At the end of a long week with young kiddos, the thought of a weekend without something to distract them can be daunting. Luckily, there are tons of great destinations in Minnesota that are both fun and educational, for the kids and for you. You can make some family memories without straining your wallet or your patience! Here are some of the top weekend getaways in Minnesota to spend with your kids:
For the budding Albert Einstein or Rosalind Franklin, the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul is a great destination. It has interactive exhibits specifically curated for both children and adults. The Bell Museum, also in St. Paul, is committed to natural history and also has a strong astronomy and space component. It is home to Minnesota’s only dedicated public planetarium, and you can view live shows on everything from geology to the solar system. And the Bakken Museum in South Minneapolis focuses on electricity, while the Works Museum is full of hands-on engineering activities. So no matter your interests, there’s something for everyone!
Whether you head up north or stick close to the Twin Cities, you will find a campground to meet your family’s needs. There are many great options and most are extremely affordable, providing facilities and fresh water for minimal cost. Try heading east to Afton, or north to Boundary Waters or Voyageurs National Park. Teach your kids how to rough it in the wild, away from their screens. You can also hike and explore some of the most beautiful and untouched areas of Minnesota. This is a must for any outdoors-loving kid!
For interactive art, head to the Crayola Experience at the Mall of America. There is also a Family Center open year round at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, as well as a Family Day once per year. Make sure you walk through the Walker Art Center’s incredible sculpture garden for a truly memorable visit. KidCreate Studio also has a few locales around the metro: Eden Prairie, Savage, and Woodbury are home to this interactive art operation. Kids can attend classes or hold parties in this innovative space.
If your rugrats are into athletics, there are tons of options to keep them busy. Check out indoor trampoline parks like AirMaxx, Rockin’ Jump, or Sky Zone. Head to Target Field to catch a Twins game, or CHS Field for the Saints. In warmer weather, you can rent stand up paddle boards, pedal boats, canoes, kayaks, and rowboats on any of the lakes. You can rent bikes or scooters through various ride share companies and explore the city on wheels. And if you simply need a low-impact way to get them moving, you can walk and explore some of the scenic parks, like Minnehaha Falls or the Mississippi Gorge Regional Park.
From water parks to amusement parks, The Twin City area has a variety of fun-packed activities for the whole family. If your munchkins love the water, take them to the Vanetian indoor waterpark. This facility has over 25,000 square feet of aquatic fun, along with four-story slides and an aquatic playground for youngsters. The waterpark is only available to guests of the hotel so visitors enjoy a more private experience. If your family is looking to stay dry, spend a day at Valleyfair for roller coaster thrills or Nickelodeon Universe at the Mall of America.
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