Unleash the Power of Play!

Play is More than “Just Fun.” We thrive as a happier, healthier and more innovative community through the radiant power of play. For children and adults alike, play develops critical thinking, communication, creativity, coordination and more.

We’ve got a simple message: PLAY MORE!

 

Successful People Play

We found that behind every successful person is a history and current practice of play. Of course, we define success a little differently – it’s not just wealth or fame but also happiness, health, community involvement and an innovative, creative spirit. Successful people know play doesn’t have to stop just because you grow up. The Museum believes that everyone – kids and adults – should play more. Won’t you join us?

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Preschoolers Need to Get Outside!

Even hardy Minnesotans sometimes need reminders about the importance of getting children outside despite how low the mercury might drop in the dead of winter.  In her blog post, Preschoolers Need to Get Outside!, educator and Improv Parenting founder Keren Gudeman,...
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The Secret Life of a Jacket

In the daily hustle and bustle, much of children’s schedules revolve around choices made by the adults who care for them. Many children move throughout their day being shuffled from one transition to another. Often, the transitions lead to frustrations and meltdowns...
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Let’s Play: Nichole Takes You to Explore Our New Exhibit Forces at Play!

Forces at Play in the 3M Gallery is an exciting new exhibit that allows children to explore their imagination through practical everyday tasks. Nichole Polifka, Director of Learning & Impact at Minnesota Children's Museum, talks us through the first of 10 brand...
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Let’s Play: Mary Introduces Forces at Play Tot Spot

Inside the new Forces at Play in the 3M Gallery lies a special place in the larger exhibit designed and developed intentionally for very young children, ages 3 and younger — a Tot Spot. These areas are typically set apart in the galleries for those who may be a little...
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“Let’s Play!” Signs Promote the Amazing Power of Play

MUSEUM NEWS “Let’s Play!” Signs Promote the Amazing Power of Play Bob Ingrassia, VP of External Relations 19 August 2016 It’s no surprise that we’re huge fans of play here at Minnesota Children’s Museum. We especially love seeing children get the time, space and...
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Creativity Jam: The Best Children’s Exhibits Nationally

Creativity Jam: The Best Children’s Exhibits Nationally SARA KERR Director of Content and Communicationst Drills. Sewing machines. The curiosity cabinet. Do you remember our Creativity Jam prototype exhibit in 2014? A fabulous permanent version will return in our new...
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Focused: When You Just Can’t Stop Playing!

It’s inevitable. It’s going to happen…..often. Your child will be completely engrossed in something when it is time to do something else. You kindly ask them to wrap up what they are doing, and their reaction appears as if they didn’t hear you. You remind them again. Still nothing. One final plea to finish up and this time, without even stopping what they are doing and looking up, they beg you for “5 more minutes.” As frustrating as this may be to us as parents for other reasons, this situation is also your child showing their ability to focus.

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Play is More than “Just Fun” — It’s How Kids and Adults Learn

Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester is taking a powerful position that says one of the keys to helping our community tackle the challenges of today and the future will come from an unlikely source – and that’s play. Raising Awareness on the Power of Play “JUMBOJenga...
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Coming Soon in Forces at Play: Endless Experiments using Air and Water

Minnesota Children’s Museum hits a milestone soon in our ongoing expansion and renovation project in downtown St. Paul. In August, we open Forces at Play in the 3M Gallery. This will be the first of 10 new permanent exhibits, where families will play, explore and...
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Perseverance

Our children give us a gazillion reasons to capture moments with pictures on a daily basis. And when we snap that pic, what is often the very first thing they say? “Let me see!” Or, if not talking yet they likely just stomp right over and snatch the camera out of your...
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Successful People Play

Play is More than “Just Fun” It’s how kids and adults learn. Minnesota Children’s Museum is taking a strong stand that says one of the keys to helping our community tackle the challenges of today and the future will come from an unlikely source – and that’s play. The...
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Core Strength does More Than You Think

Warm and sunny spring weather practically requires a trip to the local park. Before you swing  with your your kids, pause for a moment to take in the sea of excited children in constant motion. You may be sitting, standing, or about to join them in activity yourself,...
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May 2016 Expansion Video

Behind the Scenes Video!
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We Need Big Healthy Fun!

Despite the proven benefits to a child's development, physical play is vastly disappearing. Recess has been increasingly reduced and replaced by test preparation and, in fact, physical play for children has decreased by 50 percent over the last forty years. Our...
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Interdependence: Relying on Others & Working Together

When your child is around other children, have you ever noticed them carefully watching what another may be doing and then doing something almost exactly the same just moments later? Perhaps they are watching someone put together an elaborate Lego sculpture and then...
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Cultivate an Open Mind in Your Children

If we were to ask adults, “What is this?”   most people would say a black dot. Well, they might also call it a circle, a period, a blob or polka dot too. Show children the same black dot and ask, “What is this?” and you will hear boundless possibilities. A pupil. A...
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Fostering Empathy in Your Children

Imagine you're walking down the sidewalk and your daughter pauses to examine a bird that hit the window. Naturally curious, your child crouches down to get a better look and then pops up and says, "Daddy! We have to rescue it! Let's take it home." What's happening...
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Parents Agree: Let’s Make More Time for Play

Does your family have a hectic schedule? Do you wish you could find more time for your children to run around and play? Does it seem like you played more when you were a kid? If you answer “Yes” to any of those questions, you’ve got a lot of company. Minnesota...
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Play Under Pressure Media Release

  Children Often Too Busy to Play, Survey of Parents Finds Hectic Family Schedules Crowd Out Play Time; Less Play Reduces Opportunities for Children to Develop Essential Skills St. Paul, Minn. – Busy family schedules, screen time and safety worries are putting a...
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Play + Empathy

Play Cultivates Empathy We know that play is important in the development of essential lifelong skills, such as fine motor skills and social cues. Empathy, the foundation for human relationships, is also one of these. At its most basic definition, empathy is awareness...
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More Proof that Play Unlocks Innovation

Minnesota Children’s Museum hosted our second Pints & Play event on Tuesday evening at Bauhaus Brew Labs in northeast Minneapolis – and ran a fun experiment. Here’s how: We split people into two groups and gave each a set of Rigamajig building materials (wooden...
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Lifelong Kindergarten

Cultures, the social domain of practices, discourses, and material expressions that unite a community, are created when people play together, and creativity and creative expression is an essential part of this process. Sadly, emphasis on creativity decreases as...
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World Read Aloud Day Feb. 24

Did you know that reading aloud is just as important as reading to yourself? According to the 15 Minutes National Campaign, reading aloud for 15 minutes every day helps with overall development. In fact, research shows that reading aloud is the most important thing...
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Brains Need to Play

The Importance of Play "It's not just superfluous," says Researcher Jaak Panksepp. "It's a very valuable thing for childhood development. And we as a culture have to learn to use it properly and have to make sure our kids get plenty of it." Play and Social Skills...
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Dance a Jig with Rince na Chroi Irish Dance School at Mall of America®

Minnesota Children’s Museum Celebrates Successful People Who Play  Minnesota Children’s Museum celebrates successful people who play by featuring Katie Stephens-Spangler and Rince na Chroi Irish Dance School for a performance and demonstration with live music at the...
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