Top 10 Things to Do During MEA Weekend

School is out and you've got a 4-day weekend to plan for the family. Why not stay close to home and enjoy all that Minneapolis has to offer? There are plenty of social distance friendly activities the whole family will enjoy.

MEA Weekend is October 15 - 18, 2020. 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. No need to travel far. Explore in your own backyard! Minneapolis is full of fun, family-friendly (and social distance-friendly) activities so make sure to take advantage during MEA weekend! Here are the top 10 places to check out.

1. See what's new at the Science Museum of Minnesota

Check out Ancient Caves in the Omnitheater, where you'll explore caves from all over the world (including Minnesota!) - hear from researchers and climate scientists as they discover unique rock formations, crystal-filled caverns, and pools of untouched water that can help us learn about the earth's climate history. The Science Museum has new safety protocols to help keep you safe while you explore.

2. Stroll through the Minnesota Zoo

Spend a day at the Minnesota Zoo! Walk around and observe all types of animals. From penguins to tigers to bears, there are plenty of different species to get familiar with. The Zoo is also taking extra precautions to ensure that everyone has a safe experience.

3. Solve clues and puzzles at The Escape Room and Trapped Puzzle Rooms

Work together to find clues that will lead you to your great escape at The Escape Room. All experiences are private so you don't have to worry about getting too close to those outside your family. They also have enhanced cleaning protocols.

At Trapped Puzzle Rooms, you can choose from all sorts of themed rooms like Nutcracker Nightmare, A Very Potter Escape Room, Video Game Mayhem, and more. Trapped also has increased safety protocols to ensure an enjoyable experience for all.

4. Get immersed in virtual reality at REM5 VR Lab

You might be a little skeptical at first, but you'll quickly see what all the hype is about at REM5. There's an experience for people of all ages, and you don't have to be a gamer to enjoy it. Explore the world through Google Earth, play table tennis, have a snowball fight, become a virtual quarterback, and more. Learn about what they're doing to keep patrons safe during COVID-19.

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 red and gold leaves, pick up some apples from the AppleHouse, take a walk through Scarecrow Village, or pack a picnic and enjoy lunch with a beautiful view. Reservations are required, so be sure to purchase your tickets ahead of time.

6. Go on a leaf peeping adventure

Walk, run, bike, or drive and marvel at some of the most beautiful fall foliage our city has to offer. From parks to waterfalls to lakes, check out where to find the best fall colors in Minneapolis.

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. Grab pizza from Jakeeno’s Trattoria, try an Indian street roll from Hot Indian Foods, or indulge in enchiladas from Taqueria Los Ocampo. Choose from over 40 different restaurants and groceries alongside jewelry and fashion from countries all over the world. They have increased their cleaning protocols, and hand sanitizer is available throughout the market.

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. Experience the power of play with three floors of fun! Reservations are required, so book in advance.

9. Stroll through the Sculpture Garden or peruse the galleries at Walker Art Center

Admission to the Sculpture Garden is free! Walk the paths and enjoy a variety of outdoor sculptures, each with its own story. Or, head inside and explore the galleries. Take advantage of free admission on Thursday nights. Be sure to get a timed ticket online prior to visiting. Learn more about their enhanced safety measures. 

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. You can even meet your favorite Nick characters! 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. Reservations are not required, but they are committed to maintaining a limited capacity. Two hour unlimited ride tickets can be purchased onsite.