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

March 2019

Get Your Tickets Now for Energy and U on May 18th.  $1/ticket.

Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul
When: March 16, 2019
Cost: $6-$12/pp
Spend the afternoon building LEGO contraptions that you can run down a zipline, filming a LEGO stop motion movie, creating drawing machines, tops, and mosaics, and checking out remarkable creations.

Explore It! Wild Weather
The Works Museum, Bloomington
When: March 16, 2019
Cost: $9/pp
Explore the science of weather with visiting experts from the National Weather Service. Make a rain cloud in a bottle, control and prevent flooding using a miniature river model, and more.

Explore It! K’ Nex Meet-Up
The Works Museum, Bloomington
When: March 23, 2019
Cost: $9/pp
Free-build with K’Nex.

Solar Sunday
Bell Museum of Natural History, 2088 Larpenteur Ave W, St Paul, MN 55113
When: March 24, 2019
Cost: Included with Admission: $9-$12/pp (planetarium additional)
The museum will have a variety of our solar telescopes out on the observation deck for safe solar viewing. Weather dependent.

Year Round Hands-on Science

Raptor Center Tours | Gabbert Raptor Center
1920 Fitch Ave, St. Paul

When: Every half hour, 10:30am-3:30pm, Tues-Fri & 12:30 pm-3:30pm, Sat/Sun
Cost: $3-$5/pp
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.

Hands-On Science at Gabbert Raptor Center

Gabbert Raptor Center

Bakken Museum
3537 Zenith Avenue South, Minneapolis
Cost: $10/adults, $8/students & seniors, under 4 FREE
Details: Whether you go on your own schedule or for a special program, The Bakken always has hands-on science fun to explore. Read more about it here.

The Works
9740 Grand Ave, Bloomington
When: Hours vary throughout the year
Cost: $9/pp
Details: Dig into the guts of machines and electronics and figure out how those gadgets work! All supplies provided

Science Museum of Minnesota
120 W. Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul

When: Open Daily. Sun-Wed 9:30 am-5:00 pm; Thurs-Sat 9:30 an-9:00 pm
Cost: $12.95-$18.95 (additional for Omni-Theatre).
Details: Three stories of permanent and traveling science exhibits. Find find hands-on science activities to go with whatever you are studying.

Hands On Science at the Science Museum of Minnesota

Science Museum of Minnesota

Kroening Interpretive Center
4900 Mississippi Court, Minneapolis
When: Hours vary throughout the year
Cost: Free (Some special activities have a fee)
Details: Explore on your own or in a special activity. Find this are more ideas for nature play here.

The Bell Museum of Natural History
2088 Larpenteur Avenue West, Saint Paul, MN, USA
When: Daily 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cost: Ages 21-64: $12; 65+: $10; 3-21 $9; Under 3: Free
Details: The newly re-built and updated Bell Museum re-opened in the summer of 2018 and has brought back its popular planetarium along with natural history exhibits.

Hands-On Science At Home

For more fun hands-on science activities, Gianna has found some great activities you can try at home:

Hands-On Science Activities for Kids

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More to Look Forward to Throughout the Year!

Invent it. Build it.
Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55403
When: Look for this event in October.
Cost: $5-$7/pp
The Society of Women Engineers 9th annual Invent it. Build it. event is an experience designed to encourage middle school and high school girls to choose a career in engineering. Registration Required.

Tech Fest
The Works Museum, Bloomington, MN
When: Early February.
Cost: $9-$12/pp
Featuring kid-friendly demos of emerging technology and activities led by scientists, engineers, and educators

Throughout the year, kids are invited to a variety of one-time outreach events that are created to help spark and increase interest in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. Some of these events require pre-registration:

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