Kids & Families

A little something for everyone, including little ones.

Central Minnesota is a wonderful place to raise a family. Not only does the area continuously rank amongst the most budget-friendly for homeowners, but the access to top-notch healthcare, education, sports facilities, fine arts and Minnesota’s rich landscape makes it hard to beat.

With more than a hundred local parks, the hardest part will be choosing your favorite spot to picnic and play. Explore the trails at Quarry Park & Nature Preserve, Kraemer Lake & Wildwood Park or The Chapel Trail at St. John’s University, or head east to the Sherburne County Wildlife Refuge. Bask in the stunning beauty of fresh flowers and the Mighty Mississippi on the beloved grounds of Munsinger Clemens Gardens. Hit the paved Lake Wobegon Trail and bike all day, only stopping for ice cream at Oak Station in Freeport or lunch with a side of local art at Art in Motion in Holdingford.

In the summertime, splash pads and wading pools are peppered throughout the community to keep cool. Find one of many secret swimming holes tucked along riverbanks or rent gear from Clearwater Outfitters or Fitzharris to get out of one of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes. St. Cloud Area YMCA offers tons of youth programming, including swimming, climbing, basketball and more, in addition to providing childcare services.

The Paramount Center for the Arts offers year-round programming for adults and kids. GREAT Theatre continuously delivers sold out performances entirely led by local talent and summer camps adored by both children and parents. For decades, Wirth Center for the Performing Arts and Ms. Melinda’s Dance Studio have enriched the lives of thousands of central Minnesota families through their knowledgeable instruction.

In a state known for hockey, there is no shortage of it here in Greater St. Cloud. Beyond the rink is just about any sport you can imagine. From Little League and soccer to basketball, tennis and golf, our community is an active one. The Miracle League of Central Minnesota provides youth with disabilities the chance to play ball, too. St. Cloud Figure Skating Club and Pineview Park BMX are hidden gems for less mainstream youth sports.