Summer Weekend with Tweens in Shakopee

Looking for a summer weekend getaway your tweens will love?  Shakopee has exciting activities and delicious eats for the entire family—here’s your itinerary for a fun-filled weekend.


Make some core memories with your tweens at Valleyfair.  The amusement park has over 75 rides and attractions, including thrilling coasters like the Corkscrew and Steel Venom and family rides like bumper cars and the Thunder Canyon whitewater rapids ride.  Valleyfair’s Soak City Waterpark is included with park admission, with plenty of tween-friendly attractions like the Breakers Bay Wave Pool, Panic Falls Body Slides, and Ripple Rapids lazy river.  

Unwind for the evening with a family dinner out.  Pablo’s Mexican Restaurant serves a delicious array of made-from-scratch dishes, including fajitas, tacos,  burritos, and unlimited chips and salsa.  At Mana Brewing, there’s a menu of housemade stone-fired pizzas and a bunch of board games to play as a family, plus the grownups can try a local craft brew.  O’Brien’s Public House has delicious pub fare, including cheese curds, sliders, flatbreads, sandwiches, and burgers.

Don’t forget dessert!  Delicias Del Viejo specializes in Mexican-style treats, with housemade popsicles, ice cream, and mangonada slushies.  At Cherry Berry, your tweens can craft their own frozen yogurt creations from 21 flavors of yogurt and toppings including fresh fruit, candy, sprinkles, boba, and edible cookie dough.


Start your day with breakfast at one of Shakopee’s local restaurants.  Ruby’s Family Restaurant has delicious sweet options like  banana nutella French toast and blueberry waffles, plus savory dishes like omelets and breakfast burritos.  Wampach’s Restaurant has been a local standby since 1958, and breakfast is available all day long on the weekend.  In the mood for pastries?  Grab a dozen doughnuts to share with the family at Bittner’s Bakery, The Donut Hole, or Donut Connection.

Kids of all ages (and their grownups) will be delighted by the sugary treats at Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store.  You’ll find taffy, licorice, gummies, sour candy, lollipops, and candies from all over the world.  Plus, the store stocks hundreds of specialty sodas, baked goods, and savory snacks like jerky, chips, and salsas.  Beyond tasty eats, the store itself is fun to explore, with murals and dioramas featuring Marvel superheroes and characters from Disney and Pixar movies.

Wrap up your stay in Shakopee with an afternoon of bowling at Shakopee Bowl.  There’s an on-site restaurant serving tween-friendly fare, including pizza, burgers, nachos, wings, and Bridgeman’s ice cream.

Shakopee is a great destination for tweens and their grown ups! Shakopee is home to Valleyfair, Canterbury Park and the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. It’s also conveniently located to area attractions like Chanhassen Dinner Theatres and Mystic Lake.

Book your stay in Shakopee today!