Children's Activities in Saint Paul, Minnesota

Children's Activities in Saint Paul, Minnesota
St. Paul is the capital of Minnesota. Within the city, there is an abundance of family-friendly activity available not only for family outings, but also for school and church field trips as well as other programs aimed at educating and entertaining children.

Como Zoo and Conservatory

Patrons can visit the Como Zoo and Conservatory from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during summer hours and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the winter. During inclement weather, some animals may be off display out of concern for their health and safety. Admission is a small voluntary donation, which allows large groups to experience the zoo at relatively little expense. In addition to the many permanent animals housed at the zoo, children can enjoy educational programs and animal demonstrations as well as concessions and rides on a restored antique carousel. Lockers are available to rent, as are strollers and wheelchairs.

Como Zoo and Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Drive
St. Paul, MN 55414

Minnesota Children's Museum

Open Tuesday through Sunday in downtown St. Paul, the Minnesota Children's Museum offers immersive and interactive exhibits that both entertain and educate its patrons. There are seven galleries aimed at providing a hands-on, stimulating environment for children 6 months to 10 years old, and employees known as "funstigators" roam the museum and engage visitors in interactive and educational games.

Minnesota Children's Museum
10 Seventh St. West
St. Paul, MN 55102

Science Museum of Minnesota

The Science Museum features a temporary exhibit gallery and five permanent galleries covering paleontology, physical science, the human body, people and cultures of the Mississippi River and the museum's own collections. The 10-acre area around the museum is also often used for outdoor exhibits and other programming. Known for hosting interactive exhibits, dynamic traveling exhibitions and for showing popular large format films, the Science Museum is a popular destination

Science Museum of Minnesota
120 Kellogg Blvd. West
St. Paul, MN 55102

Parks and Lakes

Parks both large and small grace St. Paul's landscape, catering to a variety of sporting and recreational outdoor activity. Notable public parks include Battle Creek Regional Park, Fort Snelling State Park, Lake Phalen and Como Park. Many of the city's more prominent parks are on or near a lake to allow for fishing, swimming and boating, and some (such as Battle Creek) also contain large, enclosed dog parks where the entire family can bring their dogs for off-leash exploration and play.

Battle Creek Regional Park
Maplewood, Minnesota 55119

Fort Snelling State Park
101 Snelling Lake Road
Fort Snelling, MN‎ 55111-4116

Como Park
1225 Estabrook Drive
St. Paul, MN‎ 55103


Article Written By Rob Callahan

Rob Callahan lives in Minneapolis, where he edits several regional magazines published by Tiger Oak Publications. His print and broadcast work has earned awards in the fields of journalism, social media and the arts. Callahan graduated from Saint Cloud State University in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in philosophy.

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