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not here. Multiple museums, theaters
and performing arts groups in the
Minneapolis-St. Paul area cater to the
li;lest ones in the family with special
exhibits, performances and events
created just for them.
It’s easy to teach children the magic of
the arts—and make a trip super special—
with groups and places such as these
lighting the way.
Where can you find high-flying
acrobatics and compelling drama?
Some of the coolest and most talented
youngsters in the Minneapolis-St. Paul
area train for Circus Juventas’ incredible
youth circus, giving Cirque du Soleil a run
for its money. Public performances are
held in the spring and summer.
Best known for its outstanding
puppetry on the move during
Minneapolis’ May Day Parade, In the
Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask
Theater has been dazzling children
and adults alike with its commitment
to beautiful, complex storytelling and
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incredible puppets (no socks or brown
paper bags here). On Saturdays, find
shows that end in a make-and-take for
the li;le ones. Venues vary by season, so
check the website for updates.
The always-free Minneapolis
Institute of Art (Mia) accommodates
young families every day—visit the
Family Center for books, toys and
more—but it really shines on Family
Day, held the second Sunday of the
month. Kids can see priceless works of
art up close, and make their own, plus
enjoy live music and dancing.
Mia also hosts an annual collaboration
with public radio station The Current
( 89. 3 FM) called “Rock the Cradle,” which
features halls full of kids busting moves
and listening to smooth grooves.
operating in the
Center for the Arts,
of accolades is as
warranted as it
is long. But what will delight the tykes
is seeing other children make some of
their favorite stories come to life. Plays
appeal to children as young as 18 months,
while others begin at age 8 and up—from
“Twinkle, Twinkle” to “Annie” and plays
based on Louis Sachar and Lois Lowry’s
The iconic Walker Art Center in
Minneapolis invites the entire family
to visit for free the first Saturday of
the month. Nestled among Rothkos,
Murakamis and other beloved modernist
pieces are opportunities to take in live
performances, films, and even chances to
make your own art—all the be;er when
surrounded by such beautiful, puzzling
and innovative inspiration.
Prime hours are from 10 a.m. to
3 p.m., and activities are best suited
to children ages 6-12.
Beyond these highlights, many other
arts organizations host children’s
festivals, such as the Ordway’s Flint
Hills International Children’s Festival
and the Urban Expedition program
at the Landmark Center in St. Paul.
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