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Twin Cities Child Care Centers

Anoka Child Care Center 3738 7 Avenue Anoka, MN 55303 763-427-1897 Learn & Grow Child Care Center 13142 Central Ave NE Blaine, MN 55434 763-757-9898 Hillcrest Child Care Center 9100 Russell Ave S Bloomington, MN 55431 952-881-5330 Montessori School...

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Twin Cities Youth Groups

Kinship of Aitkin County 107 2nd St SE Aitkin, MN 56431 218-927-4039 West Side Teen Outreach 810 2nd St NW Aitkin, MN 56431 218-927-6080 Youth For Christ 116 W Cla... Read more

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    Kids Eat Free!

    We've updated the list! Momtalk.com tries to keep the listings as current as possible, but before visiting any of the following local restaurants, we recommend calling ahead to verify that a kid promotion is still in effect.

    Have a 9-year old who eats like a horse? A toddler who only eats red food? Need a break? All of the above? These Twin Cities locales feed kids for free. Check the day and/or age restrictions and chow down.


    White Castle
    All locations
    Kids eat free 4-8pm; Dine-in only, one free kid's meal per adult meal purchased, adult meal must be a minimum of $3.00.


    8251 Flying Cloud Dr # 3020
    Eden Prairie, MN 55344
    (952) 914-9100
    Kids 12 and under* can enjoy a complimentary meal from our kid's menu.
    * Two complimentary kids meal with every adult meal

    The Sunshine Factory
    7600 42nd Ave N.
    New Hope, MN 55427
    Kids 10 and under eat free after 4pm

    4001 Co. Rd. 25
    St. Louis Park, MN 55416
    Kids 12 and under eat free all day

    Baja Sol Tortilla Grill
    Kids eat free Sunday evenings and printable coupons offering discounts on purchases available on their website.

    Bar Abilene
    S Fremont Ave & Lagoon Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55408
    Kids 12 and under eat free 10am-2pm


    7465 France Avenue South
    Edina, MN 55435
    Kids 3-12 eat for $.99 after 4pm

    TGI Fridays
    7730 Normandale Blvd. Bloomington, MN


    All locations
    Kids eat free from 4pm-10pm

    Baker's Square
    All locations
    Kids eat free

    2401 West Seventh Street
    St. Paul, MN 55116
    From 5:30pm-10pm each kid under 12 eats free with a purchase of an adult meal

    8010 Glen Lane
    Eden Prairie, MN 55344
    From 4pm-10pm 2 kids eat free with 1 adult entree purchase

    790 W 66th Street
    Richfield, MN 55423
    From 4pm-10pm 2 kids eat free with 1 adult entree purchase

    8418 Tamarack Village
    Woodbury, MN 55125
    For Every Adult Meal, 2 Kids Eat Free 6-9pm

    Perkins (some locations citywide)
    4-10 PM

    ... Continue reading Kids Eat Free!.

    Adoption in the Minneapolis - St. Paul Area

    Do you have everything you ever wanted in life, except a child? Are you ready to become the most important part of a child's life, forever? The Minneapolis-St. Paul area has several agencies worth looking into, and Minnesota adoption offers many options to families. You may adopt an infant or older child through an international adoption, an infant through domestic adoption, or an older child or special needs child through domestic foster care adoption.

    Who May Adopt in Minnesota
    There are few regulations on adoptive parents. Adoptive parents may be single, married, or same sex partners. Adoptive parents must be at least 21 years old but there is generally no upper age limit placed on the adopting parents.

    A Home Study
    All Minnesota adoptions require a home study. A home study is a written report of the findings of the social worker who has met with the applicants on several occasions, both individually and together, usually at the social worker's office, with at least one visit to the applicant's home. The applicant's are required to submit background checks, fingerprinting, financial means verification, as well as very personal discussions about your marriage or divorce, your childhood, family relationships, and parenting styles. The home study helps the courts and the adoption agency determine if a stable environment exists for a family to receive an adoptive placement.

    • Lutheran Social Service
      Established in 1865, Lutheran Social Service, located in Minneapolis, applies current best-practices to all adoption work, from pregnancy counseling services, to facilitating open adoptions, to preparing and supporting parents in special needs and international adoptions, to working with other professionals for designated adoptions. Lutheran Social Service also provides a full range of post adoption services to birthparents, adoptive families and adopted adults.

