Rainy day? Too hot? Too cold? Just need a boredom buster? Check out all the places in Rochester MN for indoor play! **Updated January 2, 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.
Play for Free
With several interactive displays your kids will have plenty of fun while you shop!
Address: 122 17th Ave. NW, Rochester, 55901
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
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
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) 288-2264Website
You can’t go wrong spending time at the library! Browse the books and play at the Minnesota Children’s Museum Smart Spot.
Address: 101 2nd Street SE, Rochester, 55904
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
Play With a Fee
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)
Cost: Membership Prices: $99 – $139, Regular Admission (Ages 1-59): $9, Seniors: $8, Under One: FreeWebsite
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
Pipsqueaks, Rochester’s INDOOR play zone, is designed for children kindergarten-age and younger to play under parental/guardian supervision.
Address: United Way of Olmsted County Inc., 903 West Center Street, Rochester
Cost: $2 per child per day (FREE for children 0-6 months of age), $10 punch card (6 punches)Website
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
Cost: Membership information can be found here.Website
Run off some steam at open gym time! Soccer World open gym season is during the colder fall/winter months.
Address: 380 Woodlake Dr SE, Rochester, 55904
Phone: (507) 424-3018
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!
Apache Mall: US Hwy. 52 and US Hwy. 14 Rochester, MN 55902
Address: 11 2nd St NE, Rochester, 55906
Cost: One-time fee to play all day.Website
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.Website
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.