School’s Out! How to Keep Your Kids Busy this Summer

Are you one of those parents who dreads school being let out for the summer? Are you worried about going stir crazy with your kids pulling at your shorts, begging to play another game of hide and go seek? We’ve all been there. Luckily, there are a host of local activities that will keep your rugrats preoccupied during summer break. If you want to know how to keep your kids busy this summer, check out this list of our local favorites.

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Wednesdays at Weber Park

Every Wednesday morning at Weber Park in Edina there’s an “Art in the Park” series. Sign up for one class or sign up for all! Edina Art Center staff share their expertise in the project areas to make this a fun, interactive experience that will keep your kids busy this summer on Wednesdays from June 14 to August 2nd, 9:30am to 11am. Learn more.

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Nature Adventures: Wild Things

Head over to the Wood Lake Nature Center in Richfield on June 20-22nd for Wild Things! The three-day program is geared toward children aged 3 to 5 years old. Each session will explore a difeernt natural topic. Enjoy stories, crafts, hands-on activities, snacks, and outdoor discovery time. Discover the special critters that call Wood Lake home. Keep your kids busy this summer by growling, roaring, creating and playing in a wild rumpus! Online registration and prepayment is required. Visit Wood Lake Nature Center to learn more.

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Conquer Ninja Warrior

If your kids are looking to blow off some steam, send them over to Conquer Ninja Warrior in Eden Prairie on Sundays this summer. From 10-11am each week, the gym hosts “Open Gym” time where kids can burn off some energy. They can use any equipment they like, at their own pace, for the entire hour. Not interested in becoming a ninja? That’s OK. Open Gym is open to all elementary, middle school and tweens who just want to come and play. Learn more.

$3 Kids Bowling at Pinstripes Edina

Confession: we might be adults but we’re still obsessed with bowling! So when our kids are chomping at the bit and looking to get out of the house, this is our go-to. Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday Pinstripes Edina hosts $3 kids bowling from 10am to 12pm — AND PARENTS BOWL FREE! Registration is not required, so you can pick and choose when to go at a moment’s notice. That’s our idea of fun! Learn more.

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Teen Tech Workshop

We’ve seen “maker spaces” pop up all over the country, which is why it’s so cool to have something similar right here in our backyards. If you have teenagers, the Teen Tech Workshop at the Eden Prairie Library is one of our absolute favorite ways to keep your kids busy this summer. Children entering grades 6 to 12 will have an opportunity to get creative and make music, videos, animation and other projects using high-tech tools, from LEGO Robotics and Raspberry Pi, to 3D printers and sewing machines. Register online at the Hennepin County Library to reserve your child’s space in this workshop series, held every Monday through the end of July. Learn more.

What did we miss? Share your favorite summer activities with us in the comment section below. We’d love to know how other Minnesota households plan to keep your kids busy this summer!

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