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Minnesota Children’s Museum, Saint Paul
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Zero Gravity Trampoline Park, Mounds View
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Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis

Minnesota Children’s Museum, Saint Paul

It’s been quite a ride, but the Minnesota Children’s Museum has done a complete overhaul while still preserving the integrity of its mission.

Minnesota Children's Museum

Minnesota Children’s Museum is dedicated to providing children with a fun, hands-on and stimulating environment to explore and discover. The Museum helps to instill a lifelong love of learning by nurturing the real-world skills children need to become engaged citizens in the future.

-MN Children’s Museum Website

With  brand new exhibits and updated classics, I guarantee that your kids AND you will have a blast!

New Exhibits at Minnesota Children’s Museum

While we were there on a testing day, we had the ability to check out some of the newest exhibits. The museum gutted everything and started from scratch, so while they still have Our World, you won’t find it on the 2nd floor.

The Scramble

  • Minnesota Children's MuseumThe Scramble
  • Minnesota Children's museumLook, Mom!
  • Minnesota Children's MuseumAt the top
  • Minnesota Children's MuseuemClimbing up to the top
  • Minnesota Children's MuseumFunnel Slide

The Scramble is the Minnesota Children’s Museum’s  extreme indoor playground.  It extends from the 1st floor to the 4th floor and is approximately 44 ft tall. Everything is big enough for adults to utilize the space, but extremely safe for the toddliest member of your family.  • Best Feature: A staircase from top to bottom so parents can reach their kids quickly if necessary. • 2nd Best Feature: In three words: The Funnel Slide.

Super Awesome Adventures 

  • Minnesota Children's MuseumGreen Screen Fun!
  • Minnesota Children's MuseumGreat space for middle grade kids.

Super Awesome Adventures is the place where creativity and large motor skills collide. Build an ultimate balance beam or sneak through the ninja course.  • Best Feature: Strap sliders on your feet, put on a helmet, and swoosh down classic-shaped skatepark obstacles (no half pipes, though). • 2nd Best Feature: A climbing wall/green screen combination

Creativity Jam

  • Minnesota Children's MuseumThis is the first stage of his double slide
  • Minnesota Children's MuseumFFTC is EVERYWHERE!
  • Minnesota Children's MuseumCreativity Jam begins with a creative face.

Creativity Jam was once a traveling exhibit that came and went on the whim of the Minnesota Children’s Museum, but now it is a permanent feature that combines sticker joy with face paint joy, music joy, and building/engineering joy. • Best Feature: It’s so hard to choose, but I think it’s got to be the face paint station with adjustable mirrors on a long table for many kids  to use at the same time (unlike the cart in the past). • 2nd Best Feature: Building station.  The blocks they use are super unique and really fun.

Imaginopolis

  • Minnesota Children's MuseumVisiting our Imagination
  • Minnesota Children's MuseumCreative Play at work
  • Minnesota Children's MuseumEnter the Noodle Forest

Imaginopolis is home to creative play with simple lines and shapes.  It’s a somewhat empty place for your imagination to go wild.  The lights are dimly lit and in one corner is the Noodle Forest.  • Best Feature: The Noodle Forest.  It’s fun to enter and it’s a cozy little space. • 2nd Best Feature:  The simplicity of the space. I can see my 10 year old loving this place with a couple of friends.  They would create a whole story of a new world.

Forces at Play

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Sprouts

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Our World

  • Minnesota Children's MuseumWhat is better than a wall of buttons?
  • Minnesota Children's MuseumBoys at Work
  • Minnesota Children's MuseumFirefighter to the rescue! Outta my way!

The Studio/Backyard/Tip Top Terrace

The Studio was updated with more than simple visual arts projects.  Try your hand a sewing or sculpting or painting, etc.  The Backyard is a brand new exhibit that includes a bird’s nest for your little birdies and “earthy” activities.

The New outdoor were created to encourage kids to take ‘healthy risks that challenge both body and mind.” Some new elements include a giant kaleidoscope, a mirror reflection house and a solar-powered sculpture.

The Tip Top Terrace is a seasonal exhibit on the tip top of the museum to view St. Paul, make a little music, or draw.  A shade awning over this space was was created in partnership with the Center for Hmong Arts & Talent.


Minnesota Children's Museum

The first kid to ever go down The Scramble! And on his BIRTHDAY!

Tips from the Minnesota Children’s Museum Website

  • If you park in the World Trade Center Ramp, bring your ticket for validation because 3 Hours is $5
  • Socks are REQUIRED in The Scramble
  • Kids might get wet in Forces at Play and Sprouts 

*Pictures used with permission

Free Third Sundays at Minnesota Children’s Museum

Third Sundays are free at MCM courtesy of Target. Interestingly, the museum’s expansion has actually reduced its capacity. Therefore, they expect lines on Free Third Sundays to be worse than in the past. It will likely be crowded. 

