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75 Best Places for Kids

75 Great Places to Go & Things to Do with the Kids


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Tiger Sushi: 2841 Lyndale Ave., Mpls., 612-874-1800, tigersushiusa.com

Love It With Kids: They bring DVD players and movies to the table, and kids eat free on Sundays.

Love It Without Kids: The Kick in the Pants roll and happy hour specials keep us comin’ back.



Spalon: three locations, spalon.com

Love It With Kids: Get pro haircuts with prices that rival kid hair venues, plus it has free hot chocolate.

Love It Without Kids: This quick, convenient salon and spa has a cozy fireplace vibe and a forget-the-world pedicure.


YUM! Kitchen and Bakery: 4000 Minnetonka Blvd., St. Louis Park, 952-922-4000, yumkitchen.com

Love It With Kids: Patti Cake and milk.

Love It Without Kids: Patti Cake and wine.




Hell’s Kitchen: 80 S. 9th St., Mpls., 612-332-4700, hellskitcheninc.com

Love It With Kids: The staff here serves brunch in PJs, and all ages drool over the caramel rolls and homemade peanut butter.

Love It Without Kids: Check out concerts and shows at the Under-ground and the late-night menu: year-round state fair cheese curds, anyone?


Cafeteria: 3001 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls., 612-877-7263, uptowncafeteria.com

Love It With Kids: Cotton candy, finger puppets, and fancy grilled cheese please the whole family.

Love It Without Kids: Indulge yourself on warm nights (we can dream) on the sleek rooftop sky bar.


Sea Salt: 4801 Minnehaha Ave., Mpls., 612-721-8990, seasalteatery.com

Love It With Kids: Beginning in April, hit the falls, feed ’em fish tacos, and soak in this stunning setting.

Love It Without Kids: Try an al fresco date night with beer and shrimp, cava and oysters, ahhh.


Walker Art Center: 1750 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-375-7600, walkerart.org

Love It With Kids: Arty Pants Tuesday playdates and free first Saturdays get kids into the art scene.

Love It Without Kids: Walker After Hours, chef tastings, and behind-the-scenes parties and events keep us happily cultured.



Broders’ Pasta Bar: 5000 Penn Ave. S., Mpls., 612-925-9202, broders.com

Love It With Kids: Kids eat this lovely housemade pasta free on Mondays.

Love It Without Kids: With some of the best Italian food in the Cities, it’s still a cozy date night, especially after 8 pm when couples eat for $30.


Tilia: 2726 W. 43rd St., Mpls., 612-354-2806, tiliampls.com

Love It With Kids: Kids get vintage lunchboxes full of toys, and the place is loud enough to drown out kid chatter or cries.

Love It Without Kids: Finally, Linden Hills gets to stay up late at this neighborhood hot spot where the beer list rules and the menu rocks.


MacPhail Center for Music: three locations, macphail.org

Love It With Kids: From early childhood (baby) classes to individual lessons in nearly every instrument, this is a musical gold mine.

Love It Without Kids: Its spotlight series and Jazz Thursdays concerts showcase guest artists with a post-concert wine reception.


Chatterbox Pub: three locations, chatterboxpub.net

Love It With Kids: Everyone loves game night, so take ’em out for Yahtzee or Connect 4 and a round of root beers.

Love It Without Kids: Cap off the night on couches with a good board game and a round of house microbrews.


Pizzeria Lola: 5557 Xerxes Ave. S., Mpls., 612-424-8338, pizzerialola.com

Love It With Kids: You’ll find the Old Reliable cheese pizza, ice cream sandwiches, and a photo booth—need we say more?

Love It Without Kids: Enjoy the Sunnyside (bacon, cheese, leeks, eggs), an impressive lineup of wine and beer, and romantic snapshot souvenirs.


Pinstripes: 3849 Gallagher Dr., Edina, 952-835-6440, pinstripes.com

Love It With Kids: Moms bowl free on Moms & Tots weekday mornings, plus it’s simply a cool family night out.

Love It Without Kids: Bowling, bocce ball, and an outdoor fire pit make this a crowd-pleaser–you’ll need a reservation.


Sky Zone: 13310 Industrial Park Blvd., Plymouth, 763-331-3511, skyzonesports.com

Love It With Kids: This indoor trampoline park has no age limit (there’s even a toddler area) and has open jump hours.

Love It Without Kids: Bring your party people, bring your coworkers–this party spot even allows alcohol after hours.

Central Library: 300 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-543-8000, hclib.org

Love It With Kids: Heated parking garage, a sprawling children’s play area, and a teen central loft with laptops available to check out.

Love It Without Kids: Stunning architecture, a huge bookselection, a grand piano (reserve by the hour), and Dunn Bros.


Hot Mama: eight locations, shopmama.com

Love It With Kids: They let us—and help us—shop with our kids with complete ease, providing toys and train sets.

Love It Without Kids: From in-store workout classes to dresses and denim, these gals have kept us feeling more hot than not.




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