The Wild Rumpus Bookstore is not to be missed if you live in or are visiting Minneapolis. It’s a unique children’s bookstore and is worth the trip for the experience alone. As we head into the cooler Winter months, this is a perfect way to spend a morning or afternoon with young children.
(Guest Post from Rebecca Nutter)
From the start of your visit, the Wild Rumpus is tailored to its youngest customers. Children have their own door, just their size to enter the store, making even entering the store something special for kids.
After you enter the store you may be greeted by one of the many animals that live in the store. We met two chickens and a couple cats. All very friendly! If you missed them in the store, the animals pictures are on their website.
The bookstore itself is a magical place. If the animals wandering around or in their cages (chinchilla, birds, and ferret to name a few) aren’t enough, the way the store is decorated makes you feel like you’re entering a storybook.
The Wild Rumpus has a great selection of books for children young and old, parents, and adults. If you need any help finding titles, their friendly and knowledgable staff are happy to help.
On Mondays, they host a story time called “Tail Time” at 10:30. It’s interactive with songs and books told by a young spirited storyteller. These times do get busy and it’s a rather small space, so be prepared to squeeze in.
There aren’t many places to sit and read the books with your kids. There’s a bench and a rug where you can plop down for a bit, but for the most part just browse and then read your selections at home. You won’t have trouble finding more than a few to bring home!
*Be prepared to leave your stroller in your car or outside. I used an infant carrier with my infant daughter.
*It’s a small store; so even bringing a backpack can feel cumbersome.
*On their website they list events such as book signings
*They will take your old books (guidelines for donations are on their website) and will give you either store credit or cash. It’s not much, but it’s something!
Check out more of Rebecca's posts about exploring the Twin Cities with Kids:
*The Bakken Museum
*Walker Art Museum
*Caponi Art Park
*Wood Lake Nature Center
*Minneapolis Institute of Art
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