Wondering where to take your small fry where they can get hands-on with science? Here are seven ideas of places that offer education programs for a wide range of ages, many of them ongoing, and one free annual event you won’t want to miss!
When: Every half hour, 10:30am-3:30pm, Tues-Fri & 12:30 pm-3:30pm, Sat/Sun
Details: Bring kids of any age for a fun and educational visit to the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center. Check out their remodeled raptor habitats, and get up close to bald eagles, kestrels, owls and falcons. The Raptor Center treats about 800 injured birds a year with the goal of releasing them back to the wild. Read more about taking kids to the Raptor Center here.
When: Saturday, Nov. 14 • 10am-4pm
Cost: Up to 4 kids FREE w/ paid adult ($13) available only with this coupon available on the Fox 9 Girls, Science & Technology page.
Details: Join Fox 9 and prominent female scientists from around the state for this important community event. It’s a brilliant and fun opportunity for girls to be introduced to the exciting worlds of science and technology.
Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis
When: Saturday, Nov. 21 • 10am-4pm
Details: It’s a day jam-packed with hands-on STEM fun. (And this is coming from a mom who didn’t appreciate math and science until she had her own kids!) Highlights include free ExploraDome shows, playing with robots, and really cool exhibits that truly get kids excited about chemistry, engineering, physics and much more. Get the complete schedule here and note that the special “Physics Force” and “Energy and U” shows require (free) tickets that are picked up at the event check-in. My own kids had a blast at this event; plan to spend several hours.
When: Saturday, Nov. 21 • 10:30am-4:30pm
Cost: $10/adults, $8/students & seniors, under 4 FREE
Details: Discover the science of favorite autumn foods— corn and candy corn! Learn about how corn grows and the history behind the harvest trio “the Three Sisters.” Cultivate your estimating skills and prepare kernels of corn that you can bring home and grow yourself! Participate in a challenge to build towers out of candy corn and do experiments to see what melts those classic treats.
When: Saturday, Nov. 21 • 11am-4pm
Details: Dig into the guts of machines and electronics and figure out how those gadgets work! All supplies provided
When: Ongoing Tuesdays • 9:30am-noon
Cost: Kids ages 5 & under admitted FREE with paid adult ($13). Note: Minnesota Children’s Museum members all receive FREE admission to the museum for the preschool playdates program!
Details: Science is fun for even the littlest explorers! Visit on Tuesday mornings and enjoy special activities and live theater performances especially for preschoolers.
When: Thursday, Nov. 12 • 9am-noon
Details: Take time to explore nature and science with your little one. Participate in sensory learning, science activities, hikes, ideas for home, and more. Children must attend with an adult. Stay for an hour or the whole morning. Reservations required by the Tuesday prior. *We apologize for not posting this information in time to sign up for the Nov. 12 class, but the winter session of Big River, Small Fry begins Dec. 10 and can be found here.