CityShops Minnesota

Explore our City Shops

As the name of our place is Be with Me Playseum, we encourage all our parents or grandparents to engage with their children in all our city shop rooms. Being here is a chance for you to connect and nurture that connection between the generations with interactive play at your child’s level.  Our kids starve for and thrive on this interaction and attention from the adults in their life.  Now, more than ever the Playseum is a safe haven and a place to relax and unwind from the stress of virtual learning and the lack of socialization with friends. Come in and enjoy a new kind of play!

Playseum kids have so much fun!

They say that photos tell a thousand words, so here's a glimpse inside the Minnesota Playseum from a child's viewpoint.
Below these precious photos you'll find a brief description of each CityShop room, from our
firehouse to the theater your children is sure to find some fun! Please visit our Facebook page for up to date info and more amazing photos!

Come Shopping with Me in the Grocery Store!

Shop with your little ones, letting them take the lead at the grocery store with grocery carts “just their size”, you will be amazed how your littles shop. When they are done with their shopping experience, you can teach them the matching game to put it all back on the shelves for the next shopper.

See play prompts for the Grocery Store...

  • Think of a recipe you have made with your child before; what might you need to make it? Have them grab a basket or a cart and fill it up with all the necessary ingredients. Don’t forget to help them check out as the cashier.

  • Clean up in isle two! Give your child an apron and let them pretend to be the grocery clerk. They can stock shelves, arrange fruit pyramids and man the register. Pick out some fruits and vegetables and check out with them at the counter.

  • Every family eats a little differently. Have your child pick out three fruits or vegetables they’ve eaten before and three they have not. find anything new? Make a mental note to try it with them sometime!

  • When you’re all done, play a sorting game with your child using everything they purchased or any items out of place. Can they match the food in the cart with the pictures in each basket or shelf?

Come Save the Day with Me at the Fire Station!

What does your child want to be when they grow up? Visit our kid-size fire house where children can be the hero! The station has jackets, helmets and a fire truck, and don't forget to pet the station Dalmatian.

See play prompts for the FireHouse...

  • Imagine there is a fire, the City is in danger!  Put on a helmet, pull on a jacket, and grab a fire extinguisher. Be sure to replace all costumes and toys for the next little firefighters!  

  • Teach your child this simple phrase Stop, Drop and Roll if they ever were on fire.  

  • Jump on the truck and rescue the house next door from burning down. You'll have to work with others and think fast to save the day and be a town hero. 

  • Help your child understand that when there is a fire, firemen need to do whatever they must do to rescue life.  

Come Enjoy the Outdoors with Me Up North!

Put on a good ol’ MN BBQ, set up camp, fish for alphabets, or make a pretend campfirewith pretend smore’s and all or disappear to the cabin in the great “UpNorth”. The wildlife in our woods up north are very friendly and love hugs.  Remember don’t feed the bear!  

See play prompts for the Outdoors...

  • Walk between the trees, reach down and touch the grass. Close your eyes and imagine the marsh around you, look up at the starry sky above you. …Oh! A shooting star; did you make a wish?

  • Let your child go inside the tent and find what equipment they’ve packed for the journey. What else would they bring? What shouldn’t be brought to a campsite? Why not?

  • Sit in the grass and help your child build a campfire. Pretend to roast marshmallows and make s’mores. Sing a silly song together or tell them a story.

  • Talk with your kids about safety while on adventure. Why is it important to always have a buddy or two when going out to play or explore?

  • When you are all finished, help your children to be respectful and set up camp so others can enjoy playing Up North as they have!

Come Be Healthy and Strong with Me!

Kids learn by mimicking what they have seen when they have gone to the doctor. Our doctors office provides an opportunity for them to put on the doctor's jacket and check a temperature, listen to your heart, and put together a skeleton puzzle. They love to take appointments at the front desk and answer the phone.

Come Make a Delicious Italian Pizza Pie with Me!

Every kid loves pizza, and it even better when you can create your own! Better yet, add toppings that mom and dad might not like. Have fun building the perfect pretend pizzas and than have the kids serve it up in our Italian restaurant. Don't forget to make an Italian Soda with our soda stand.

Come Put on a Show with Me in the Theatre!

Our theater is designed for dress up and imagination, please do not be shy, dress up with them and put on a play. Put on a puppet show for your kids or do one together.  We have costumes for all ages.  

See play prompts for the Theatre...

  • Help your child put a costume over their clothes, ask them why they chose that costume and even what they’d like to do on stage. Put on a silly hat, grab a prop, or find an adult costume that fits and join them!

  • Go to our president’s wall and take in all the history. Ask your child which ones they recognize or if they learned about any of them in school. Ask them if they know why we have a president instead of a king. Help your child dress up like Lincoln or Washington. Don’t forget to hang up all your props and costumes when you’re finished!

  • Giddy up! Let your child dress up like an American pioneer or cowboy and hop on the stationary saddle.

  • Go to the puppet house and encourage your child to tell a story with the puppets. Take a puppet and be a part of the show or sit back and watch their imagination flex.

