Twin Cities Toddler Times

Suzanne and I were chatting about a Toddler Tuesday event and it occurred to me that it might be handy to have them listed by day than by interest (trains, dinos, firetrucks, etc). I keep these in my phone, along with local library storyhours, so we are always ready to make a plan! I highly recommend trying out the storyhours of several libraries in your area - they have them for babies, toddlers, family, even reading to dogs - they don't care, really, who comes to which, but they do plan with a reading level. It really helped my Grands understand about "sitting on your pockets" and when it was time to get up for a little song or activity. Our libraries have so much to offer, and there is almost always a storyhour somewhere! Some (Brooklyn Park) are like mini Children's Museums! You can get your library card registered into any system. Rose wrote and especially liked the Saturday Live! at the downtown St. Paul Library, so I added that one to get you started. Drop me a line if you know of another fun Toddler Event!

Since I am getting two out of car seats, my trick is to get the 3 yr old out first, and he has to have one hand on the car at all times while I get the 1 yr old out - keeps him safe in the parking lot. See you there!

MONDAYS

PRE K MONDAYS, The Works Museum, 9740 Grand Avenue South, Bloomington, 9am-noon. Certain Mondays (calendar on the link) with special themed activities for young engineers, ages 3-5, at half price admission ($4.50). Adults are $8.50. There is access to the Museum’s activity floor, but the activity takes place secluded from the “big kids.” https://theworks.org/hands-on-kids-museum/prek-museum-mn

Let's Sing Music Class, Teeny Bee Boutique, 1560 Selby Avenue, 10:30-11:15am, suggested donation of $5 per family. A casual, drop in music class that's perfect for ages 0-3yrs. This mommy and me style class features simple and memorable songs, rhythmic movements and the chance to connect with other babies and families! And they have the cutest dang clothes upstairs! 

TAIL TIME, Wild Rumpus Bookshop, 2720 West 43rd St, Minneapolis, 10:30am. Listen to stories, sing songs, and make a ruckus! We have the greatest bookstores in the Twin Cities! They also have a sensory-friendly storytime – check their calendar. http://www.wildrumpusbooks.com/wildhappenings
TODDLER TIME@ Minnesota Zoo, 13000 Zoo Boulevard, Apple Valley, some Mondays and Saturdays, 9:30 & 11am. $15 Adult and child. Sessions begin with 10-15 minutes of child-directed exploratory play* followed by a Zoo naturalist leading movement and art activities, an interactive story, and an animal encounter (with at least one hands-on experience with a toddler-sized animal), all focusing on the topic of the day. Schedule

TUESDAYS

PRESCHOOL PLAYDATES, Science Museum, 10am-noon. Visit with preschool-age kids between 10 a.m. - noon on Tuesdays, and take part in a special promotion that will keep little hands busy and little minds buzzing! Purchase a regular price adult ticket and receive a free child admission (ages 5 and under). Note that Minnesota Children’s Museum members receive free Science Museum admission during Playdates. During Playdates, you’ll receive: Museum admission, packed with hands-on fun, Make & Take creations: Your child will use their imagination to engineer a project we have developed especially for them, Special theater programs and demonstrations designed just for preschoolers, Parent guide to preschool activities and accommodations throughout the museum, including an introduction to the Collectors’ Corner trading post. And, if you'd like to attend an Omnitheater film, you can add one for a small fee. www.smm.org

TODDLER TUESDAY, Mall of America, 10am-noon, FREE. Toddler Tuesdays is a program that provides events, free entertainment and discounts especially for toddlers. Events include special character appearances, arts and crafts, story time and much more! Download a full quarter three pamphlet, including information on upcoming events and exclusive offers! Additional information is also available at any Guest Services desk on Level 1 at all main entrances. Toddlers can also eat free at a long list of MOA restaurants, and there is a special $12.95 unlimited ride wristband offer as well. What I like about the MOA event is the easy parking and strollering, you can bail if the characters are not quite your toddler’s thing, and there are so many other adventures to add to the morning – use your GrandyCamp Underwater World discount, play for a bit in Legoland, and just walk through the ride area and watch the roller coasters – all amazing! http://www.mallofamerica.com/events/feature/toddler-tuesdays

Choo Choo Bob’s Story Hour, 2050 Marshall Avenue, Saint Paul, 10am, FREE. Storytimes 10am Tuesdays. VERY charming 40 minutes with Choo Choo Bob singing songs and telling stories. There are lots of train tables in the back for free play after, and a fun train to watch up front. The 1 & 3 yr old both loved it. And Izzy’s Ice Cream is just a few doors down. http://choochoobobs.com

