Take It From a Kid

We asked the little guys and gals about their ideal nights out, favorite hangouts, best veggies, and more.

Photo by Eliesa Johnson
Photo by Eliesa Johnson
Want a great night out? Oscar, 9, of Golden Valley, suggests dinner at Cossetta's ("with the big cake in the window") followed by a show at the Children's Theatre. Hint: Bring your grandparents. cossettas.com, childrenstheatre.org

The best zoo animal in the world, says Miles, 3, of Eden Prairie, is "the snake"— aka the green anaconda at St. Paul's Como Park Zoo. comozooconservatory.org

When you need to get out of the house this winter, go to the Big Thrill Factory in Minnetonka, says Henry, 9, of Minneapolis. “It has bumper cars, laser tag, bowling, and stuff like that.” Yirga, 8, of Golden Valley, has this recommendation: the BrainSurge ride at Mall of America. “It’s awesome.” bigthrillfactory.com, nickelodeonuniverse.com

Shopping? Kids don’t like shopping, but they do like the train tables at Choo Choo Bob’s Train Store, says William, 4, of St. Paul. choochoobobs.com

Want the best pizza/ice cream combo? Hit Palumbo’s in St. Paul, says Meredith, 8. “I get cheese pizza and salted caramel gelato.” palumbospizzeria.com

The best veggies are at the Blue Door Pub in St. Paul, says Noelle, 13. “I like the beer-batter-fried green beans.” thebluedoorpubmn.com

The best birthday party place of all is the American Girl store at Mall of America, says Maria, 8. “The dolls got drinks of water, and we got people food.” americangirl.com

According to Lilla, 5, from Eagan, if you’re going to have a joint birthday party with your little brother (who also has a birthday in July), you should definitely head to Good Times Park in Eagan, which has a soccer field, playgrounds, and a bouncy house. “We invited our friends and cousins and had cupcakes,” she says. goodtimespark.com
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