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Monday, April 22, 2019 9:50 AM

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Activity Name Address General Info
Ard Godfrey House 28 University Ave. SE Minneapolis Built in 1849, the Ard Godfrey house is the oldest remaining frame residence in Minneapolis. Located in the St. Anthony Falls historic Milling District, the house has been impeccably restored and is filled with furnishings and household items authentic to the period 1849 to 1853.
Bakken Museum 3537 Zenith Avenue South
Minneapolis
A center for education and learning that furthers the understanding of electricity and magnetism.
Barnes & Noble Storytime Various locations across the Twin Cities Barnes & Noble Bookstores hold childrens' storytimes at various locations across the Twin Cities.
Bell Museum of Natural History 10 Church Street SE Minneapolis Displays a wide variety of animals from across the region and around the world.
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory 1225 Estabrook Drive
St. Paul, MN 55103
Zoo and Conservatory located in St. Paul
Dodge Nature Center

365 Marie Ave

West St. Paul

Located on 320 acres in the heart of West St. Paul and Mendota Heights, Dodge provides a glimpse into the diverse and beautiful natural heritage of St. Paul. Through our prairies, hardwood forests, lakes, wetlands, miles of hiking trails, a working farm, orchard and bee apiary, Dodge offers a variety of unique experiences for people of all ages.
Eidem Homestead

4345 101st Ave. N

Brooklyn Park

Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park Historical Farm is a ten-acre living history farm, restored to the period 1890 – 1910. Homesteaded over a century ago, the farm was owned by the Eidem family for 82 years.  Today, the farm is like a time machine, transporting you back to the turn of the twentieth century.
Eloise Butler Wildlife Sanctuary

Theodore Wirth Parkway and Glenwood Ave.

Minneapolis, MN

When visitors step behind the rustic gates at Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary, they quickly forget they’re in the middle of the city. A meandering trail takes visitors deep into nature’s wonderland, the quiet accented with the sounds of birds, insects, frogs and wind in the trees.
Fort Snelling

200 Tower Ave.

St. Paul

Discover an 1820's military outpost once the focus of a small settlement but now at the center of Minnesota's Twin Cities metropolitan area.

A full living history program with costumed guides is presented daily during the summer, and on weekends in May, September and October.

Foshay Museum & Observation Deck 821 Marquette Avenue
30th Floor
Minneapolis
The Foshay Tower is one of the most recognizable landmark in the Twin Cities. Utilities magnate Wilbur Foshay built this endearing homage to the Washington Monument in 1929. At 447 feet housing 32 stories, the Foshay Tower was the tallest building in the Midwest for 48 years. Visit the museum to uncover the remarkable story behind this unique skyscraper and it's eccentric creator. And view the city from the outdoor Observation Deck on the 31st floor.
Harriet Alexander Nature Center


2520 North Dale Street

Roseville

The Harriet Alexander Nature Center is an oasis nestled within the borders of Roseville’s Central Park. The nature center provides protection for hundreds of animal and plant species.  Our boardwalk and trails circulate through 52 acres of marsh, prairie and forest habitats.
Jackson Street Roundhouse 193 Pennsylvania Ave. E.
St. Paul
The Great Northern Railway’s historic Jackson Street Roundhouse, a former steam engine maintenance facility, provides a unique opportunity for kids of all ages to experience railroading in the Twin Cities and Upper Midwest.
James J Hill House


240 Summit Ave.

St. Paul

Rugged stone, massive scale, fine detail, and ingenious mechanical systems recall the powerful presence of James J. Hill, builder of the Great Northern Railway. Guides lead tours that help you imagine family and servant life in the Gilded Age mansion.
The Landing - Minnesota River Heritage Park

2187 Highway 101 East

Shakopee

Step back in time see what life was like for people who lived in the Minnesota River Valley 150 years ago. Costumed interpreters and authentic buildings help recreate late 19th-century life in Minnesota, a time when settlers were establishing farmsteads and villages on the frontier.
Lock & Dam #1

Near 4700 Godfrey Rd.

