The Top Things to Do with Kids in Minneapolis

July 26, 2021 by

Most kids are getting pretty bored and antsy this time of year. From toddler to teen, they’re itching to explore, learn and play, and the city of Minneapolis has a huge variety of places to visit to keep them entertained and appropriately tired out at the end of the day.

Whatever their interest—art, science, music or nature—here are a few of the best escapes for kids and families in the city.

Mill City Museum
704 S. 2nd St.

History and fun come together for Mill City’s Open Courtyard Family Days held in the open-air Ruin Courtyard. Kids can explore the ruins, learn about the museum, and enjoy hands-on activities and craft projects.

Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 3rd Ave. S.

The museum is open, but monthly Family Days are still virtual. But even online, kids can do art activities, see music and dance performances, and enjoy artist demonstrations. The museum also offers virtual classes for kids with pre-packaged art kits.

Walker Art Center and Sculpture Garden
725 Vineland Place

The Walker offers Free First Saturdays every month where kids can make art, hear stories, and dance to live music. Families can also play a round at Skyline Mini Golf with artist-designed holes on the museum’s rooftop.

Minnehaha Falls
4801 S. Minnehaha Dr.

Kids love to explore the 53-foot waterfall, limestone bluffs, and surrounding park area that includes the historic Longfellow House, gardens, trails, a wading pool, restaurant, and the popular and family-friendly Surrey and Chopper bike rentals.

The Bakken Museum
3537 Zenith Ave. S.

The recently renovated Bakken is an interactive science and technology museum housed in a beautiful historic mansion near Bde Maka Ska. In addition to the exhibits, the museum also offers camps and classes such as Inventors Workshop and LEGO Robotics throughout the year.

Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall

The largest of Hennepin County’s libraries, there’s so much more to Central than its impressive collection of more than 2.4 million books, DVDs, documents and more. There are virtual storytimes, early literacy activities, arts and crafts, music and movement classes, homework help and tutoring, and access to just about any topic your kids are interested in exploring.


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