Where: Minnesota Children's Museum
Age of Bap Boy: Since he was just under 1 years old - through the present (he's 2.25 while writing this).
Review: You’d think I would have posted something about MCM a long time ago, but as things go, this place has become somewhat of a second home since we take our Bap Boy there weekly. Because it is somewhat of a “2nd home” it ought to have a post dedicated to it, right!?
The first time we ever went to MCM with our Bap Boy was when he was almost 1. He wasn’t walking yet and truth be told, we found it to be a limiting place for a child of this age. The tiny area on the 4th floor called “Habitot” for kids under 4 has a teeny tiny space for infants, but it’s reallllllllllly small. Not enough to impress me. The 2nd time we went, our child was a full-on walker/absolute toddler, and needless to say, it was a lot more fun.
So that’s why In July of 2014, when he was approximately 1.75 years old, and quite the busy bee,we finally got a membership since that seems to be the most logical way to get your money’s worth. $30 for the 3 of us to go each time would be ridiculous, so DEFINITELY get a membership if you plan to go more than 3 times a year as a family of 3 or more.
Below are pictures with some captions that further explain the fun areas of the museum that our kiddo likes. I looked through my phone just now and have A LOT of pictures of him playing at MCM, but here are some key ones I like the most, or that help a person who hasn't been there to get a sense of the wonderful space that it is.
The Habitot area. You can see how tiny the baby area is...
Lots of climbing to do for the wee ones that can walk though!
Water station on 2nd floor. I put the available rain coats on him since the few times I didn't, he left the area SO DRENCHED he needed a change of clothes.
Opened in early 2015, is Sid the Science Kid exhibit. Prior to that was Clifford, and before that, Thomas the Train. I like that they have an area constantly changing to mix it up.
The art sensory room on the 2nd floor is nice. They can draw, paint, play with puzzles, and so much more. The museum changes activities regularly at the little tables so it's always interesting to saunter in there and see what fun stuff kids can do.
The Clifford Exhibit - gone now, but was fun while it lasted!
Creativity Jam - a new initiative the museum is doing. Lots of random simple objects kids can play in, on and with. Mostly large objects. Here, Bap Boy is in a tent with lights in it. He loves little hiding spots like this.
Another shot of the Creativity Jam area.
At certain points in the day, they have rotating toys to play with in their open atrium space on the 2nd floor. This particular summer day it was balls and hula hoops.
In the area that simulates a town - has a grocery store, doctor's office, etc, there's a Korean restaurant. As Koreans, we obviously get a kick out of this. Only annoying thing is the less informed people we hear talking to their kids about the "Chinese food." *sigh*
They let children drive city buses here. It's that kind of place. :-D