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The Minnesota Children's Museum won't reopen in April like it planned

You can blame the delay on the Scramble.

The Minnesota Children's Museum won't be opening in April after all.

The St. Paul museum closed back in December to finish construction on its $30 million expansion, with the goal of reopening in April. But now it's shooting for a June reopening, the museum said Thursday, although the exact dates haven't been announced.

You can blame the delay on the Scramble, a new four-story climbing structure that'll include two towers, a long spiral slide, and a netted catwalk that's 40 feet off the ground (see the drawing below).

The museum says the contractor it hired to build the custom-made exhibit went out of business so they had to find a new company to finish the project, causing an "unavoidable" delay.

"Because installing this structure and finishing related construction will affect so many other areas of the building, we're not able to open the museum until the Scramble is ready," the release says.

The Children's Museum also said Thursday the temporary pop-up location it opened at Mall of America during construction will close April 23 because they weren't able to extend their time at the mall. But if you're still looking to get your museum fix, you can visit the Rochester location.

Museum members will get a two-month extension to make up for the delay, the museum adds.

The expansion

The expansion project will expand the museum from 65,000 square feet to 74,000 square feet, and will include a bunch of new places for kids to play, the museum says.

There will be 10 new permanent exhibits, along with the Scramble, two "maker spaces," an expanded toddler gallery, and larger water and air play spaces. There will also be a new cafe, coffee bar and gift shop, as well as other amenities for visitors.

You can read more about the expansion here.

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