Come Celebrate Heritage with Me in the Scandinavian Café!

Here in our Scandinavian Café, children play and imagine in the familiar environment of a restaurant while parents help them explore the hallmarks of their heritage or the heritage of their fellow Minnesotans.  

See play prompts for the Scandinavian Cafe...

  • Encourage your child to don a chef hat and apron from the Scandinavian Café and stand behind the counter with a rolling pin.  

  • Sit down and order something from the menu. Don’t forget to give your complements to the chef.

  • Look at all the types of breads and pastries on the wall or in the baskets, can you and your child guess what Scandinavian Country they are from?

  • Before you leave, be respectful and clean up after yourself so others can enjoy playing in our Café as you have!

Come Play in the Snow with Me

Minnesota is known for its great wintery weather! Come build a snow fort, pet a pretend deer, or have a snowball fight with your kids. Enjoy the winter fun without the winter cold!

Come visit Grandma and Grandpa’s House with Me! 

Visit Grandma and Grandpa’s house, can you spot anything from your childhood? This is a great place to talk to your child about things from the past or items you know your mom or grandma used.  

See play prompts for the Grandma and Grandpa's House...

  • If you see something from your childhood- or your grandma’s house, share the memory with them! Children love to hear about your life and knowing that you were once their age too.  

  • Did your child run toward some monstrous machine they don’t understand? Maybe it’s a typewriter, television set, or record player. Show them what it is and what it was once used for. Ask them what device they use to do the same thing today. Reflect together on how time changes things teaching humanity all along the way.

  • Help your child try on fancy dresses, hats, gloves, and scarves or grandpa’s trousers, ties, and jackets. Bring a baby doll on a stroll through the house and serve tea to the teddy bears at a real wooden dining table.

  • Take a seat in the armchair or on the couch with your child. Read a classic fairy tale together and discuss with them the moral of the story.    

  • Does your child know your phone number? Practice learning phone numbers as you show them how a number had to be dialed on a rotary telephone or land line.    

Come Explore a Dentist Office with Me

Check in with your child receptionist for your pretend dentist appointment. Kids love to play with giant toothbrushes and give you a good report! Learn about teeth and the best ways to keep them healthy and clean.

Come Create the Ultimate Taco with Me!

Equipped with menu and all the ingredients to make the ultimate taco, your kids can build a masterpiece for a pretend dinner. Kids will gain skills on cooking and what to add and subtract for the perfect meal. Almost looks real enough to eat!

Come Care for Animals with Me

The animals in our pet clinic would love to take a pretend bath, get brushed and pampered. Show mom and dad how you could care for a puppy or kitten. If the puppy or kitten is under the weather, visit the vet and give your pet the medicine he needs.

Come Fix Minnesota Roads with Me!

Everyone knows that Minnesota is known for its two seasons, winter and road construction. When it comes to our roads here in Minnesota, they are filled with potholes, hence to construction season, yes we do have potholes on our pretend road as well, they are big enough for your child to don a construction hat and stand in, so please monitor them on the road and be sure to take some fun photos.

ADD MORE FUN!
Purchase Playseum Dollars!

Children and parents are welcome to roam and explore any of our City Shops with the price of admission, there is plenty to do and see!
If you'd like to try some of the interactive activities lead by our team members in the SoapBar, ScienceBar, Art Room and Bakery, you may purchase Playseum Dollars. Books and Toys may be purchased with Playseum Dollars as well.

How does Playseum Money Work?

At the Playseum, we use Playseum Dollars to help teach children the value of a dollar! In the automated world we live in today, children learn that anything can be purchased with the swipe of a card or the click of a button. In our kid-sized city we conduct transacations between Team Members and children through Playseum Dollars to encourage you and your child to discuss what they can buy, how to budget, save, and pay for the activities, books, or toys they desire.

The exchange rate is $1 = $1 Playseum Dollar. When you get your wristbands to enter the Playseum you may buy as many as you like or if you'd like to take a look around first, you may come back to the front counter to purchase at anytime.

What Activities are Available?

We have a menu of activities for your children to choose from at each bar. These are activities lead by a Playseum Team Member. Projects range in price from $2-10 Playseum Dollars and are available daily. All projects go home with you that day.

Bakery Bar
Put on an apron and a chef's hat and get ready to decorate a delicious cupcake or cookie. Our Bakery Bar has so many candies to choose from, kids will remember making this treat for a long time!

Art Bar
We carry a variety of projects that children (and adults) are able to paint. We supply the paint and apron....you just pick out a project and get creative! Wood projects and ceramic hand tiles are available daily.

Soap Bar
You can mix up your
favorite scented bubble bath, get your fingernails painted, or learn how to make chapstick and toothpaste!

Science Bar
Slime! We can make slime! All different colors and even make it smell good. Visit our
bar to see what other projects we offer. It may change with the season.

We are proud to say that the playseum was designed with educational initiatives put in place, please visit the "fieldtrips" page to explore the learning opportunities available for your child.