    • The Children's Home Society and Family Services
      The Children's Home Society and Family Services, located in St. Paul, is the third largest adoption provider in the United States, and Minnesota's largest. Services include international, domestic infant and older-child adoption programs, education and support through Post-Adoption Services and pregnancy counseling. The Children's Home Society and Family Services have found permanent, loving families for more than 22,000 children since 1889.

    • Bethany Christian Services of Minnesota
      Bethany Christian Services of Minnesota is a Christian adoption and family services agency. Located in Plymouth and Willmar, Bethany of Minnesota provides birthparent assistance, domestic infant adoption, international adoption, older and special needs adoption and interim foster care.

    • Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis
      Located in Minneapolis, Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis provides adoption services for those considering adoptive placement and for couples who want to adopt. Using a sliding scale based on income, Catholic Charities provide adoption supervision and finalization, counseling, education, adoptive parenting information and support groups.

    • Although not a child placement agency, the Minnesota Adoption Resource Network (MARN), contributes by helping adoption agencies recruit and train prospective families, providing continuing education, advocacy and support to people whose lives are influenced by issues of adoption, and heightening the visibility of children in the foster care system who are in need of permanent families. MARN also provides parenting resources, such as information concerning the adoption process, training for potential adoptive parents and foster parents and continuing education and support to people whose lives are impacted by adoption.

    Many of Minnesota's waiting children include, but are not limited to, those with problems ranging from abuse, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, drug exposure in utero, underlying emotional issues, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, learning disabilities, to neglect, and sexual abuse. There is no substitute for a family. A permanent family can be a healing place for a wounded child. In a committed, nurturing family, the child can become an adult who succeeds in life.

    ... Continue reading Adoption in the Minneapolis - St. Paul Area.

    Ongoing Storytimes


    Jammies Storytime- St. Paul Central Library, St. Paul
    Join library staffers for stories, rhymes, songs, and games before bedtime. Ages 2-9.
    Cost is free
    St. Paul Central Library
    90 W. 4th
    St. Paul, MN 55102
    Visit website: www.sppl.org


    Play and Learn Time- Sunray Library, East St. Paul
    Parents and kids can enjoy age-appropriate books and toys during a drop-in educational playtime. Ages 0-5.
    Cost is free
    Sunray Library
    2105 Wilson Avenue
    St. Paul, MN 55119
    Visit website: www.sppl.org

    Bedtime Stories- Hamline Midway Library, St. Paul
    Parents and preschoolers can drop in for stories, rhymes, games, and songs before bedtime. Ages 2-8.
    Cost is free
    Hamline Midway Library
    1558 West Minnehaha Avenue
    St. Paul, MN 55104
    Visit website: www.sppl.org

    Preschool Storytime- Sumner Branch Library, Minneapolis
    Parents and kids share stories and songs to encourage early literacy development. An open playtime period follows. Ages 3-5.
    Cost is free
    Sumner Branch Library
    611 Van White Memorial Boulevard
    Minneapolis, MN 55411
    Visit website: www.mplib.org

    Family Storytime- Dayton's Bluff Library, St. Paul
    Parents and kids (including siblings) enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and movement. Ages 0-6.
    Cost is free
    Dayton's Bluff Library
    645 East Seventh Street
    St. Paul, MN 55106
    Visit website: www.sppl.org

    Preschool Storytime- The Red Balloon, St. Paul
    Red Balloon's Willi Brennaman hosts a lively, engaging storytime for preschoolers. Ages 3-6.
    Cost is free
    The Red Balloon
    895 Grand Avenue
    St. Paul, MN 55105
    Visit website: www.redballoonbookshop.com

    Family Storytime- Washburn Branch Library, SW Minneapolis
    Families can enjoy stories and build language skills to aid in reading-readiness - and bedtime-readiness. Ages 1-10.
    Cost is free
    Washburn Branch Library
    5244 Lyndale Avenue South
    Minneapolis, MN 55419
    Visit website: www.mplib.org

    Jammies and Families- Rondo Community Outreach Library, St. Paul
    Stop by the library for a bedtime storytime the whole family can enjoy together. Ages 3-9.
    Cost is free
    Rondo Community Outreach Library
    461 North Dale Street
    St. Paul, MN 55103
    Visit website: www.sppl.org

    Thursday Kids Hour- Tillie's Bean
    Stop in to this friendly neighborhood coffee house for stories, music games, or craft and other activities. Offerings change each week, but expect fun! Ages 1-6.
    Cost is free
    Tillie's Bean
    2803 East 38th Street
    Minneapolis, MN 55406
    Visit website: www.tilliesbean.com

