Please be sure to call and
verify times and rates as they are subject to change
BLOOMINGTON- MALL OF AMERICA
Crossroads of Interstate 94 and Hwy 77, 952.883.8800
COST: Entrance to the mall is free but Call for Activity
HOURS: Call for current hours
So much more than a mall! Besides an amazing selection of
stores, there are many family fun activities in the mall. The
kids will love the 90 full-size LEGO models. The Underwater Adventures Aquarium is the world's
largest underground aquarium. See over 4500 sea creatures.
The kids' favorite activity was the Nickelodeon Universe theme park
(the first Nickelodeon themed park!). There are 30+ rides
FAMILY FRIENDLY PROS-
Lots to do! A variety of family-related stores to shop in.
There is an hourly child care facility called Kids Quest so you
don't have to drag the kids shopping. Other family
conveniences are family restrooms, stroller rentals and lockers for
Inside Mall of America (120 E. Broadway, Bloomington)
952.883.0202 (Free parking is available at the East Entrance,
COST: $20.99 Adult (13+) / $15.99 Child (age 3 - 12)/ 2
and under is free
HOURS: Mon - Thurs 10a - 7p; Fri
10a - 8:30p; Sat 9:30a - 8:30p; Sun 10a - 6p
The Underwater Adventures Aquarium is located under the Mall of
America, and houses over 5000 sea creatures. One of their
newer displays is the world's largest jellyfish collection.
Another favorite for the kids is The Tunnel where you can see a
variety of sea creatures all around you. Check the feeding
schedule for the day you will be visiting to figure out when you can
see different animals being fed throughout the day.
FAMILY FRIENDLY PROS- Great
variety of sea creatures to watch. Some hands-on
elements, particularly touch pools. Admission wristband can be
used for day, so you can leave and come back to see different animal
WALNUT GROVE- LAURA INGALLS WILDER MUSEUM
MUSEUM- 330 8th Street, Walnut Grove 800.528.7280
DUGOUT SITE- 1.5 miles north of Walnut Grove on Redwood Cty
COST: MUSEUM- $6 Age 13 and over / $3 Age 6 - 12 / 5
& under Free DUGOUT PRICE- $4 per
passenger car (cash only; deposited on the honor system)
HOURS: Museum: April: Mon - Sat 10a - 4p, Sun 12p
- 4p; May: Mon - Sat 10a - 5p, Sun 12p - 5p; June
- Aug: Mon - Sun 10a - 6p; Sept: Mon - Sat 10a - 5p, Sun
12p - 5p; Oct: Mon - Sat 10a - 4p/ Dugout: May -
Oct- daylight hours (weather permitting)
The Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum has displays of LIW and family
memorabilia, as well as some items from the popular TV show, Little
House on the Prairie. Besides the museum there is an 1898
train depot, 1880s one room schoolhouse, and onion-domed house.
Doll lovers will enjoy the collection of over 250 dolls from Laura's
time to present day.
Just a few miles away is the actual homesite of the Ingalls family.
All that remains is the indention in the creek bank where the
Ingall's dugout used to be. Some geological elements of the
book still exist.
FAMILY FRIENDLY PROS-
Very interesting for any child who has read the Little House series
or has watched the TV series.
FAMILY FRIENDLY CONS- Most things are 'hands off' so it can be
difficult for little on