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The Ultimate List of Boredom-Defeating Activities for Kids in Park Rapids

When school lets out for spring break, summertime, or just the weekend, it is inevitable that kids will get bored. In the Park Rapids Lakes Area, there are tons of opportunities to have fun that don’t involve staring into a glowing handheld device. Here is a list of ideas to get the kids active and enjoying their free time in the Park Rapids area

Bike Rider

Bike, Rollerblade or Walk the Heartland Trail

The Heartland Trail stretches 49 miles from Park Rapids to Cass Lake. You can enjoy this trail in multiple ways, from jogging to rollerblading. The Park Rapids to Walker segment even has a second grassy trail for horseback riding and mountain biking!


Doing the Escape Rooms at Evergreen Fun Park

Escape rooms are all the rage right now! Encourage teens to work together with their friends as well as hone their problem-solving skills with an adventure at Evergreen Fun Park’s escape rooms.


Visit Smokey the Bear at Itasca State Park


If you have a child who loves the forest, wants to become a firefighter or marvels at big trucks, you will not want to miss meeting Smokey the Bear at Itasca State Park on July 20th. This family-friendly event will have activities for all ages!


Old Time Photos at Shenanigans in Nevis

Right off the Heartland Trail, Shenanigans in Nevis has a lot of fun family activities to enjoy. You can play miniature golf, cool off with a water balloon fight, shop for artisan goods, and have a fun old-time photo taken of your family.


Kids FishingFishing off the Pier

Spend hours enjoying the outdoors and fishing for sunnies off a local pier. It is one of the most relaxing ways to be outside!


Get lost in the maze at the Pumpkin Party at Carter’s Red Wagon Farm

Coming up this fall is the annual Fall Festival and Pumpkin Party at Carter’s Red Wagon Farm. There are loads of fun autumn activities to partake in at the festival, including corn and hay bale mazes!


Dancing at 2nd Street Stage Concerts

Downtown Park Rapids has a lively nightlife where kids can enjoy the music of ten different bands from 6–8 PM Thursday evenings all summer long. View the events line-up and plan your night of dancing.


Challenge Yourself on the Character Challenge Course

Look no further than the Character Challenge Course Company if adrenaline and adventure is what you’re seeking! The complex features obstacle courses, rope courses and other exciting challenges to help with team and character building in a safe and family-friendly environment.


Take in a Show at Jasper’s Theater

If music, magic, or comedy is your family’s thing, Jasper’s Theater is the place for you. Be sure to check out the upcoming 2017 schedule of shows and see the pre-show with Magician Jack Sand when you show up 15 minutes early!


With so many things to do around the Park Rapids area, your kids should never utter “I’m so bored!” again. Join us for one of these fun activities and enjoy Park Rapids!


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