170 Mile Creek Road
Grand Portage, MN 55605
Along the North Shore of Lake Superior, you’ll find this historic U.S. National Monument that once served as a trading post. Young visitors can immerse themselves in hands-on activities and learning through the Junior Ranger Program. Kids complete a booklet that guides them through both the Heritage Center and Historic Depot, as well as encourages them to engage with a park ranger. They’ll learn about Ojibwe life, the fur trade and Minnesota’s rich history. When the activity book is complete, turn it in to a park ranger for a personalized certificate, junior ranger badge and a replica 1802 voyageur contract to take home.
Gammelgarden Museum Children’s Programs
20880 Olinda Trail
Scandia, MN 55073
Swedish immigrant heritage is celebrated at this adorable museum in Scandia. Kids ages 6 and older can enjoy Dala-Palooza on July 14, Aug. 6 or Sept. 17 to design and decorate their own dala horse, dine on Swedish food during a picnic, hear historic stories and more. The Gammelgarden Museum also hosts immigrant immersion activities with Comin’ to Amerika on July 19 & 21, and Little Immigrants from August 8-12. Reservations are required for some programs.
2400 3rd Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Young and old gather at the MIA on the second Sunday of every month for a free family event to make art, meet experts and discover a new and exciting topic. On July 10, don’t miss “Seeing Nature,” where families can make tiny terrariums, learn how to create a print using natural materials and listen to Hawaiian songs about nature. Coming up on Aug. 14, it’s “ART-lympic Games” to celebrate the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Visitors will learn about ancient athletes through stories, games and other activities.
Target Field Educational Tours
1 Twins Way
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Target Field hosts a wide variety of tours for preschool age up to adults. The Science of Baseball Tour discusses the physics of the sport and tests players’ reaction time, complete with a swing inside the batting cage. The Li’l Sluggers Preschool Tour teaches the basics of baseball and kids will observe the ballpark through shapes, colors and numbers. During the Environment & Sustainability Tour, children discover how Target Field handles the issues of recycling, transportation, water use and other challenges.
1396 Highway 169
Ely, MN 55731
The International Wolf Center is a fabulous place to learn more about local wolves and wolf-types around the world. Programs at the center include the Intergenerational Wolf Discovery for grandparents and grandchildren to observe animal behavior, wolf tracking and more over the course of a few days from July 10-15. An option for the whole family is the Wolf Pup Bus Trip on July 30 from Brooklyn Park to the center in Ely for a day of wolf exhibits and films, plus seeing the pups and adult wolves up close. Wolves After Dark is an overnight adventure from August 12-13 for kids over the age of 12 with an adult to document data on wolf behavior and sleep next to the wolf viewing windows.
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