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Top 7 Ways to Entertain Visiting Relatives And Friends This Week

Patch finds the best of the Twin Cities suburbs.

Chritmas is over, and your house is bursting at the seams with visiting relatives. You’ve got to get them out and get some fresh air, but where would you go? Good thing the Twin Cities have a ton of great places to enjoy with your family.

The Bakken Museum

For the kid who loves to touch everything, there’s Minneapolis’ Bakken Museum. Tucked away in a mansion on Lake Calhoun, the Bakken offers fascinating, hands-on exhibits about electricity and how it impacts our daily lives. Afterwards, you can take a short walk or drive south to Lake Harriet and the Como-Harriet Streetcar line for the last jaunt of the year on authentic, 100-year old streetcars.

The Blast
Located in Eagan, this towering, space-themed play place is the perfect way for your kids to burn off some excess energy over the Thanksgiving break! Try climbing through the Space Shuttle Tower and Rocket Launch Pads, ascending through two Apollo Rocket Propulsion Launchers, or flying the Intergalactic Space Fight Jet while exploring suspension bridges and sliding down the Wormhole Slide. Admission is $5 per child. 

The General Store of Minnetonka

This gift store is a multi-level 20,000 square foot store filled with unique gift items and home décor. The store sells Minnetonka Moccasins and Minnesota-themed gifts such as wild rice, Taste of Minnesota gift baskets and perhaps a few items from Ole and Lena. Finish up your shopping experience with a trip to the General Store Cafe. Judging by the always packed parking lot, the place is loved by people from all over the Twin Cities. 

Eden Prairie Center

Take your family to the place where Mallrats was filmed. Check the mall's website for special holiday hours.

Park Tavern

If you don't want to cook this week, you can let Park Tavern in St. Louis Park do it for you. The bowling alley and entertainment center will host events on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. See the calendar for other special promotions and hours.

Pavek Museum of Broadcasting

The collections in this St. Louis Park museum highlight television, radio and broadcast equipment. The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through and Saturday.

The Venetian Indoor Waterpark

Headed up to Maple Grove? Take a dip at the Venetian Indoor Waterpark at the Holiday Inn & Suites at Arbor Lakes. After drying off, you can check out a full-size wind turbine at the Great River Energy headquarters building on your way home.

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