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Winter Family Staycations in Maple Grove

If you and your family are trying to figure out what do during the cold winter months, we have a few ideas that will not only bring joy to the whole family, but keep you warm and give you memories that will last a lifetime! Check out some itinerary ideas below, mix and match or create your own!

Outdoor Fun


Skating at the Central Park Loop

The ice loop is a 810 foot long and 20 foot wide trail designed for pleasure skating. The loop has refrigerated ice, and if you stay long enough, you might get a chance to see the Zamboni drive by.


Winter Tubing at Elm Creek

The Winter Recreation Area at Elm Creek features a lighted tubing hill with lifts and snowmaking, a beginner-level downhill ski and snowboard hill and almost 18K of cross-country ski trails.


Indoor Fun


Color Me Mine

Color Me Mine is committed to providing a space for kids and adults to express their creativity, relax, have some fun and learn in a creative and pressure-free environment! You and the family can paint over 300 types of ceramic pieces from their art studio.



Experience something new and exciting with WhirlyBall. Jump in a bumper car and take on your friends in a fast-paced game combining basketball, hockey, and lacrosse.



MiniSota Play Cafe

MiniSota Play Café is a clean and safe creative play space for kids to explore their imagination. Caretakers can join in the play or relax in the cafe.


Dave & Busters

Dave & Busters is a great place to keep the whole family entertained for hours! With great food, arcade games for different ages and drinks specials in addition to their amazing game-day offers and spaces.


Chuck E Cheese

Chuck E. Cheese features games, rides, prizes, food and entertainment that children of all ages will love, with great deals on birthday parties and everyday fun. 



Grove Cove Swimming

The Grove Cove Aquatic Center is the swimming area of the Maple Grove Community Center. It features two indoor pools and an outdoor pool. The indoor leisure pool has a 130-foot water slide, a zero-depth beach area. For the smaller kids, it has sprayers and a tot slide



Maple Maze Indoor Playground

The Maple Maze is amazing fun for children ages 12 and under! Start on the first level by climbing the rock wall, hopping on the pogo stick or enter the tree house and climb to the second level. Multiple routes bring more to discover in the jungle of the maze and four slides entice children to keep crawling back up to discover new routes to slide down, long tubes to push through and Hoover rings to crawl over.



Holiday Inn – Venetian Waterpark

The Holiday Inn & Suites is perfectly situated in the heart of Maple Grove close to shopping and entertainment opportunities. The hotel’s biggest selling point though is its Venetian themed waterpark! The  waterpark has a floating obstacle course, slides and a toddler area! Please note that the waterpark is only open on the weekends.


Hilton Garden Inn – Pool & Patio

The Hilton Garden Inn is situated in a central location, a short drive from The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes! Families can take advantage of their indoor pool, connecting & pet friendly rooms!





Known for their famous Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, chopped salad, cheese fries, homemade chocolate cake, and chocolate cake shake; Portillo’s food is unrivaled! You can’t go wrong with anything on their menu.


3 Squares Restaurant

3squares always has something savory and unexpected to serve for breakfast, lunch or dinner. By serving up some of Maple Grove’s tastiest and most unique made from scratch flavors for over a decade, their aim is to make life taste better.


Shake Shack

Shake Shack offers up their own custom 100% beef blend, never frozen patties that are never frozen and shakes made with soft premium ice cream that is made fresh daily in-house!



Malone’s Bar & Grill

One of Maple Grove’s most famous local restaurants, Malone’s Bar and Grill is located in the heart of Arbor Lakes in the AMC Movie Theatre Parking Lot. Malone’s offers an American Casual Menu with a variety of great Sandwiches, Burgers, Entrees, Steaks, Salads and Wraps.


Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

Freddy’s has become one of the fastest growing franchises in the U.S. starting in 2002 with a single restaurant in Wichita, Kansas to more than 400 locations today. Try their famous steakburgers and find out why!



Famous nationwide for their chicken sandwiches and waffle fries, you can’t go wrong with going to Chik-Fil-A for a family dinner to be enjoyed by all!



Crumbl Cookies

One of Crumble’s biggest selling points is their rotating weekly menu of over 170+ cookie flavors, so whenever you go you’ll have something new to try in addition to their world famous staples like the milk chocolate chip cookie!


Mango Mango Dessert

Mango Mango Dessert first opened in New York, due to their super popular, healthy and delicious treats they’ve expanded to over 30 locations around the world. Try out their Mango Mochi, Green Team Mille Crepe or their famous coconut mango infused smoothie!


Nadia Cakes

Nadia Cakes is America’s premier cupcake shop and custom cake studio, seen on seasons one and two of TLC’s show Fabulous Cakes. Nadia Cakes was voted “Best Cupcakes in Minnesota” and won “Best Desserts in Maple Grove” two years running! 


Nautical Bowls

Nautical Bowls offers gluten-free, dairy-free, plant-based, soy-free, zero refined sugar bowls, made with organic, all-natural ingredients. They are packed with essential vitamins & nutrients to fuel your life and taste delicious!


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