Kids Activities in Minneapolis

General Museum Admission for Two or Four to the American Swedish Institute (50% Off)

American Swedish Institute

Phillips

$18 $9

Explore the castle-like Turnblad Mansion and its lavish artwork and furniture; see the August Strindberg photo exhibit; and try Nordic food

$29 for Bowling, Pizza, and Soda for Six at Blainbrook Entertainment Center (Up to $87.75 Value)

Blainbrook Entertainment Center

Blaine

$87.75 $29

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Twenty-four neon-lit lanes equipped with automatic scoring

Four or Six 30-Minute Private Drum Lessons at Klash Drums (51% Off)

Klash Drums

Minneapolis

$80 $39

During 30-minute lessons, instructors introduce students to the fundamentals of percussion and help them develop more advanced skills

$49 for Four Private Guitar Lessons with Free Lesson e-Book at American Guitar Academy ($129.95 Value)

American Guitar Academy

Minneapolis

$129.95 $49

Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, prospective rock icons learn scales, chords, and soloing techniques during 30-minute lessons

Bowling, Craft Beer, and Food Package for Up to Six at Town Hall Lanes (Up to 44% Off)

Town Hall Lanes

Minneapolis

$87.50 $49

Groups send bowling bowls careening down one of 10 lanes before refueling with craft beer and gourmet pub fare

One or Two Months of In-Home Guitar or Piano Lessons at Munsell School of Music (Up to 53% Off)

Munsell School of Music

Redeem from Home

$100 $50

Experienced instructors teach students of all ages and experience levels to play the piano or guitar in 30-minute lessons

6, 12, or 24 Months of Online Piano Lessons from OnlinePianist.com (Up to 65% Off)

OnlinePianist.com

Online Deal

$39.95 $14

Learn to play popular songs on piano with online tutorials; players can slow down the pace and break down hard sections for easier learning

$165 for $300 Worth of Magician Rental — The magic of William Bradshaw

The Magic Of William Bradshaw

Redeem from Home

$300 $165

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$45 for $90 Worth of Guitar Lessons — JF Music

Jf Music

Redeem from Home

$90 $45

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$30 for Unlimited Summer Bowling at The Park Tavern ($960 Value)

The Park Tavern

St. Louis Park

$960 $30

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From May through October, bowlers can topple pins on one lane for one hour per day wearing complimentary rental shoes

$25 for $45 Worth of Art Camp — Tech Academy by Computer Explorers

Tech Academy By Computer Explorers

Little Canada

$45 $25

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$18 for Mini Golf with Malt Shop Credit for Up to Four at Malt-Tees Mini Golf (Up to $38 Value)

Malt-Tees Malts and Mini-Golf

Richfield

$38 $18

Waterfalls, streams, and gardens freshen mini-golf course; onsite malt shop serves ice cream, hot dogs, and drinks

Daily Admission for Four, Six, or Eight to Eagles Nest Indoor Playground (Up to 57% Off)

Eagles Nest Indoor Playground

Arden Hills - Shoreview

$22 $11

Colorful indoor playground houses a ball pit, a climbing wall, and a multi-story play structure

Two Hours of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at AMF Bowling Co. (Up to 56% Off)

AMF Bowling Centers

Multiple Locations

$36 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

"Circus Moves by Rail" Exhibit for Two, Four, or Six at Twin City Model Railroad Museum (Up to 54% Off)

Twin City Model Railroad Museum

Energy Park

$16 $8

Annual event co-hosted by Twin City Model Railroad Museum and Circus Model Builders organization features model-train displays in 3 scales

Up to 36% Off Bowling — Apple Place Bowl Valid Monday - Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m.

