MINNESOTA CHILDREN'S MUSEUM
There are no “Do not touch” signs to be found in this highly immersive, kid-friendly museum in the heart of downtown St. Paul.
A space designed for inquisitive children, the Minnesota Children’s Museum does not believe in “do not touch” signs, and kids can discover Minnesota’s unique habitats up close without leaving downtown St. Paul. Imagination and fun collide in highly interactive exhibits that put immersive Minnesota environments like forests, prairies and wetlands under one kid-controlled roof. Emphasizing learning through play and hands-on experience, the exhibits allow kids to crawl, color, build and use their imagination. From Habitot, a play area geared toward younger children, to Earth World, which allows young learners to explore different environments, the museum has something for kids of all ages. The museum also features a variety of traveling exhibits each season; past exhibits have included Arthur’s World, featuring an interactive Elwood City (from the beloved children’s show Arthur) and Broken? Fix It!, teaching aspiring engineers how to put things back together.
Arrive early to nab one of the limited lockers that are available—quarters only—and stock them full of sandwiches and snacks in small, collapsible coolers. When you’re ready to eat, grab them along with something to drink from the nearby vending machines (near the security desk) and take them to one of the many skyway halls connected to the museum. Each hall features park-like settings, with benches, tables and ample spaces to avoid the crowds and save a buck or two.