Winter in Minnesota means a lot more time indoors and getting creative with activities. As Aubrey’s getting older and becoming more of a toddler, I’ve been working on finding new play areas for us to visit on the weekends. This week we got the opportunity to check out the play center, Playseum!
Minnesota Playseum is one of the newer indoor play areas in the metro. It’s located inside the Ridgedale Mall in Minnetonka on the second floor (next to JC Penney). The space is split up with a little toy store and then the rest of the space is the “playseum”.
The Playseum consists of a bunch of different play areas - a grocery store, restaurant, dentist office, dress up/ stage, camping, pet station and more. I really liked that Playseum went ALL OUT with the theming of each space and activities. The camping space is one of my favorites because of how adorable it is (and it has an activity of making pretend smores!)
In addition to the play stations, there also are interactive stations like a science section, baking center and arts and crafts section. Most of these activities are a small upcharge but are a guided activity with staff. They did have free water color painting in the arts and crafts section that Aubrey had so much fun with (and surprisingly wasn’t too messy!)
Playseum also has a huge library! Aubrey could easily spend hours here without getting bored. If there’s a book your child really likes a book they also have options to purchase the book at a big discount. They also had a sign that they do story times with snacks during the week.
What I like
Playseum is really impressive. The attention to detail in each play section is top notch. I liked the variety of activities and that they could appeal to all ages - I feel like some of the other play areas say they appeal to all ages, but don’t. I think this is best suited for walking toddlers and older but I’m sure you could find something that would appeal to younger ones.
What I don’t like
Playseum can be pretty pricey. Unlike other indoor play areas, Playseum charges the same prices for adults and kids (at this time its $9 a person) so base price is at least $18 to get in. They do offer monthly memberships for $65 that give you unlimited access for up to 5 family members that makes it more reasonable. Keep in mind that the extra activities like the baking station do charge an upcharge too!
I also wasn’t a fan of the car section - which Aubrey gravitated to. They built in “potholes” for interactive play (like changing a tire) but for toddlers like Aubrey they just cause them to trip and fall when they try to get into the car. Aubrey tripped twice when we were there. They do have cones nearby to mark them but toddlers don’t really care so you just have to be extra careful in this area.
Overall I think Playseum is a great addition to the area! I feel like it’s a unique play center that can provide hours of entertainment. While it is pricey (and fingers crossed they implement a discount parent rate like other centers!), it does provide hours of entertainment.