Skip to main content

As Children's Museum renovates, a play space will 'pop-up' at MOA

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

The newest tenant at the Mall of America isn't selling shoes or high-end fashion, but playful learning.

That's what the Minnesota Children's Museum hopes the mall's younger visitors will experience at its new "pop-up" play space, opening at the megamall in Bloomington this fall.

According to a press release, the new storefront will feature "hands-on exhibits that help children develop skills through play," similar to the galleries at the museum's St. Paul home.

Scheduled to operate until January 2017 while the museum undergoes a $28 million expansion project, the 4,440-square-foot storefront's attractions will include a Ball-o-Rama, an adventure through the age of the dinosaurs, as well as Clifford the Big Red Dog and Curious George exhibits.

Two exhibits will be featured at a time.

The new space will give Twin Cities families an alternative to the museum's home site, where construction on new galleries, a cafe and a skyway entrance are beginning this fall will lead to some temporary closures, the release says.

According to the museum's website, the expansion will also include a four-story climbing tower, a new reception area and more bathrooms. The project is expected to increase the facility's space by 34 percent.

The museum says the St. Paul site will remain open for most of the construction, but will close in September 2016 and stay that way until the following January (when the pop-up space at the mall is scheduled to close).

The play space at the mall is scheduled to open in late September; admission prices have not been set.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-10-01 at 10.18.12 AM

3 St. Paul fast food restaurants robbed in space of an hour

The thieves struck between 7:15 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Screen Shot 2022-10-01 at 9.06.40 AM

What to do with the Kmart site? Minneapolis wants your ideas

The project will connect Nicollet Avenue south of Lake street and north of the Midtown Greenway, reestablishing a street grid.

Screen Shot 2022-10-01 at 7.53.55 AM

Crowd evacuated at end of homecoming football game in Brooklyn Park

Police blamed 'unruly teens' in the stands and some who were trying to enter the stadium.

gas

State to help 44 Minnesota gas stations add E15 pumps

The yellow 88 button is coming to more gas stations in Minnesota.

Screen Shot 2022-09-30 at 4.54.42 PM

FBI, police investigating bank robbery at Edina's 50th and France

An ATM technician was robbed by four men at a U.S. Bank.

Ethan Glynn

Paralyzed Bloomington football player begins rehabilitation in Colorado

Ethan Glynn is at a world-renowned rehabilitation hospital.

Press Bar fire

Owner of St. Cloud bar gets 6 years for arson, ordered to repay $3M

A February 2020 fire at the Press Bar and Parlor was later determined to be an insurance job.

IMG_5455

Bloomington, Richfield districts tighten security ahead of weekend football

Enhanced safety measures will be in place this weekend.

Screen Shot 2022-09-30 at 2.23.15 PM

Walz sends MN first responders to help with hurricane recovery in Florida

Eight members of the Minnesota All Hazards Incident Management Team will travel to Florida.

Related