GOOD TIMES PARK
Where can you go on a day when it’s -2 outside that allows your kids to play basketball, soccer, football, hula hoop, slide, spin, climb and bounce on the weirdest-but-most-innovative inflatable jumper ever? I know! I know! Good Times Park in Eagan is the place to be when cold weather hits simultaneously with the crazies in your little ones. We met a couple friends at the park today and lasted almost three hours (and still didn’t do everything there is to offer). Slightly pricier than I had expected, but definitely worth a visit if you, like me, needed a few hours in the afternoon to get some work done in silence. Mine both napped 3+ hours! There is not enough “thank yous” in the world for that.
What is it?
Good Times Park is a self-use indoor playground. There are large areas with different types of play, including a turf soccer field, basketball court (with hoops for all sizes), and rubber-grounded playgrounds with slides, rock walls, and this crazy giant spider-webbed rope ball to climb. There is also a large white board for little artists, an electronic floor game board, and Imagination Playground, which has big foam blocks kids can use to create everything from rocket ships to princess castles (and it’s conveniently located right next to the picnic area, so while some of your kids are finishing lunch, the others can go play within your sights). The whole place is nice for the sole fact that it’s WIDE OPEN and you can pretty much see your kids from anywhere you are, no matter where they decide to go. They offer a really nice description of each section on their website, so take a look before you go.
Fit for what ages?
Both of my kids really got their monies worth at Good Times Park. My 2-year-old hung out on the smaller playground while my 4-year-old dominated the bigger one. The inflatable jumper was fun for them both too, assuming there were no (really) big kids flailing around, because a kid can really fly if they get bounced at the right spot. This place is PRISTINE in cleanliness. I would feel 100% confident letting a baby crawl around on the rubber playground area. Bigger kids would definitely enjoy the basketball courts and the soccer fields. There were football toss games and tons of materials to make your own obstacle course. I just don’t see any age getting bored here, and that isn’t something I can say often.
How much are we talkin?
There are two payment options for Good Times Park: A Park Membership and a Play Today Pass. We did the Play Today and paid $16 for two kids. Kids under one and supervising adults are free. Otherwise, you’re paying based on number of kids (around $8/kid, but it gets slightly cheaper the more you have). It’s kind of nice because you can order online, get your 5-digit code, and then plug it into the indoor keypad when you get there (like at a car wash). You must purchase the tickets the day you plan on visiting and you can come and go as you please. I would definitely consider purchasing the Membership if I lived closer to Eagan. The Membership offers month-to-month and yearly options. More information on their rates can be found here.
Want some tips?
Buy the passes from your phone or computer before arriving (saves time and hassle). Their website is a parent’s best friend because they list all upcoming field trips, birthday parties and large groups so you can know what times to avoid taking your kids. Socks must be worn (no bare feet allowed) on the jumper and athletic shoes can be worn on that actual playground equipment. We arrived at 10 and ate lunch at 11. After lunch it started to clear out a bit, and by noon I felt like we could all jump on the inflatable jumper without worrying about someone being launched into oblivion. There are bathrooms located by the picnic area and a lovely changing AREA (not just a fold-down board in a tight-quartered stall) for the diapered butts. Storage cubbies are available for your bags, lunches, etc., there is a snack vending machine if you forget to pack your own, and ample amounts of coat rack space so you don’t need to lug those around with you. And for the love of God, this is one place you will definitely want to be phone-free! Run and play with your kids here until you ALL need a nap. I pulled my phone out to snap some pictures, but immediately tucked it back into my shoe because it just seemed out of place. This place is made for games of tag and lots of laughter.
Hours and Location
3265 Northwood Circle, Suite 100 | Eagan, MN 55121
Because the park is self-use, it is open 7 days a week from 7:00am – 9:30pm. The park is tucked away in a nice area of Eagan in a large brick facility. I simply Google mapped it and Siri led me straight there without a problem.