FOR THE KIDS
FOR THE KIDS
Bring the whole family to Owatonna and experience a unique zoo, water parks, and fun events for all ages! We know that itineraries can be hard to stick to when you have a family, so here are a bunch of ideas to keep your kiddos busy when it works for your schedule!
The Reptile and Amphibian Discovery (RAD) Zoo is home to a diverse collection of more than 150 kinds of snakes, turtles, crocodilians, toads, frogs and salamanders from all over the world. Meet Big Al, a 12 foot long American alligator, and Justin Biebers former pet boa constrictor Johnson. Stop in for the daily Everglades Encounters show focusing on the animals of the Florida Swamps, or witness snakes and crocodilians during feeding time on the weekends. From autumn through spring, bring a large group and Camp with the Crocs overnight at the zoo. Get a souvenir photo taken holding a snake or alligator!
Spend the day enjoying nature with the kids on a wildflower walk at Rice Lake State Park or learn archery at Cabelas Worlds Foremost Outfitter. Check out the local fish in the Cabelas aquarium and capture a picture with lifelike taxidermy of native and exotic animals. Discover the rich history of Steele County at the Village of Yesteryear and at the Orphanage Museum.
Bring the kids over to the River Springs Water Park to float on the lazy river, enjoy the climbing wall, and play on the sand volleyball court. Build a sand castle on the beach and splash around in the swim area at Lake Kohlmier. For year-round fun, enjoy the slides at the Great Serengeti Indoor Water Park.
Owatonna is hoppin’ during the Steele County Free Fair in August. Experience deep fried smores, an exotic petting zoo and exciting rides. With no admission fee to the fair, your entire family can stop by each day and see something new! In September, check out Culturfest where the kids will learn about different cultures from all over the world, and they can even participate in dances on stage and try delicious ethnic foods. On weekends in the fall, pick out a pumpkin at the Oak View Pumpkin Patch and get lost in their corn maze.
Take in a matinee at Northwoods Cinema 10, or watch a movie on a Tuesday for just five dollars (all day!). During the summer months, catch an outdoor movie downtown in Central Park (check out our Calendar of Events for date and time).
There are plenty of opportunities to burn off energy around town. Hang out at the Bike and Skate Park, play disc golf at the River Rock Disc Golf Course at Mineral Springs Park, and play mini golf at Waters Edge Miniature Golf Course. Bring the kids bowling at Spare Time Entertainment, and make sure to play laser tag while you’re there (new in 2016)! Run around the playground at Fairgrounds Park, a local favorite.