Active Kids Guide

Whatever your kids are into, there's a camp or program to inspire them

Keeping Kids Healthy

The Twin Cities is home to a variety of world-class hospitals, specialty clinics, and other healthcare facilities for children.

Children’s Hospitals and Clinics

An independent, not-for-profit children’s health-care system with six metro-area locations, including St. Paul, 651-220-6000, childrensmn.org

Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare

Headquarters in St. Paul, with clinics in six other locations, including Duluth and Brainerd, 800-719-4040, gillettechildrens.org

Mayo Clinic’s Eugenio Litta Children’s Hospital and T. Denny Sanford Pediatric Center

General and specialty pediatric care, plus neonatal intensive care and pediatric intensive care in Rochester, 507-284-2511, 507-255-5123, mayoclinic.org/pediatrics-rst

Children’s Heart Clinic

Cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons specializing in infants and children in Minneapolis and St. Paul, plus nine other locations, 612-813-8800, 651-220-8800, childrensheartclinic.org

Shriners Hospital for Children, Twin Cities

The Twin Cities location of the International Shriners Hospitals for Children, with specialties in pediatric orthopaedics and burn injuries, 612-596-6100, shrinershospitalsforchildren.org

Courage Center, Child and Teen Therapy

Four pediatric specialty locations in the metro for kids and teens with disabilities, 888-846-8253, couragecenter.org

Where To Find Special Needs Programs

Summer camps and year-round enrichment programs for kids with all kinds of needs exist in the Twin Cities. Consider St. David’s Center (stdavids.net) in Minnetonka, where inclusion is the philosophy. Students learn in integrated early-childhood programs and classrooms and on the state’s first toddler-specific playground that integrates nature.

The Courage Center (couragecenter.org) offers vocational services for teens with disabilities to help them identify career-related strengths and interests, as well as a college preview camp.

For more information on camps and activities for children with special needs, contact the Minnesota Children and Youth with Special Health Needs office at 800-728-5420, or health.mcyshn@state.mn.us.

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