To keep things from being confusing (especially if you follow our real-time adventures on Instagram) – I’m about a month behind in blogging, here are some of our adventures from the week of August 5, 2015.
After we said goodbye to our other Airstream family friends, we headed into downtown St. Paul for a day of exploring. Specifically we went to the Science Museum of Minnesota – which happens to have FREE admission with the Association of Science-Technology Centers program – a reciprocal membership program that rocks (we purchased a Museum of the Rockies annual pass and it gets us into museums nationwide!).
The Science Museum of Minnesota was fantastic. The kids really enjoyed the many exhibits – covering four or five floors in this massive building – it took the better part of a day to go through it all. The museum had everything from a news channel exhibit – where the kids got to be the news anchors. . .
to anchors away . . .exhibits about ships on the nearby Mississippi river. They also had exhibits about the human body, dinosaurs, Minnesota habitats and more.
We sat through two of their Science LIVE shows – which were led by animated staff teaching about different topics throughout the day. This particular presentation was all about fire. It was really well done.
We did pay an additional fee to get into the current SPACE exhibit. I think it was an extra $30 to see this exhibit – and I’m glad we did, they had some great displays and information about Space history and exploration.
Hadley LOVED this miniature replica of this space ship – which you could play with as if it was a doll house – with tiny astronauts.
The kids, as astronauts. 🙂
They also had some great exhibits about the native people of the area. Hadley really enjoyed this hands on weaving display.
Within the SAME building of the Science Museum of Minnesota you’ll find the Mississippi River Visitor Center! We didn’t realize this before we got there, but it was a nice surprise. After going through the museum we did the Junior Ranger program at the visitor’s center.
We learned a lot about the Mississippi River – the animals that live in and around the river, the history of the river, the challenges the river faces and more.
And after all the fun we had at the museum and with the Junior Ranger program, we stopped at a nearby city park to find a geocache. The park was dedicated to Charles M. Schulz – creator of Peanuts, who was born in Minneapolis!
It was a fun-filled day in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota with lots of learning, lots of exploring and lots of fun.
Have you been to the Science Museum of Minnesota? What about the Mississippi River Visitor’s Center?