Top 10 Things to Do During MEA Weekend

School is out and you've got a 4-day weekend to plan for the family. Forget heading to the Wisconsin Dells with the kids, stay close to home and enjoy all that Minneapolis has to offer!

Experience magnificent fall views at the Arboretum, play your way through the Minnesota Children's Museum, or taste the world at the Midtown Global Market. Leave the hassle of travel behind and explore in your own backyard. Minneapolis is full of fun, family-friendly activities so make sure to take advantage during MEA weekend! Here are the top 10 places to check out during your staycation!

1. Soar across the globe at the Science Museum of Minnesota's Omnitheater

Head to the Science Museum of Minnesota and check out their Omnitheater, the 90-foot giant dome screen that lets you travel the planet, see life from a different angle, and learn about the way our world works. Starting October 12, you can catch Living in the Age of Airplanes and see the history of airplanes and how much it's changed life as we know it today. 

2. Stroll through the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at the Minnesota Zoo

Sure, this exhibit is family-friendly, but it's not just for kids! Take a walk through the enchanted forest and take a peak at over 5,000 brightly lit pumpkins, each one with a unique carving. Bring the whole family, or plan a date night! 

3. Take a trip through time at the Mill City Museum

Learn the story of a mighty river, a young city and how one product - flour - fueled the growth of Minneapolis. Witness baking demonstrations, sample fresh bread, observe a model mill explosion, get an amazing view of St. Anthony Falls and the Stone Arch Bridge, experience the Flour Tower, and while you’re there be sure to watch “Minneapolis in 19 Minutes Flat!”

4. Get inspired at Children's Theater Company

Children's Theater Company (totally not just for children!) will educate, challenge, and inspire you. Choose from two productions, Last Stop on Market Street or I Come from Arizona.

5. Do all things fall at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Fall is the most popular time of year at the arboretum. Bring the family and get immersed into the fall season. Witness the beauty of the golden leaves, pick the perfect pumpkin from the annual World of Pumpkins, or take a walk through Scarecrow Village. 

6. Get one of the best views in the city at the Foshay Observation Deck

Visit a Minneapolis landmark and learn the history of the Foshay Tower. Head on up to the 30th floor and experience one of the most unique views in the city. With brilliant fall colors and a stunning picture of downtown, it's something you just can't pass up.

7. Take a trip around the world at Midtown Global Market

Take your family and your taste buds on a trip around the world at the Midtown Global Market. Choose from over 40 restaurants and groceries or explore jewelry and fashion from countries all over the world. Plus enjoy live music and performances. Check out their calendar to see who's playing!

8. Get ready to play at the Minnesota Children's Museum

"Play is learning" according to the Minnesota Children's Museum. One of Fodor's Top 10 Best Children's Museums, it's the perfect place to spend the day with your family. Get it on the fun with a host of different attractions and ways to adventure!

9. Have a day of adventure at Valleyfair Amusement Park

The Minneapolis area’s go-to place for FUN! Featuring both indoor and outdoor family-friendly attractions, Valleyfair is the perfect place for you to play and celebrate! Enjoy The Great Pumpkin Fest, the Cosmic Coaster at Planet Snoopy and the Peanuts Road Rally! There is a tiny terror for every family during the Halloween season at Valleyfair. See you soon! 

10. Fly, spin, and drop at Nickelodeon Universe at the Mall of America

Go flying, spinning, dropping, or twirling on any of the thrilling rides at Nickelodeon Universe. Even meet the Nick characters and take a look around at their specialty shops. While you’re there, don’t miss the SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium. Get a closer look at sharks, sea turtles, stingrays, jelly fish, seahorses and more. Get your hands dirty at the touch pools and stamp stations, or even swim with the sharks or snorkel in their Rainbow Reef exhibit. Make sure to grab discounted Nickelodeon Universe all-day ride wristbands at Minneapolis Visitor Information.