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The Works, Bloomington

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4.3
  • I had the opportunity to visit with our daycare kids. The kids were entertained for quite some time. They didn't want to leave. The staff there are very kid friendly. They are there to answer question...  more »
  • The kids love this museum. We used to have a membership and came here all the time. A great value btw.  more »
  • This place was pretty small. I live in a small city, and our children's museum is 3-4x bigger than this place. I like the build a race car stuff, and the building bricks was cool. Certainly a fun plac...  more »
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  • My 3 year old couldn't get enough of this place! It has all kind of things to intrigue your child and more than likely you! I personally liked making an animation and could have kept at it all day, but I stepped aside and let all the other young kids have their turn too. So if you don't want to adult, here is your safe haven from doing exactly that!
  • I chaperoned my kid's kindergarten class. We all had a blast and learned a lot at our own pace. The Works welcomes each person at their unique level and lets each of us revel in the adventure of science, invention and engineering.
  • I've been curious about The Works since reading a blurb about it in the MN Parent Magazine a few years ago, but never made the effort to check it out. I finally took my six and seven year old sons to The Works 'Museum' for the first time last Wednesday. It was a phenomenal hit. I genuinely did not know what to expect, but was very pleased with our experience. The main floor of the museum has three open, large spaces: -One space is designated for building, with a couple of hundred foam blocks; my sons helped another little boy make a maze, my older son then built a very large bridge, and my younger son made an igloo - there are a LOT of foam blocks to work with!) -One space for a 'sensory' maze that has several different types of sensors throughout the maze - for example, in one portion of the maze, there are sensors under the carpet; when someone steps in a certain spot, a light would shine down on them until they stepped off of the sensor. The walls of the maze are only around four feet tall, so you literally cannot lose your child in the maze, and you do not have to accompany them through it. -The biggest open space in the middle had several tables with various building materials and items with which to explore and tinker. This space was definitely the biggest highlight for us. There are no tall barriers, so, had I chosen to, I could have sat in one of the chairs along the wall and just let my boys wander from table to table, because I could see them the whole time. I, personally, preferred to stay with my kids and explore with them, but its nice to know that I could take them there in the future, and they could burn energy while I just take a seat. Both boys had a blast with the different building materials - many of which we do not have at home. There was a table with wooden blocks, a table with a building material called 'widgets' (look it up, I want a thousand of these for our house!), and a few other tables of which I cannot remember the contents. There was also a large, two-laned race track located next to three tables with Kinex building pieces. The kids can make cares or vehicles to race, or they can just build their own contraptions with the pieces. There is an upstairs, but it wasn't terribly interesting. I actually really don't recall what was in the upstairs room, because we were only in it for a few moments before my boys requested we go back down stairs. I'd say the best age range for kids to find it interesting would be between five and ten years old. Younger kiddos could be tough to entertain, and hard to keep from putting things in their mouths - the kinex would be a huge choking risk. Safe to say that I do highly recommend The Works if you are looking for a quieter museum/play space that offers a lot of unique opportunities for imagining and building.
  • A very cool place. We were flat out told to let the kids touch everything in the museum, except the 2-story K'nex tower, understandably. My boy had a very fun day for his 4th birthday! We adults did too!
  • It was a fun visit. The exhibits were fun but not a lot there. The price tag is a little steep for what you get. Very educational and worth the visit though.

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Most of the accommodations in Bloomington lie along Interstate 494 with easy access to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The Mall of America lies just south of the airport, so most of the hotels around the airport provide convenient access to the mall as well. Consider staying in one of the hotels on Killebrew Drive, which serves as the mall's southern border, to get away from the interstate.
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