Kid Stuff in St. Paul

Got Kids?
Things to do and places to eat when the kids are visiting!

FREE STUFF

St. Paul Skyway System Pretend it’s an urban expedition! Especially if Candyland is the destination, or through the tunnel to the Central Libray. Print a map at www.saint-paul.com/maps/skyway 
Mears Park (Between Wacouta and Sibley, 6th and 5th Streets) Stands of birch trees and flower beds maintained by garden lovers border a continuous stream waterfall. We built wooden boats to race along the rocks and you can catch live band concerts in the summer and fall.
Rice Park (4th & 5th St., Washington & Market St.) Grab a hot dog ant the hot dog wagon and toss pennies in the fountain showcasing “the Source”, infamous bronze sculpture by Alanzo Hauser, founder of the Macalester art department. Look for Marcie and Peppermint Patty sharing a bench with Woodstock and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Playground (4th & Sibley St.) Ample space for toddlers and preschoolers to play. Train and boat structures are especially a hit.
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Ordway and SPCO Center, Target Free Family Music Series, Spring 2014 dates are Jan. 25, April 5, May 10 & 24.  www.thespco.org  
St. Paul Farmers’ Market (between 5th & 5th St., Sibley & Wacouta) Downtown market offers fresh produce, meats and cheeses, live music and kids’ activities. Sometimes we even get ice cream for breakfast! Check the website for detailed offerings and dates www.stpaulfarmersmarket.com 
Minnesota State Capitol (75 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.) Free 45 minute tours that cover the history, art, and architecture of the building. If weather permits, you can even get up to see the golden horses on the roof. They also offer a self-guided treasure hunt “Art Treasures of the State Capitol” ($2) www.mnhs.org 
Ramsey County Courthouse (15 W. Kellogg Blvd.) Showpiece of art deco architecture featuring a rotating 36 ft. tall stature of an American Indian figure called “Vision of Peace”. If he’s in, meet Vic, the police dog.
Minnesota River Visitor Center (Science Museum Lobby, 120 W. Kellogg Blvd. 651-293-0200) Daily nature films and programming. Pick up a self-guided walking tour pamphlet or podcast of St. Paul’s riverfront. www.livetheriver.org 
Cathedral of St. Paul (239 Selby Ave.) Tours available Mon, Wed, Fri at 1:00pm. Self-guided tour books are stocked in the pamphlet rack. Hunt for Mary holding baby Jesus in a side chapel, find John the Evangelist at the base of one of the four piers that support the massive dome. www.cathedralsaintpaul.org 
Central Library (90 W. 4th) Explore the 1917 Italian Renaissance building boasting marble staircases, gold-leaf chandeliers, and ornate ceiling paintings of the muses. Tours offered at 1pm Sundays. Children’s room hosts free programs at 11:15 am Saturdays, Baby Storytime, Paw Pals, evening Storytimes (jammies!), and a TotSpot pre-school class. www.stpaul.lib.mn.us 
Landmark Center (75 W 5th St.) As close to a castle as you can get in Minnesota. Self-guided tour booklet ($1) at the information desk. The American Association of Woodturner’s Gallery is my nine-yr-old’s favorite stop—really amazing. Landmark also houses The Schubert Club Museum of Musical Instruments in the lower level, displaying a 1768 square piano and large Swiss music boxes. www.landmarkcenter.org; www.woodturner.org/gallery 
Wells Fargo Winterskate (next to Landmark Center in season) Skate rental $2. Hot chocolate and snacks in the warming tent.

THE USUAL MUST DO’S
Candyland (435 N. Wabasha St. 651-292-1191) www.candylandstore.com 
Science Museum of Minnesota (120 W. Kellogg Blvd.651-221-9444) www.smm.org 
Minnesota History Center (345 W. Kellogg Blvd.651-259-3000) www.mnhs.org 
Minnesota Children’s Museum (10 W. 7th St 651-225-6000) www.mcm.org 
Red Balloon Bookshop (891 Grand Ave. 651-224-8320) www.redballoonbookshop.com 
Choo Choo Bob’s Train Store (2050 Marshall Ave. 651-646-5252) www.choochoobobs.com 
Jackson Street Roundhouse (193 Pennsylvania Ave. E 651-228-0263) www.mtmuseum.org/jsrh.shtml
Twin City Model Railroad Museum (Bandana Square 651-647-9628 ) www.tcmrm.org

FUN PLACES TO EAT
Mickey’s Diner 36 W. 7th St. 651-222-5633. Historic art deco railroad car diner serves pan-cakes, burgers, and mulligan stew.
Café Zoobata Cafeteria-style restaurant at the Como Zoo.
Dunn Bros. 367 N. Wabasha (Wabasha & 5th) 651-767-0567) BLTs, tuna melts, great cup of hot chocolate, and iced cinnamon rolls for 50 cents on the weekends.
Kincaid’s Fish, Chop and Steak House 380 St. Peter St. 651-602-9000. Kids menu with fish & chips, cheeseburgers, chicken tenders, grilled salmon or grilled cheese for $7, includes fries, beverage, and a scoop of ice cream.
Cossetta’s Italian Market and Pizzaria 211 West 7th St. 651-222-3476. Noted menu items – Italian Hero sandwich ($6.35), large mostaciolli with ricotta ($5.49), pizza slice ($3)
Key’s Café 500 N. Robert St. 651-222-4083. Affordable, home-style dishes such as burgers and roast turkey. Great breakfast spot—huge cinnamon and caramel rolls.
Golden’s Deli 275 E. 4th St. 651-224-8888. The charming folks that do the grilled bagel sandwiches at the Farmer’s Market are open year round and have the best fresh squeezed lemonade.

THEATER—www.Steppingstonetheatre.org  Ongoing educational theater programs.

Bring your picnic down to the river! Follow the blue concrete river down the Sibley sidewalk to one

of the best biking and walking paths - all kinds of planes, trains, automobiles and tug entertainment. FREE!

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