We've been anxiously awaiting for the doors to open at Rochester's newest area for families, and I'm excited to give the happy news that Spark is opening up soon!  And if you are loving that news, you are going to love the deal I found at another family-friendly place in town.  Just keep reading...it's at the end.

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If you haven't heard of Spark yet, I'll fill you in real quick.  Back in December, the Minnesota Children's Museum of Rochester announced that they would be closing in February and opening up a new, larger space at the Apache Mall.  Through that announcement, Spark was born and construction soon started at the new space which would double the size of the current location.  Learn more about that announcement here.

The planned opening of Spark was supposed to be the summer of 2020 but like many things, COVID-19 has changed their plans.  Check out the latest info below on their soft opening that they shared on their blog:

We are happy to announce the launch of Playdate at Spark, as a soft launch of our new space! This is a two-hour private playtime available for up to 30 visitors. You will have the entire Spark facility to use for this reserved time. These playdates are available beginning July 30, 2020. More information on available dates and times to be announced the week of July 13th.

The Playdate at Spark invites you to experience our new space while allowing us to adhere to the CDC and State of Minnesota guidelines for cleanliness and safety. We have implemented a rigid cleaning schedule and are training our staff on the latest guidelines and safety measures. At this time, all visitors and staff will be required to wears masks in accordance with the City of Rochester’s declaration. We will do a thorough cleaning of the space between each Playdate session.

The Playdates are available for a rental rate of $250 for members and $300 for non-members, which includes admission for up to 30 people with a suggested ratio of 1 adult for every 4 children. Both individuals and organizations can reserve these playdates. This could be a playdate for a group of friends, family, co-workers, birthday party, or even as a thank-you gift.

If you are excited to learn more or make a reservation, visit their website here.

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What's your favorite family-friendly activity in Southeast Minnesota?  I'd love to hear about your favorite places!  Send it to me on my Facebook page (Jessica On The Radio) or DM me on Instagram.

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