Millz House in Apply Valley

Millz HousePlaces to Play: Millz House Indoor Playground in Apply Valley

This is part of my series about places to play in the South Metro area of the Twin Cities (Apple Valley, Bloomington, Burnsville, Eagan, Eden Prairie, Edina, Inver Grove Heights, Farmington, Lakeville, Mendota Heights, Prior Lake, Richfield, Rosemount, Savage, Shakopee, South St. Paul, West St. Paul.)

Place: Millz House, they are a retail store for playgrounds, trampolines, and other play equipment with a show room that is open for play for children 10 and under during business hours.

Where: 14645 Felton Court, Suite #104, Apple Valley, MN 55124

Cost:  $1 and a canned good to play on Wednesday mornings, otherwise $5 per child (or $10 per family).  Details of the open play can be found here.

Why?

  • In Minnesota, there is a lot of the year that getting outside to play isn’t practical.  However, children still need to move.  This indoor showroom is open for children to play all year round.
  • Some details:
    • They have lots of indoor playgrounds for climbing, sliding, and swinging.Millz House
    • 2 trampolines (the safest I’ve seen) give a great chance for intense motor active for children of all ages.Millz House
    • For older children, an indoor court has a variety of basketball hoops for children to enjoy, as well as ping-ping area.
    • Several picnic tables are available for a snack break.
  • Millz HouseFor children who are sensory seekers, the playground equipment and trampoline provide a variety of intense input through jumping, climbing, sliding, and swinging.  On Wednesday mornings ($1 to play) there are lots of other families and children around for social interaction.
  • For children who need a quieter place to play, try going on any day other than Wed (or go early on Wednesday for a quieter experience).
  • Motor skill development- the variety of playground equipment provides children who are working on motor skill development a chance to work at their exact level.  You can find swings, slides, and climbing equipment for both beginners and more experienced children.
  • Accessibility: Bathroom- 2 large bathrooms are kid and family friendly.  The whole place has solid, smooth surfaces to navigate, but the equipment itself isn’t accessible.

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Paige Hays is an occupational therapist who provides in-home, pediatric occupational therapy services in the south metro area of the Twin Cities, MN. She is a mother of 2 girls, avid DIYer, and a highly skilled and experienced OT. She specializes in working in pediatrics, with diverse expertise ranging from cognition and sensory issues to working with children with neuromuscular disabilities or complex medical needs.  www.paigehays.net