Year Round Family Fun awaits you in St Paul.

While many family-oriented tourist destinations are seasonally dependent, the Minnesota Children’s Museum is a good idea regardless of the season.  Speaking of seasons, it would be understandable if the prospect of putting on and taking off your children’s mittens might dissuade you from taking a family trip to St. Paul in mid-winter, but don’t be overly alarmed: skyways have been built in St. Paul specifically to help parents avoid tendonitis brought by the repetitive application of mittens.  Still, given the wide array of family-friendly events that happen during the summer months, it might be best to visit when mittens are not needed.  Likewise, St Paul Science Museum of Minnesota is another excellent place to not only see the Imax Movie Theather, exhibits, but share in family learning too with hands on activities.

The  Como Park Zoo is an especially fun place to go during the summer and winter.   The zoo’s sea lion, Sparky, has the most potential to be popular with the younger crowd.  Gorillas and Giraffes will also impress and the conservatory flowers are stunning all year long. Summer, of course ,would be the rides.

If your child wants to be the next Derek Jeter, be sure to go to a Saint Paul Saints minor league baseball game.  Between innings, relays and games are held in which children can participate. 

The Minnesota State Fair, which takes place at the end of the every summer in St. Paul (end of aug), is perhaps the most age-appropriate festival.   For children learning the names of barnyard animals, the fair will provide a plethora of opportunities to practice. They could also count the food items sold on a 'stick'.

Another fun place for all ages is the Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum located at Bandana Square in st Paul showcasing realistic trains, cities and landscapes. They have special events, one included running the evening trains in the dark, with their lights on!