I took my boys to the Science Museum of Minnesota on Tuesday for the Tuesday Playdates. This is a great family and cost friendly option to enjoy the Science Museum and participate in science activities for kids. This is the 6th year the Science Museum has been doing the program, and it’s fantastic. The playdates run from 10:00 am-12:00 pm, so you have plenty of time to enjoy yourself.
It’s as thrilling for you as it is for your kids. My boys watched Mom having fun exploring as much as they were. Laughing and giggling together, my boys got the opportunity to guide me through the museum seeking out ways to solve problems.
Note from Joy: This would make a great pairing with a Ballet Tuesday at the Landmark Center. You don’t even need to move your car, just take a little walk to the Landmark Center at lunch.
Tuesday Playdates are Full of Science Activities for Kids
There are so many benefits for going to the Tuesday Playdates.
- Ticket prices are basically two for the price of one. If you purchase an adult ticket, you receive one child ticket (ages 5 and under). So for me I would have saved approximately a third of the original cost. However, for those of you with a Minnesota Children’s Museum membership, you get in free. Completely free! So we took advantage of it. And it was seriously easy. I just pulled out my MCM card and they handed me my wristbands.
- You get access to all the exhibits galleries. All of the galleries! It’s not limited to one area of the museum. The whole museum is available for your perusal! (except for the Maya exhibit or whatever the featured exhibit is).
- Science Live shows are scheduled for families to watch. These are plays, puppet shows, and demonstrations that educate and entertain.
- Make and Takes and Learning Technology Center Activities are scattered throughout the exhibit galleries. These are great science activities for kids. When we were there, we got to explore “pirate ships.” We learned about what sinks and what floats and how things that sick can float in a boat. And then the boys got to sink the boats! We also built arches out of blocks and magnets like the Mayas did. We learned about different types of natural fiber, wrote our names in hieroglyphics, and touched a mummified bird (it was wrapped).
- Collector’s Corner is open for you to bring in something you found in the natural world. The museum keeps track of what you have brought in and you earn points to trade in for prizes. My family has not done this, but if we start participating in Tuesday Playdates, we may start! There are some pretty cool prizes behind the counter.
- One of the benefits of the Tuesday Playdates is that it’s not very crowded. Now, I must disclose that we were there in September and as soon as it opened. September is a slower month for the museum (so a great time to go!) and going as soon as it opens makes it even less busy (another great time to go!). Reporting the facts of what a typical Tuesday Playdate look like will be a be distorted. However, I do want to say that I spoke to an official of the museum and she stated that Tuesdays are not usually very busy. There was only one time we had an issue with sharing, other than that, the museum was the boys’ playground.
If you don’t like crowds, this is the time to go to the Science Museum of Minnesota. If you want to explore science activities for kids or participate with them instead of managing their sharing techniques, this is the time to go. If you want to be able to speak directly to the staff or volunteers without being rushed, this is the time to go. If you need something to do with your kids, go to the Science Museum of Minnesota on Tuesday morning.
Gianna Kordatzky is a co-founder of Family Fun Twin Cities.