SKYZONE TRAMPOLINE PARK Two locations: 595 Hale Ave N., Oakdale, MN 55128, 13310 Industrial Park Blvd., Plymouth, MN 554419:30 – 11am, Tuesdays & Fridays, Cost: $6/hr per jumper plus $2 SkySocks fee (you can save them for next time). Ages 5 & under AND caregivers. A time for your little ones to discover the joy of being active, bouncing under the supervision of their parents, and without interference from the big kids. This space made up of wall-to-wall trampolines, even up the wall. There’s even a foam pit the kids can launch themselves into! https://www.skyzone.com/stpaul/attractions-and-programs

WEDNESDAYS

TOTS & TRAINS - Select Wednesdays from 10am-noon, Minnesota Transportations Museum. Head to the Jackson Street Roundhouse, 193 Pennsylvania Ave. E, St. Paul, 55130 on select Wednesdays (first and third Wednesdays) for a morning of family fun! Play in their open play area with train tables and new display additions, create a craft to take home, listen to train-themed story time, and enjoy coffee and treats as well! Check the website for dates; you can purchase tickets ahead or at the door. Admission Adult $10, Child (age 5-15) $8, Senior (age 62+) $8, Toddler $5 (age 2-4) $5 http://mtm.my-free.website

RED BALLOON Storyhour, 891 Grand Avenue, 10:30-11am, FREE (except for all the fun things you will want to buy!) These are very professional and entertaining! http://www.redballoonbookshop.com

THURSDAYS

LIL’ EXPLORERS, Como Conservatory, 10am-noon. FREE. Each Thursday (used to be September through April, but they are going all summer this year!) in the Visitor Center. Perfect for the 1-3 year old to meet animal and plant visitors, see story time, play games and many other fun activities. Different theme each week – like Bird Buddies, Fantastic Frogs, Animal Families! Check out the full list http://www.comozooconservatory.org/education/kids/lil-explorers-thursdays/#/general-5-2 I usually go right at 10 to park close-by and before a lot of folks get there so it is not overwhelming. Love this one! *In the summer months, Como has also designed mini-classes on Thursdays specifically for 2-yr-olds and others for 3-yr-olds for $15 for child with and adult. Link.

ROSEDALE CENTER SUMMER OF FUN, Rosedale East Court, 10-11am. Free family-friendly shows, face painters & giveaways. Check www.myrosedale.com/events for the show schedule. Fun stuff like CAAM Chinese Dance Theater on June 14th, Teddy BEar BAnd on July 12th, The Bazillions, The Dweebs...10 shows June 14-August 16.

RED BALLOON Storyhour, 891 Grand Avenue, 10:30-11am, FREE (except for all the fun things you will want to buy!) These are very professional and entertaining! http://www.redballoonbookshop.com

SIMPLY JANE ART STUDIO, 5411 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis, 10am-noon. $5 members/$10 non-members. This non-profit art studio provides a dedicated toddler time at a discounted price which includes paint shirts, lesson, non-toxic paint and canvas or bookmark included. Once your child’s canvas is painted they handle the clean up so you can relax! You leave with a unique work of art painted by your toddler!. Children may also play with puzzles, games, chalk board, coloring sheets, toys, books and dress up. Running up and down the stage ramp is encouraged. https://simplyjanestudio.com/forkids/toddler-time

FRIDAYS

SKYZONE TRAMPOLINE PARK Two locations: 595 Hale Ave N., Oakdale, MN 55128, 13310 Industrial Park Blvd., Plymouth, MN 554419:30 – 11am, Tuesdays & Fridays, Cost: $6/hr per jumper plus $2 SkySocks fee (you can save them for next time). Ages 5 & under AND caregivers. A time for your little ones to discover the joy of being active, bouncing under the supervision of their parents, and without interference from the big kids. This space made up of wall-to-wall trampolines, even up the wall. There’s even a foam pit the kids can launch themselves into! https://www.skyzone.com/stpaul/attractions-and-programs

MONTHLY SATURDAYS

HOME DEPOT KIDS WORKSHOPS - check your local Home Depot schedule for fun DIY projects (usually something wooden like a birdhouse or bank). This is a FREE project and the kids also get a work apron, certificate, and pin. Usually 9am-noon.

SATURDAYS LIVE! George Latimer Central Library, St. Paul, 11:15am-noon, FREE. A wide range of multicultural programs including puppetry, magic, live animals, storytelling, music, and much more! This literacy-based program selects performers for both their entertainment value and their ability to promote the joys of reading and libraries to young audiences. Check the schedule http://melsastpaul.evanced.info/signup/Calendar?lib=1

TODDLER TIME@ Minnesota Zoo, 13000 Zoo Boulevard, Apple Valley, some Mondays and Saturdays, 9:30 & 11am. $15 Adult and child. Sessions begin with 10-15 minutes of child-directed exploratory play* followed by a Zoo naturalist leading movement and art activities, an interactive story, and an animal encounter (with at least one hands-on experience with a toddler-sized animal), all focusing on the topic of the day. Schedule