Keeping Kids Busy

Four local venues offer a variety of indoor activities for little ones during the long winter.
Cooking classes at Whole Foods.

Roller Garden
The Roller Garden offers public skating times designated for families. The facility has a hardwood skating floor, music sound system and snacks for purchase. Check the website or call to view the schedule for family-friendly skating times. There will be extended hours on President’s Day for kids and families. President’s Day hours: 11 a.m.–4 p.m. $6 admission. $3 to rent skates. 5622 W. Lake St.; 952.929.5518.

The Little Gym
The Little Gym holds classes for kids from 4 months to 12 years. “Our specialty is non-competitive gymnastics,” owner Slater Crosby says. The gym uses gymnastics as a tool to help foster growth physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively. The Little Gym also offers dance and sports skills classes. Classes are 40 weeks long with ongoing registration; 952.924.0083.

Whole Foods
Whole Foods offers both public and private cooking classes for kids on a variety of topics. “They are intended to be an intensive hour of cooking, math, science and reading comprehension—all the things that elementary-age kids are already learning in school,” says Chef Ani Loizzo. Pre-registration required for cooking classes. $5-$8 per child; drop-off classes are open to ages 5-12. 3060 Excelsior Blvd.; 612.927.8141.

The Rec Center
The St. Louis Park Rec Center hosts open skating and Little Tot Play Time in the winter months. Open skating is held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from noon–1:30 p.m. and Saturdays 10:15-11:45 a.m. $3.50 for single pass, youth and senior. $30-$35 for 10-class punch card. $3 skate rental.

Little Tot Play Time has an assortment of fun toys for toddlers. New this year, the program will host visitors from Westwood Hills Nature Center, Kids Create Studio and Whole Foods. An adult or guardian must accompany the child and supervise the entire time; sessions are open for kids ages 1–5. $2 at the door or $40 for 30-session pack. Tuesday–Friday from 9:30–11:30 a.m. through March 25. 3700 Monterey Drive; 952.924.2540.