Indoor Delights: Union Depot–Lots of Free Family Fun!

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15 years ago, I would walk my daycare kids through the streets of St. Paul to Lowertown to play in the playground by tpt.  At times, we would bring our gaggle of preschoolers into the Union Depot to get out of the heat.  But we didn’t get much farther than the front door. 

That was in 2000.  Things have changed fantastically at Union Depot since then. 

Union Depot

image courtesy Union Depot

Reopened in 2012, Union Depot is a perfect destination for your whole family this winter.  (it’s perfect for the summer, too, but we will get to that this summer)  It’s free and open to the public.  Not only that, but Union Depot has scheduled events for the whole family and most everything is FREE.

On the Calendar (with more occassionally scheduled activities)

Free Yoga
Noon-1:00 p.m.
Waiting Room

Alternating Tuesdays and Thursdays
Public Tours
11:00 a.m.-noon and 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Head house

Board Game Night
4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Waiting Room
Details:  Huge versions of  Jenga and Chess.  Checkers and Dominoes, Tic Tac Toe and Kinect Four.  They also have a stash of regular games to play together.  

Free Yoga
9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Waiting Room

A Brief History
Union Depot was originally built in 1881 in St. Paul.  Later it burned down.  Union Depot started reconstruction in 1917 and was completed in 1926. Due to changes in transportation, Union Depot closed in 1971.  It was put on the National Registry for Historic Places in 1974.
Then in 1999, discussion began to reopen Union Depot as a multi-transportational hub:  buses and trains.

Union Depot should be enjoyed  anytime. Especially if you take the Green Line, you don’t need to go to a scheduled event to enjoy it.  Here are just some of the few reasons I like it.

  • The waiting room –huge open space with plenty of room for movement.
  • Public Art–fantastic art pieces around the whole depot were chosen and commissioned by 5 different art committees. Interactive art and beautiful art and fun art.  I normally don’t understand art, but I loved it all! 
  • A ping pong table complete with paddles and balls.  If the table is open, you are free to play. 
  • Historical Display in the works to enjoy
  • Search for the butterfly, the mosquito, and the door knob that talks.
  • Big windows looking out over the Mississippi River and the train tracks.

IndoordelightsAll images courtesy of UNION DEPOT

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Gianna Kordatzky

I am married to the craziest, most awesome man I know. We have four kids--Ranging in ages from 5-10. You can learn more about my life as a mother and wife at .

I love to throw parties and be with friends. I love to read my Bible and grow closer to God. I love to eat and exercise. I have learned to love coffee.
And I could really use a nap.


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