    Preschool Storytime- Sunray Library, St. Paul
    Parents and kids can stop by the library for stories, songs, and games. Ages 2-5.
    Cost is free
    Sunray Library
    2105 Wilson Avenue
    St. Paul, MN 55119
    Visit website: www.sppl.org

    Family Fun Night- Minnesota Children's Museum, St. Paul
    Families are invited to drop in for Family Arts activities (6pm-7:30pm), Bedtime Stories (7pm), and other special programming on the one evening each week when the museum is open late.
    Ages 1-10.
    Cost is free with museum admission
    Minnesota Children's Museum
    10 West Seventh Street
    St. Paul, MN 55102
    Visit Website: www.mcm.org

    Storytime- Border Books and Music, North Metro and East Metro Locations
    Stop in for themed weekly storytimes about animals, holidays, and other kid-friendly topics. Ages 1-7.
    Cost is free
    North Metro: 763-755-7550
    East Metro: 651-578-2931
    Visit website: www.borders.com

    Baby Storytime- Central Library, Downtown Minneapolis
    Babies from birth to 24 months, and their parents or caregivers, can enjoy an interactive experience designed to encourage early literacy development through shared reading, songs, games, and movement. Open playtime in the Imagination Activity Center follows the storytime. Ages 0-2.
    Cost is free
    Central Library
    300 Nicollet Mall
    Minneapolis, MN 55401
    Visit website: www.mplib.org

    Listings compiled by Megan Torrini. Megan has a range of education and experience-from Resource Management and Forestry to Information Technology. She also enjoys freelance writing and is currently developing her own online business. Megan lives in Inver Grove Heights with her husband Tony, daughter Isabel, son John, and two beautiful but very naughty Siberian Huskies, Mika and Timber.

    ... Continue reading Ongoing Storytimes.

    Amusement Parks and Water Parks

    Where to go in the Twin Cities for thrill, chills, and spills.

    Amusement Parks

    Como Town 1302 Midway Parkway, St. Paul Phone:651-487-2121 Website: ComoTown.com Description: This new addition to the Twin Cities features rides for young and old alike. Take a ride on the spinning teacups or battle it out at the water balloon battle area.

    The Park at MOA
    Mall of America, 5000 Center Court, Bloomington
    Website: TheParkAtMOA.com
    Description: This is the nations largest indoor amusement park featuring over seven-acres of entertainment and more than 25 rides.

    1 Valleyfair Drive, Shakopee
    Website: Valleyfair.com
    Description: Valleyfair is celebrating 30 years of entertaining family's with rides, games, shows and waterpark. The new addition to the park is the Xtreme Swing which takes riders up 125 feet and whirls them through the air at speeds of nearly 60 mph.

    Water Parks

    Anoka Aquatic Center
    1551 7th Avenue North, Anoka
    Website: Ci.Anoka.Mn.Us
    Description: An outdoor aquatic center featuring a pool with 200 foot slide, sprinklers and fountains, diving boards, and outdoor play structure.

    Apple Valley Family Aquatic Center
    14421 Johny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley
    Website: Ci.Apple-Valley.Mn.Us
    Description: An outdoor aquatic center with pool, two giant water slides, two small water slides and fountains.

    Battle Creek Waterpark
    2401 Upper Afton Road, Maplewood
    Website: Co.Ramsey.Mn.Us
    Description: This aquatic center features both a shallow pool and activity pool. The activity pool features a swim area, three-story waterslide and lily pad water walk.

    Bloomington Family Aquatic
    201 East 90th Street, Bloomington
    Phone: 952-563-8877
    Website: Ci.Bloomington.Mn.Us
    Description: An outdoor aquatic center with pool, water slides and diving boards.

    Bunker Beach Water Park
    Bunker Hills Regional Park, 550 Bunker Lake Blvd, Conn Rapids
    Phone: 763-767-2895
    Website: Co.Anoka.Mn.Us
    Description: A large outdoor pool that includes four feet of artificial surf and a kid-friendly adventure pool too.

    Como Pool
    North Lexington Parkway and Horton Avenue, St. Paul
    Phone: 651-489-2811
    Website: St.Paul.gov
    Description: Look for a place to take your youngster for swimming lessons? This pool offers swimming lessons and adult lap swimming in addition to a diving well, wading pool and rain trees.

