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

Check out the new podcast by Common Sense Media called Parent Trapped. Each episode features interviews with experts and...
05/07/2020
Parent Trapped by Common Sense: A weekly parenting podcast | Common Sense Media

Check out the new podcast by Common Sense Media called Parent Trapped. Each episode features interviews with experts and tips on everything from making learning at home more fun to finding movies the whole family can enjoy.

The first episode – Screen Time, Scribble Time, Space-Out Time – is available now. Have a listen!

The coronavirus has upended families' lives. Host Ann Marie Baldonado talks with experts, celebrities, and listeners about life, work, and learning with kids at home.

Don't miss this free webinar for parents today at 2 p.m. The topic: Three Truths COVID-19 Has Revealed About Screen Time...
05/07/2020
Webinar - Three Truths COVID-19 Has Revealed About Screen Time - Spark & Stitch Institute

Don't miss this free webinar for parents today at 2 p.m. The topic: Three Truths COVID-19 Has Revealed About Screen Time And How Our Kids Need Us To Respond.

This is hosted by the founder of Spark & Stitch Institute formerly Mind Positive Parenting. Sign up to grab your seat. https://sparkandstitchinstitute.com/free-webinar-screentime/

Erin Walsh shares three new beliefs about screen time that will set families up for success during the pandemic and beyond.

Here’s a fun art project sent to us by one of our amazing members, Sara P. She and her two kids created a beautiful pain...
05/07/2020

Here’s a fun art project sent to us by one of our amazing members, Sara P. She and her two kids created a beautiful painted mosaic in their front window to brighten up their neighborhood.

Check out this short blog post to see how they did it: mcm.org/diy-window-mosaic

One of our amazing senior exhibit developers started a letter-search game in her neighborhood that's keeping kids (and a...
05/06/2020
Neighborhood Letter Game - Minnesota Children's Museum

One of our amazing senior exhibit developers started a letter-search game in her neighborhood that's keeping kids (and adults!) learning, having fun and staying connected. Check out this new blog post to see how it works!

Are you doing anything like this in your neighborhood? We'd love to hear about it in the comments below!

Fun way to keep kids (and adults!) learning, having fun and staying connected.

Today is #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of unity as a response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.We humbly a...
05/05/2020

Today is #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of unity as a response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

We humbly ask you to consider donating to Minnesota Children’s Museum. The COVID-19 crisis has put financial strain on Minnesota Children’s Museum. We are a nonprofit organization that relies on ticket sales, membership income and other sources of funds to survive. With our museum closed, we urgently need financial support.

The museum has been an important community asset since 1981. Please help us rebound from this difficult time so we can continue to fill a critical need for children and families in Minnesota. givemn.org/organization/Minnesota-Childrens-Museum

05/01/2020

Hair conditioner + cornstarch = playdough! Super easy activity!

04/29/2020
A Museum Made

There’s so much we miss about being open: Shrieks of delight echoing out of the corkscrew slide, wild adventures kids make up in Imaginopolis, the adorable rain jackets toddlers wear in Sprouts, excited children rushing toward the fire truck in Our World... even the tears we occasionally see as a reluctant young visitor resists going home.

So we made this video. It’s for you. It’s for all of us.

With your support and our spirit of resiliency, we’ll come back strong again. mcm.org/support-us

Museum member Jessi S. sent us this awesome idea for a home activity - Dish Soap Bubble Foam. It's simple. Make some foa...
04/27/2020
Dish Soap Bubble Foam Paint - Minnesota Children's Museum

Museum member Jessi S. sent us this awesome idea for a home activity - Dish Soap Bubble Foam. It's simple. Make some foam with dish soap and water, add in a bit of tempera paint and you've got a fun sensory activity. Plus, you can then use the colored foam to paint!

Read the full story to see how Jessi came up with this idea while one of her kids needed a break from an assignment. And how it turned tears into laughter. Thanks for sharing, Jessi! mcm.org/dish-soap-bubble-foam/

This activity has sensory, creativity and fun rolled into one!

Awesome Activity Idea - Create a Cardboard Castle! Museum member, Autumn H., let us know that her sons built this amazin...
04/24/2020

Awesome Activity Idea - Create a Cardboard Castle! Museum member, Autumn H., let us know that her sons built this amazing castle with cardboard they had lying around the house. They used some imagination and a glue gun to put it together.

"We are trying to make lifelong positive memories of this time for our kids. Plus it's just fun!" said Autumn.

