“Pre-K Mondays” at The Works Museum in Bloomington

Toddler playing a large harp at The Works Museum in Bloomington Minnesota

Attention Parents looking for a fun Monday adventure with their preschooler or tot. Pre-K Mondays at The Works offer hands-on engineering fun. As of the fall of 2023, Pre-K Mondays are back — sort of. The Works Museum is open on Monday mornings from 10am-1pm and, assuming its not a school holiday, it will probably attract mainly toddlers, preschoolers and their parents. However, there no longer appears to be a Monday discount.

Regular Admission On Mondays

On Mondays during the 2023/2024 school year, the museum is open from 10am-1pm. Admission is $13.00 per person ages 2 and up. Toddlers and their baby siblings under two are FREE with an adult.

Why Take Your Tot to The Works on Mondays

Traditionally on Mondays, there are museum activities specially suggested for junior engineers ages 3-5 and there are also no school groups scheduled before 12pm. This ensures that the youngest visitors have a relatively quiet experience (very quiet, in my experience). Monday Mornings also make a wonderful homeschool field trip for older kids.

And the exhibits: are all hands-on, toddler proof, and a lot of fun! My son’s favorite has consistently been the K’NEX building station, where you can design a vehicle and then time it on a racetrack. My older girls love to navigate the Sensor Maze – can they make it through without tripping the sensors? Next door, in Studio Remix, the girls can activate the beat by bouncing around on sensors built into the furniture. My toddler has been effortlessly happy building ice palaces in the corner of foam blocks and belting out “Let It Go” to her heart’s content. Other exhibits play with gears and pulleys – imagine my 3-year-old’s surprise when she could lift her mom clear off the floor with a little aid from a pulley and some elbow grease! Don’t forget about the tinkering they can do in the Experience Gallery. And, The Works has just recently added this amazing K’NEX contraption that had my kids absolutely mesmerized.

Get a taste of it in the following video:

Other “Pre-K Mondays” details: The facility is very family-friendly, with an accessible lunchroom on the bottom floor open to all museum guests. We always pack a lunch to bring along. (Note: aside from a soda vending machine, no food is sold at the museum.) Parking is available free of charge in the museum lot.

Finally: If you can’t make it to Pre-K Mondays at The Works, consider coming on one of the many days that something special is going on for all ages. Get a list of all upcoming events at The Works here.

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