    The Depot
    225 3rd Avenue South, Minneapolis
    Phone: 612-375-1700
    Website: TheDepotMinneapolis.com
    Description: This unique center features both an indoor skating rink and waterpark. One three-story water slide and several smaller slides for younger children; fountains and geysers. Party and group packages are available.

    Eagan's Cascade Bay
    1360 Civic Center Drive, Eagan
    Website: CascadeBay.com
    Description: An outdoor waterpark featuring a leasure pool, Twin Falls, Shipwreck Cove, lazy river and Sandpiper Beach.

    Edina Aquatic Center
    4300 W. 66th Street, Edina
    Phone: 612-928-4582
    Website: Ci.Edina.Mn.Us
    Description: An outdoor pool with diving boards, slides and lounge chairs.

    Grand Rios Indoor Water Park Hotel
    6900 Lakeland Avenue North, Brooklyn Park
    Phone: 763-566-8855
    Website: GrandRios.com
    Description: Indoor waterpark which includes the "Hurricane Plunge" a four-story water tower featuring body and tube slides. For adults, the 500 foot 'Lazy River,' two spas, basketball, and a sports pool.

    Hastings Family Aquatic Center
    901 Maple Street, Hastings
    Website: Ci.Hastings.Mn.Us
    Description: An outdoor pool with two water slides, fountains,water rides and play structure.

    Oak Hill Park Splash Pad
    3400 Rhode Island Avenue, St. Louis Park
    Phone: 952-924-2500
    Website: StLouisPark.org
    Description: This pool was designed with tiny tots and little ones in-mind. The pool has depths ranging from 5 inches to 2 feet and admission to the pool is free.

    St. Louis Park Outdoor Aquatic Center
    3700 Monterey Drive, St. Louis Park
    Phone: 952-924-2567
    Website: StLouisPark.org
    Description: This outdoor waterpark has winding slides, lap pool, water playground and a picnic gazebo.

    Tropics Indoor Waterpark
    Shoreview Community Center, 4600 North Victoria Street, Shoreview
    Phone: 651-490-4700
    Website: Ci.SHoreview.Mn.Us
    Description: An indoor water park with a three-story water slide. The park also features a water walk, water sports, and offers birthday party packages.

    Water Park of America
    Grand Lodge Hotel, 1700 American Blvd. E, Bloomington
    Phone: 877-75-SLIDE
    Website: WaterParkOfAmerica.com
    Description: Minnesota's newest and the nation's largest indoor water park. This place has it all, with the surf simulator, spas, tubes and body slides, and 3500 foot interactive play area.

    Wild Mountain Water Park, Alpine Slides & Go-Karts
    37200 Wild Mountain Rd
    Taylors Falls, MN 55084
    Birthday parties available, both at the water park in the summer time and at their snow tubing in the winter time.

    ... Continue reading Amusement Parks and Water Parks.

    Theatres & Music Venues

    Kids are never too young for culture. You can find something in the Twin Cities for every age group!

    Ballet Arts Minnesota
    528 Hennepin Avenue, Ste 208, Mpls, MN PHONE: 612-340-1070
    WEBSITE: BalletArtsMinnesota.org

    Description: In collaboration with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, the Ballet Arts Minnesota plays host to the Children's Nutcracker at the State Theatre in Minneapolis every November.

    Bloomington Civic Theatre
    1800 W. Old Shakopee Rd., Bloomington, MN PHONE: 952-340-1070
    WEBSITE: BloomingtonCivicTheatre.org

    Description: Bringing a taste of the arts to the community. See details about productions on their website.

    Bryant-Lake Bowl Cabaret Theater
    810 W. Lake Street, MPLS, MN PHONE: 612-825-8949
    WEBSITE: BryantLakeBowl.com

    Description: A fun place to bring kids to see the Kiddie Cabaret & Improv and a puppet show. These events take place on weekends September through May.

    Chaska Valley Family Theatre
    1661 Park Ridge Drive, Chaska, MN

    Description: A theatre that really involves its community members. Residents of the Metropolitan Area can audition to perform in theatrical productions.

    The Children's Theatre Company
    2400 3rd Avenue S., Mpls, MN PHONE: 612-874-0400
    WEBSITE: ChildrensTheatre.org

    Description: Enjoy one of six different productions from around the world on the Theatre's Main Stage or take one of their many theatre classes.

