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Minnesota Children's Museum

Learn to Play. Play to Learn.


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Family Nights

Build Community with Family Nights

Build school community and involve your students' families in their education by hosting a family night at the Museum.

Group size: Up to 200 (children and adults)

Cost: Regular rate: $450 for up to 200 people,
$2 per additional person over 200
Play for All* program rate: $275 for up to 200 people,
$1 per additional person over 200

Available: Tuesday-Friday, 6-8 p.m.

*The Play for All program is designed to reach non-profit groups and organizations that serve economically disadvantaged children and families. Qualifying organizations must show proof that at least 70% of the children and families they serve are economically disadvantaged.

Download the Play for All Group Scholarship Application.


How do I sign up for a Family Night?

Call 651-225-6000 to register. Plan to schedule at least 30 days in advance to ensure your requested dates are available.

What is your payment policy?

You will receive an invoice with a due date for payment via email. Please call 651-225-6000 to pay by credit card or send a copy of your invoice and a business check to the Museum prior to the date.

What if I need to reschedule or cancel?

Please call 651-225-6000 as soon as possible to reschedule or cancel. Refunds are given to groups that cancel 14 days prior to the event.

What about buses and parking?

If you plan to arrive by bus, please let us know. Buses can drop off families in front of the Museum on Seventh Street. Parking for buses is available across the Mississippi River via the Robert Street bridge on/and around Fillmore Street. Buses must park here, where there are bus-parking signs. Additional transportation from the bus parking location to Minnesota Children's Museum is not provided.

If your families will be arriving individually in cars, parking is available in the World Trade Center Municipal Ramp, kitty-corner from the Museum on Seventh Street and Wabasha. Cars should enter the left lane of the ramp from Wabasha street. The cost is $4 for three hours with a validated coupon from the Museum. You must bring in your ticket from the parking ramp and present it at the Box Office to receive the discounted price.

The World Trade Center parking ramp accepts cash and credit cards as acceptable forms of payment; checks are no longer allowed. The World Trade Center parking ramp is now an automated facility.

What about dinner?

Space is available, by reservation only, in our Great Big Room or Creativity Center, depending on the group size. You can plan to have dinner delivered, or bring dinner and we'll store it for you until it is time to eat. Please notify us if space is needed upon reserving your Family Night.

Where do our families check in?

Families will check in at the Box Office. Museum staff will greet your families and introduce them to the Museum. Visitors will receive admission stickers and validate parking (as needed).

If you have registration needs as well, please let us know and we will provide a table for you to use for your check-in purposes. This table will need to be staffed by someone from your organization.

After guests check in and have placed their admission stickers on, they are free to have fun exploring and learning in the galleries located on the 2nd and 4th floors. We will inform guests of when and where dinner/snack is taking place (if applicable).


Voted BEST INDOOR ENTERTAINMENT for babies & preschoolers by MN Parent magazine


Voted BEST CHILDREN’S MUSEUM three years in a row by Nickelodeon’s Parents Connect


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