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For all those model railroad buffs out there, the Twin City Model Railroad Museum is the place to go. Miniature replicas of the American trains of the '30s, '40s, and '50s, perfect down to the last detail, chug along the tiny tracks and stations, to the delight of both young and old alike. Tour groups are also welcome.
If your child needs an outing and you want some time to yourself, send them to Como Town or better yet, go along. There won't be a dull moment at this grand amusement park that boasts of 18 entertainment rides that can be enjoyed by kids as well as adults and they also have rides that will get your adrenaline pumping. Apart from the exciting rides, the park also has a host of attractions like the Hodge Podge Park and Dino Gym that will make sure you will not have a single dull moment. Como Town is the perfect place for a family picnic or just a Sunday family outing. For further information please contact Como Town.
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory opened in 1873 and is spread across 759 acres (307.16 hectares). Owned by the city, it features a large cat exhibit, a seal island, a primate facility, a zone for aquatic animals, African hoofed animals and a polar bear exhibit. It is a great place for family outings where you get to learn in a fun-filled environment. Since it is a huge space, chances are that you might miss out on some attractions which is just an added incentive to come back again. Explore their various themed gardens, take a ride on the historic carousel, or visit the children's gallery and check out their frog conservation exhibit. Don't miss out Como Town, their amusement park, as well.
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts boasts an impressive selection of Impressionist paintings. Originally constructed in 1915, the Institute has been amazing gallery-goers with its substantial collection of over 85,000 pieces of American and European artists' works for roughly a century. Works on display here range from those by such legends as Matisse and Kandinsky to Picasso and Rodin. In addition to American and European paintings, there is also an excellent Asian collection. With free admission, there is no excuse not to check it out.
SteppingStone Theatre for Youth Development is a learning center, known for the fabulously directed theater acts. Here your child learns about the history of various cultures and forms of art. Your child can enroll into the various sessions as well as programs, organised by the theater. Counted among the best theaters and entertainment venues in the city, SteppingStone Theatre for Youth Development, invites you to unravel the world of creative intelligence and learning.
Step past the black bear into the fanciful world of Red Balloon. This locally owned independent bookstore has been setting the standard for children's literary events in the Twin Cities for 16 years. Almost every weekend there is a special event of some kind. Red Balloon has a great assortment of character toys, as well. An abundance of knowledgeable clerks are always available. Books for all ages, including young adult fiction, are well stocked. See website for on-line shopping, event announcements and more.
Founded in 1879, this is one of the country's finest contemporary art museums. At the center of Twin Cities' cultural life, the Walker often books highly regarded traveling exhibitions. The museum's large collection of paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and multimedia works are displayed in nine galleries. The permanent collection includes important works by notable artists, such as Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Franz Marc, Stuart Davis, Andy Warhol, Joan Mitchell, Roy Lichtenstein and Dan Flavin. Apart from its regular exhibits, the museum also plays host to innovative theater, music, dance, film, video, performance programs, and also sponsors numerous classes, workshops and lectures. The Walker Book Shop here on the premises sells a variety of gifts and museum related items.
Parade Ice Garden is an indoor ice skating rink in Minneapolis that offers three ice rinks all year long. On any given day, you may find hockey, figure skating or free public skating at Parade. There is also a large concession area to refuel after a few hours skating.
Designed for children four months to 10 years old, this museum features four permanent galleries and two others hosting traveling exhibits. Visitors are encouraged to use all of their senses to explore the many things there are to see and do. They can be in the spotlight on the sound stage, crawl through the maze of tunnels in the giant ant hill, create a thunderstorm, operate a huge crane and much more. Activities and performances by singers, dancers, jugglers and storytellers take place daily. This is truly a place where 'learn to play, play to learn' is more than just a phrase. There is free entry on every 3rd Sunday of the month.
Built into the bluffs on the Mississippi River, this 370,000-square-foot museum features a hall of human biology and a large screen, 415-seat theater that supplements the museum's exhibits of dinosaurs and fossils. Rotating exhibits on everything from holograms to the human heart keep the crowds returning. The William McKnight-3M Omnitheater screens a varying selection of films. The state's longest reptile, a 40-foot steel iguana, guards the main entrance.
A collection of working locomotives, steamships, train depots, roundhouses, trolleys and motor coaches brings the history of local transportation alive. The MTM has five exhibit sites in and around the Twin Cities area that are visited by more than 100,000 people annually. The various restored depots and roundhouse allow visitors to travel back to the golden age of the railroads.The most popular exhibit is the Como-Harriet Streetcar Line, a rebuilt portion of what used to be the nation's largest urban rail service that was a 500-mile system in its heyday. Restored cars dating from the late 1800s and early 1900s run a two-mile round trip course between Lakes Harriet and Calhoun in South Minneapolis. Cars run every 15 minutes and passengers can board at the Linden Hills Station or the Lakewood Cemetery platform. The museum's other big draw is the Minnehaha, a 1906 steamboat which used to ferry streetcar passengers all over Lake Minnetonka. Back from a watery grave, the restored steamboat is as good as new and spruced up with a snazzy maroon and gold paint job.
Wild Rumpus is a wonderland of imagination. This book store is bursting at the seams with books for children of all ages. With incredible artwork and secret doorways throughout the shop, there is plenty to entertain your children's imagination and search for adventure. The resident cats, chickens, birds and chinchillas are all an added bonus.