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Photo Credit: Belwin Conservancy

Belwin Conservancy
825 Stagecoach Trail S
Afton, MN 55001
(651) 436-5189
Belwin Conservancy sparks a passion for wild places through special events, immersive community programs, and access to their restored prairies and woodlands on more than 1,500 acres in the St. Croix Valley. Their public hiking trails are free and open every day from dawn to dusk; a perfect place to explore the beautiful area with your family. Belwin Conservancy hosts events throughout the year including a Midwinter Family Fun night in February and a Belwin Bison Festival in May. Check out their website to see all the fun events coming up.

Teddy Bear Park
207 Nelson St E
Stillwater, MN 55082
(651) 430-8800
For families with kids that are younger, Teddy Bear Park in Stillwater is a must!  This free, easy-to-keep-track-of-your-kiddo park has become a highlight for the Stillwater community.  Tire the kids out before nap time, or better yet - hire a sitter to watch the kiddos while you go and enjoy the beautiful downtown Stillwater shops!

Snake Discovery
831 Century Ave N.
Maplewood, MN 55119
(612) 642-2960
If your kids want to learn and love reptiles, this is your place! This local educational zoo features over 75 exhibits of reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. Kids can crawl through the alligator tunnel, touch the reptiles, and explore all of the hands-on activities to learn more about these animals.

Perpetual Motion
257 Rivertown Dr.
Woodbury, MN 55125
(651) 459-5837
Looking for a place to keep your kids active in a safe environment? Perpetual Motion offers a wide variety of classes, from classic gymnastics and tumbling to "NinjaZone". They even offer space for birthday parties with an inflatable bouncer and an open gym. Their classes are great for kids in preschool and up. 

Phipps Center for the Arts 
109 Locust St
Hudson, WI 54016
(715) 386-2305
This treasure to the Hudson community is FILLED with things to keep kids of all ages busy and entertained. Pottery, painting, dancing, acting, art galleries, private music lessons, summer camps, and so much more! They also offer concerts and theater programs for all ages. 

Hudson GNG
2760 Enloe St
Hudson, WI  54016
(715) 690-2760
Hudson GNG is an exciting place where parents can play with their kids, leaving everyone with a smile on their faces! They offer a variety of different play areas, including a safe space for toddlers, a jungle gym, and a 3D blacklight 18-hole mini golf course. Hudson GNG offers a great space for birthday parties, as well as groups. Pricing is broken down on their website so parents can plan ahead in creating a perfect family day. 

Kari's Create and Paint Studio
221 Chestnut St. E
Stillwater, MN 55082
(651) 500-6588
Looking for a creative place for your kids to engage? Located in downtown Stillwater, Kari's Create and Paint Studio hosts walk-ins, parties, and a variety of classes and events. No experience is needed for their pottery painting and canvas painting fun. Check out their website to see all of the fun classes and events they are hosting and be sure to reserve your spot! They provide all of the materials to create your take-home masterpiece. 

Octagon House Museum
1004 3rd St
Hudson, WI 54016
(715) 386-2654
The Octagon House Museum is maintained by the St. Croix Historical Society and is home to a wealth of historic exhibits. Learn all about the history from guided tours, or explore the grounds on your own. End your tour with a keepsake from the on-site gift shop. Children 5 and under can tag along for free!

Eagle Eye Farm
N7802 County Road F
River Falls, WI 54022
(314) 707-4889
Do your kids love animals? Eagle Eye Farm offers farm tours to offer education to all ages about alpacas and agriculture. They offer both public and private farm tours, summer camps for kids, and alpaca yoga - something you need to try! You will find a variety of animals on the farm, including pigs, chickens, llamas, sheep, cattle, and bunnies.

Trollhaugen Outdoor Recreation Area
2293 100th Ave
Dresser, WI 54009
(715) 755-2955
A short drive north of Stillwater will lead you to Trollhaugen, a year-round outdoor adventure area. This family-friendly recreation space welcomes people of all ages. In the summer, you can go on an exhilarating zip line ride or challenge yourself at the aerial adventure park. In the winter, Trollhaugen is a popular ski resort for downhill skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing.

7520 32nd St N
Oakdale, MN 55128
(651) 770-8000
PINZ offers fun for all ages! Your family can enjoy a full afternoon of fun with classic bowling, 80+ arcade games, and a two-story laser tag arena. Your child can celebrate their birthday with all they can eat, drink and play. They offer many party packages that include food, beverages, entertainment and free shoe rental. Enjoy delicious food on-site from Harvey's Pub. 

2131 US Hwy 8  
St. Croix Falls, WI 54024
(715) 483-3772
FAWN-DOE-ROSA is a true family favorite! Learn about wildlife, nature, and animals as you walk through their trails. Many of the animals you will see were raised by the family that privately owns and operates this park. Kids can engage with the animals at their petting zoo or even on pony rides!