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Mall of America -Top 10 Kid Friendly Shopping Experiences

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Of course Mall of America® is an amazing shopping destination… it is a Mall after all!  But one of the greatest things about this particular mall is all the great shopping experiences for kids!  Teens and tweens will find themselves right at home naturally, but even young kids -boys and girls alike- will enjoy a day of shopping at any of these great kid-friendly stores (in no particular order).

The LEGO® Store

This LEGO store has been completely remodeled, from the smallest detail to the larger-than-life models -including a 34 foot tall LEGO robot!  Find all the latest sets and minifigures, stock up on single pieces from the giant Pick-a-Brick wall, and don’t miss the portholes that showcase several freehand creations throughout the store.  Take a break to play at one of several play tables, including one with computers to design and share your own LEGO creations online!  Members of LEGO Club can meet once a month for exclusive building projects.
Hours: M-Sa: 10am – 9:30pm, Sun: 11am – 7pm    Phone:  (952) 858-8949

American Girl® Minneapolis

Every little girl (or little girl at heart)’s dream store!  Enjoy in-store crafting, scavenger hunts, author signings, cooking classes and themed character celebrations in this two-story doll heaven!  Shop for a new character – they have them ALL, from historical favorites to My American Girl dolls, to the current Girl of the Year doll, plus Bitty Baby and the Bitty Twins – or spend the day with your mini-me shopping for outifts, getting her hair done at the doll hair salon, and have lunch or tea together at the American Girl Bistro.  They also carry books to inspire and empower little girls to dream big.    Click here for a list of upcoming Special Events.
Hours: M-Sa: 10am – 9:00pm, Sun: 11am – 7pm    Phone:1-877-247-5223

Build-A-Bear Workshop®

More than just teddy bears, choose from dozens of soft friends including dolls, dogs, cats, bunnies, wild animals, farm favorites, licensed characters (like Angry Birds and Hello Kitty), and so much more!   Experience all eight stuffed animal-making stations: Choose Me, Hear Me, Stuff Me, Stitch Me, Fluff Me, Dress Me, Name Me and Take Me Home® to create your new soft friend. Parties and groups receive special perks.  Find out about party packages starting at only $10 per guest here.
Hours: M-Sa: 10am – 9:30pm, Sun: 11am – 7pm    Phone:  (952) 854-1164

Rainforest Cafe® Gift Shop

Find tons of rainforest animal themed toys, clothes and gifts here – including a mini- Build-A-Bear Workshop featuring rainforest animals.  The entrance is so fun too, with the animatronic crocodile, python, butterfly, and more.  Shopping items include clothes and toys, but also dinnerware and cups, along with books (including sticker books), puppets, and educational items.
Hours: M-Sa: 10am – 9:30pm, Sun: 11am – 7pm    Phone:  (952) 854-7500

The Disney Store

Find your favorite Disney character merchandise from dolls, clothes, costumes, collectibles, movies, and so much more!  There’s almost always a movie playing in case you need a little breather for your little brother.
Hours: M-Sa: 10am – 9:30pm, Sun: 11am – 7pm    Phone:  (952) 641-7209

Marbles: The Brain Store

Whether you have a little Einstein or not, this store is filled with brain-boosting fun for the whole family.  The staff -a.k.a. Brain Coaches- will teach you how to play the games, and kids are sure to find cool and fun little items to keep them entertained and enriched.  The third Thursday of every month is family-friendly game night at Marbles.  “Whether you have a child with ADHD, a parent with Alzheimer’s or want to know which products will bring you infinite brain power, our BrainCoaches are trained to help.”
Hours: M-Sa: 10am – 9:30pm, Sun: 11am – 7pm    Phone:  (952) 854-5804

Air Traffic

Fun hobby store with kites and games along with toys, planes, juggling items, and more.
Hours: M-Sa: 10am – 9:30pm, Sun: 11am – 7pm    Phone:  (952) 858-9599

Beadniks

Tweens and teen girls who love making their own jewelry will love this store and it’s mind boggling selection of beads!  Customers are encouraged to make jewelry on site. Classes and kits are available.
Hours: M-Sa: 10am – 9:30pm, Sun: 11am – 7pm    Phone:  (952) 854-9951

Barnes & Noble Bookstore

The children’s section is quite large and has a train table that kept my little guy entertained for way too long.  They offer story times, there’s a cafe right in the store, and let’s just say had I known how much time and money I would be spending in there over the years, I should have bought stock.
Hours: M-Sa: 10am – 9:30pm, Sun: 11am – 7pm    Phone:  (952) 854-1455

Nickelodeon Universe Stores

Between Nickelodeon Universe Store and NU Stuff, you can find all your favorite Nickelodeon character merchandise, including items exclusive to this location.  Find toys, plush dolls, collectibles, clothes, cups and dishes, back to school items, books and movies, the list is endless.

 

Mall of America® is truly a great place for a family vacation because it really does have something for everyone.  This is my top ten list of shopping experiences for kids at Mall of America®, what are your favorites?  Share your thoughts in the comments below, we’d love to hear them!

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