by the Cheap Chick
Right about now, cabin fever is setting in for the whole family. An excellent cure for this common cold is activity, and lots of it. But when the weather gets too cold to have fun outdoors, never fear. There is plenty of indoor frugal fun to be had around the Twin Cities.
Tip One: Get out of your neighborhood! Branch out to different community center for inexpensive indoor water parks and open swimming.
Brooklyn Park – Offers an indoor pool with zero-depth entry, diving boards and a 150 foot water slide. Maximum Admission price is $5.75
Eden Prairie – Pool offers open swim times twice a week and family swim three times a week. Maximum Admission price is $5.50
REALITY CHECK: Sometimes kids like splashing around in a pool as much, if not more, than zipping down indoor water slides. So why spend 4 times the ticket price for one of those over-the-top parks?
Tip Two: Check out specialty indoor playgrounds. They aren't as expensive as you think.
Eagan – Good Times Park combines an inflatable jumper, an indoor playground, an indoor turf field, and basketball court under one roof. Day passes are $8 per child, supervising adults get in free.
Edina – Edinborough Park is a 1-acre enclosed park with a pool, running track, fitness area, playground and multipurpose play area. Admission is just $7.
Tip Three: Take an outdoor activity inside and check out indoor ice skating rinks.
Saint Louis Park has open skating 5 days a week, including Saturday and Sunday. $4 admission, $3 skate rental.
Tip Four: Head to the northern suburbs for parks that have both indoor playgrounds AND water parks.
Shoreview Community Center – Tropics Water Park and Playground. Combined pass costs $9.75 max.
Maple Grove Community Center – The Grove Aquatic Center ($7) and Maple Maze ($5.50).