a HopeKid paints a pumpkin at the PHS Fall Festival in Minnesota
Camp Odayin was named best camp in MN for children with medical compelxities in PHS Top Spots
Camp Odayin
The Fun For All Playground was named the 2018 Top Spot by families
Fun for All Playground
the Shakopee library was named best library in MN for children with special needs
Shakopee Library

PHS Top Spots
The best places for families with special needs

PHS Top Spots makes it easier for families of children with special needs to find the best spots throughout the state that are set-up to accommodate their needs. Check out the 2018 Minnesota Top Spots list below, as voted by families in the special needs community. Comprised of 12 categories, this list is sure to help your family get out and about year round!

New in 2019, we are building a list of the best spots throughout Wisconsin for a future Wisconsin Top Spots guide!

Vote for your top spots today at PHSTopSpotsSurvey.com.

2018 Winners

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Adaptive Playground

Madison's Place in Woodbury MN
Madison's Place
Woodbury, MN

The 16,000-square-foot all-inclusive playground offers sun-shade covered play decks, swings, sensory play equipment and ramps for wheelchair access. Madison’s Place will serve as a regional gathering place for children of all ages and abilities to foster friendships, experience the excitement of climbing on a playground and spend time outdoors.

Dana Millington

Adaptive Sport Organization

More than 1,400 Special Olympics athletes from across Minnesota competed at the 2015 Summer Games, held June 18-20.
Special Olympics Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

This incredible organization offers trainings and competitions all year across the state for people with intellectual disabilities. With 16 Olympic-style sports, there’s something for everyone.

Kelly Monicatti

Family Support Organization

HopeKids helps families with special needs restore hope
Multiple locations

Hope is powerful medicine, and that message is at the heart of what this organization does. With its HopeDay and HopeCommunity programs, HopeKids provides monthly events and a network of support for families of children who have a life-threatening medical condition.

Brian Anderson

Indoor Play Space

A child plays in a slide
Mall of America
Bloomington, MN

With attractions like Nickelodeon Universe, The Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium, The Crayola Experience, The Lego Store, and more, there is something for everybody here – and much of it is accessible. You can also check out Toddler Tuesdays for a free morning of fun from 10:00 am-noon.


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Overnight Getaway

A child enjoys the day at a splash pad
Edgewater Hotel and Waterpark
Duluth, MN

An indoor waterpark, arcade, outside play area, pool and hot tub, plus proximity to the Lakewalk and other attractions make the Edgewater a fun getaway for the whole family.


Summer Camp

Camp Odayin offers day, residential, family and winter camps for children with heart disease
Camp Odayin
Multiple Locations

Children with heart disease and their families experience fun, supportive community-building activities through day, residential, family and winter camps.

Sara Meslow

Place to Recharge

Recharging at the lake
A Lake or Up North

It’s not surprising that Minnesota families with special needs chose somewhere peaceful like a lake or favorite spot up north to recharge. After all, its importance was the very reason Pediatric Home Service started – to help kids live as fully as possible in their communities, with their families, rather than in the hospital.

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Minnesota Children's Museum
Minnesota Children's Museum
St. Paul, MN

Kids take the lead on play here. They follow their own interests, create lifelong memories and build skills like confidence, critical and creative thinking, coordination and more. All this while having tons of fun!


Public Library

R.H. Stafford Library, Woodbury, MN
R.H. Stafford Library
Woodbury, MN

This Washington County library opens a world of wonder, play, and knowledge. Our librarians are ready to help you explore! This is your space to inspire curiosity, champion innovation, and spark opportunity.

Keith Ryskoski


Target Field is named a PHS Top Spot for entertainment venue
Target Field
Minneapolis, MN

Home to the Minnesota Twins, Target Field offers UCare Accessible Seating, assistive-listening devices, and convenient drop-off/pick-up locations. Plus, the ballpark allows guests to bring in backpacks, coolers, children’s beverages, and even their own food.

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