Minnesota Children's Museum

Minnesota Children's Museum Three floors of fun for the whole family. Explore a 4-story climber, a laser maze, pretend town, maker space, wacky car wash, toddler play area and more.
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Located at 10 W. 7th St. in downtown St. Paul. Parking available in the World Trade Center ramp kitty corner from the museum at the corner of West Seventh and Wabasha streets.

Mission: Sparking children's learning through play

Activity Idea! Have cardboard boxes lying around? How about some tape and markers? Create a bustling town! Kids can make...
03/31/2020

Activity Idea! Have cardboard boxes lying around? How about some tape and markers? Create a bustling town!

Kids can make buildings, parks and anything else they'd like using the boxes and tape. Color the boxes and add toys — cars, blocks, figurines, etc. — to enhance the space.

This is a great activity for kids to build their creativity through pretend play.

Activity Idea – Primary Colors Experiment! With just a little paint, some clear bags and tape, your preschooler can expe...
03/30/2020
Primary Colors Experiment - Minnesota Children's Museum

Activity Idea – Primary Colors Experiment! With just a little paint, some clear bags and tape, your preschooler can experiment with mixing colors to see what they make. Get all the details at mcm.org/parent-resources/primary-color-experiment.

A fun, easy way to mix different colors to see what they make.

Join the City of St. Paul, local orgs and millions worldwide tonight from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. for Earth Hour, the world’s ...
03/28/2020

Join the City of St. Paul, local orgs and millions worldwide tonight from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. for Earth Hour, the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment.

Check out all the ways you can participate from home at www.earthhour.org/take-part

Activity Idea - Make a Time Capsule! Encourage your kids to capture this time in history and preserve a bit of their pre...
03/27/2020
Time Capsule

Activity Idea - Make a Time Capsule! Encourage your kids to capture this time in history and preserve a bit of their present for their future selves.

All you need is a shoebox, some mementos to put in it and markers or stickers to decorate the box.

Kids will have fun making the capsule today and will enjoy opening it years from now. More details and ideas at https://mcm.org/parent-resources/time-capsule/

Kids can preserve a bit of their present for their future selves.

“Giving students some choice over their learning builds intrinsic motivation, independence, and creativity. They can inv...
03/27/2020
Why Learning at Home Should Be More Self-Directed—and Less Structured

“Giving students some choice over their learning builds intrinsic motivation, independence, and creativity. They can investigate real-world problems that interest them, research solutions, or build models or write reports that empower them.”

On March 18, 2020, Simone Kern tweeted that simply “recreating schools at home” passes up a golden opportunity to engage kids in authentic, self-directed learning.

Activity idea! Have a paper airplane design challenge. All you need is paper and tape (optional). How many different des...
03/26/2020

Activity idea! Have a paper airplane design challenge. All you need is paper and tape (optional). How many different designs can you make? Which design goes the farthest? Which one goes the fastest? What adjustments can you make to improve the plane’s performance?

Add a challenge: Try to design a cargo plane that can carry coins 10 feet or more.

We'd love to see pictures or videos of your designs in the comments below.

Minnesota Children's Museum's cover photo
03/25/2020

Minnesota Children's Museum's cover photo

Minnesota Children's Museum's cover photo
03/25/2020

Minnesota Children's Museum's cover photo

Just because the zoos and aquariums are closed doesn’t mean you can’t see and learn about animals and sea life from arou...
03/25/2020

Just because the zoos and aquariums are closed doesn’t mean you can’t see and learn about animals and sea life from around the world.

Many of these organizations are offering virtual field trips, home safaris and live web cams on the creatures in their care. Here are a few good ones to check out: mcm.org/take-a-trip-to-the-virtual-zoo

Minnesota Children’s Museum has extended its closure until further notice due to COVID-19. This puts us in a dire financ...
03/24/2020
Letter from the President - Minnesota Children's Museum

Minnesota Children’s Museum has extended its closure until further notice due to COVID-19. This puts us in a dire financial situation. Please read this message from the museum’s president, Dianne Krizan, on the state of the museum and ways you can help.

The closure puts the museum in a dire financial situation. The museum is a nonprofit organization that relies on ticket sales, memberships, exhibit rentals, donations, grants and other sources of income for its operating revenue.

Minnesota Children's Museum's cover photo
03/24/2020

Minnesota Children's Museum's cover photo

Activity Idea! Make your own play dough. Here's a super simple recipe you can make at home. Once the play dough is made,...
03/22/2020
Quick & Easy Play Dough - Minnesota Children's Museum

Activity Idea! Make your own play dough. Here's a super simple recipe you can make at home.

Once the play dough is made, follow your kids lead! Empower them to mold and shape the dough wherever their imagination takes them.