Birthday Parties at Minnesota Children’s Museum

Minnesota Children's MuseumChildren’s Museum offers staff-directed birthday parties that include set up, clean up and entrance into the galleries. There are two levels, the basic Monster Celebration Party is meant for a smaller, more active group of children that wants to spend their time playing and exploring the museum independent. It includes and ice cream treat and admission for up to 6 guests.

  • Members: $50, $8.95 per additional guest
  • Non-Members: $100, $16.95 per additional guest

The Monster Celebration Plus Party includes admission for more guest and a reserved table in the party room. Includes admission for up to 15 guests.

  • Members: $250, $8.95 per additional guest
  • Non- Members: $300, $8.95 per additional guest

Learn more online or by calling 651-225-6000 to reserve your party today! For this and other birthday party ideas, we have created FFTC’s Ultimate Guide to Birthday Parties in the Twin Cities.

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Zero Gravity Trampoline Park, Mounds View

Zero Gravity Trampoline Park is an indoor playground in Mounds View. Besides regular jump times, they offer discounted tot times and birthday parties. Trampoline parks do come with a certain amount of risk. You can read about Gianna’s experience here when one of her children broke a leg. Despite this experience, Gianna has returned and her children still enjoy trampoline parks.

Trampoline Park

Dashing around in a blur!

Attractions at Zero Gravity

Kids seeking some thrills might like enjoy the indoor attractions:

  • wall-to-wall trampolines
  • trampoline foam pit
  • dodgeball court
  • climbing wall
  • ninja obstacle course
  • laser tag
  • arcade

Tot Times at Zero Gravity

During the school year, parents can jump with their tots and preschool-aged children on most Friday mornings. Tot time is from 11 am to noon on Friday from late September through May (except on a few holidays). The facility is only open to children up to age 5 and their parents during this time. Admission is $6.99 for one child and one adult. (Hey, an hour of jumping counts as your workout for the day! Woo hoo!)

Birthday Parties at Zero GravityBirthday Parties at Zero Gravity

Zero Gravity offers party packages for birthdays and other private events. With prices starting at $119 for a 90 minute party on a weekday, a basic party includes jump time and jump socks, a party table with cake, beverages and pizza. Prices vary by number of guests, weekday/weekend and length of jump time.

Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis

For over 50 years, Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) has been creating extraordinary theatre experiences that educate, challenge and inspire young people and the Twin Cities Community. Going to a play or musical there is always a treat for the family, especially when combined with a short trip to the MIA. CTC also offers acting classes, workshops and camps for kids throughout the year through their Theatre Arts Training (TAT) program.

One of my favorite things about CTC is that they employ a full-time professional acting company. As regular audience members, we start to feel like these actors are friends and we love to see each new incarnation. As community members, we know we can count on CTC to keep great talent in our community by employing them full-time. It’s really a winning combination. Get to know your favorites a little more here.

Discounts and Coupons to Children’s Theatre Performances

Shows start at $15 in Price Level C. This is close to the prices of other children’s theatre’s around the Twin Cities. However, when you are making it a family outing, this pricing can still be out of reach for some families. We have never seen a legitimate coupon for any main stage performance at CTC. However, there are several ways to get discounted tickets.

CTC’s ACT Pass Program is a needs-based scholarship program for tickets, classes, and camps. You can read more about Joy’s experience with the ACT Pass Program here. In short, if you qualify for any type of assistance, school lunches, WIC, MA, etc., it is worth applying for this program. 

Besides the ACT Pass program, CTC suggests other ways to save on tickets. These include:

  • Military ID discount: For adults with military IDs and partners of employed military.
  • Plan Ahead with Preview performances: Tickets for the first Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday performances of each show can be purchased in advance and are substantially discounted.
  • Be Spontaneous with Rush Tickets: Starting 2 hours you can show up at CTC and purchase unsold seats for $15 each at the ticket office. While this is the same price as the C Level tickets, the seats will be better.
Theatre Arts Training at Children's Theatre Company

Theatre Arts Training at Children’s Theatre Company

Acting Classes for Kids at Children’s Theatre

Besides children’s productions, CTC also offers the Theatre Arts Training (TAT) Program. Gianna has shared her experience with TAT here; and Joy, who has taken advantage of classes through the ACT Pass program, lists 10 benefits of theatre classes here. Gianna has also interviewed Ellie McKay, the director of the TAT program. You can read that interview here.

Articles and Reviews of Past Productions

We love CTC and think our reviews speak for this fondness. While some productions are more appropriate for certain ages, we have never been disappointed. Click on the links toggles below to read past reviews. Family Fun Twin Cities received reviewer tickets to these shows, but opinions are our own:

The Wiz - February 2018

The Abominables Musical - September 2017

The Sneetches - February 2017

Pinocchio - July 2016

The Frog Bride - January 2016

The Wizard of Oz - November 2015

Jungle Book - October 2015

20,000 League Under the Sea - July 2015

Peter Pan - April 2015

Snowflake - January 2015

SHREK! From Book to Musical - April 2014

Balloonacy - April 2014 & October 2017

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