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Visit the Science Museum with your preschool-age children between 10 a.m. - Noon on Tuesdays, and take part in a special promotion that will keep little hands busy and little minds buzzing!

PlaydatesPurchase a regular price adult ticket and receive a free child admission (ages 5 and under).* During Playdates, you'll receive:

  • Admission to the Science Museum's exhibit galleries, 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's guide to preschool activities and accommodations throughout the museum, including an introduction to our Collectors' Corner trading post.

Minnesota Children's Museum members receive free Science Museum admission during Playdates.

* Please note that this package price does not combine with other offers or discounts and is not available for groups of 15 or more. If you'd like to attend an Omnitheater film, you can add one for a small fee.

Come Play at the Science Museum on Tuesdays!

Playdates Schedule

9:30 a.m. - Noon Explore our exhibits
10:00 a.m. - Noon Make and Takes and Learning Technology Center Activities: Enjoy up to eight interactive activities located throughout the galleries that include fun topics like spiders, constellations, animation, water play, wind tubes, electricity, dinosaurs, shapes, bats, trees, and much more! Make and Takes are activities where your young scientists will get to make something while learning and bring it home with them. Learning Technology activities help your preschooler learn how to explore science and engages their creativity.
10:00 a.m. - Noon Collectors' Corner: Bring in a natural object that you have discovered and trade them for others. Learn about rocks, skulls, shells, and more!
10:30 a.m. Science Live Puppets and Plays. Watch special theater programs and demonstrations designed especially for younger children that will educate and entertain them. Pick up a schedule at the box office for other performances throughout the day.
11:30 a.m. Storytime with a Ranger in the Mississippi River Visitor's Center, located in the museum's lobby. Listen as tales of nature leap off the pages of a book read by a real park ranger. (Please check with the Center for activities available to your child throughout the morning.)

Interested in Volunteering?

Do you love working with young children and cultivating young minds? We can use your help. Volunteers are needed to help with preschool activities on Tuesday mornings. For more information please contact or visit