Spring Break is approaching! Where are you going? What will you do? Take the stress out of spring break: relax, refresh and rekindle that family bond in Minneapolis Northwest. With our affordable hotels, incredible dining options, and family-friendly activities, we have the perfect, budget-friendly vacation your whole family will love.

Where to Stay

Venetian Waterpark

For starters, where should you stay? Your kids will love the Holiday Inn & Suites in Maple Grove. Why? A little something called the Venetian Waterpark!  The weather won’t matter when you step into this 25,000 square foot water paradise. This will easily entertain your family for an entire day (if not the entire weekend). You do have to be a guest at the hotel in order to get in on the fun. The Holiday Inn is also steps away from great shopping and dining options, as well as Dave & Buster's.

Creative Fun


A fun activity that will get the creative juices flowing is a trip to Color Me Mine. Paint a mug, vase, plate or bowl. It's great for all ages, and kids will love bringing home their painted art piece. The studio is accepting table reservations with limited seating to ensure social distancing. Save a spot for up to 6 painters for a 2 hour session. You can also shop online and paint at home. Just choose your pottery or project kits, and within 24 hours your kit will be ready to pick up. 

Indoor Playgrounds

The Maple Maze in the Maple Grove Community Center

Our indoor playgrounds are the perfect spot for kids that want to run around and blow off steam. Check out the Maple Maze at the Maple Grove Community Center. It's so much fun for children 12 years old and younger. They can climb a rock wall, bounce on pogo sticks, crawl through tubes, soar down slides, explore a treehouse and more! Reservations are required, so plan ahead!

Another excellent indoor play space is Playground Plaza. It's open 365 days a year and features playground equipment and large turf field for sports. A great spot for ages 5 and up. 


Outdoor Activities

Everyone in the family can have a blast with the endless outdoor recreation options in Minneapolis Northwest. At Elm Creek Park Reserve, the whole family can enjoy tubing and sledding down giant hills or going on a snowshoe hike. If the weather is warmer, simply go exploring on the park's miles of trails and check out it's big playground. 


Another great outdoor adventure is the Central Park Ice Loop in Maple Grove, open November through March. This winding ice trail is refrigerated and maintained with a Zamboni, so you'll always have a smooth skate. All ages are welcome, so you can skate as a family, mitten-in-mitten! Skates are available to rent. 


Where to Eat

While having all this fun, your family will work up an appetite. Minneapolis Northwest has a number of casual kid friendly restaurants where even the pickiest eaters will find something to love. 3 Squares Restaurant features an all-day breakfast menu, so kids can get pancakes for dinner! And nearby Portillo's Hot Dogs is always a hit with its hot dogs, burgers, chicken sandwiches, classic crinkle fries and more. 


Looking for a really unique place? You have to try 50’s Grill, complete with poodle skirts, throwback decor, and old-fashioned, handmade shakes and malts. They also have homecooked pot pies, meatloaf and burgers all served in a fun 50's environment. 

50's Grill in Brooklyn Center

It's easy to enjoy spring break in Minneapolis Northwest. Spend quality time with your family, relax, laugh and experience new things together. Show us your spring break adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #WeLoveMNW!