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Rosedale Center is a shopping mall in Roseville. You'll find the basic mall stores, restaurants and layout. Families can find quite a bit of fun -- both free and paid -- in this mall. Rosedale has one of the three Twin Cities Build-A-Bear Workshop locations. The other two are in the Mall of America. If this is something your children really want, Rosedale may be the most tame option of the three.
Beginning in 2017, the mall will be embarking on a two-year interior renovation project. However, they plan to remain fully operational during the renovation period. In the end, they will have room for a new department store, a new parking ramp and an additional retail space.
Rosedale Center's 2018 Santa Schedule
Santa will be sitting inside a beautiful crystal castle in the east court of Rosedale this year. His hours for 2018 are Monday-Saturday: 10am-8pm; Sunday: 11am-6pm; and Christmas Eve: 9am-5pm. Reservations are available.
Northwoods Play Area at Rosedale Center
We like to Rosedale for the play area. It's not the most pristine mall play area and the hand-sanitizer station is often empty. However, I enjoy its laid-back atmosphere. Unlike most mall play areas, Rosedale's Northwoods Play area has its own enclosed space. Strategically seated parents can keep an eye on multiple children without worrying that one will escape. There are pay rides in this section, but most of the kids treat them like an extension of the playground. This seems to be generally acceptable (except sometimes on weekends when the dads are there with their pockets full of quarters).
Ladybug Express and Amusing Rides at Rosedale Center
For families looking for a little something extra the Ladybug Express tours the top floor or the mall and Amusing Rides can be found right outside the Northwoods Play Area.
Ladybug Express is a mini train. Amusing Rides are over-sized stuffed animals on wheels.
Indoor Dog Walking at Rosedale Center
In 2019, the mall will be open to walk well-behaved, leashed dogs on Sundays from 8am to 10am. In case of accidents, baggies and cleaning supply stations will be placed at Guest Services, lower level center court and upper-level center court. Find more information here.