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Minnesota Children's Museum

Learn to Play. Play to Learn.

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Drop-In Activities

Discover a new world with every visit.

Minnesota Children's Museum is buzzing with clever, playful learning experiences. Our creative early childhood programs - expertly designed by professional educators and led by supportive volunteers and staff - provide hands-on educational experiences for the whole family.

From wiggly worms to book worms, our range of daily drop-in activities is sure to engage and captivate every child and bring out their inner scientist, artist and tinkerer. Drop-in and explore with your child as they flex creative muscles, experiment and develop new skills and interests. You may be amazed at what your child can do and get useful tips for keeping the learning momentum going long after your visit.

Paint Your Own Face

You are the artist and your face is the canvas!

Children of all ages transform their faces into works of art at the Museum’s popular Paint-Your-Own-Face Spark Cart. By providing children the opportunity to work with face painting crayons themselves, this unique twist on the popular children’s activity promotes self-awareness, imaginative and creative thinking, dramatic play and of course plenty of smiles.

Spark Cart

Curiosity Center Programs

Join us for hands-on creative fun!
Curiosity Center, 2nd floor

Explore unique and inventive activities expertly designed to promote innovation, imagination and out-of-the-box thinking in the Museum’s Curiosity Center. Discover new ways to use old materials, create a mess or a work of art (sometimes both!), or challenge the whole family to a collaborative create-a-thon.

View the calendar with all our latest Curiosity Center drop-in activities.

Curiosity Center

Imagination Corner

Wonder, wiggle, sing and giggle!
Daily, 10:30 a.m.

Drop-in to Imagination Corner for an irresistible burst of playful learning led by one of the Museum's skilled activity leaders or special guest presenters. Join your Museum neighbors to sing, play, move, hear stories, and imagine as we learn about ourselves and the wonderful world all around.

Imagination Corner

Big Healthy Fun!
Brought to you by the United Health Foundation

Shake out your sillies and join in the fun!
Daily, 11:30 a.m. and Fridays/Saturdays 6 p.m.

Get a daily dose of healthy, physical fun during this energetic and lively large motor play activity. Try out your dance skills with scarves and rhythm instruments, challenge each other through tunnels and balance beams or imagine that the giant parachute is an ocean to walk across.

UnitedHealth Group

Live Animal Programs

Meet and investigate the Museum's live animals.
Earth World Lodge, 5th floor
Daily, 2 p.m.

Go wild and experience life through the eyes of an animal during the Museum’s live animal programs. Hands-on, interactive programs like Rat Rendezvous, Turtle Time and Snake Sense offer visitors of all ages the chance to think like a scientist, learn about animal behavior, develop a sense of empathy for other living creatures and get an up-close encounter with a real, live animal.

Animal Programs

Studio Arts

Explore nature and the arts at the Rooftop ArtPark.

Rooftop ArtPark Glass Studio
Daily, June - August, 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. (weather permitting)

The daily drop-in programs at the Rooftop ArtPark are designed to bring together nature and creative expression. These hands-on arts programs offer kids an opportunity to explore a wide range of media and use the natural world around them to create works of art. Here, raindrops can become paint and sidewalks can become a canvas. Kids are encouraged to explore their environment to express themselves in new and imaginative ways.

Studio Arts

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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