Quick & Easy Play Dough - Minnesota Children's Museum

Since schools have been closed, many libraries, streaming services, authors and celebrities have been offering virtual s...
03/21/2020
Make Time for Storytime - Minnesota Children's Museum

Since schools have been closed, many libraries, streaming services, authors and celebrities have been offering virtual storytimes via their websites and social media channels. Here are some of our favorites, including Saint Paul Public Library.

Since schools have been closed, many libraries, authors and even celebrities have been offering virtual storytimes via their websites and social media channels. Many other authors are recording themselves reading. Here are some of our favorites.

03/20/2020
Glue Gun Fun - Minnesota Children's Museum Powerful Play

Activity Idea for Home - Glue Gun Fun! Here's what you'll need:

-Glue gun (we recommend “low temperature” glue guns)
-Glue sticks for glue gun
-Buttons, shells, feathers, cloth scraps, corks and other small craft items
-Popsicle sticks or toothpicks
-Cardboard, paper plate or tray to use as a base

Next step: start gluing! Kids will get creative and gain confidence while using a real tool and fun materials.

Safety first: Don't touch the glue gun tip!! For more info on this activity, go to mcm.org/parent-resources/glue-gun-fun

This is "Glue Gun Fun - Minnesota Children's Museum Powerful Play" by Minnesota Children's Museum on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos…

Things are stressful right now. You may be wondering if your kids are stressed or how this will affect them. To get expe...
03/20/2020
Play Helps Reduce Stress - Minnesota Children's Museum

Things are stressful right now. You may be wondering if your kids are stressed or how this will affect them. To get expert advice on this topic, we reached out to Megan Gunnar, a Regents Professor and Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Child Development at the University of Minnesota. She’s also the chair of the museum’s Research Advisory Council.

We asked her a few questions about stress and children. Lots of good information and tips for parents in this blog post.

You may be wondering if your kids are stressed or how this will affect them. To get expert advice on this topic, we reached out to Megan Gunnar, a Regents Professor and Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Child Development at the University of Minnesota. She’s also the chair of the muse...

Our doors may be closed, but our playful spirits remain wide open. While we’re closed, we’ve shifted our focus to sharin...
03/19/2020
Home

Our doors may be closed, but our playful spirits remain wide open. While we’re closed, we’ve shifted our focus to sharing ideas and inspiration to help parents and other caregivers maintain joy and reduce stress in their homes.

We already have a lot of resources on our website, but each day we’ll post and share new information and activities to help you enrich your children’s lives through playful learning activities, creativity challenges and more.

We hope this will be helpful as you navigate through this situation. Play helps us cope. Play helps keep us happy. Learn more at mcm.org

Ideas to maintain joy and reduce stress at home

03/19/2020
Creativity Challenge : Crystal + Worms

Creativity Challenge #3 from our Exhibit Developer Michelle and her son Owen.

Here are the challenge rules: Create something new (cook, sculpt, draw, write a story, create a dance, etc.) using one or both of these words: crystal + worms!

Bonus: In today’s video, you get a tour of Owen’s fort!

03/18/2020
Creativity Challenge: Vacuum Cleaner & Tree

Another creativity challenge from our Exhibit Developer Michelle and her son Owen.

Here are the challenge rules: Create something new (cook, sculpt, draw, write a story, create a dance, etc.) using one or both of the words shown in the video. Post your creation in the comments below by 11 a.m. tomorrow. For example, yesterday the two words were "cinnamon" and "shark". They made cinnamon toast and the cinnamon was in the shape of a shark.

Challenge accepted?

03/18/2020
Take Things Apart

Home Activity Idea! If you have old appliances laying around - like a VCR, answering machine, clock radio - let kids take them apart. They'll be entertained and build critical thinking skills and confidence as they explore the inner workings of old machines. For more info and safety tips, visit mcm.org/parent-resources/take-things-apart.

03/17/2020
Creative Challenge

One of our amazing exhibit developers, Michelle, is home with her son while the museum is closed. So, they’ve taken to doing creative challenges. Today, they each wrote down a word and challenged themselves to make up a song, write something and/or cook something that is inspired by the two words. Watch the video and check out the comment section below to see what they did.

We know this is a challenging time for many. We are going to do all we can in the weeks ahead to share easy and fun ideas and activities you can do to engage in playful learning at home. You’ve got this.

Here's a great list one of our exhibit developers put together for her family for the weeks ahead to "create some struct...
03/16/2020

Here's a great list one of our exhibit developers put together for her family for the weeks ahead to "create some structure but leave room to be gentle on our ourselves."

