Rochester MN Moms Guide to Indoor Play

Roca Climbing and Fitness

Rainy day?   Too hot?  Too cold?  Just need a boredom buster?  Check out all the places in Rochester MN for indoor play! **Updated August 17th, 2021**

PLEASE check hours and times before you go.  COVID-19 has meant that many of these businesses have restrictions and closures that change from week to week or many have removed free play features. 

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Apache Mall

*Playscape is temporarily closed as of November 17th, 2021

Located on the north side of the mall, near the SCHEELS mall entrance this little playscape is perfect for an afternoon of play! It’s a great place for young kids with only one entrance/exit, soft floors and climbing toys.

Address: US Hwy. 52 and US Hwy. 14 E, Rochester, 55902
Phone: (507) 288-8056


Barnes and Noble

Located on the west side of the mall just off the food court Barnes and Noble is a delightful place to spend time with your kids. Browse the children’s books, spend some time reading and playing at the train table.

Address: 1201 12th Street SW Suite 425, Rochester, 55902
Phone: (507) 281-7950


McDonald’s Playland

*Indoor play place is temporarily closed as of November 17th, 2021

Grab a bite to eat and let the kids play! Enjoy watching them climb, jump and tumble!

Address: 1306 Apache Dr SW, Rochester, 55902
Phone: (507) 288-2264


Rochester Public Library

You can’t go wrong spending time at the library! Browse the books, check out special collections, and learn all about services available to your family.

Address: 101 2nd Street SE, Rochester, 55904
Phone: (507) 328-2300



Buck Hunter, a shooting gallery, and roller ball mini bowling are fun ways to play at SCHEELS. Be sure to check out the kids play area in the children’s clothing department too!

Address: 1220 12th Street SW, Rochester, 55902
Phone: (507)281-2444

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Play With a Fee

Spark – Place of Play

Spark (formerly Minnesota Children’s Museum Rocheser) has so many things to do: brand new interactive displays, a huge indoor climber, educational play, stories, music, a Maker Space and more will keep you and your child entertained for hours.

Address: Inside Apache Mall – 1201 12th Street SW, Suite #632 (inside the south corridor of the JCPenney wing)
Phone: (507)218-3100
Cost: Membership Prices: $99 – $139, Regular Admission (Ages 1-59): $9, Seniors: $8, Under One: Free

Monkey Junction

Monkey Junction is an indoor play space for children (0-6 years old). Your child  (and you) will enjoy the play equipment and toys, the space to run and the chance to meet others at the same stage of life. Monkey Junction is open during the colder fall/winter months.

Address: 4500 60th Ave NW, Rochester, MN 55901
Phone: (507)282-8280
Cost: $1/child


Pipsqueaks, Rochester’s INDOOR play zone, is designed for children kindergarten-age and younger to play under parental/guardian supervision during the winter months. Open Monday, Tuesdays, and Saturdays, 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM.

Address: United Way of Olmsted County Inc., 903 West Center Street, Rochester
Phone: (507)328-2525
Cost: $2 per child per day (FREE for children 0-6 months of age), $10 punch card (6 punches)

Rochester Athletic Club

The Neighborhood is unlike anything you’ll find at another gym. It’s not just an area for kids, but an activity center for the entire family. Minature golf, trampolines, indoor soccer and a PlaySmart multilevel play structure are just a few options for hours of active play!

Address: 3100 19th Street NW, Rochester, 55901
Phone: (507)282-6000
Cost: Membership information can be found here.


The Machine Shed

At The Machine Shed you’ll find classic arcade games. Beat an old score or find a new favorite game! Pay a one time fee and play all day!

Two Locations:
Apache Mall: US Hwy. 52 and US Hwy. 14 Rochester, MN 55902
Address: 11 2nd St NE, Rochester, 55906
Phone: (507)202-6761
Cost: One-time fee to play all day.


Air Insanity

Rochester’s first indoor trampoline park is a state-of-the-art family fun facility that will energize and excite the kid at heart in everyone! Air Insanity attractions include open jump arena, insane airbag, warrior battle beam, fidget ladder, insane dodgeball, toddler zone, warrior obstacle course, extreme warp wall, slam dunk courts, traverse climbing wall, insanity nerf zone, vault escape laser maze, and a virtual reality zone. Air Insanity is a great place for the whole family!

Address: 1607 Hwy 14 East, Rochester MN
Phone: (507) 218-8385
Cost: Varied.  Refer to the website for pricing.

Roca Climbing and Fitness

Roca Climbing and Fitness offers outstanding climbing, yoga, and fitness opportunities while building community.

Address: 6071 Rome Circle NW, Rochester MN

Phone: (507) 218-1500

Cost: Varies-refer to the website for more information




For even more ideas, check out our 8 Places to Burn Energy in Rochester MN,  Fabulous Free Fun in Rochester MN, and 21 Ways to Spend Two Hours of Free Time in Rochester MN.


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