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Family Friendly Mall of America, Bloomington, MN

famride06The Mall of America in Bloomington, MN is such a major attraction here, it actually made it as the icon for our state in the Great States Jr. board game!

Bloomington is a suburb of Minneapolis. It’s so easy to get to both downtown St. Paul and downtown Mpls from here, that it’s an ideal location to stay.

A new popular hotel is the Radisson adjacent to the Water Park of America, located just across the highway from the Mall of America.

  • Inside the MegaMall (as the natives call it) shopping is great for you (no sales tax on clothes), but the Mall is all about kid-friendly things to do! Being all indoors makes this a year-round destination.
  • Toddler Tuesdays offer special events in the morning, and discounts on lunches at most sit-down restaurants.
  • In the center of the mall is Nickelodeon Universe theme park. Rides for all ages feature favorite Nickelodeon characters: Spongebob, Dora & Diego, the Backyardigans, Jimmy Neutron and more!
  • Underwater Adventures Aquarium is an amazing walk-thru aquarium underneath the Mall located by the East Parking Entrance. Watch a little video here…
  • Weekends are busy, so use the valet service located on the west parking (by Nordstrom’s) on the 4th level parking if you don’t want the hassle. It’s only $5, (it’s customary to tip when you receive your car.)
  • Lego Imagination Center is very popular with many age groups. You can find that near the South entrance.
  • There are 3 food courts. 2 located on the 3rd floor (north side and south side) and 1 inside the Nickelodeon Universe park. Throughout the mall are restaurants ranging from pretzel stands to fine dining and everything in between. There is even a convenience store.
  • Toy stores are abundant, if you like Nickelodeon characters.
  • There’s a family restroom near every entrance, and baby-changing stations have their own area in the regular bathrooms.

Overall, you can easily make a weekend of the Mall of America with small kids in tow, rain or shine! What do you like to do when you’re here?

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