MEA doesn’t actually last a whole week, but there are so many different places to visit I am going to give you enough ideas to have some choices. Weather in the fall can be unpredictable so I tried to split the ideas between indoor and outdoor activities.
- Severs Corn Maze – this is just one of many different corn mazes available in the area during the fall. They vary in price and size but most are a lot of fun.
- Pick apples/pumpkins – There are a lot of apple orchards & pumpkin patches throughout the twin cities area with a wide variety of apples to choose from. Many of these orchards have other activities such as corn mazes, hay bales to climb and tractor rides. Enjoy a fall afternoon and pick up some delicious apples for eating or baking or get some pumpkins for carving.
- Science Museum of Minnesota – This museum is fun all year long with hands on activities for kids and touring exhibits that change regularly. Admission is $13 for adults and $10 for kids. Parking prices vary according to which ramp is used and if there are any other events in the area. If you haven’t seen the current Mayan exhibit they are having a members special in October.
- Haunted Houses – There are many different haunted attractions in October including Valley Scare, Trail of Terror, Buck Hill and the Soap Factory. Some are not suitable for young kids so it is a good idea to call ahead and ask before attending. Be sure to check the Events page for a complete listing of haunted houses, hay rides, corn mazes etc.
- Sea Life Aquarium at Mall of America – This aquarium will provide a couple of hours of fun and education about the world’s oceans and the animals that live in them. It is a good idea to walk around the mall first and look for the Sharky character that is usually passing out coupons for the entrance fee. Discounted tickets are also available online.
- MN Landscape Arboretum – This large attraction has many miles of trails to walk through with a variety of garden styles. They also have a visitor’s center with an indoor tropics area. On the weekends there are craft and educational activities for the kids.
There are also festivals during the fall to celebrate the harvest season. Many local cities, churches and organizations will have festivals that involve crafts, face painting, a bouncy house and some games. Watch for local listings. To get a more complete listing of upcoming events be sure to open the weekly newsletter.