Shop & Play at the Mall of America with the Minnesota Children’s Museum & a Giveaway


This post was created as a part of my ambassadorship with the Minnesota Children’s Museum.


It’s a busy time of year trying to pin down all those last minute gifts. Or maybe you haven’t even started shopping yet? Whether you are a planner or spontaneous shopper the Mall of America is a festive place to visit this time of year. That being said, bringing kids along for holiday shopping can be a painful experience. I’ve had to drag my three little fellas essentially in circles before as I try to conquer my Christmas shopping. This year when we visited the MOA we had a great option to let my energetic little guys blow off some steam- the Minnesota Children’s Museum. Yep, that’s right the Children’s Museum has a pop-up residence at the mall and it’s the perfect place to let little ones have a some time to play. 

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Located on the north side of the 3rd floor, this small space is the perfect place for kids and toddlers to have their own “me” time. With the theme of bringing storybooks to life, my fellas checked out the displays, but found their preferred place in the back of the museum. At first glance it appeared that the activities were best suited to toddlers, but a series of different gravity-focused displays had my fellas intrigued. 

Hit the Bucket

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The concept is so simple. A small ball, ramps, and cylinders- this is the sort of stuff that creates future engineers as they play from a sense of curiosity. 

My little guys mostly exercise self-control as we visit various stores in the giant MOA, but having the museum as a welcomed break from Christmas shopping was much appreciated by my crew. If you are a MCM member your membership works for this museum as well, no extra charges. Score! Depending upon how many children you have and how often you visit the MOA or the main Children’s Museum I highly recommend a membership as it quickly pays for itself, especially during the cold winter months. 

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  1. I haven’t been to the Minnesota Children’s Museum at the Mall of America, but I have been to their location in Saint Paul with my daughter. I love how interactive everything is, my daughter and I can easily spend hours there.

  2. I had no idea that there was a branch of the children’s museum at the Mall! It has been years since I have been there…might need to plan a trip now!

  3. Would be fun to stop there after seeing Santa this Saturday!

  4. I have never been to either location, but we’d love to check it out. I need to plan a weekend getaway for my girls this winter, and the Twin Cities is a perfect 2 hour drive North for us.

  5. I have not visited the children’s museum at the mall of America. I didn’t eve know it was there. Looks like a great place to take the kids for a while when shopping all day.

  6. My son loved the hand on engineering part at the St. Paul Children’s Museum. I am looking forward to stopping in and checking out the back at this new location.

  7. Kelsi Strong says

    I have been dying to take my girls there! I love that my two year old can play a little more independently there and it will hold her attention! So much to do and look at!

  8. Oh I have not been there for a long time, would love to take Carter! I think he would have so much fun! His preschool class took him there last year and I loved seeing all the pictures! Looks so fun!

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