    Circus Juventas
    1270 Montreal Aveunue, St. Paul, MN PHONE: 651-699-8229
    WEBSITE: CircusJuventas.org

    Description: Have you ever dreamt of being a tightrope walker or trapeze artist? You can live the dream by studing these and many other circus skills at Circus Juventas.

    CLIMB Theatre-CLIMB In The Community
    6415 Carmen Avenue, Inver Grove Heights, MN PHONE: 651-453-9275
    WEBSITE: Climb.org

    Description: The group is best known for its educational touring theater groups which perform for children ages kindgarten through 12th grade and presents topics like friendship and respect in a dramatic presentation.

    In The Heart of The Beast Puppet And Mask Theatre
    1500 E. Lake Street, Mpls, MN PHONE: 612-721-2535

    Description: This theater uses puppetry and masks to create productions based on contempory issues and values. They also offer free Saturday morning shows and workshops for families.

    Jon Hassler Theater
    412 W. Broadway, Plainsview, MN PHONE: 507-534-2900 WEBSITE:

    Description: Come see what all the talk is about and enjoy the plays, musicals and dramas of this world-class theater.

    The Jungle Theater
    2951 Lyndale Ave. S., Minnepolis, MN PHONE: 612-822-7063
    WEBSITE: JungleTheater.com

    Description: THe theater presents Saturdays for Jungle Kids with one-hour productions based on children's books. Tickets are $5.00. Call for schedule and advanced tickets.

    Jeffers Petroglyphs Historic Site
    27160 County Rd. 2, Comfrey, MN PHONE: 507-628-5591

    Description: View American Indian carvings and petroglyphs along this trail.

    Macphail Center For The Performing Arts
    1128 LaSaile Ave., Mpls, MN PHONE: 612-321-0100
    WEBSITE: MacPhail.org

    Description: Enjoy free Early Childhood Arts programs for kids ages 6 to 8 years. October through May they offer kid-friendly concert on Saturdays in the lobby at 12:45pm.

    Minnesota Orchestra's Young People's Concerts
    Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Mpls, MN PHONE: 612-371-5600
    WEBSITE: MinnesotaOrchestra.org

    Description: They present special concerts just for kids that are memorable and engaging.

    Mixed Blood Theatre
    1501 S. 4th St. Mpls, MN Phone: 612-338-4509
    WEBSITE: MixedBlood.com

    Description: See a multicultural production or a drama from their "Family Series".

    Old Log Theatre
    On Lake Minnetonka, Excelsior, MN Phone: 612-338-4500
    WEBSITE: OldLog.com

    Description: See a contemporary comedy or a family show.

    Park Square Theatre
    20 West 7th Place, St. Paul, MN Phone: 651-291-7005
    WEBSITE: ParkSquareTheatre.org

    Description: A popular destination for school field trips, they have an education-through-theater program that offers 7th thru 12th graders discounted tickets to shows.

    The Sheldon Theatre
    443 West 3rd Street, Red WIng, MN PHONE: 651-388-8700
    WEBSITE: SheldonTheatre.org

    Description: A Family Adventure Series brings your favorite fairytales and stories to the stage. They also feature music, dance, student variety shows, live-organ-accompanied black and white films and much more.

    The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO)
    408 Saint Peter Street, St. Paul, MN
    WEBSITE: TheSPCO.org

    Description: Introduce your child to chamber music by attending The Family Concert Series at the Ordway or take your 3-6 year old to the Start The Music program were they can hear music and participate in hands-on activities.

    Stagecoach Theatre Arts
    3200 France Avenue, South Suite 4, St. Louis Park, MN PHONE: 952-929-1991
    WEBSITE: Stage-School.com

    Description: See children from 4 to 16 sing, dance and act in performances and workshops.

    Stages Theatre Company
    1111 Main Street, Hopkins, MN PHONE: 952-979-1111
    WEBSITE: StagesTheatre.org

    Description: The Stages Theatre does workshops and eductional programs in addition to presenting family friendly theater productions.

    Steppingstone Theatre
    314 Landmark Cente, 75 West 5th Street, St. Paul, MN PHONE: 651-225-9265
    WEBSITE: SteppingStoneTheatre.org

    Description: Does your child dream of being an actor/actress? The Steppingstone Theater teaches youth the art of acting by providing workshops, weekend classes and performances.