We love it. Great critical and creative thinking in action. Way to go! Check out more ideas for at home fun at mcm.org/parent-resources

One of our members shared an activity she did at home with her kids - Box City! "I flattened and taped together some dia...
04/21/2020

One of our members shared an activity she did at home with her kids - Box City!

"I flattened and taped together some diaper boxes, drew a road around the edges, and let my kids go nuts with markers and crayons to add on. We’ve built on it with magnatiles, driven cars, and played farm."

We love this idea! Thanks for sharing Courtney F.!

Here's a great activity idea shared with us by Moon Child Adventures – make your own projectors! It's super fun and take...
04/16/2020
Make Your Own Projectors & Shadow Show

Here's a great activity idea shared with us by Moon Child Adventures – make your own projectors! It's super fun and takes just a few simple materials. Kids can then make up stories and put on a shadow show using their new creations. Give it a try!

Try this fun activity idea from @moonchildadventures

04/13/2020
DIY Watercolors

Activity idea - Make your own watercolor paints! This fun activity uses common ingredients and mixes science and art. Plus, kids can experiment with different color combinations. Get details at mcm.org/diy-watercolor-paints

Music is good for the body and mind for kids – and adults – of all ages. By playing, dancing and listening to music, kid...
04/13/2020
Sing, Play & Explore Music from Home - Minnesota Children's Museum

Music is good for the body and mind for kids – and adults – of all ages. By playing, dancing and listening to music, kids build coordination and improve communication and math skills. Plus, it brings joy and happiness.

There are lots of great ways to explore music from your home. We've compiled a few in this new blog post.

Great ways to explore music from your home.

A great read on the importance and power of play during these unprecedented times. “Play can be a healthy way for kids t...
04/12/2020
How the Coronavirus Is Influencing Children’s Play

A great read on the importance and power of play during these unprecedented times.

“Play can be a healthy way for kids to process the news and can give parents insight into their child’s emotional state.”

Play is children’s language, and parents shouldn’t be concerned if the pandemic has been showing up in kids’ games lately.

Activity Alert - DIY Marble Run. Kids experiment and build critical thinking skills in this fun STEM activity.All you ne...
04/08/2020

Activity Alert - DIY Marble Run. Kids experiment and build critical thinking skills in this fun STEM activity.

All you need are some recyclables like empty toilet paper rolls, cartons and boxes, and some painter’s tape.

Safety first! This is for older kids. It's not a great activity for young kids due to the marbles. Get details and tips at https://mcm.org/diy-marble-run

On this warm spring day, why not make your own giant bubbles! Here's a quick and easy recipe to get you started. Bubbles...
04/07/2020
Giant Bubbles - Minnesota Children's Museum

On this warm spring day, why not make your own giant bubbles! Here's a quick and easy recipe to get you started. Bubbles are guaranteed smile-makers!

Easy recipe for making giant bubbles!

Kids and families everyone are decorating their windows with hearts, rainbows and other art to spread messages of love a...
04/06/2020
Warm Hearts with Window Art - Minnesota Children's Museum

Kids and families everyone are decorating their windows with hearts, rainbows and other art to spread messages of love and hope.

Of course, painting on your window is one great way to make a window display.

Here are other ideas you can try at home and then hang in your windows.

Ideas for decorating windows with hearts, rainbows and more.

04/03/2020
Make Sensory Bins

Here's an activity for the little ones - make sensory bins! Get details and tips to make this playful learning activity fun and safe at mcm.org/parent-resources/make-sensory-bins/

An amazing local artist, Kelsey King Illustration, has shared some of her original coloring pages with us. Click on this...
04/02/2020
Coloring Pages from a Local Artist - Minnesota Children's Museum

An amazing local artist, Kelsey King Illustration, has shared some of her original coloring pages with us. Click on this blog post to download.

Coloring reduces stress and anxiety, improves focus and builds creative thinking skills. Great for kids and adults!

Original coloring pages from a Minnesota Illustrator

Here a a bunch of resources for online art tutorials, virtual museum tours, free coloring pages from a local artist and ...
04/01/2020
Virtual Art for Home - Minnesota Children's Museum

Here a a bunch of resources for online art tutorials, virtual museum tours, free coloring pages from a local artist and more!

Through art, kids build motor skills, communication, creative thinking and more.

Lots of artists and museums are offering ways to explore art virtually.

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

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10 7th St W
Saint Paul, MN
55102

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!