Apple Place Bowl

Apple Valley

$19 $12

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Four Electric or Acoustic Guitar Lessons from Paul "Wallace" Esch Guitar Instruction (Up to 52% Off)

Paul "Wallace" Esch Guitar Instruction

St. Paul

$80 $40

Ethnomusicologist who's taught for more than 14 years shows students how to master acoustic or electric guitar via their own musical taste

One-Hour Bounce Passes for Two with Optional Laser Tag at Zero Gravity Trampoline Park (Up to 50% Off)

Zero Gravity Trampoline Park

Mounds View

$24 $12

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Jumpers aged 3+ traverse 11,000 square feet of trampolines; laser-tag opponents aged 5+ blast their way through a two-floor arena

Four Open-Jump Sessions at Pump It Up (Up to 50% Off)

Pump It Up

Multiple Locations

$31.80 $16

Inflatable playgrounds host jump sessions for all ages and encourage tykes and families to jump, leap, and climb bounce houses and slides

$15 for Bowling and Arcade Package at Sky Deck Sports Grille & Lanes (Up to $29 Value)

Sky Deck Sports Grille & Lanes

South Loop

$29 $15

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Inside Mall of America, 30,000 square feet of bowling lanes, arcade games, pool tables & tables of grilled fare enthrall visitors

Mirror-Maze Adventure for Two, Four, or Six at Amazing Mirror Maze (Half Off)

Amazing Mirror Maze

Mall of America

$15.90 $8

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Visitors meander and strategize their way through a disorienting and fun 2,500-square-foot mirror maze

$14 to Take Part in "Trapped in a Room with a Zombie" from Room Escape Adventures ($28 Value)

Room Escape Adventures

Big Thrill Factory

$28 $14

Work with teammates to solve clues and find the key that opens the escape door before being grabbed by a zombie chained in the corner

$14 for One Go-Kart Ride and Four Additional Fun-Park Activities at Raceway to Fun (Up to $26 Value)

Raceway To Fun

Newport

$26 $14

Go-kart track, two mini-golf courses, a pool with bumper boats, and an open driving range thrill visitors of all ages

Two, Three, or Four Private Music Lessons at Minnesota Music Factory (Up to 56% Off)

Minnesota Music Factory

St. Paul

$40 $20

Seasoned musicians teach children and adults the basics of their chosen instrument during one-on-one lessons

Open Skate or Open Hockey Admissions at Schwan Super Rink at National Sports Center (Up to 50% Off)

National Sports Center

Blaine

$7 $3.50

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Open skate or hockey sessions on Olympic- or NHL-sized rinks

Four or Six 30-Minute Piano Lessons at Levin Piano Lab (Up to 53% Off)

Levin Piano Lab

Eagan

$140 $69

Students absorb technique and musical creativity under the instruction of Concordia University's Professor of Piano

90 Minutes of Bowling for 6 or 12 with Shoe Rentals and Pitchers of Soda at Drkula’s 32 Bowl (Up to 62% Off)

Drkula's 32 Bowl

Inver Grove Heights

$46 $19

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Launch bowling balls down a lane for 90 minutes with friends and families while wearing rental shoes and sipping soda

$59 for One Month of Instrument Lessons at Cyprus School of Music and the Arts ($120 Value)

Cyprus School of Music and the Arts

Burnsville

$120 $59

Skilled and seasoned instructors school students in instruments ranging from piano, guitar, and drums to cello and flute

$35.99 for One Month of Guitar Lessons from Mike Westbrock at Music Go Round (Up to $90 Value)

Mike Westbrock at Music Go Round

Woodbury

$90 $35.99

Guitarist with 15 years of teaching experience tutors students in such topics as reading sheet music, soloing, music theory, and songwriting

$30 for a Bowling Outing with Shoe Rental, Pizza, and Drinks for Five at Ham Lake Lanes (Up to $72.22 Value)

Ham Lake Lanes

Ham Lake

$72.22 $30

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Groups bowl at this 24-lane alley replete with automatic scoring and refuel between frames with pizza and soda

Mini Golf Outing for Two, Four, Six, or Ten at GolfZone (Up to 56% Off)

