Things To Do in the Winter with Kids in Grand Rapids

//Things To Do in the Winter with Kids in Grand Rapids

Things To Do in the Winter with Kids in Grand Rapids


Group Of Children And Mother Playing On Snow In Winter Time

Those of us that live in the Midwest states don’t run from Winter we embrace it. Sometimes it can be challenging to find kid friendly winter time events. In Grand Rapids you will find lots of things to do in the winter with kids.  There is lots of outdoor recreation to experience; family friendly entertainment; and family friendly lodging.

Outdoor Recreation

Sleigh Rides in Grand RapidsThe Forest History Center has “Into The Woods” programs scheduled throughout the winter months.  Three times a month they have special family friendly events scheduled.  All of the events take place on the weekend. On December 5th they kick off the holiday season with Holiday Lights and Fireworks and Dec 6th for Christmas in the Logging Camp. Both of these are a wonderful way for families to spend time together in the great northwoods. Come experience all that the Forest History has to offer: indoor interpretive center that offers history of the forest and forestry industry and education programs on a regular basis; outdoor trails to hike, cross country ski or snowshoe on; covered outdoor skating rink; horse drawn sleigh rides; sliding on Logger’s Mountain; snow sculptures and of course tour the 1900’s Logging Camp. There are lots of things to do in the winter with kids at the Forest History Center in Grand Rapids.

Forest History Center
2609 County Rd 76
Grand Rapids, MN  55744
Phone: 218-327-4482

Children SnowboardingIf you are looking for more winter adventure head to the Mt Itasca Sports Center for downhill skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing. Mt Itasca is located in Coleraine just 5 minutes east of Grand Rapids. They offer fun family outdoor recreation. They have ski, pole, boots and snowboard rentals that range from $15 for a 1/2 day to $25 for a full day. Downhill or snowboarding passes range from $20 for 1/2 day to $29 for a full day. They have several runs designated to snow tubing exclusively. They offer snow tubing for $15 for 2 hours and $5 for each hour after. There is a minimal height of 42″ and helmets are highly suggested; onsite helmet rentals are $5/person. Enjoy skiing or tubing with your family this winter at Mt Itasca Winter Sports Center.

Mt Itasca Winter Sports Center
200 Mt Itasca Drive
Coleraine, MN 55722
Phone: 218-245-3487

NCross Country Skiing in Grand Rapidsordic skiing aka cross country skiing is another thing to do in the winter with kids in Grand Rapids.  The Northern Lights Nordic Ski Club maintains the Grand Rapids and Itasca County ski trails along with the Chippewa National Forest and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  You can download the Grand Rapids and Itasca County cross country ski map or you can upload the Google Map version of the trail. Ski’s, poles and boots can be rented from Itasca Trail Sports that range from $25 for a full day and each additional day is $20. A Minnesota Ski Pass is required to cross country ski on groomed trails.

Additional information of the cross country ski trails can be found on the Visit Grand Rapids website or by calling 1-800-355-9740.

People SnowshoeingAnother winter activity to do in Grand Rapids is snowshoeing. Here in Minnesota’s nature we look forward to lots of white stuff to allow us to get out and explore the forest.  The Forest History Center and Itasca Trail Sports offer snowshoe rentals that range from $5 (Minnesota Historical Society Members) for 1 hr to $25 for a full day. The Forest History Center has trails that are designated to snowshoeing trails. Another location to head for the Chippewa National Forest.  The Lost Forty and Joyce Estates are additional locations to snowshoe with your family, both of these are located within the Chippewa National Forest.

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In Grand Rapids we are known for our trails. Snowmobiling is another winter outdoor activity that can be family friendly.  We have over 1,000 miles of trails that connect to the famous Taconite trail that heads east to the Iron Range.  Itasca County is known to have some of the best groomed and maintained forest trails in the state of Minnesota.  There are 10 area snowmobile clubs that maintain the trails.  In the state of Minnesota snowmobile trails can open on December 1st and must close by April 1st.  You can download the Grand Rapids and Itasca County Snowmobile Map. The area snowmobile clubs give updated reports and Visit Grand Rapids edits the trail conditions on a weekly basis to keep visitors informed. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources also has a resource page designated to trail updates as well.

Curious GeorgeFamily Entertainment

Looking for indoor things to do in the winter with kids? The Reif Center brings world renowned family friendly entertainment to Grand Rapids. They have a full line up of performances that range from musicals, plays and concert series. There is also the Thunder Alley XL that provides indoor entertainment. They offer bowling, a full arcade and a bar/grille. Another indoor opportunity is the Judy Garland Museum and the Children’s Discovery Museum.  Ethel Gumm (aka Judy Garland) was born in Grand Rapids. Come tour the 1900’s period Gumm residence as it would have been when she lived in Grand Rapids, and tour the 3000 piece Wizard of Oz memorabilia.  The Children’s Discovery Museum is geared towards children 2-10 years of age, but has something for all ages, including Moms, Dads and Grandparents.  There are permanent exhibits as well as those that change out periodically. A good movie is always a fun way to spend an afternoon or evening with kids. Mann’s Theatres located on the south side of Grand Rapids offers 8 movie auditoriums to choose from, popcorn, candy and refreshments that will meet all ages.

The Reif Center
720 NW Conifer Drive
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Phone: 218-327-5780

Thunder Alley XL
1401 E Hwy 169
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Phone: 218-326-5950

Judy Garland Museum/Children’s Discovery Museum
2727 Pokegama Ave S
Grand Rapids, MN  55744
Phone: 218-326-1900

Mann’s Theatre
113 SE 21st Street
Grand Rapids, MN  55744
Phone: 218-326-5440

Family Friendly Lodging

VGRlodging1-01 (3)Visit Grand Rapids provides family friendly lodging options. The Grand Rapids area offers conveniently located hotels and motels, quaint bed and breakfasts to family resorts.  In Grand Rapids, you’ll have your choice of lodging options for your Minnesota winter vacation.   Lodging properties include rustic to upscale hotels, affordable motels, family and fishing resorts, and comfortable and clean bed and breakfasts. Conveniently located near all of Grand Rapids’ recreation and area attractions, there’s a lodging option with amenities for everyone in Grand Rapids, MN. It’s your choice whether those amenities include a waterpark, room service or tasty s’mores around a fire. Come experience “Grand” hospitality in Minnesota’s nature.

Grand Rapids is a family friendly winter destination.  There is so much to do and see. You can download the Visitor Guide or you can call to request one at 1-800-355-9740.

2017-04-19T15:40:41+00:00 Tuesday, Dec 2, 2014|Blog|

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