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Minnesota Children's Museum

Learn to Play. Play to Learn.


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Special Events

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Special events and activities at Minnesota Children's Museum offer more ways to get your little ones laughing and learning. From music classes to special guest Story Time readers, the Museum's special events keep your kids discovering new experiences with family fun activities year-round.

State Arts Board Teaching Artist Series:

The Teaching Artist series offers a guided learning experience that will usher the child toward taking a creative leap for arts learning. The Museum has recruited Philip Blackburn, Julie Kastinger-Boada & Rhiana Yazzie, local artists who have experience guiding children through meaningful arts learning workshops. These artists will be present for 49 weekend hours from November 2013-May 2014, reaching an estimated 4,400 visitors based on past attendance.


This activity is made possible by the votes of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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In January 2014 Philip Blackburn Ph.D. held a musical instrument residency as part of the State Arts Board Teaching Artist series. Visitors explored music learning through a variety of unique, handmade instruments, culminating in two group video compositions created by Philip.

Check out the music videos created by Philip Blackburn! Each video features Museum visitors and staff during his musical instrument residency in January 2014.


Julie Kastigar-Boada presented a puppet show and lead a Paper “Star Quilts” workshop in which visitors learned about the tradition and symbols integral to making a Star Quilt. Young artists built an understanding of the artistry of the time-honored tradition of quilt making in the Native American culture, reflected on who they are and responded to what they learned by making their own paper version through color expression and patterning.


Rhiana Yazzie performed the traditional Dakota story Unktomi and the Wood Ducks in the Dakota language accompanied by English translations and pantomimed to illustrate the story’s plot. Children were invitied to be a part of the performance during specific story moments and learned key Dakota phrases and words.



Special Big Healthy Fun! with Zumba® Kids

Tuesday, April 8 • 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Join Jessica Barker in the ultimate dance-fitness party for young Zumba fans up to age 11, where they can play it loud and rock with friends to their own rules! This special Big Healthy Fun! features age-appropriate music and moves that get kids movin’ to the beat. It’s all about feeling fearless on the dance floor, reinforcing the idea that it’s okay to just be yourself and dance like no one’s watching!

Big Healthy Fun! brought to you by United Health Group

Special Imagination Corner with KinderCare

Friday, April 11 • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Have a burst of playful learning during a Special Imagination Corner. Come imagine as we learn about ourselves with our Museum neighbors and participate in a hands-on activity from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Atrium.

Brought to you by KinderCare

University of Minnesota Toy Testing

Friday, April 11 • 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Students from the University of Minnesota’s Toy Product Design Class need your help to create great toys! Learn about the process of designing new products and vote for your favorite ideas. The students presented poster boards of their ideas in February and brought “sketch models” in March. Now see their final stage prototypes!

Super Pet Saturday

Saturday, April 19 • 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Encourage your child's love of reading at Dog Tales starting at 10 a.m. Practice literacy in a comfortable environment by reading a favorite book to a therapy dog from the Pals on Paws chapter of Therapy Dogs International at the Museum. Stop by anytime between 10 and 11 a.m.
After, join us for FutureVet at 11:30 a.m. in the Atrium, and meet a veterinarian and a friendly therapy dog “patient.”  Learn about choosing and caring for pets at home and about how veterinarians care for pets in their work. The program will conclude with a mini-graduation complete with goodie bag, diploma and stethoscope for each child (while supplies last). Sponsored by Banfield Pet Hospital


Special Imagination Corner with Bato! Bato! Marimba Band

Sunday, May 18 • 10:30 a.m.

Join Breck School's marimba club for the toe-tapping sounds of Zimbabwean marimbas and African drums.

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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