Earlier this week, the Minnesota Children’s Museum announced that it will open a new “pop-up” play space at the Mall of America. “We’re adding the pop-up space at Mall of America to give Minnesotans and visitors from all over the world more room to play,” said Dianne Krizan, president of Minnesota Children’s Museum.
Twin Cities Kids Club is very excited about this news and the museum’s plans to expand and renovate its downtown St. Paul location. The Minnesota Children’s Museum plans to open the 4,400-square-foot play space at the Mall of America this September, and it will remain open until the museum wraps up its expansion project in St. Paul in January 2017.
The museum plans to temporarily close its downtown St. Paul location from September 2016 through December 2016, so the play space at MOA will give families a great opportunity to stay connected with the museum and continue to benefit from playful learning. The museum announced that the play space at the mall will feature two exhibits at a time. Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites™, Ball-o-Rama, Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice™, Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog™ and Curious George™: Let’s Get Curious are some of the exhibits visitors may expect to explore at the MOA play space.
The Minnesota Children’s Museum offers families countless opportunities to grow and learn through play. The museum’s current exhibits give children the opportunity to work as a team and delve into their imaginations. Children are encouraged to wiggle, dance, build and make noise. Families are even expected to get creative and messy playing with bubbles, face-painting or making art projects. While many Twin Cities families may already find it easy to spend several hours at the museum during a single visit, the museum’s expansion and renovation project in St. Paul will surely enhance visitors’ experiences. All-new galleries, updated facilities, and a new café are a few of the major changes that are in the works when the museum begins construction this fall.
We love spending time playing, exploring and learning at the Minnesota Children’s Museum. Twin Cities Kids Club recently visited the museum, and the kiddos definitely got a little messy and put their minds to work. We spent time making animal shadow puppets and baking a pretend cake in Arthur’s World. The kids got their hands a little sticky when making artwork with glue and tissue paper in the Curiosity Center. We colored with chalk and made some music together on the Rooftop ArtPark. And last but not least, we couldn’t leave the museum without decorating our faces. We can’t wait to check out the new play space at the Mall of America this fall.
Did you know that Twin Cities Kids Club members currently receive a $2.00 admission discount at the Minnesota Children’s Museum? Be sure to check out how to redeem the deal on our website and take full advantage of Twin Cities Kids Club membership perks. Don’t have a Twin Cities Kids Club membership yet? Sign up here!
-By Aimee Farley, WhyILeftMyJob.com and Twin Cities Kids Club team member