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Crystal Cave

Each student can pan for their own collection of gems and minerals at Prospector Creek, and receives a bag of enriched mining rough and instructions on panning. ID cards are provided and experienced Crystal Cave staff tells about the gems they discover, and assists in identifying the rough gemstones found. The treasures discovered and the identification cards are the student’s to keep!

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Wilderness Inquiry

Get your students excited about the outdoors. Sign up to have your class on the water in our 24-foot Voyageur canoes–or learn on land in any number of disciplines. Get history lessons on native peoples, fur traders, and European settlers. Take a deep dive into the human impact on water systems while learning about local plant and animal life. Let us teach your students more about how the geology of an area affects human development. The possibilities for outdoor learning are endless.

Our Canoemobile brings outdoor learning to you. We provide all of the safety equipment you need for a day outdoors. Paddle trips take place in our large, beautiful, cedar strip canoes. Plan for a day on the water or set up a short canoe trip with time for learning on land. We can handle groups of up to 100 for canoeing day trips and groups of 100 or more for land-based learning activities that include a short canoe trip.

Students will come away from our outdoor activities with lessons they will long remember. They can explore their local waterways by canoeing. They can play a fur trading game to learn about how early settlers affected the region. They can fish or go seine netting to get a lesson on the health of their local waterway. They can go orienteering to learn navigation skills. They can go on a nature hike to learn to about native plants and animals

Students always say that Canoemobile is their favorite field trip of the year. Lessons engage youth to improve school performance, develop a stewardship ethic, and become aware of a pathway to pursue educational and career opportunities in the outdoors. We’ve worked with schools of all sizes to educate more than one hundred thousand students with this program. Sign up now to make outdoor learning work for your students!

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Valleyfair is the ultimate destination for field trips or group outings. Reward your youth group, celebrate the end of the school year, or reconnect over summer with a day full of FUN! With more than 75 rides and attractions, Valleyfair is the Twin Cities’ amusement park, where your next group adventure is closer than you think!
Attention participants in youth athletics, coaches and family members – join us during Youth Sports Days July 28-31!

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Explore Base Camp

Base Camp’s Leadership programming is something that will stick with students for the rest of their lives. Not only do we teach the “What” of leadership, but we give students the toolbox for the “How” of leadership!

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Big Thrill Factory

Planning an outing for a group of youngsters at that ‘not-so-easy-to-impress’ stage? Take field trips to a whole new level at Big Thrill Factory. From Laser Tag to a Ropes Course, a Drop Tower and more, Big Thrill Factory offers a huge variety of indoor and outdoor attractions designed to entertain groups of all ages. Now open in Minnetonka and Oakdale.

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American Workshop

Bring your school or youth groups into our shop and let us teach them the basics of woodworking while making something fun & cool!

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America’s Fun Science

Check out our list of programs at It’s easy to book online! Programs suitable for Pre-K all the way to seniors! And, you can also purchase our original children’s book “Tyronne Carter Kid Scientist!”

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The Jolly Pops

Be it a family camp out or a scouts only bonfire, Mr. Billy is ready for Campfire Duty. A former scout himself (Star Scout, Assistant Patrol Leader) Mr. Billy considers it an honor to bring some added fun to any scout experience. Call us or write an e-mail to talk about what we can do for your event.

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Sidekick Theatre


Prince Victor is so proud and vain that he believes he’s never going to find a suitable bride as smart and good-looking as himself. That is until a poor, kindhearted maiden named Madeline is sent to the palace by a mysterious wolf. Prince Victor is enchanted by her and is certain he’s found his match.
However, to win Madeline’s heart the Prince must first prove himself to be a worthy match to her.

This enchanting and funny musical fairy tale is a perfect story for the holiday season and is a great way to introduce children of all ages to the magic and fun of theater. Running time: 65 minutes.

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The Works Museum

Experience exciting hands-on engineering activities and science fun with your elementary aged students. Explore interactive exhibits in the Museum featuring building, simple machines, optics, sensors, and more! Our exhibits are located on one easy-to-supervise level – perfect for groups.

When you add a workshop to your field trip, students get more STEM fun! All of our workshops support the Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in science. Topics include Light and Kaleidoscopes, Circuit Explore, Mixing Molecules, Motor Power, and many more. Workshops include an introduction to the Engineering Design Process, hands-on activities, and a take-home project.

Interested in setting up a workshop but can’t come to The Works? We can bring the STEM fun to your school in a few different ways:

– Visiting Workshops – A 60 or 90 minute workshop for a group of students. You pick the workshop and the time, we bring the engineering fun.

– Residencies – When there are too many students to arrange transportation, we can set up a residency at your school where we lead workshops for multiple classes over several days.

– Family Engineering Nights – These events are ideal as stand-alone events or as an addition to a family event, open house, or science fair. We provide engineering activities for parents and kids to do together, all the supplies needed for the activities, and volunteer training.

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Mobile Entertainment

Our tour provides a new life experience of riding a Segway combined with the historical narrative that keeps students engaged. The Magical History Tour takes riders 6.5 miles along the Mississippi riverfront area. We glide along bike paths, showcasing historic Mill City district, crossing bridges and exploring the Mill City Museum. Segway riding is available to all ages 12 and older. Private tours are also an available option, which allows for a more personalized experience. Call 952-888-9200 for questions or to schedule your reservation today!

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High Touch High Tech of the Twin Cities

Over the past 25 years, High Touch High Tech has emerged as the leader in science enrichment programming. Through exciting hands-on experiments, our programs are thoughtfully designed to stimulate minds and activate curiosity.

High Touch High Tech of the Twin Cities continues to nurture minds with innovative early programs designed to challenge seniors. These programs encourage seniors to expand their thinking and problem-solving skills with many opportunities for both individual and collaborative projects.

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