Golf Zone

Chanhassen

$24.50 $11

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Putting posses traverse 18-hole mini-golf courses lined with babbling streams and rocky outcrops

$29 for Two-Hours of Bowling for Up to Five, Plus Pizza and Drinks at Patriot Lanes & Lounge ($64 Value)

Patriot Lanes & Lounge

St. Francis

$64 $29

Parties of up to five enjoy two-hours of bowling and re-fuel between frames with pizza and soda or beer

90 Minutes of Bowling, Shoe Rental, and Pitcher of Soda for Groups of Up to 6 or 12 at Farmington Lanes (59% Off)

Farmington Lanes

Farmington

$60.97 $25

An automatic system tallies up scores while players bowl beneath HD televisions, sipping on soda from a pitcher of their choice

$25 for $45 Worth of Sports-Equipment Repair — Boomerang Sports

Boomerang

Hudson

$45 $25

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$23 for $40 Worth of Music Lessons — Noteworthy Music Studio

Noteworthy Music Studio

Prescott

$40 $23

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Hayride and Meal for Two, Four, Six, or Eight at LuceLine Orchard (50% Off)

LuceLine Orchard

Watertown

$26 $13

Hayrides ferry visitors around the orchard before letting them off to grab a hearty meal of apple burgers, brats, dogs, and veggie burgers

$14 for Family Water-Park Pass at Monticello Community Center ($28 Value)

Monticello Community Center

Monticello

$28 $14

Indoor water park equipped with slides, basketball hoops, and a swing

Corn Maze Admission for Four or Six at Montgomery Orchard (Up to 56% Off)

Montgomery Orchard

Montgomery

$30 $15

Six-acre corn maze in the image of a giant honeybee features trivia questions

Trampoline Jump Sessions with Options for Slushies at AirMaxx - St. Cloud (Up to 51% Off). 3 Options Available.

AirMaxx - St. Cloud

St. Cloud

$42 $21

More than 10,000 square feet of trampolines allow wall-to-wall jumping in safe, energetic environment

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In 1879, a lumber baron named Thomas Barlow Walker built an extra room onto his house. He mounted his 20 favorite paintings on the room's walls and opened it to the public. This private collection transformed into a public gallery with the founding of Walker Art Center in 1927. Over the following decades, the center's staff amassed a collection focused on modern art, gathering works from Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore, and Alberto Giacometti. Today, this permanent collection has expanded to encompass more than 11,000 modern and contemporary paintings, sculptures, and photographs, more than 800 film pieces, and more than 1,200 artists' books.

In the whimsical multistory geometric helix of the Barnes building, seven cube-shaped galleries radiate from a central core on terrazzo floors and under lofted ceilings. Docents lead group tours through the galleries to see rotating exhibitions or play hide-and-seek with Jackson Pollock. Current exhibits have explored the contemporary still photography of Cindy Sherman, American avant-garde film from 1960 to 1973, and prints, paintings, and sculptures produced after 1989. Inside the museum's social spaces, docents also host artist talks, film screenings, and open houses.

Designed as a contemporary twist on old European opera houses, the center's McGuire Theater draws visitors into its intimate space for live dance, theater, and music performances as well as performance art. Museum exhibits and events also spill outside to a central square and the four quadrants, bordered by granite and evergreen hedges, of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. As visitors walk across its lawns, they can glimpse iconic modern sculptures, cross a 375-foot steel-and-wood footbridge, or watch staff teach plants to paint in the Cowles Conservatory.

1750 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis,
MN
US

Originally the home of the Dakota and Ojibwe, Hennepin County began with the hopes and dreams of immigrants, New Englanders, and retired veterans. Why these entrepreneurs, farmers, laborers, craftsman, and vacationers decided to settle in what seemed to be a frigid, uninhabitable land is still a mystery, but their innovations and lineage are traced through the exhibits at Hennepin History Museum. The museum, located inside the historic George Christian mansion, hosts rotating exhibits and permanent collections that paint a picture of Midwestern life in the 19th and 20th centuries. From more recent decades, there are objects from Minneapolis Aquatennials and high-fashion clothes from downtown department stores such as Dayton's and Young-Quinlan. The Pillsbury Doughboy presides over it all, reminding guests of the importance of milling to the region's history.

