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Letting Loose at the Minnesota Children’s Museum

Last updated on November 21st, 2018

As an adult, we have been trained to follow directions. We were taught that in order for you to get the desired results, you must follow the directions and then you’ll have the desired outcome. But what if that was all taken away, and we were left to figure out something for ourselves? What if we did things our own way? What could we create? The Minnesota Children’s Museum in St. Paul of has does just that! That’s why it’s the best kids museum in Minnesota.

Best Kids Museum in Minnesota

Through a partnership with the Minnesota Children’s Museum, I was able to get a first look inside. The Museum has gone through a complete remodel inside that features 10 new exhibits. What drives all the exhibits is the Powerful Play concept. Powerful Play is a new way of looking at this as a parent. If focuses on three main concepts.

Captivating and Fun – Make sure your kids are having a good time

Activate & Challenging – Keep them moving and thinking

Self-Directed and Open Ended – Kids are taking the lead and exploring

There is no wrong way to do things. Rarely did exhibits have directions next to it. You had to figure it out own your now. As a parent, this can be infuriating. I kept looking at different things and asking, “Ok, What am I supposed to be doing here?” That is exactly what they want you to do. Because there is no wrong way. They want you to pull on a lever to see what you can make things do.

Minnesota Children's Museum Water Wheel

Minnesota Children's Museum Face Painting

Minnesota Children’s Museum

My kids loved the powerful play concept. Both of my kid’s favorite exhibit was Our World. This was recycled from the before the remodel. They had a kid-friendly version of a fire truck and Metro Transit train to drive. They also have a miniature hardware store, farmers market and post office. My son has so much fun turning all the wheels to get the post office boxes where it needed to be on the conveyer belt. My daughter spent her time serving all the parents’ lunch from the pretend café.

I loved all the Super Awesome Adventures on the ground level. They had a green screen setup with different props. You could climb a wall and look like you were floating in space. Take a green sheet and make your body disappear. Have a friend hold up a sign and make a comic book cartoon appear over your head. You could even pretend to be walking on the moon. The possibilities are endless.

Ways To Play

They also have the Laser Room. They set this up as a game. The challenge was to see how fast you can break all the laser beams or you can play ninja mode and try and get through the room without touching them. Like a thief trying to steal the crown jewels or a superhero trying to rescue someone undetected. The play possibilities are endless. This is also where I secretly wished I would have left my kids at home so I could try this mode out myself. We had the kids try and break all the lasers. They had a blast.

Minnesota Children's Museum Laser Room

Minnesota Children's Museum Green Room

The only thing we could not do was the Scramble. It is at the center of the museum and reaches all 4 levels. It provides kids with the opportunity to climb a series of nets and other obstacles. On the second level, the kids can take a slide back down, or keep climbing. I heard from other moms that this slide goes fast. The kids are all smiles on the bottom. Everyone is welcome to play on the attraction, but you have to have socks. My son was in sandals so we could not do it.

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Minnesota Children's Museum Car Wash FloorThere is so much to see and do in the new Minnesota Children’s Museum; I will defiantly be head back. This time I will make sure all my kids have a pair of socks with me. I will also be taking the Powerful Play concept home with me. As hard as it is to not tell my kids how to do things, I’ll be letting them the thing on their own more. And maybe reading directions a little less!

All summer long, make sure to let your kids have their own Powerful Play Experiences. Use the hashtag #PlayMoreMN online when you share your photos. And don’t be afraid to let your kids figure out some of the things by themselves. It’s how they learn.

Location and Tickets

Minnesota Children’s Museum
10 West Seventh Street
St. Paul, MN 55102


Sunday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m
Friday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m

Children’s Museum Free Day

Tickets are normally $12.95 for ages 1-101. But the Third Sunday of the Month is always free thanks to Target. Make sure to get there early because it will be crazy there. But it still one of the best free museums in Saint Paul.

*Thanks to the Minnesota Children’s Museum for providing admission. 

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  • Reply Toni June 21, 2017 at 11:23 am

    The inner kid in me really wants to go there and try stuff out myself! Love hands-on museum like this one 🙂 If you ever go to London I can highly recommend the science museum, it has a similar concept.

  • Reply Renee June 21, 2017 at 11:35 am

    That’s pretty cool, not much for children’s museums myself, but it looks fun.

  • Reply Rosi c June 21, 2017 at 11:47 am

    I love Minneapolis. Cool that kids have a place to enjoy and have fun. Wish I went there.

  • Reply Holly | Legally Crafty Blog June 21, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    That car wash station looks so fun!

  • Reply Kelley S June 21, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    I love letting my kids have the freedom to choose what they want to do and play with! So excited to check the new museum out!

  • Reply Megan June 21, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    This is so kid-awesome!! My girls are disappointed we didn’t find this when they were littler. We would have never left. What a great museum! Ok, all the rest of you cities… get on this!

  • Reply jin June 21, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    This is all kinds of awesome! I love children’s museums because they are so inspiring and free-spirited, as well as educational. Great write up!

  • Reply Candiss June 21, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    This looks like such a fun place for kids! I would have loved to go when I was one for sure!

  • Reply Amber June 21, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Thanks so much for this review of the remodel! It looks amazing.

    I love the concept of open-ended play. We just have a one-year-old, but we’ve tried since she was a baby to give her simple things like cups, balls, rings, etc. so that she could play with them how she wanted to! I think it’s so important in building their creativity as well as their confidence!

  • Reply Donna Mahowald June 21, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    I love that my kid can touch and play with stuff. Also that he is learning, has he has fun!

  • Reply Alice Ford June 21, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    This museum sounds fabulous. I wish more learning institutions were set up like this. I feel that people have really lost their creativity and ingenuity. Can you imagine if you had to build electronics are something else by yourself most of us wouldn’t know where to start.

  • Reply Megan June 21, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    I lovveeee interactive museums! We have the Museum of Science and Industry here in Chicago and they have a science of storms exhibit – it is SO cool. Great read – if I ever make it up that way (and if I ever have kids) I’ll have to check it out!

  • Reply Jessica Navratil June 21, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    Getting out and about with my kids and being sure to give them lasting memories is my favorite way to connect with my little ones. They grow up so fast and I’m a true believer in making memories over buying toys.

  • Reply Kristen June 21, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    This place looks awesome! I don’t have any children, but I wouldn’t mind playing around here myself 🙂

  • Reply Divya: Gone With A Whim June 22, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    I have never been to Minnesota but only heard good things about it. When I visit, I’ll be sure to check this museum out, with or without the company of children. 😉

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