Science Museum updates!

Heads up: The Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul will be closed from Sept. 6 to 9 and Sept. 12 to 16 for annual maintenance.

Technicians will use the time to tune up the exhibit galleries and the Omnitheater for the fall and winter seasons.

Upcoming events at the museum include: 

Playdates: Every Tuesday between 10 a.m. and noon, the museum offers preschool-appropriate activities to keep little hands busy and young minds buzzing. Tickets include admission to the galleries, a take-home science experiment, preschooler-oriented Science Live performances and demonstrations and discounts on food and merchandise. See smm.org/playdates.

Play Tinker Make: These periodic events — coming up Sept. 3 and Oct. 1, 8 and 15 — let museum visitors use a variety of materials, tools and technologies to explore and create with design- and play-based activities.

Cardboard Gallery: Starting Oct. 19, the museum will fill 3,500 square feet of space with cardboard boxes of all shapes and sizes, plus an assortment of tools and connectors.

Visitors of all ages can assemble forts, create creatures, design mazes and construct rocket ships and more. (Last year during the holidays, the museum offered a similar attraction, and it was so popular that the staff decided to do it again — and for a longer stretch!)

More events: Check out Fossil Day on Oct. 22, a Boo-ology Halloween event on Oct. 29 and a Girls, Science & Technology event on Nov. 12.