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Minnesota Children's Museum


habitot baby

photo of baby playing in Habitot

photo of girl climbing in Habitot



See what develops in the Habitot gallery

Small children meet big adventures in this gallery that was created especially for the Museum’s youngest learners. Infants, toddlers and young preschoolers love to touch, reach, creep, crawl, cruise, and try all that is available in the pond, prairie, forest and caves of Habitot.

Amusement and wonder awaits 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.

Playing in Habitot contributes to the development of essential life-long skills such as:

  • Confidence when taking risks and trying things out for the first time like going into the cave by themselves.
  • Coordination when practicing and perfecting new large motor movements on the rope climb or wavy walk.
  • Communication when sharing excitement with others and hearing new words that build vocabulary and comprehension.

See photos of Habitot on our Flickr page or watch a video about this gallery on You Tube.


Minnesota Children’s Museum does not offer group reservations on Tuesdays, so the Museum experience is especially friendly for little ones. Occasionally, child care and walk-up groups choose to visit the Museum on Tuesdays.


Check out these books related to the Habitot gallery:

  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
  • Clap Your Hands by Lorinda Bryan Cauley
  • So Much! By Trish Cook and Helen Oxenbury
  • The Baby's Game Book by Isabel Wilner
  • Time For Bed by Mem Fox

Voted BEST INDOOR ENTERTAINMENT for babies & preschoolers by MN Parent magazine
Voted TOP 10 BEST CHILDREN'S MUSEUM in the United States

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