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Imaginative Play Space

Now Featuring: Cosmic Junkyard

What Kids Do

  • Crawl through a “black hole” to enter the gallery
  • Build onto a space satellite using tubes, hoses and panels
  • Be an astronaut or alien at the console of a spaceship bridge
  • Decode alien messages throughout the gallery
  • Update the captain’s log

Skills Kids Build

  • Self-Control → Adapting to the unusual, ever-changing physical space
  • Creative Thinking → Using imagination to build something new and author their own story
  • Collaboration → Drawing others into their play and building onto others’ stories
  • Communication → Sharing their imaginary world with others

How to Support Your Child

  • Give your child time to explore and imagine the possibilities of the space
  • Join their adventure without taking over. Try improvising (“yes, and…”)
  • Notice your child showing self-control — adapting to new situations, coping with surprises and staying focused
  • What do you do here? Let your child show you!

Our Exhibits!

The Scramble

Forces at Play

Super Awesome Adventures


Creativity Jam


The Studio

Our World

Tip Top Terrace (Seasonal)

The Backyard (Seasonal)

Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment logoOur exhibits are funded in part with money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created with the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

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