Here's an easy activity to try at home that will keep them entertained: Make a DIY Laser Maze! Step 1. Tape streamers, r...
03/16/2020
DIY Laser Maze

Here's an easy activity to try at home that will keep them entertained: Make a DIY Laser Maze!

Step 1. Tape streamers, ribbon or string in a zigzag pattern across hallway walls to build a maze of “laser beams”.

Step 2. Then, challenge them to get through it without touching!

Parent Tip: Add a challenge! Place a toy or other treasure in the maze as a goal.

DIY Laser Maze

Great article from Spark & Stitch Institute formerly Mind Positive Parenting.
03/16/2020
Spark & Stitch Institute formerly Mind Positive Parenting

Great article from Spark & Stitch Institute formerly Mind Positive Parenting.

Here's our take on how to help children navigate the coronavirus - from toddlers to teenagers.

You play an important role in helping children and teens stay healthy, better understand what's happening, and handle escalating worry and anxiety.

Plus we link to comics, podcasts and links to support your conversations (and handwashing)!

03/15/2020
Gnome Home

The museum may be closed through March 27, but you can keep the playful learning going at home. Have your kids build a gnome home! This fun activity encourages creative thinking and communication skills. Get the details at mcm.org/parent-resources/make-a-gnome-home.

Minnesota Children's Museum's cover photo
03/14/2020

Minnesota Children's Museum's cover photo

03/14/2020
Making Machines

The museum may be closed through March 27, but you can keep the playful learning going at home! Here's a fun activity to try with common materials you may already have.

We will be closed March 14 through March 27 to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and to contribute to the health and well...
03/13/2020
covid-19

We will be closed March 14 through March 27 to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and to contribute to the health and well-being of our visitors, staff, volunteers and the community.

This decision was made in accordance with recommendations and guidance from state and local public health officials. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and update our website and social media channels will the latest museum news and information.

We look forward to playing again when we reopen. Until then, stay healthy and safe.

covid-19

Minnesota Children's Museum's cover photo
03/13/2020

Minnesota Children's Museum's cover photo

03/11/2020
LEGO Foundation

Big congratulations to Annmarie Thomas, founder of the Playful Learning Lab at University of St. Thomas, on being awarded The Lego Prize for her work advocating for and catalyzing learning through play.

We can't think of a better recipient! And, we're so grateful to call her a partner of Minnesota Children's Museum. Annmarie and her Playful Learning Lab students work with us to ideate and create playful experiences!

In case you missed it ... The LEGO Foundation announces AnnMarie Thomas, founder of the Playful Learning Lab, as Winner of the 2020 LEGO® Prize Award for her remarkable work to create learning through play experiences for children
https://legofoundation.com/en/about-us/news/the-lego-foundation-announces-annmarie-thomas-founder-of-the-playful-learning-lab-as-winner-of-the-2020-lego-prize-award/

Learn more about AnnMarie Thomas' amazing work in this video

#CreativityMatters

Strengthening communication skills and improving emotional intelligence are just two of the reasons pretend play is so i...
03/08/2020
Let Them Make-Believe: 5 Reasons Why Pretend Play Is Important For Kids

Strengthening communication skills and improving emotional intelligence are just two of the reasons pretend play is so important for kids.

My kids are currently using toy dinosaurs, jump ropes, and a stainless steel coffee mug to play what I think is called “The Lizard Game.” My twins, 6, woke up early and had established the game before my 9-year-old daughter was awake, but once she was up and realized they were playing, she jumpe...

03/05/2020
2020 Annual Survey of Museum-Goers Group 1

Do museums matter to you? Take a few minutes to let us know how in this survey created by the American Alliance of Museums. For those who complete the survey, there are four $50 Amazon gift cards up for grabs in a drawing.

2020 Annual Survey of Museum-Goers Group 1.

03/02/2020
2020 Annual Survey of Museum-Goers Group 1

Got a few minutes to tell us why museums matter to you? Please take this survey sponsored by the American Alliance of Museums.

Your answers, along with others, will help our museum deliver better services to you and our community.

The survey takes about nine minutes to complete. As a thank you, there will be an opportunity for you to win one of four $50 Amazon gift cards.

Thanks!

2020 Annual Survey of Museum-Goers Group 1.

02/28/2020
Armando Gutiérrez

Join teaching artist Armando Gutiérrez in The Studio Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, Feb. 29. There are several ways to work with Armando:

Open Studio Sessions (2 to 4 p.m.): Armando will be hand building with clay alongside visitors, sharing his skills and knowledge. Recommended for all ages.

