IMPORTANT NOTICE: The museum is CLOSED for maintenance through Thursday, Oct. 6. The museum reopens Friday, Oct. 7.

8 Reasons to Give a Gift Membership

Looking for that perfect gift for a special family in your life? Give the gift of play with a membership to Minnesota Children’s Museum. There are so many reasons to give a museum membership this holiday season. Here are the top eight:

1. It’s unlimited fun for an entire year
An annual membership to the museum provides the whole family with free admission for 12 months. That means they can play, pretend, explore, create and enjoy everything the museum has to offer for an entire year – from the pretend town to the car wash to the toddler gallery to the four-story climber. Now that’s a gift that keeps on giving!

2. Play builds strong brains and bodies
Our museum is intentionally designed to let kids take the lead. Our open-ended activities and imaginative play spaces give kids the freedom and opportunity to explore their interests and build skills that will help them thrive in school and throughout life – skills like confidence, critical and creative thinking, communication and more. Learn more about the power of play.

3. It provides a great play space during any weather
Whether it’s rain, snow or uncomfortable temperatures, Minnesota weather can make outside play difficult at times. A museum membership offers the flexibility of having a play space available whenever it’s needed.

4. Families bond and make memories at the museum
When adults play with kids, it strengthens the bond between them. The museum is the perfect space for family togetherness away from the distractions of home and school. Parents often discover something new about their kids when they visit, and families build memories that last a lifetime.

5. Experiential gifts are the best kind of gift to give
According to researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, gift receivers feel more connected to gift givers who give experiences instead of “stuff.” This is true even if they don’t do the actual experience together. Plus, the memories made from an experiential gift typically last longer than toys, too.

6. It fits families of all sorts and sizes
Whether it’s a family of three or 11 (or more!), there’s a membership for everyone. Household membership provides free admission for two adults and all kids under 18 in a household. Want to add a grandparent or caregiver to the membership to give you more flexibility? No problem! A guest add-on (formerly flex member) allows you to customize the membership to fit your needs. Get even more out of a membership by upgrading to the “Plus Perks” level to get free parking passes, extra museum tickets, free ice cream vouchers and more. 

7. Members get special perks
Museum members get exclusive access to exhibit sneak peeks and other members-only events. They also receive discounts to the museum café and store, as well as other local family attractions and other children’s museums around the country.

8. There’s always something new to see or do at the museum
With three floors of fun, new exhibits coming in and materials and activities changing throughout the year, there’s always something new to discover and explore. In early 2022, we’ll open an all-new permanent exhibit, Shipwreck Adventures. This fully immersive underwater adventure will be filled with action-packed challenges and imaginative spaces, including a 20-foot-long shipwreck hull ready for exploring.

In addition, we also have some exciting travelling exhibits coming throughout the year, including Thomas & Friends, which opens in January 2022, followed by Wallace & Gromit and Shaun the Sheep: Shear Genius! in summer 2022.

Now that is an amazing gift! Don’t wait – visit our gift page and purchase a membership today! Be sure to purchase by Dec. 11 to ensure the membership packet is delivered by Dec. 24.

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St. Paul, MN 55102


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