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.
Brunswick Bowling & Billards12200 Singletree Lane Eden Prairie, MN 55344 +1-952-941-0445
There's something fun for everyone at Brunswick! Choose from bowling, billiards, video games and more. This is the perfect place families and friends to gather for some great entertainment! Also, a great location for a birthday party. There are four locations in Minnesota: Blaine, Brooklyn Park, Eden Prairie, and Lakeville.
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.
Kerfoot Canopy Tour's30200 Scenic Byway Henderson, MN 56044 +1-952-873-3901
Enjoy Minnesota's Midwest outdoor adventure at its best! Join us for an adventure filled with nature, fun, zip lines and thrill! Get completely immersed in our woods! Soar through picturesque trees, zip along our cables, chat with our adventure guides, and have a time of your life right here, less than an hour from Bloomington!
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.
Nickelodeon Universe5000 Center Court Bloomington, MN 55425 +1-952-883-8800
Nickelodeon Universe is the country's largest indoor amusement park - located in the heart of Mall of America! Enjoy seven acres of excitement including more than 30 thrilling rides and much more.
Pinstripes3849 Gallagher Drive Edina, MN 55435 +1-952-835-6440
Pinstripes is a unique dining and entertainment concept featuring exceptional Italian and American cuisine, combined with bowling and bocce. The 36,000 square foot indoor/outdoor Centennial Shops location at France Ave/70th St. in Edina includes 16 bowling lanes, 6 bocce courts, a bistro and wine cellar, and event space accommodating 20 to 600 people.
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!
SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium120 East Broadway Bloomington, MN 55425 +1-866-823-9317
The all-new aquarium at Mall of America features more than 10,000 sea creatures, including sharks, sea turtles, rays, jellyfish, seahorses and more! Re-opened in March, 2011, the SEALIFE Minnesota Aquarium now features a 300 foot underwater tunnel, a hands-on experience at the Rockpool, and a whole section dedicated to the wild-life native to Minnesota. It is also home to some note-worthy new residents - two Green Sea Turtles, Green Moray Eels and Cownose Stingrays, just to name a few! The SEALIFE MINNESOTA Aquarium provides fun for all ages, offering an interactive educational quiz trail, a multi-feature submarine play area, and friendly, knowledgeable staff. Whether you prefer the tiny Dwarf Seahorses or the Giant Pacific Octopus, the SEALIFE Minnesota Aquarium is the perfect place for family fun. To be any closer, you would have to get wet!