetic Kids,” and “Best Gym in America for Kids” by Shape Magazine. For more airborne fun, the 30,000-square-foot space also offers a ropes course with ten obstacles, a challenging climbing wall, a slam dunk track, and wall-to-floor trampoline arenas that provide several zones to jump, flip and fall into foam. At Urban Air, people of any age and fitness level can triumph over gravity.

Be a "Cheap Skate"

There’s never a dull moment at Cheap Skate! Skate along to colorful light displays and upbeat music at this one-of-a-kind retro spot! Grab your family or pod and enjoy a fun night out! It’s also a fun spot for parties and group gatherings, once it is safe to do so again.

Defy Gravity at Zero Gravity

Leap as high as you dare at Zero Gravity Trampoline Park in Mounds View, where you’ll find 11,000-square feet of leaping, jumping, bouncing, and flipping fun. In addition to an open jump arena packed with trampoline surfaces, the park offers a basketball slam-dunk, a traverse-style climbing wall, an aerial challenge court with net, rope, and other challenges, a dodgeball zone, laser tag, plus an arcade. A tot spot ensures that little ones tackle challenges that are safe and sized right for their age. Your whole family can somersault in the air, flip into a foam pit, and bounce off the walls here!

Try Curling at Four Seasons

Try your hand at a classic northern sport, curling! The Four Seasons Curling Club provides a myriad of leagues, learn-to-curl sessions, corporate events, and training and practice time.

Soar Like a Ninja

Conquer Ninja Gyms have ninja warrior training and obstacle course facilities located in Minnesota. This facility is dedicated to individuals seeking ninja warrior and obstacle adventure race training. Conquer Ninja Gym is specifically designed for both kids (ages 5 and up) and adults. They have full-size and smaller-scale obstacles. The trainers have diverse backgrounds in obstacle training and many have competed on the show, American Ninja Warrior!

Bowl 'em Over

If bowling is your jam, you’ve got five bowling venues to choose from in Twin Cities Gateway! Bowlero and Mermaid Entertainment Center for full-scale fun with an arcade! Bowlero offers even more heart-pumping fun with state-of-the-art arena laser tag. For a more classic bowling experience, head to Blainbrook, Classic Bowl, or Ham Lake Lanes.

Who Says You Can't Golf Indoors?

X Golf’s state-of-the-art indoor golf simulators offer players unparalleled accuracy and realism through a combination of camera systems, infrared lasers, impacts sensors, and advanced gaming software. These kiosks offer visitors the ultimate golfing entertainment experience with virtual reality gaming, food and beverages, competitions, leagues, golf lessons, memberships, corporate outings, social events, and more.

X Golf’s relaxed, welcoming atmosphere makes it perfect for players of all ages and all skill levels. X Golf is ideal for work events, birthday parties, corporate functions, buck’s nights, or Ladies Night Out.

Bring Your Play Day Inside

No matter the weather, the kids can enjoy the indoor playground at InnerActive Playground in Mounds View! InnerActive Playground is a space with the simple focus of providing play and fitness for children of all ages. This play venue’s goal is to bring the feel of an outdoor park to the indoors, allowing for fun during any and all weather conditions!

For more active spring adventures, check out our Seven Reasons to Savor Spring and #OptOutside with our endless biking and hiking trails to explore! For more ideas to extend your adventure in Twin Cities Gateway, head to our blog, where you’ll find Top Tasty Takeout Options in Twin Cities GatewayTop Ten Truffles, Tortes & Treats, and so much more! Plus, follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for more adventure inspiration! For the latest news and updates, sign up for our e-newsletter below!