Parents in the Mankato area are often faced with questions about things to do when it’s too cold / snowy / rainy / humid. That means, indoor play! The area has a host of wonderful options for indoor play, including free places to play! This resource gives moms and dads a list of choices they can reference no matter the season.
Play for Free
Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble is a fun place to spend some time reading, playing on the train table or enjoying the free special events. (Bonus: There’s a Starbucks!)
Address: 1850 Adams Street # 404, Mankato, MN 56001
Blue Earth County Library
The library is a great place to get lost in a book, have a puppet show, play interactive games or check out the beautiful fish tank! Great kids’ events and activities!
Address: 100 East Main Street, Mankato, MN 56001
Creative Play Place
The Creative Play Place is a FREE indoor play area in St. Peter for parents/grandparents to play together with their children, ages birth to 6 years.
Address: 600 S 5th St Rm 127, Saint Peter, MN 56082
North Mankato Taylor Library
How fortunate are we to have TWO fantastic libraries to enjoy!? Books, puzzles, and more great activities will keep your littles entertained this season.
Address: 1001 Belgrade Avenue, North Mankato, MN 56003
River Hills Mall
The play place located in the River Hills Mall is a great way to burn off energy! Fun for small children especially with lots of places to climb and slide and a soft floor. (Plus lots of seating for mom and dad)
Address: 1850 Adams Street, Mankato, MN 56001
Play for a Fee
All Seasons Arena
Make it a family skating day without worrying about the elements! Lots of open skating times and ice skate rentals available.
Address: 1251 Monks Ave, Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: (507) 387- 6552
Over 8,000 square feet of indoor play space! Inflatables, slides and a dedicated toddler play area.
Address: 1860 Adams Street, Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: (507) 345-7737
Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota
Exhibits, activities and spaces to engage all ages! Hours of indoor fun!
Address: 224 Lamm Street, Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: (507) 386-0279
Mankato Family YMCA
From day camps to after school programs the YMCA is a great place for the whole family all year!
Address: 1401 S Riverfront Drive, Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: (507) 387-8255
Meyers Field House Indoor Rock Climbing Center
Over 2,000 square feet of indoor climbing. Family passes and private events available!
Address: 1651 Warrens Street, Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: (507) 389-5435
Wow Zone Family Entertainment Center
Bowling, laser tag, mini golf, arcade & more! (Great food and drinks too!)