Museum Madness

Last week, Eve and I were in the Twin Cities for an appointment with her ophthalmologist. I had the brilliant idea that after her doctor’s visit, we would visit the Minnesota Children’s Museum in St. Paul, as it’s a short drive from the clinic.

Not. So. Brilliant.

Don’t get me wrong. The museum is amazing, regularly touted as one of the top children’s museums in the country.  Eve, who’s not quite 2, had a great time playing with the water exhibits and “digging” for dinosaur fossils. Her favorite thing was, oddly, the city bus display. The bus doesn’t go anywhere or do anything, but she LOVED sitting in the bus seat. I finally had to convince her we would go for a ride in “Mommy’s bus” to get her to leave.

But the museum is so amazing, that there were at least eight different fieldtrip groups there that Friday morning. And hundreds of other screaming kids.  Eve got knocked down a few times. The lifelike dinosaurs scared her. And it was quite difficult to maneuver her stroller around the exhibits.  I was exhausted by the time we left, after only an hour and a half. Eve quickly fell asleep in her car seat (in my Chevy Malibu “bus”).

I realized Fargo, and its children’s museum, are far more our speed.

On Sunday, we met a friend at the Children’s Museum at Yunker Farm.  We could have spent hours there, playing with farm animal puppets and plastic food, drawing with colored pencils, dressing up and banging on musical instruments. There may not be roaring dinosaurs or a paper factory or even a city bus, but there was plenty to engage her imagination and senses … with far fewer screaming kids. 

We’ll go back to the Minnesota Children’s Museum … in another year or so, sans stroller, and hopefully on a less busy day. In the meantime, we’re getting a family membership to Yunker Farm.

3 thoughts on “Museum Madness

  1. We LOVE Yunker Farm. If you feel like going one afternoon (after 3pm) I would love to join you! Murray and I attemped the Children’s Museum in St. Paul last summer, and your description hit the nail on the head.

    Marie

  2. Yunker Farm is great! We only brought our boy to the St. Paul Children’s Museum once and he was a sleepy baby while we took in an Imax movie with the grandparents.

  3. Perspective is everything. I lived in the metro MN area for 8 years and I think the Children’s museum is the best! Yunker farm does not at all compare to me – you’ve hit on the one good point – it’s less busy. That’s it.

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