    Top Hat Theatre
    Plymouth, MN PHONE: 763-535-1162
    WEBSITE: TopHatTheater.com

    Description: This theater produces three family-friendly productions each year and also provides workshops and classes for youth ages 4-18.

    Cental Minnesota Community Theatre
    913 West Saint Germaine Street, St. Cloud, MN PHONE: 320-259-5463

    Description: Adults and children get the chance to perform together in this community theater

    Commonweal Theatre Company
    206 Parkway Avenue North, Lanesboro, MN PHONE: 507-467-2905
    WEBSITE: Commonwealtheatre.org

    Description: Check out their annual Ibsen Festival or enjoy their summer workshops for teens.

    The Guthrie Theater
    818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN PHONE: 612-377-2224
    WEBSITE: GuthrieTheater.org

    Description: The Guthrie has three stages presenting theater classics. A great place to introduce your child to the fine arts.

    Penumbra Theatre Company
    270 Norht Kent Street, St. Paul, MN PHONE: 651-224-3180
    WEBSITE: PenumbraTheatre.org

    Description: The Penumbra presents insightful and entertaining productions from an African American perspective

    The Mounds Theatre
    1029 Hudson Rd., St. Paul, MN PHONE: 651-772-2253
    WEBSITE: MoundsTheatre.org or ThePortage.org

    Description: An affordable theater to see a wide range of dramatic, musical and other cultural performances. Their Portage for Youth program helps support at-risk young women.

    Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
    345 Washington Street, St. Paul, MN PHONE: 651-224-4222
    WEBSITE: Ordway.org

    Description:The Ordway plays host to a wide range of Broadway shows, dance performances and music concerts.

    O'Shaugnessy Auditorium
    College of St. Catherine, 2004 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, MN PHONE: 651-690-6700
    WEBSITE: St.Kate.edu/O'Shaugnessy

    Description: See a musical, concert or dance performance at this Auditorium on the Campus of St. Catherines.

    The Schubert Club
    302 Landmark Center, St.Paul, MN PHONE: 651-292-3267
    WEBSITE: Schubert.org

    Description: A nonprofit arts organization, the Schubert Club offers after school programs, a Musuem of Musical Instruments and eight concert series annually.

    Theatre De La Jeune Lune
    105 North 1st Street, Minneapolis, MN PHONE: 612-333-6200
    WEBSITE: JeuneLune.org

    Description: This Avant-Garde theater presents several productions each season. See their website for prices and productions.

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    Museums, Historical Sites, & Landmarks

    Discover, learn, and generally have a good time.

    Alexander Ramsey House
    Address: 265 South Exchange Street, St. Paul, MN PHONE: 651-296-8760 or 651-296-0100 WEBSITE: MNHS.org

    Description: The well-preserved Victorian home of Minnesota's first territorial governor, Alexander Ramsey. The home is filled with beautiful original crystal, marble and woodwork, as well as, orignal furnishings. Reservations are recommended.

    American Swedish Institute
    Address: 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN PHONE: 612-871-4907
    WEBSITE: AmericanSwedishInst.org

    Description: This museum is located in the historic Swan J. Turnblad mansion and features a unique collection of decorative and fine art, glass, textiles and other items from Sweden.

    The Bakken Library and Museum
    Address: 3537 Zenith Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN PHONE: 612-926-3878
    WEBSITE: TheBakken.org

    Description: Designed for both the young and old, the Bakken has over 11,000 rare books and 2,500 scientific inventions related to the role of electricity in life. The Museum has many hands-on demonstrations.

    The Bell Museum of Natural History
    Address: 10 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN PHONE: 612-624-7083
    WEBSITE: BellMuseum.org

    Description: The Bell Museum is filled with nature, science and culture. There is a "Touch and See" room filled with stuffed models of wild animals and halls filled with diorama displays of Minnesota's habitats.

    Cathedral of St. Paul
    Address: 239 Selby Avenue, St. Paul, MN PHONE: 651-228-1766
    WEBSITE: CathedralSaintPaul.org

    Description: A classic example of Renaissance architecture, the Cathedral of St. Paul sits at the highest point in downtown St. Paul.

    Dinosaur Walk Museum
    Address: 376 North Garden, Bloomington, MN PHONE: 952-854-6451
    WEBSITE: DinoWalk.com

    Description: Located in the Mall of America this museum lets children see over 50 life-size dinosaurs. There are also hands-on activities for the kids and a movie theater.

