7 Spring Break Family Activities for Shakopee
Whether you’re looking for indoor activities or outdoor fun, Shakopee has plenty of family-friendly things to do on a spring break getaway!
- Discover Minnesota’s past at The Landing. The collection of historical buildings in a park along the Minnesota River dates from the pre-territorial era through the late 1800s, showing how MInnesotans lived on the frontier, farmsteads, and in villages. Explore the park and trails on your own (expect to walk 1-2 miles) or register for a living history program. Upcoming events include a hands-on maple sugaring experience during weekends throughout March, and the “Journey to Minnesota” programs in April include hands-on activities based on 1800s farm skills.
- Learn about Mdewakanton Dakota cultural heritage, language, and history at Hoċokata Ti, a cultural center operated by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. The public exhibit includes artifacts and interactive activities—kids can sit inside a traditional Dakota tipi, touch the hides of animals traditionally hunted by the Dakota people, and hear the Dakota language. Discounted admission is available for children ages 6-12 and admission for children ages 5 and under is free of charge.
- Challenge your family to a friendly game at Shakopee Bowl, which offers open bowling daily. Reservations are available online, and special toddler pricing is available for kids ages 3 and under. Thanks to automatic bumpers and automatic scoring, Shakopee Bowl makes bowling fun for all ages and abilities.
- Catch the latest releases and classic films at Southbridge Crossing Marcus Theater. Enjoy recliner seating, an expanded concession menu that includes pizza, and discounted tickets on Tuesday. Through April 2, check out the Winter Kids Dream Film Series, which features favorite family movies like Despicable Me, The Bad Guys, The Lorax, Over the Hedge, and Sonic the Hedgehog 2, plus $3 popcorn and drink specials.
- Splash around at Shakopee’s Indoor Aquatic Center, which has a zero-depth entry pool with a play structure, water features, and a large water slide. There’s also a four-lane lap pool available for open swim. Daily admission passes are available, and the aquatic center offers a sauna, whirlpool, and changing rooms.
- Burn off some energy and get some fresh air at one of Shakopee’s local parks. Many parks offer playgrounds, trails, and other recreational facilities. Other local spots to explore the outdoors include Cleary Lake Regional Park, Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve, and the Minnesota Valley Wildlife Refuge.
- Savor a meal at one of Shakopee’s family-friendly local restaurants. With kid’s menus and a wide range of cuisines including American, Mexican, Italian, and Japanese, you’re sure to find something everyone in the family will enjoy. Afterwards, get a sweet treat at Coffee Ta Cream, which serves locally-made ice cream, or try Mexican-style frozen treats at Delicias Del Viejo.
This spring break, plan a family getaway to Shakopee! Shakopee is home to Valleyfair, Canterbury Park, and the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, and is conveniently located to area attractions including Mystic Lake Casino, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and Chanhassen Dinner Theater.