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The Eagle’s Nest

eagles nest

EAGLE’S NEST INDOOR PLAYGROUND

NEW BRIGHTON, MN
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The other day, my son got his kindergarten immunizations. Four shots to the legs and three minutes of screaming that I didn’t even know he had in him! We cut him a deal – if he was brave and strong, he would get to pick how he spent his day. Out of Chuck E Cheese, Nick Universe and other fun indoor options, he chose The Eagle’s Nest Playground in New Brighton. And I was pleased with the choice because I love this place!

The Eagle’s Nest Playground is part of the New Brighton Community Center, so there are activities in addition to the play place, including a library and gymnasium. This is a place where kids under 12 can burn energy by climbing, jumping, sliding and running full speed. With a really nice separate toddler area, littler ones are able to stay separated from bigger, more aggressive children and – the best part is – they get their own ball pit. My daughter loves that! There is a separate rock wall area, a couple ball pits (of decent size), and a million ways to get up and down the enclosure. This is nice because shorter kids get the option of using the stairs when they can’t quite reach those bigger platformed steps. And the slides are really quite fun (I would know…my two-year-old still refuses to do slides solo, so I was up there 100% and I fit quite nicely!).

UPDATE: Eagle’s Nest did a gorgeous remodel in late 2017 and it is now my favorite indoor place space for all my kids, who presently range in ages from 3 to 9.

eagles nest

eagles nest

What is it?

Eagle’s Nest is an indoor playground for kids under 12 years old. As part of the New Brighton Community Center building, it is very well kept and got a full (and amazing) remodel in late 2017. This includes a three-level slide, tornado slide, two ball pits and a three-story climbing structure that reaches the ceiling. And – can I just say – the greatest toddler area ever! The toddler area sits on cushioned flooring and is completely safe, yet still exciting and quite large compared to most toddler areas. Our favorite toddler features were the ball pit, the carousel that goes around with the push of a button, and the rolling snail that I might have spun way too fast (but it was way too fun!). The bigger area serves older children very well now too with a challenging drop tower thingie that my 9-year old loved (don’t ask me to explain it…it’s weird but cool). The slides are all very unique and some even light up! There’s a musical floor piano like in Big, a separate and soft wall climbing room, and enough seating outside the play area to enjoy a picnic lunch or some parent rest time.

eagles nest

eagles nest

Fit for what ages?

Well, the rules say “12 and under” but I’d say anyone over 8 or 9 wouldn’t last too long here. The toddler area for kids 3 and under is pretty fit for just those ages. A few small slides and soft climbing objects and the mini ball pit make it nice for really little ones. I’ve even seen itty bitty babies doing tummy time on the play mats while their moms kept other eyes on their bigger kids.

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How much are we talkin?

One of the main reasons I was happy my son chose Eagle’s Nest over Nick Universe this day was because I was feeling a little poorer than usual, and admission here is only $5.50/kid for as long as you’d like to stay. I like this because, if we go too close to nap time and can only squeeze in an hour here, I don’t feel like I didn’t get my monies worth. $5.50 will give kids access to the gym as well, where they have basketballs and some soccer balls laying around. My kids just go in there to race….works for me! Also, take note that there are twilight hours – any time after 6pm Mon-Fri, kids get in for $3! And memberships/punch cards/group rates are also available at a discount. Visit the website for more information on those deals.  Adults/supervisors are always free, and hey, we get to play too!

eagles nest

eagles nest

Want some tips?

Wear socks! They sell them there for $2.50, but we all own socks, so make sure you have them with. Of course, you’ll need somewhere to shove your shoes and gear once you get there. They offer free lockers and cubbies, and we just use the cubbies, but note that there are additional cubbies in the toddler area that are rarely utilized, and feel more protected.

Bathrooms are conveniently located right in the main hallway and they have some tables outside the play area for enjoying a packed lunch or snack break. They have 3-4 small picnic tables for kids, and my kids like hanging there when they need a rest or a snack. There is no food allowed IN the play area (can YOU imagine cleaning crumbs out of  ball pit?). The only thing that I find slightly annoying is that the toddler area is against the back wall, so if you have kids of different ages (like I do), one wants to play in the “big” area, and the other wants to be in the “little” area.  I wish the toddler area was closer to the exit so I could see him and make sure he doesn’t leave without my knowing, but thankfully he listens well and knows to come back to the toddler area when he is tired. This place gets SO busy, so DO keep an eye on your children.

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Hand sanitizer is plentiful, and so are field trips. We’ve actually gotten there and been sorely disappointed when the sign on the counter said they were at capacity and weren’t allowing more kids in, so maybe call ahead or just get there when they open.

The Community Center also offers Preschool Playtime, where preschoolers get free reign of the play area and the gym Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30am – 1:30pm. The gym has inflatable bounce houses, basketball hoops and climbing structures, all included in the price of normal admission. This is only offered during the school year.

eagles nest

eagles nest

Hours and Location

400 10th St. NW  |   New Brighton, MN 55112

Eagle’s Nest is open seven days a week: 9am – 8pm Mon-Sat, and 11am – 5pm Sundays. The Community Center is just south of 694 off of 10th St. SW and there’s a big parking lot so no worries there.

facebookWhile Eagle’s Nest does have a Facebook page, it is a lot of community news from New Brighton, so “Like” wisely. They do post a lot of cool area events and some neat news items, but I was kind of hoping they would post things like scheduled field trips or large groups (so I know when to avoid going). Can’t have everything, I guess.

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