    Fredrick R. Weisman Art Museum
    Address: 333 E. River Road, Minneapolis, MN PHONE: 612-625-9494
    WEBSITE: Weisman.umn.edu

    Description: This museum is the permanent home for over 17,000 objects, from early modernist and contemporary art; Korean furniture; and ceramics from Europe and Asia. The museum collection also includes works by Georgia O'Keefe and Arthur Dove.

    Hennepin History Museum
    Address: 2303 3rd Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN PHONE: 612-870-1329

    Description: A musuem dedicated to the history and social evolution of Hennepin County. Want to experience county life from the 1800s to the present? The Kids' City Gallery offers kids the chance to do just that.

    Historic Fort Snelling
    Address: Minnesota Highways 5 and 55, St. Paul, MN PHONE: 612-726-1171

    Description: This 1820's military outpost gives those who visit a full living history of life at the outpost. Costumed guides will walk you through life at the post--from scraping a hide to mending clothes. The tours take place Wednesdays through Sundays during the summer and on weekends in May, September and October.

    Historic Murphey's Landing
    Address: 2187 Hwy. 101 E., Shakopee, MN PHONE: 952-445-6901
    WEBSITE: ThreeRiversParkDistic.org

    Description: This historical site depicts life during the mid to late 1800s. Take a boat or horse-drawn trolley ride and see more than 40 historical buildings.

    James J. Hill House
    Address: 240 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN PHONE: 651-297-2555

    Description: Take a tour of the home of the man who built the Great Northern Railway. Get a glimpse into life during the Gilded Age in Minnesota by taking a guided tour of this historic mansion.

    Landmark Center
    Address: 75 West 5th Avenue , St. Paul, MN PHONE: 651-292-3233
    WEBSITE: LandmarkCenter.org

    Description: A National Historic Monument, the Landmark Center is home to music, theater, dance, exhibitions, public forums, and special events.

    Minneapolis Institute of Arts
    Address: 2400 3rd Avenue S. Minneapolis, MN PHONE: 612-870-3200
    WEBSITE: ArtsMIA.org

    Description: Housing artwork from Asia, Africa, Oceania, and the Americas the Institute of Arts is the premier museum of fine arts. The musuem features more than 100,000 objects from diverse cultural traditions spanning 5,000 years of history.

    Minnesota Children's Museum
    10 West 7th Street, St. Paul, MN PHONE: 651-225-6000
    WEBSITE: MCM.org

    Description: The Children's Museum is designed for learning through climbing, touching, crawling, pushing, pulling, splashing and more. Children of all ages can have fun burrowing through an anthill or operating a big crane and many more activities that spark the imagination.

    Minnesota Historical Society
    345 West Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN PHONE: 651-296-6126

    Description: Explore Minnesota's past with hands-on experiences and multimedia presentations. The location of the History Center Musuem.

    Minnesota Museum of American Art
    50 Kellogg Blvd. West, St. Paul, MN PHONE: 651-266-1030

    Description: This musuem has dedicated itself to American art and artists - past, present and future.

    Minnesota Air Guard Museum
    ANG Base, MSP-International Airport, St. Paul, MN PHONE: 612-713-2523
    WEBSITE: MNANGMuseum.org

    Description: See some of Minnesota's rich aviation history. Visitors must be in cars and have picture ID.

    Mill City Museum
    704 S. 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN PHONE: 612-341-7555
    WEBSITE: MillCityMuseum.org

    Description: Visit this National Historic Landmark and experience an interactive lesson in flour milling inside the Washburn "A" Mill.

    Minnesota State Capitol
    75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, St. Paul, MN PHONE: 651-296-2881

    Description: Take a tour of the state capital and see the state's rich history. While you're there let your children take a self-guided tour of the capital to look for important decorations in the building.

    Minnesota Transportation Museum
    Multiple Locations PHONE: 651-228-0263
    WEBSITE: MTMuseum.org

    Description: This unique museum includes five sites: The Jackson Street Roundhouse, Como-Harriet Streetcar, Steamboat Minnehaha, Excelsior Streetcar and Osceola and St. Croix Valley Railway.

    North Star Museum of Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting
    2640 East 7th Avenue, St. Paul, MN PHONE: 651-748-2880

    Description: This musuem features over a 150,000 artifacts from around the world. Items on display include uniforms, pictures, movies and more.

