By Meredith Englund, Founder & CEO of Camperoni, a free Twin Cities resource that makes kids' camp planning easy. Meredith lives in Southwest Minneapolis.
Winter break is here, and if you're a parent in Southwest Minneapolis, you're looking for activities to keep your kids entertained and engaged. Luckily, our neighborhoods are brimming with exciting options for school-age kids. Here's a roundup of fun activities to keep your kids entertained and spark their creativity and curiosity.
1. Snapology Minneapolis: Learning Through Play
Snapology Minneapolis provides a unique blend of education and play by offering fun and interactive programs focusing on concepts of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math). From LEGO building to robotics, Snapology sparks an early interest in STEM fields while allowing kids to learn through hands-on, creative play. As of this writing, there are 3 spots available in their Machines & Contraption Engineers Winter Break Camp - so hurry fast! If you miss it, sign up for MLK Day or President's Day now!
2. Minneapolis Parks and Rec: Fun with the Neighbors
Minneapolis Parks and Rec has the most Winter Break activities available in many neighborhood parks and community centers in Southwest Minneapolis. Activities include sledding, arts and crafts, cooking, and more. Searching the park website can be overwhelming, so we recommend using Camperoni to filter, sort, and search activities. Once you've found the activity, click the registration link to sign up through the Parks and Rec registration system.
3. Minnesota JCC: Inclusive Community Center
The Minnesota Jewish Community Center (JCC) is a hub of activity for families. They offer all-day camps during local no-school days, where kids can play in the gym or playground, swim in the pool, and participate in staff-led activities. The JCC welcomes children from all backgrounds. Look for their Schools Out and Snowlami programs.
4. The Bakken Museum: Science and Innovation
For the scientifically curious, The Bakken Museum is a must-visit destination. This interactive museum engages kids in the wonders of electricity, magnetism, and innovation through hands-on exhibits and experiments. In the Winter Break workshop, student builders gain new skills, meet new friends, and learn to think in new ways.
5. Leonardo's Basement: Unleash creativity
While we're sad that Leonardo's Basement has moved away from Southwest Minneapolis, it's still nearby at the UofM. Leonardo's Basement is the perfect spot for young aspiring engineers and builders. Leonardo's Basement is a unique workshop space where kids can construct, invent, and explore using real-life tools and materials.
These diverse activities allow kids to explore their interests, develop new skills, and make lasting memories. So, gear up for an exciting winter break filled with laughter, exploration, and the joy of learning!