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Big Back Yard at the
Science Museum of Minnesota
Open June 18-September 5, 2016
Included with museum admission
Tucked between the towering buildings on Kellogg Boulevard above and the Mississippi riverfront development below is one of the city’s best splash pads and sandboxes. This endorsement comes courtesy of my four children, who never fail to have a blast when we make our annual summer trip to the Science Museum of Minnesota’s Big Back Yard. Now, the museum doesn’t tout itself as featuring a splash pad and sandbox on property, so you’ll have to keep in mind that the Big Back Yard might not be your destination if you don’t want the kids coming out sandy and soaked.
The first culprit is the nine-hole mini golf course. Designed to teach about the flow of water and how it shapes the land, it consists of tempting waterways, a hydraulic jump, and a braided stream. My son takes his golf pretty seriously, but his younger sisters quickly abandon their clubs and start splashing away. (Note: this is not necessarily allowed and probably not courteous if there are other golfers on the course. We try to visit when we’ll have the place to ourselves.)
If the kids aren’t damp enough after the putting, the Ground Water Plaza might guarantee there isn’t a dry patch left on them. The kids can pump buckets full of water from the Museum’s deep artisan well and pour it over a variety of surfaces to learn how groundwater can move through rock. Plenty of the water did end up on the rock, but much of it was aimed at each other.
An adjacent native prairie maze is helpful for drying off after the waterworks. My kids usually play tag through the native grasses and gardens and perhaps learn a thing or two about prairies and their role in cleaning the environment. A second (somewhat) drier activity available is panning for gemstones and fossils in a giant sluice.
So pick a nice, hot summer day to enjoy all the Science Museum’s Big Back Yard has to offer. If I can add one tip: let the kids wear swimsuits under their clothes! Exploring the gardens and ground water plaza is included in museum admission; a charge of $3.50 is levied for kids to play a round of golf, $4.00 for adults. The Back Yard is open Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day and September weekends, weather permitting.
Science Museum of Minnesota’s Big Back Yard
120 W. Kellogg Boulevard
St. Paul, MN 55102
Adults: $13 ($20 w/ Omnitheater ticket)
Child (4 – 12): $10 ($17 w/ Omnitheater ticket)
Minnesota Children’s Museum members receive free admission each Tuesday 9:30 a.m. to noon as part of the Preschool Playdates program!
Big Back Yard mini golf: $4/member, $5/non-member, ages 3 & under golf free
$5.00 per person after 5 p.m. Thursday – Saturday without museum admission!
There is so much fun to be had out in our local communities. There is something to do every day of the week during the summer. The libraries have programming all summer for Bockawocky. You can find out more information about all the different summer reading programs we found for Twin Cities families. Don’t forget to explore your own community for fun in your local parks where you can find music or maybe even the puppet wagon.
Open Window Youth Theatre
Open Window Theatre
(Metropolis Minneapolis Building)
1313 Chestnut Ave., Ste.#102
Minneapolis, MN 55403
The Twin Cities practically sings in the summer. Every corner of the metro is full of music and a lot of it is FREE! What could be better? Not much! Enjoy strains of strings, rhythms of rockers and energy of ethnic music. Read More
It’s summer! The birds are chirping, the beaches are beckoning, the kids are home and it’s time to get outside together. Want to fill up your summer bucket list but don’t know where to start?
Not a problem – we’ve got you covered. 101 Things for Kids this Summer: Read More
Hours: M-F 9:00am-6:00pm, Sat 10:00am- 2:00pm,Sun Closed
P: (952) 224-4940 | firstname.lastname@example.org
It is our hope that you can use our June Family Events & Activities Guide page as a convenient way to find our traditional Free & Budget lists along with all the special themed activities each month brings. June, for instance, is chock full of family summer festivals across the Twin Cities Metro Area, and the local collection of beaches, outdoor pools, waterparks and splash pads are coming alive for the season. Local parks are ringing with the sounds of free family concerts and other artsy entertainment. As always, we hope to be inspiration in planning your family time together!
– Anne, Gianna & Joy
Family Fun Twin Cities
Stephanie Watson is a native Minnesotan who grew up immersing herself in stories: reading, watching TV, acting in Children’s Theatre Company shows and spending lots of time at the library. She is a local author who teaches writing classes and does picture book critique work as well.
Most importantly, she is happy to be a soul parent. (Trust me, it’s most definitely soul and not sole–her heart and humor is two sizes too big)
She and her 5 year old daughter (who shares my birthday!) live in Minneapolis.
We are pumped to have Stephanie on BookHounds this month as she is a dynamic mama with a really cool job. She talks about what it’s like to be an author and how they foster reading in their home.
For more information, see the Show Notes below.