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!
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.
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!
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!”
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.
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.
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.
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!
"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!
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!
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.