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You probably ask your child lots of questions every day. But did you know that how you ask your child questions has a big impact. By asking open-ended questions, you help boost critical and creative thinking, spark communication skills and much more. And, the best part is, it’s easy to do.
Minnesota Children’s Museum offers lots of exciting activities to make your MEA weekend extra fun this year. Explore our 10 memory-making permanent exhibits – such as the four-story climber, laser maze and wacky car wash – and be sure to check out our new special experiences as well.
When kids are given the space and freedom to play, the benefits are powerful. Play not only helps kids build cognitive skills, but it also helps contribute to emotional and mental health as well.
Mistakes, mix-ups and mishaps. They’re powerful learning experiences. It’s important to view mistakes as opportunities. Making mistakes helps us grow, even at a very young age.
People communicate in different ways, and nowhere is this more true than with children.
When kids have the time and space to explore freely, they find their own interests, enhance their curiosity, make new connections and discoveries, and become passionate about learning.
This summer, kids are experimenting, taking risks, problem solving and more as they step into the role of illustrator, storyteller and inventor in the Rube GoldbergTM: The World of Hilarious Invention! exhibit.
One of the museum’s most popular activities — Paint Your Own Face — provides such freedom and empowers kids to build creative thinking and social skills, confidence and coordination while they doodle, draw, color and create masterpieces on their own faces.
Visitors will explore the six types of simple machines, discover how they function and build their own machines using a variety of materials and tools in this new experience.
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