Skip to main content

Here's how Nickelodeon Universe is celebrating its 10th birthday

The indoor theme park opened this week in 2008.
  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Want to feel old? It's been 10 years since Nickelodeon Universe opened at the Mall of America.

Yes, this week marks a decade since the giant theme park that dominates the center of the Mall of America threw open its doors to the public.

It came two years after the MOA parted ways with the beloved Camp Snoopy, which had resided at the megamall since it opened in 1992, after failing to come to an extended agreement with the MOA. 

It remains one of the most popular attractions in Minnesota, featuring 27 rides including rollercoasters and Nickelodeon character-themed rides like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shell Shock.

The State of Minnesota still claims its the largest indoor theme park in the world – though since opening it has been usurped by not one, but two amusement parks in Dubai.

How is it celebrating?

The day to get to the MOA will be this coming Saturday, when it holds a 10-hour birthday event mainly in the Rotunda.

It's promising fun, entertainment, "and of course, SLIME" for those attending.

Here's the full schedule (events are in the Rotunda unless otherwise stated.)

10 a.m. Opener at the Rotunda

Music, treats, announcements, giveaways, character appearances and a parade in the park hosted by Nickelodeon’s DJ Boogie.

11 a.m. Coloring Sweepstakes

At Crayola Experience, with music and prizes on offer as kids color their favorite Nickelodeon characters.

Noon: Cupcakes + Performance by NUNNABOVE

The first 1,000 guests will receive a special cupcake in honor of the birthday. There will also be a live performance by NUNNABOVE.

1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Double Dare Challenge: Birthday Edition

In West Market square, audience members can go through "messy obstacle course" and answer trivia questions – the winners get slimed...

2 p.m.: Double Dutch Jump rope

Rosemount Double Dutch Club show off their jump roping moves and teach guests some tricks to try on their own.

3 p.m.: Slime Making

Learn how to make your own slime.

5 p.m.: Ninja Turtle Takeover

Meet the Turtles and watch the latest TMNT episodes. The first 1,000 guests get a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle mask.

6 p.m.: Stefon Diggs Meet + Greet and Sliming

Let's hope the slime is off by the time he's catching Kirk Cousins throws 

7 – 9:30 p.m.: Rock and Ride Dance Party

DJ Boogie will hold the dance celebration by the south entrance of Nickelodeon Universe.

Next Up

2019_0914_Packers_Away_0419

What happens to the Vikings if Aaron Rodgers leaves the NFC North?

Rodgers said he isn't interested in rebuilding in Green Bay, is it time for the Vikings to pounce or stay the course?

ambulance

Sheriff: Men found unresponsive in garage died of cocaine overdose

Two of the three men found unresponsive in an Eyota garage last week died of a drug overdose, a preliminary autopsy found.

Anthony Edwards

Ant's injury clouds Timberwolves' victory over the Nets

The Timberwolves star was injured in the final minutes on Sunday night.

Akoya Lee

Byron native Ayoka Lee sets NCAA record for points in a game

The Kansas State forward broke a record shared by former Gopher Rachel Banham.

cold, wind chill, freezing

It's going to be stupid cold again Tuesday and Wednesday

They'll almost certainly be the 10th and 11th days with subzero temps this month.

Williams Uptown Pub

Williams Uptown Pub & Peanut Bar closes indefinitely after shooting

Reports say police have arrested two suspects in the incident.

Alex Rodríguez

A-Rod wears a Packers hat, Minnesotans lose their minds

The Timberwolves co-owner didn't endear himself to his fan base on Saturday night.

Flickr - Minneapolis police squad - Chad Davis

Police: Man shoots into crowd at funeral reception in Minneapolis

The shooting happened at a reception following a funeral on Saturday afternoon.

Related

'Jimmy Neutron' ride being retired at Nickelodeon Universe

It was one of the original rides when the park opened in 1992.

Nickelodeon Universe

Coronavirus: Nickelodeon Universe to close at the Mall of America

The theme park will close on Wednesday, when schools shut down.

Nickelodeon Universe

Nickelodeon Universe to reopen to the public next week

The theme park has been shut down since mid-March.

Valleyfair

After pandemic caused 2020 shutdown, Valleyfair plans to open in May

The theme park did not open for its 2020 season due to COVID-19 challenges.

Mall of America

Mall of America to celebrate 30 years with events, giveaways throughout 2022

The festivities will kick off Friday with a '90s-themed drag show.

What's will you find at the Super Bowl Experience in Minneapolis?

The NFL theme park will open at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Saturday.

What's will you find at the Super Bowl Experience in Minneapolis?

The NFL theme park will open at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Saturday.