Plan Your Play

There’s something fun for everyone at Minnesota Children’s Museum. Map out your visit by age, interest and your family’s needs.

Ages 3 & Under

Be sure to spend time in Sprouts, which is perfect for infants and toddlers. Also, look for toddler-friendly Tot Spots in various exhibits.

Floor 1

Forces at Play | 3M Gallery
Car wash (tot-sized rain coats available)
Tubes, ramps and balls

The Scramble
Tot Spot entrance next to the stairs
Climbing platforms and other safe challenges
Adventurous toddlers and preschoolers may enjoy the smaller slide in the main area of The Scramble

Shipwreck Adventures
Wooden ramp, over-sized shoreline grass,  and Tot Spot with shape sorter, sensory activities and bubble tube.

The Backyard (Open Seasonally)
Giant ant, tire sculpture, kid-sized bird nest, thicket hideaway

Floor 2

Sprouts
Water tables, netted bridge, slide, crawling mats, light tables, reading nook
Rest area with sofa, sink and microwave
Comfort room

Imaginopolis (Now featuring: Nature Remix)
Large, out-of-scale animals, plants and insects.
Quirky but inspiring environment for children to create their own world and tell their own stories.

Floor 4

Our World | Best Buy Gallery
Tot Spot inside to your right with mirrors and puppets

The Studio | Target Gallery
Curiosity cabinet on your left
Activity tables

Ages 4 to 8

Almost everything in the museum appeals to this age group.

Note that Sprouts on Floor 2 is for children 3 and under. Older siblings welcomed with supervision.

Also, The Scramble on Floor 1 is recommended for children 5 and up (but you be the judge of a child’s capabilities).

Ages 9 & Up

Older kids have a blast, too! They’ll find things to do in every gallery (note that Sprouts is designed for children 3 and under). Here are some places to get started:

Floor 1

The Scramble
Two climbing towers, spiral slide and netted catwalk
Enter and exit on Floor 1
No shoes allowed; socks required

Shipwreck Adventures
Giant ship hull, dark coves and cranes to move boxes
Green screen climbing wall and laser maze

Forces at Play | 3M Gallery
Engineer your own ping pong ball launchers and scrub a car in the car wash

Floor 2

Creativity Jam | Target Gallery
Now featuring: The Play Lounge. Play isn’t just for kids… it’s for adults, too! Learn about the benefits of play for all ages while playing a round of extreme ping pong (complete with costumes!). Then test your trivia knowledge before grabbing a seat and relaxing with mindful games and activities

Floor 4

The Studio | Target Gallery
Tinker, make and create with real tools and authentic materials

Physical Play

Kids burn off lots of energy in these experiences:

Floor 1

The Scramble
Two climbing towers, spiral slide and netted catwalk
Enter and exit on Floor 1

Shipwreck Adventures
Green screen climbing wall and laser maze

Floor 2

Sprouts
This gallery is designed for children ages 3 and under. Climb stairs, venture over a bridge and go down a slide in the play structure.

Pretend Play

Take on roles and shape your own stories.

Floor 1

Shipwreck Adventures
Use your imagination to dive deep into Lake Superior and explore a shipwreck

Floor 2

Imaginopolis (Now featuring: Nature Remix)
Large, out-of-scale animals, plants and insects.

Quirky but inspiring environment for children to create their own world and tell their own stories.

Sprouts | Target Gallery
Cozy reading nook toward the front of the exhibit
For children ages 3 and under

Floor 4

Our World | Best Buy Gallery
Fire station, post office, food stand, hardware store and farmers market

Arts & Tinkering

Floor 1

Forces at Play | 3M Gallery
Create contraptions with ramps, tubes and balls

Floor 4

The Studio | Target Gallery
Tinker, make and create with real tools and authentic materials

Tip Top Terrace | Ecolab Gallery (Open Seasonally)
Water expressions, bike wheel sculpture, musical sculpture

 

Water Play

Floor 1

Forces at Play | 3M Gallery
Wacky car wash (rain coats available)

Floor 2

Sprouts
Water tables toward the back of the gallery
For children ages 3 and under

 

Quieter Time

When you’re looking for a slower pace, these spaces often provide a place to take it easy.

Floor 1

The Backyard (Open Seasonally)
Whimsical animal sculptures, benches and planters

Floor 2

Sprouts
Reading nook
Rest area with sofa, microwave and sink
For children ages 3 and under

Floor 4

The Studio | Target Gallery
Activity tables and various materials.

Tip Top Terrace | Ecolab Gallery (Open Seasonally)
Water expressions, bike wheel sculpture, music sculpture, sensory garden

 

Accessibility

We want to ensure all families feel welcome at Minnesota Children’s Museum and we strive to make the museum accessible and safe for all members of our community. We understand that, sometimes, extra support can help kids fully participate. To make that happen, we’ve developed resources to help foster full inclusion at the museum. Accessibility at the museum

Special Exhibits

Jan. 21 – May 7, 2023

Step into the 3D world of four well-known paintings as each is brought to life like never before.

May 20 – Sept. 3, 2023

Hands-on and digital experiences focus on the five emotions featured in the film: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust and Fear. Visitors learn to recognize emotions and explore ways that we express and manage our own emotions.

More Upcoming Experiences

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