Minneapolis

A Visitor's Center shows the history and mechanics behind the locks on the Mississippi.  Visitors can walk out onto the locks for a close look and to see them in action.
Mill City Museum

704 South 2nd St.

Minneapolis

Built into the ruins of what was once the world’s largest flour mill, Mill City Museum is located on the historic Mississippi Riverfront. Here, visitors of all ages learn about the intertwined histories of the flour industry, the river, and the city of Minneapolis.
Minneapolis Farmers Market  312 East Lyndale Ave North Meet the people who grow your food!  The Farmer's Market offers many local growers of produce, flowers, herbs, and more.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts 2400 3rd Ave S. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts enriches the community by collecting, preserving, and making accessible outstanding works of art from the world’s diverse cultures.
Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Youth Programs Various parks throughout Minneapolis Minneapolis Parks & Rec offers many activities and programs throughout the city for children & youth.
Minnehaha Depot Hwy 55 & Minnehaha Pkwy The Minnehaha Depot, or Princess depot, is a jewel of days gone by on the Milwaukee Road railway.
Minnesota Children's Museum

10 W 7th St.

St. Paul, MN 55102

At Minnesota Children's Museum, kids will have a blast discovering an exciting, immersive world that arouses their curiosity, increases their understanding, and ignites an appreciation for learning.
Minnesota History Center 345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul
An interactive museum with both permanent and changing exhibits, the Minnesota History Center hosts concerts, lectures, family days and other special events throughout the year.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

3675 Arboretum Blvd.

Chanhassen

The Arboretum features more than 1,000 acres of magnificent gardens, model landscapes, and natural areas-from woodlands and wetlands to prairie-with extensive collections of northern-hardy plants.
Minnesota State Capitol 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul Visitors hear stories about the capitol's history, art and architecture. They see the chambers where government decisions are made and, weather permitting, walk to the quadriga (golden horses) on the roof of the capitol.
Minnesota Streetcar Museum Queen Ave & 42nd St. S The Minnesota Streetcar Museum is a living history museum. A ride on one of our historic streetcars takes you back to the first half of the 1900s, the era of electric mass-transit.
Minnesota Zoo 13000 Zoo Blvd
Apple Valley, MN 55124
Experience grizzly bears, sea otters, tigers, monkeys and more at the Minnesota Zoo. Open 363 days a year, the Zoo features a tropical rain forest, marine center, northern tundra and a family farm.
Movies in the Park Various Parks in Minneapolis The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board invites you to join your friends and neighbors in our parks this summer for evenings with movies under the stars.  Follow us around the city and rediscover our beautiful park system along the way. 
Music in the Park Various Parks in Minneapolis Every year the Minneapolis Music in the Parks concert series offers over 200 free performances featuring hundreds of talented local and regional artists.
Science Museum of Minnesota 120 W Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
The Science Museum of Minnesota is the most popular museum in the Upper Midwest. Featuring dinosaurs, Omnitheater & hands-on exhibits.
Walker Art Center 1750 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis Art Center which features contemporary visual and performing artsexhibits and programs.
Weisman Art Museum

333 East River Rd.

Minneapolis

A teaching museum for the University of Minnesota and the community, the Weisman provides a fresh, engaging arts experience through an array of programs and a changing schedule of exhibitions.  Free guided tours are offered every Sat. & Sun. at 1:00pm.
Wild Rumpus Bookstore 2720 West 43rd Street Minneapolis Children's bookstore that offers book clubs for various ages
Woodlake Nature Center 6710 Lake Shore Dr. Richfield Wood Lake Nature Center in Richfield, MN is a 150-acre natural area dedicated to environmental education, wildlife observation, and outdoor recreation.
The Works: Hands-On, Minds-On Museum

5701 Normandale Rd

Ste 303

Edina

The Works is a “hands-on, minds-on” museum that makes learning about science and engineering interesting, understandable and fun.