Workshop Sessions (5 to 6 p.m. or 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.): In these more in-depth sessions, visitors will make clay instruments with Armando. Space is limited to 30 children and their adults. Sign up for these Workshop Sessions at The Studio on the day of your visit. Recommended age is 5+.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Have you been to the Hot Wheels exhibit yet? If not, here's a look at all the high-speed fun you can have in this thrill...
02/24/2020
Hot Wheels exhibit opens at the Minnesota Children’s Museum

Have you been to the Hot Wheels exhibit yet? If not, here's a look at all the high-speed fun you can have in this thrilling exhibit.

Hot Wheels: Race to Win will be here through May 24. Big thanks to UnitedHealthcare for locally presenting this exhibit.

Rev up your engines because the Minnesota Children’s Museum has a new exhibit that explores physics through the world of car racing. The Hot Wheels Racing Garage may also bring back a sense of nostalgia for the adults with plenty of orange track and Hot Wheels cars to experiment with. The exhibit ...

02/22/2020
Armando Gutiérrez

Teaching artist Armando Gutiérrez is in The Studio today starting at 2 p.m. to work with visitors. The featured material is clay! Armando will also be here Feb. 28 & 29. There are a couple of ways to work with Armando:

Open Studio Sessions (2 to 4 p.m.): Armando will be hand building with clay alongside visitors, sharing his skills and knowledge. Recommended for all ages.

Workshop Sessions(5 to 6 p.m. or 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.): In these more in-depth sessions, visitors will make clay instruments with Armando. Space is limited to 30 children and their adults. Sign up for these Workshop Sessions at The Studio on the day of your visit. Recommended age is 5+.

Looking for a great family movie on this cold winter day? A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon was just released on Netf...
02/14/2020
‘A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon’ Review: Aardman’s Wooly Hero Returns for a Hilarious Close Encounter

Looking for a great family movie on this cold winter day? A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon was just released on Netflix today. It's "a quick-witted and uproarious homage to the sci-fi genre like only the stop-motion geniuses at Aardman Animations could imagine and handcraft," according to this movie review.

Fun fact! We're working with Aardman to develop a new exhibit called Wallace & Gromit and Shaun the Sheep: Shear Genius! It will open in June 2020. Stay tuned for more info!

Woolly hero Shaun the Sheep has bleated through many an adventure over several seasons of his own TV series and an Oscar-nominated film, so finding a new, large-canvas escapade for one of Nick Park’s most cherished creations meant searching beyond the confines of Mossy Bottom Farm, or even the pla...

Our hearts are full this Valentine’s Day! We received these amazing, thoughtful and beautiful cards from a local school ...
02/14/2020

Our hearts are full this Valentine’s Day! We received these amazing, thoughtful and beautiful cards from a local school who recently came to the museum for a field trip. Big thanks to the kids and staff who took the time to make and send these!

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Park for only $7.50 for your first 3 hours and $1 for each additional 30 minutes! Parking is available in the World Trade Center parking ramp located on the northeast corner of 7th and Wabasha streets, kitty corner to the museum, and connected to the museum by skyway. The World Trade Center parking ramp accepts cash and credit cards. You will need to bring your parking ticket into the museum to receive the museum's parking discount. Directions to the museum https://mcm.org/ For public transportation, call Metro Transit at 612–373–3333 or visit www.metrotransit.org.

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Sparking Children’s Learning Through Play

At Minnesota Children’s Museum, families have fun together and kids power the play. At the museum, kids have fun while building their brains and bodies through play. When kids play, they grow the skills they need to thrive in school and everywhere else.

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We love playing at the museum but can we please get a free place to leave jackets and tables to eat our lunch from home? The tickets and parking fees are already very expensive for most families. Thank you.
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Is it just me or does it seem like parking fees are getting out of hand? I mean considering the price of passes or a membership (as we currently have) and then adding $7-10 on top of it for each visit... It makes me rethink going 🤷‍♀️
Got in some seriously deep play yesterday at the Children’s Museum. Loved the change up and new displays💜
We love you. I love you. We've had annual passes for years and will for years to come. I dread bringing my kids to you though, even though you inspire them and teach them all kinds of skills. Why, you ask? Because it's hotter than Hades in the Minnesota Children's Museum no matter what time of day and what time of year. January 10th with a -10 windchill? Better wear my cargo shorts and a tshirt, your heat will be cranked. Is it July 28th with a heat index of 110? BOY HOWDY YOU BETTER BELIEVE YOU ARE GONNA SUFFER! Please. Please open a door or a window or something. I can't keep bringing 2 pairs of shorts because I lose so much sweat that my pants don't fit.
When do you open up the outside play area?
This was a great day for me and my kids we had a blast!
How often do you do the adults only nights?
Is the anthill gone now since the remodel???
We had fun but I dont see there pic up
Fyi- spiral slide- fast. 1st floor exhibit. No soft landing pad. Many kids n adults land on the floor on their backs or tailbone. Beware!