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There are many ways to get your children involved and interested in science around our community. Here is a list of fun things to do and see around the Twin Cities for whole family! Each place is fairly inexpensive and for all age groups.

Museums

The Bakken Museum in Minneapolis allows children to explore the mysteries of our electrical and magnetic world. 

Bell Museum of Natural History in Minneapolis offers exhibits, programs and fun science activities for the family such as interacting with live amphibians, reptiles, and invertebrates. 

Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul has exhibits covering topics of paleontology, physical science and technology, the human body, peoples and cultures of the Mississippi River, and the museum's collections. 

The Works Museum in Bloomington is a "hands-on, minds-on" museum that makes learning about engineering, science and technology interesting, understandable and fun for children ages 5-12. 

Outdoor Fun

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary in Minneapolis is the oldest public wildflower garden in the nation and hosts over 500 plant species and 130 bird species. 

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska provides a resource for horticultural and environmental information, research and public education, and inspires all visitors with quality plants in displays, collections, model landscapes, and conservation areas.

Visit Fort Snelling State Park in St. Paul, Dodge Nature Center in St. Paul, Wood Lake Nature Center in Richfield, or various parks through the Three River Park District to use the hiking, biking, or ski trails throughout the year. Here you can observe wildlife, geology, history and landscape of different areas in our community.

OBIS Outdoor Biology is an outdoor Biology program in California, this website has observations, investigations, and experiments of animals and the outdoors for children ages 10 and older. 

Animals

Do you have an interest in animals? Visit the Animal Humane Society in St. Paul, or the Midwest Animal Rescue & Services in Minneapolis.

The Raptor Center of the U of M (College of Veterinary Medicine) in St. Paul and rehabilitates sick and injured raptors and helps identify emerging environmental issues.

The Como Zoo in St. Paul, Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley, and Sea Life at the Mall of America in Bloomington are all great places to bring children to learn about interactions between different animals and see how they live in the wild.