Fun Activities for Children in the Twin Cities & Bloomington, MN
Make memories that will last a lifetime on your family vacation to Bloomington and the Twin Cities! Here you’ll find an endless list of fun activities for children in the Twin Cities, including visiting water parks, theme parks, theatres, the Mall of America® and participating in arts & crafts activities at events, fairs and festivals.
Keep the kiddos entertained at Nickelodeon Universe®, the country’s largest indoor amusement park, located in the heart of the Mall of America®. Nickelodeon Universe features more than 30 exhilarating rides for the whole family. You and your bunch also can mingle with Nickelodeon characters such as Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob Square Pants.
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory1225 Estabrook Dr St. Paul, MN 55103 US +1-651-487-8201
DOWNTOWN. This Victorian-style park complex offers a wide range of attractions, including a zoo, conservatory, 18-hole golf course, and concert pavilion. Paddleboats, a small amusement park, a turn-of-the-century carousel, and an outdoor pool are also ripe for fun. Nature lovers can visit biking and walking paths and picnic areas or observe animals in their natural surroundings in the cageless zoo. Sparky the Seal, an old favorite, performs several shows daily. The park's conservatory is popular year-round as well.
Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakotah Life2097 W Larpenteur Ave Falcon Heights St. Paul, MN 55113 US +1-651-646-8629
NORTH ST. PAUL. Take a horse-drawn buggy back in time to the 1870s at this living history site. Pioneers Henry and Jane Gibbs inhabited the original "soddy" from which the current farmhouse evolved. Visitors learn about Minnesota's rapid changes towards the end of the 19th century and explore an authentic barn and one-room schoolhouse, along with replicas of the original sod structure and Dakota tipis and barklodges. Interpreters in period dress perform tasks that keep the farm working, as well as entertaining both parents and children. Kids love the gift shop with its wide array of old-time sweets.
Minnesota Children's Museum10 W 7th St St. Paul, MN 55102 US +1-651-225-6000
DOWNTOWN. Find fun and entertaining hands-on lifelong learning at the Minnesota Children's Museum. Each gallery is uniquely designed with a child's busy brain in mind. Every visit is packed with art, science and the humanities experiences that nurture creative thinking, fuel fun and cater to the curious at heart.
Minnesota Zoo13000 Zoo Blvd Apple Valley, MN 55124 US +1-952-431-9200
More than just lions and tigers and bears, Minnesota Zoo celebrates exotic animals, more than 4,300 and counting, from around the world. The award-winning zoo is home to a working farm, tropical rain forest and cool exhibits like the 3M Penguins of the African Coast and Medtronic Minnesota Trail. Opening in May 2014, Big Bugs! will feature 13 larger-than-life animatronic bugs as well as live bug displays. The zoo, open year round, also offers an IMAX theater, shark and penguin feedings and a tropical reef dive show in the aquarium.
Science Museum of Minnesota120 W Kellogg Blvd St. Paul, MN 55102 US +1-651-221-9444
DOWNTOWN. Walk under and around an 82-foot dinosaur in Paleontology Hall. Touch a tornado in Experiment Gallery. Learn about life in other parts of the world in Anthropology Hall. Watch a movie on the Omnitheater's huge domed screen. This major science and education center coaxes children and adults into hands-on participation thanks to interactive exhibits in science and natural history. Best of all, the museum makes everything fun!
Twin City Model Railroad Museum1021 Bandana Blvd E Bandana Square St. Paul, MN 55108 US +1-651-647-9628
MIDWAY. Ideal for the whole family, this museum boasts the popular Trains at Bandana, a scale model-railway intended to kindle interest in the integral role the rail industry played in the history of the United States. The Twin City Model Railroad Museum's fascinating display includes replicas of such regional historic sites as the St. Anthony Falls Milling District and Minneapolis' Stone Arch Bridge, as well as reproductions of famous trains in history like the Zephyr, Blackhawk and Twin Cities Hiawatha.