MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – It might be hard to believe, but it’s been 25 years since the Mall of America opened its doors.

So how is it celebrating? With a party of course. The mega mall brought its party to patients and their families at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

The festivities included birthday decorations and music, face painting and crafts for the kids, enjoying treats and cuddling up to therapy dogs.

“Just seeing the kids and their smiles. We’ve had grandparents and parents come up to us, crying, and telling us we needed this, it’s been a rough summer or a rough week or a rough day and we needed this,” Sara Durham with the Mall of America said. “It just brings goose bumps to you and you feel honored and blessed to be a part of it.”

The children also enjoyed story time and meeting Nickelodeon Universe characters like Dora The Explorer.


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