    The Science Museum of Minnesota
    120 West Kellogg Blvd. , St. Paul, MN PHONE: 651-221-9444
    WEBSITE: SMM.org

    Description: With over 1.75 million objects in its collection, a 3D-laser show, an Omnitheatre and the Museum of Questionable Medical Devices there is sure to be something for everyone in your family.

    Sibley House Historic Site
    1357 Sibley Memorial Hwy., Mendota, MN PHONE: 651-452-1596

    Description: Experienced guides tell stories of the fur-trade era and lead visitors through the fully furnished interiors and exhibits.

    Southern Minnesota Wing Museum
    310 Airport Rd. Fleming Field Hanger #3, S. St. Paul, MN PHONE: 651-455-6942

    Description: This is an active World War II aircraft museum featuring seven aircraft.

    Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
    725 Vineland Place, MPLS, MN PHONE: 612-375-7622
    WEBSITE: WalkerArt.org

    Description: The Walker Art Center features contemporary art and is known for its multidisciplinary exhibits of 20th century art, music, dance, theater, and film performance. Right outside the Walker you will find the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden where the young and old gather to explore impressive works of touchable art.

    Spam Museum
    Address: 937 Spam Blvd. Austin, MN PHONE: 800-LUV-SPAM
    WEBSITE: Spam.com

    Description: Admission is free to this 16,500 square foot museum filled with games, exhibits and video presentations about this canned meat.

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    Zoos, Aquariums, and Wildlife Centers

    Where the wild things roam...or swim.

    Great Lakes Aquarium 353 Harbor Drive, Duluth Phone: 218-740-3474 Website: GLAquarium.org Description: An aquarium dedicated to the freshwater life found in and around the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes Aquarium offers shallow touch tanks, dive shows and aquariums filled with all types of fish species.

    Where the wild things roam...or swim.

    Westwood Hills Nature Center
    8300 West Franklin Avenue
    St. Louis Park
    (952) 924-2544
    Website: www.stlouispark.org
    Description:150-acre natural area featuring marsh, woods and restored prairie.It is home to many animals including deer, fox, mink and owls. The Interpretive Center has educational exhibits, several live animals and restrooms. Open all seasons.

    Como Park Zoo
    1225 Estabrook Drive, St. Paul
    Phone: 651-487-8200
    Website: ComoZooConservatory.org
    Description: Come see Sparky the seal do a show in the summer or visit Como Zoo's Como Town filled with fun rides for the whole family. There is lots to do and see at this Minnesota favorite.

    Great Lakes Aquarium
    353 Harbor Drive, Duluth
    Phone: 218-740-3474
    Website: GLAquarium.org
    Description: An aquarium dedicated to the freshwater life found in and around the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes Aquarium offers shallow touch tanks, dive shows and aquariums filled with all types of fish species.

    Minnesota Zoo
    13000 Zoo Blvd, Apple Valley
    Phone: 952-431-9200
    Description: The Minnesota Zoo has over 500 acres of land and 2,000 animals to see. You can visit Discovery Bay and see the sharks, go for a walk on the Minnesota Trail or follow the Tropics Trail. The Minnesota Zoo offers visiters a full day of fun.

    The Raptor Center
    College of Veterinary Medicine University Of Minnesota, 1920 Fitch Ave, St. Paul
    Phone: 612-624-4745
    Website: Raptor.cvm.umn.edu
    Description: Every Saturday and Sunday you can see eagles, falcons, hawks and owls when the Center presents its The Raptor of Minnesota Program from 1-2pm. You can also join the center in the Sprin and Fall when they do their raptor release.

    Underwater Adventures
    Mall of America, 120 E Broadway, Bloomington
    Phone: 952-883-0202
    Website: sharky.tv.
    Description: Take a very cool walk through a 300 foot glass tunel surrounded by stingrays and sharks. This aquarium has more than 4,500 sea creatures and there is even a spot to get up close with some of these watery friends.

    Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary
    American Bear Association, 12541 Nett Lake Road, Orr
    Phone: 218-757-0172
    Website: IronRange.org
    Description: See lots of bears and other animals as you watch from the safety of an observation deck. Make a special trip in August to this special place.

    Wildlife Science Center
    5463 Broadway Avenue West, Forest Lake
    Phone: 651-464-3993
    Website: WildlifeScienceCenter.org
    Description: A place to see bobcats, coyote, bears, fox, lynx and wolves. On Saturdays at 11am and 1pm you can take tours and during January the Center hosts the annual Dog Shedding Festival.

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