A quick Tuesday morning idea for you – FREE activities and freebies at Mall of America Toddler Tuesdays – all kid-tested and approved by my own preschoolers. While our kids have grown out of the toddler years and Tuesday activities have evolved over the years, there are some things you can still count on. Tuesdays are a less busy day, taking some stress out of a visit with a toddler. You can still count on themed activities each week and the LEGO Store is always a fun freebie:
Activity: Toddler Tuesdays at Mall of America
Time: Weekly, 10am – noon
Details: Free themed entertainment geared towards toddlers, but preschoolers will enjoy the character greets, crafts and stories. Find the latest line up here.
The Mall of America has cautiously brought back Toddler Tuesday. When onsite, it is a video on the giant video wall with socially-distanced seating and mandatory masks. There are a handful of restaurants offering Kids Eat Free deals. Individual stores may have removed some of the family fun activities that we have found in the past. When at home, go to the Toddler Tuesday page for links and more information.
More Tuesday Fun at the Mall of America
Activity: Tent Tales for Tykes – Storytime at L.L.Bean (On Hold)
Time: 12:30pm – Pre-Registration Required.
Details: This event seems to come and go and they DO want participants to pre-register, so check the link above before your visit and sign up for this free story time that begins just as Toddler Tuesday events have wrapped up. Kids will listen to books about nature and have a chance for a related activity, game or craft. Parents can show the L.L.Bean Store or participate with their tot.
Activity: Pre-K Kids Eat Free on Tuesdays
Time: Tuesdays, All Day.
Details: Participating restaurants can change from quarter to quarter, but there are usually close to a dozen restaurants in the Mall of America that offer a Kids-Eat-Free deal on Tuesdays. While the MOA only requires the restaurants to offer the deal to kids 6 and under, many offer it to older kids too.
Activity: Nickelodeon Universe – Toddler Tuesdays Ride Special — On Hold, but the park is open. Everyone entering the park must purchase a ticket (2 hours is $19.99 + tax).
Time: Tuesdays, All Day
Details: Special toddler wristbands are available for $13.99 + tax. These are good for five hours and allow for unlimited rides on the rides on specific toddler-friendly rides.
Activity: The LEGO Store at Mall of America – Open with adjusted hours and safety protocols.
Time: Store hours are 11am-7pm Tuesdays.
Details: Great for all ages, not just your preschoolers, this LEGO Store location features a building area for older kids and a special area stocked with Duplos for younger ones. If you’re lucky, they may be handing out free mini-build kits!
Activity: The Disney Store
Time: Store hours are 11am-7pm Tuesdays.
Details: We like visiting the Disney store with toddlers because it has a small play area and a TV. If your tot needs some zone out time. Spend 15 minutes shopping their cute stock while your little one sits in the play area. You can see it from almost every spot in the store.
Do you have any other ideas for free entertainment at Mall of America? Drop us a line!
Tips for Navigating Mall of America Toddler Tuesdays
- Travel light and/or bring a stroller. I’ve had my diaper bag stolen at the MOA. You want to keep your hands on your things at all times.
- If you bring a stroller, you might just get your tot to nap while you get in a walking workout. Maybe you can even sneak in a quiet coffee!
- The mall is ALWAYS dry and warm. So, bring a water bottle filled with ice water. It will help keep everyone less cranky.
- Bring snacks or have a plan.
- Know when to go and have an escape plan in case the over-stimulation gets to be too much. This is good advice for parents as well as tots.
- Family Restroom can be found near the 4 main entrances on level 1 – North, South, East + West. On level 2 and 3 the family restrooms are by the North side.
- There are three Mother’s Rooms in the mall – on Central Parkway (Level 1 North), by the Level 1 East Entrance, and in Nordstrom Level 2.
- Use our Mall of America Floor By Floor Family Guide to find more family fun ideas.
Two Memberships Worth Considering
If you plan to make Toddler Tuesday your regular thing, you may want to consider a membership to one or both of these toddler-friendly attractions:
The Crayola Experience – Memberships pay for themselves quickly and you can always count on a little art time while leaving the mess behind. Not to mention the climbing structure, which essentially gives you an indoor playground for free.
Sea Life Minnesota – Again, this membership will quickly pay for itself, and then you just have a quiet, dimly lit place to escape the bustle.
This article was originally written in April of 2015.
It was most recently updated in September 2020.