Photographs, personal papers, and atlases round out the collection, whose contents are further illuminated during the museum’s frequent events. Experts and authors, for instance, deliver talks in the museum’s intimate fireside room, whose fireplace keeps guests warm and prevents them from huddling in the museum's historical bear-skin rugs. In another tucked-away area, researchers and amateur historians pore through the material in the library, which is open to visitors 5 days a week, and in the archives, which is open by appointment. They might find maps of the region from the start of the 20th Century or old pictures of homes in the neighborhood, all steeped in memories and history.

2303 3rd Ave S
Minneapolis,
MN
US

When the Minneapolis Institute of Arts first opened its doors in 1915, it was the product of several decades of arts advocacy. A group of 25 citizens formed the Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts in 1883 with the goal of giving their community access to creative arts. More than a century later, this commitment to the community has taken the permanent collections from 800 works to close to 80,000 objects and has made the museum Minnesota's largest art educator.

The collections, divided into seven curatorial areas, encompass a period of 5,000 years and hail from every corner of the world. The Asian Art collection represents 17 different Asian cultures, and Arts of Africa and the Americas holds more than 3,000 pieces of sculpture, basketry, painting, and beadwork. Temporary exhibitions bring collections of artwork from other institutions. The museum's interactive learning stations supplement understanding of topics such as modernism or 17th-century European painting with animation, video, and audio recordings.

2400 3rd Ave S
Minneapolis,
MN
US

Housed inside a Spanish Colonial–style former church, The Museum of Russian Art exudes an aura of hushed reverence—sunlight streams through Romanesque windows, and arches frame the museum’s collection of paintings and sculptures. The lofty setting is ideal for an art collection that spans eons, from unearthed Byzantine-era golden urns to paintings depicting a turbulent post-Stalin Soviet Union.

The Museum of Russian Art bills itself as the only museum on the continent dedicated to preserving Russian art. It continues to do so by collaborating with museums in Russia and the United States, recruiting artifacts, accumulating artwork, and reassembling hopelessly jumbled Matryoshka dolls for its ever-rotating collection. In tandem with the museum’s collection, curators strive to illuminate Russian culture by hosting lectures from scholars of Russian culture and leading free one-hour tours each weekend.

5500 Stevens Ave
Minneapolis,
MN
US

Pump It Up's Inflatable Party Zone balloons kids’ excitement with an enormous playspace that welcomes open-play sessions and private parties. Tots 34" and taller run and leap in huge bounce houses, soar down an inflatable slide, and practice for future zero-gravity triathlon events in a bouncy jousting arena and basketball court. Various open-play sessions give kids of all ages free rein to the fun zone while accompanying parents stand by to officiate bounce-house property-line disputes. Pump It Up also boasts myriad celebratory and special-event shindigs, with friendly staffers supervising jumpers, and serving pizza and favors in a vibrant party room.

3500 Holly Ln N
Plymouth,
MN
US

Bowling is the great social equalizer—a common ground where grizzled undercover clowns, blue-collar English lords, LARPer librarians, big and tall lingerie models, hordes of hive-minded hipsters, and the other two social demographics that compose America can unite in the common cause of toppling a gaggle of stuck-up, inanimate wooden pins. Brunswick has been a household name in this egalitarian pastime almost since the beginning, with a company history that dates back to the 19th century, providing classic American good times to all manner of patrons across the country. And with today's Groupon tying the room together, you'll get to play two games (up to a $10 value) in its hallowed halls wearing a pair of freshly disinfected bowling shoes (up to a $4 value).

7545 Brooklyn Blvd
Minneapolis,
MN
US