Category - Museums & Historic Places

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Family Fun: 8 Places for Hands-on Science with Kids
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Twin Cities Summer Camps: Culture & History Camps
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Dinosaurs Around Town – Find Dinosaurs in the Twin Cities

Family Fun: 8 Places for Hands-on Science with Kids

Wondering where to take your small fry to experience hands-on science? Here are seven ideas of places that offer education programs for a wide range of ages, many of them ongoing, and two upcoming events you won’t want to miss!

I’m not sure what it is about February, but there are several fun science programs coming up this month. Take a look at what is coming this month and mark your calendar for later programs!

Hands on Science at the Math & Science Family Fun Fair

Math & Science Family Fun Fair

Hands-on Science Special Events

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Twin Cities Summer Camps: Culture & History Camps

TWIN CITIES CULTURE & HISTORY CAMPS

Twin Cities Summer Camps: Culture & History Camps

German Language Camps |  301 Summit Avenue, St. Paul
Weekly, June 17–August 23 | ages 5-13$150 ($130 GAI members)

Kids explore themes including the environment, STEM, science & nature, cooking & baking, and arts & crafts, while learning some German. Several weeks of “Intro to German” are also offered. For ages 5 to 13. Half-day, full-day, and extended care are available.


American Swedish Institute | Minneapolis
Viking Voyage Preschool Camp: Wednesdays July 10, July 17, July 24 & July 31 | ages 3-5 | $50 member / $60 non-member

Dakota City Youth Camps | Farmington
Dakota City offers a Master Apprentice Teen Camp ages in June or Junior Apprentice Camp ages in July, Mon – Thurs, 9am – 3pm | ages 6-12 | $55-$135 depending on session
Dakota Language Camps | Pond Dakota Mission Park, Bloomington
Session is held July 2019,10am-3pm | Youth and adults of ALL AGES! (Children under age 7 must be accompanied) | $50

Gammelgarden Museum | Scandia
Little Green Frog Day Camp offers half or full-day options | grades K-5 | $60 per session

Gibbs Farm | Falcon Heights
Gibbs Farm Dakota Day Camps run Tues-Thurs from 6/18/19-8/22/19. There are options for 4 & 5 year olds as well | ages 6-10 | $99-$149

Minnesota Historical Society | Twin Cities metro-area
The MHS offers summer camp programming at the following historic sites: Alexander Ramsey House, Fort Snelling, and Mill City Museum | ages | $45-$235 per session


Is your camp missing? We would love to include it in our Summer Camp Guide. Inclusion is FREE. Click this link to sign up to learn how to be included.

Return to: FFTC’s Guide to 2019 Twin Cities Summer Camps

Dinosaurs Around Town – Find Dinosaurs in the Twin Cities

Do Dinosaurs live in your house? Is your floor littered with dinosaur toys? Do you find dinosaurs in your children’s beds? If so, you may want to consider taking your children for a dinosaur hunt around the Twin Cities! We have two places that can always be counted on to entertain your young paleontologists and traveling shows nearly every year.

(Featured Image Photo Credit: Minnesota Children’s Museum, who sometimes have dinosaur exhibits)


Dinosaurs Around Town - Where to Find Dinosaurs in the Twin Cities

images courtesy of the Science Museum of Minnesota

Upcoming Events Featuring Dinosaurs

02/23/19 Date with a Dino @ Eden Prairie Art Center – Participants get a playdate with a dino to create a fantastic work of dinosaur art. 10:30–11:30 a.m. Appropriate for ages 20 months-6 years with parent. Pre-Registration Required. $16/child.

03/27/19 Awesome Dinosaurs @ Pleasant Hilll Library – Learn where dinos lived, how they hatched, how big they were, what they ate and even how they may have sounded from science teacher Rob Ellos and his puppet assistant Chomper in this fun, interactive program. 10:30–11:15 a.m. Appropriate for ages 3-6.

03/28/19 Awesome Dinosaurs @ Inver Glenn Library – Learn where dinos lived, how they hatched, how big they were, what they ate and even how they may have sounded from science teacher Rob Ellos and his puppet assistant Chomper in this fun, interactive program. 10:30–11:30 a.m. Appropriate for ages 3-6.

04/10/19 Dino Discovery Workshop-Woodbury, Eden Prairie, Savage @ Kidcreate Studio – Your young artists will create their own diorama complete with a toy dinosaur. 9:30-10:15 a.m. Appropriate for ages 18 months-6 years with parent. Pre-Registration Required. $16/child.

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live was a traveling show that came through the Twin Cities in 2017:

Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live

L: Hallie Goodman, R: Kelley Selzick, DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE. Photo by C. Waits

Permanent Dinosaurs Exhibits

Science Museum of Minnesota
The obvious place to visit to learn about dinosaurs is the Science Museum of Minnesota. Where else can you find full-size dinosaur skeletons, dinosaur books, dinosaur toys? I’ve spent entire visits in this section of the museum alone. While many museum dinosaurs are reproductions, the Science Museum’s Triceratops is one of only four real skeletons, as well as the largest specimen, on display in the world.

Budget Idea: If you have a pint-sized dinosaur lover and you don’t want to pay SMM admission for what could be a very short visit, you can still visit the T-Rex in the lobby and touch its tooth for FREE. Then walk over to George Latimer Library to read about Dinosaurs together in the cozy children’s section.

Cool Fact: Did you know that many of the Dinosaur reproductions seen in museums all around the country are made right here in the Twin Cities by, Blue Rhino Studios in Eagan? See their work at the Bell Museum’s Ice Age exhibit.



The Bell
While the Bell doesn’t have any actual dinosaurs, they do have an Ice Age Exhibit in their Tree of Life Gallery. Mammoths are pretty cool, too. In the Bell’s updated Touch and See lab, kids can pretend to be real paleontologists with identification guides, magnifying glasses, and other scientific tools.


ValleyFair
Dinosaurs Alive! at ValleyFair features over 30 life-sized and scientifically accurate animatronic dinosaur figures. The exhibit presents scenes and stories based on real fossil evidence and the latest paleontological knowledge. You can even download an educational guide to add to your visit.


Dinosaur Fossil Hunting Road-Trip

Did you know that there have been only three dinosaur bones found in Minnesota? One of them was found in a Hill Annex mine. Here is Joy’s story of the Peters family dinosaur-inspired fossil hunt: Fossil Hunting at Hill Annex State Park.

For some fun home study to go with your hunt, you can learn more about what prehistoric creatures lived in Minnesota here.

The Mesabi Bike Trail at Hill Annex Park

The Mesabi Bike Trail along Hill Annex Park – Where You Can Go on a Fossil Dig


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