Play at the Museum
Curiosity-Cranking, Brain-Filling Play at the Museum
At Minnesota Children's Museum, anything is possible. Imaginations run wild, curiosities are taken on mad adventures and reality always comes with a twist. But when you visit the Museum, it’s more than just a fun fix! Behind all the mind-bending exhibits and experiences, real-life lessons are being taught. Children acquire knowledge, gain know-how and practice skills that they take with them and rely on throughout life. Here, play is serious business.
At the heart of what we do here are the children – what fascinates them, their curiosity, creativity and imagination. Full of joyful exploration and potential, children reveal their thinking and learning through play. The active, learner-centered, self-directed exploration that characterizes experiences at the Museum aligns firmly with developing critical 21st century skills- the 7 C’s.
Become an ant in the anthill and experience life in a world where existence relies on teamwork. This is just one of the many ways children play and learn something that later benefits them in the anthill of life.
“Participating as one of a whole colony of ants allows children the opportunity to connect, interact, and trust one another to accomplish goals.”
From the colorful cast of shadows on the wall to the see-through tubes and water vessels, time spent playing and splashing in here open the floodgates to creative and critical thinking.
“When racing boats a child uses cognitive flexibility- the ability to think about multiple concepts at once and take newly gained information and merge it with existing information.”
Whether shopping at the market or visiting the doctor’s office, children have opportunities to take on responsible, adult-like roles, and become whomever they want to be.
“Taking on new roles helps a child understand the thoughts and feelings of others and strengthens empathy.”
Amusement and wonder await around every corner as emerging large motor and language skills are championed and challenged by the peek-a-boo holes of the rolling prairie or whisking ride of the artic slide in the frozen tundra.
“The thrilling and inviting objects children discover in Habitot promote talking and sharing of excitement with others.”
Add colorful brushstrokes to life’s canvas by dancing under the shadow dome and mimicking the movement of tree’s leaves, or using the cityscape to inspire a creation in the glass studio.
“When a child takes what they have available and makes what they want from it, they are showcasing their ability to imagine, improvise and reinvent.”