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! 

Top 10 Places to Check Out During Your Staycation!

#1 SCIENCE MUSEUM OF MINNESOTA MEA BREAK CLASSES

Whether you have a mystery detective, a little wizard or a mad scientist, the Science Museum of Minnesota has you covered for fascinating, interactive classes to choose from during MEA break. Don't forget to check out "A Beautiful Planet," opening at the Omnitheater on October 14! 

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#2 MINNESOTA ZOO

Experience some of the ocean’s most colorful creatures up close at the Tropical Reef dive show! Or take a stroll past the farmhouse and horse pastures at Wells Fargo Family Farm to watch an informative and engaging cow milking demonstration.

#3 MILL CITY MUSEUM

Enjoy $2 off at Mill City Museum and learn the story of a mighty river, a young city and how one product - flour - fueled the growth of Minneapolis. Mill City Museum's massive museum and exhibit space is packed with fun for visitors of all ages.

#4 CHILDREN’S THEATER COMPANY

Take in The Last Firefly at the Children’s Theater Company. The mythical adventure will transport you and your child on a fantastic journey where the littlest things can make all the difference. 

#5 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, buy a pumpkin or squash on the Dahlberg Terrace or get lost in the Maze Garden. 

#6 FOSHAY OBSERVATORY

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 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 family Fridays featuring music and free family-friendly activities for all ages on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.

#8 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 new fall attractions and special exhibits. 

#9 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 COMO ZOO

Visit the Como Zoo and check out ZooBoo! This non-scary Halloween fundraising festival for families and young children is a unique fall fundraiser. The grounds of Como Zoo transform into a world of fairytales and fun! This magical event offers families a safe trick-or-treating alternative plus a few Halloween surprises.