Variety of gifts

Themed Activity Kits

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You don’t need to search the cosmos or visit the mall to put together an amazing gift for your aspiring scientist. Support the Bell Museum and give a collection of curated gifts for your 🌠 stargazer, 🐦 bird watcher, 🐛 bug catcher, 💎 rock collector, or 🐘 mammoth lover.

Each kit includes a variety of books, activities and games to delight and inspire your loved one. 

  • Bug Catcher Kit for Kids 5–8
    $30

    Bug Book and Bottle
    Packed with activities and packaged in its own collecting bottle, the original Bug Book has everything your bug collector needs to catch, observe and identify insects.

    Insect Net (not pictured)
    Snag your specimens with this net! Four-foot handle, pick from white, pink or blue. Note: because its size, this item doesn’t fit in the gift box. 

    Safari Insects
    Short on live bugs this season? This tube of bugs contains 14 iconic insects in the palm of your hand, including a caterpillar, dragonfly, centipede, grasshopper, housefly, ladybug, spider, honeybee, cockroach, scorpion, praying mantis, ant, and two butterflies. Packaging doubles as a reusable carrying case.

    Bell Pencil
    It glows in the dark!

    Bug Glow Key Chain (not pictured)
    An insect embedded in glow-in-the dark resin!

  • Pictured: kids binoculars. Also available: Cometron binoculars

    Kids’ Bird Watching Kit
    $32 with Kids Binoculars, $58 with Cometron 7x50 Binoculars

    Kids’ Guide to Birds of Minnesota
    This guide includes 85 of the most common and important birds to know, organized by color for ease of use. Full-color photographs and a full page of information for each bird, field marks, favorite hangouts, calls/songs, a range map.

    Bird Log
    Journaling helps to build self-esteem while also enhancing skills in writing, drawing, and observation! Bird Log for Kids is the perfect introduction to journaling and to nature.

    Northwoods Bird Activity Book
    Kids can use the activities in this book to learn all about 50 species of birds.

    Audubon Magnets

    Bell Pencil
    It glows in the dark!

    Kids Binoculars
    These portable, lightweight binoculars magnify objects four times. Designed for small hands!

    OR

    Cometron 7×50 Binoculars (see review in Astronomy kit below)

  • Picture: Cometron binoculars. Also available without binoculars.

    Astronomy Kit For Kids (5–8)
    $25, $55 with Cometron 7x 50 Binoculars

    Simply Stargazing
    A beginner’s guide to stargazing for every season. This laminated book has everything you need to start backyard stargazing including the geography of the Moon.

    Constellation Activity Book
    This activity book has word finds, coloring pages and more to delight your learner.

    Astronaut Ice Cream
    Who can forget their first taste of astronaut ice cream? This sweet, crunchy concoction is unlike anything else—plus you can feel like an astronaut for a wonderful moment.

    Solar System Little Golden Book
    Get whisked away on a tour of our neighborhood in the universe.

    Red Cellophane and a Rubber Band
    Cover your flashlight with red cellophane to preserve your night vision!

    Bell Pencil
    It glows in the dark!

    Cometron 7×50 Binocular
    Review from our planetarium educator, Thaddeus: “These binoculars are great for anyone looking for an easy way to get into stargazing, without having to buy an expensive telescope. You’ll be able to explore the surface of the Moon, see the four Galilean Moons of Jupiter, and recognize the rings of Saturn at over a billion miles away. They’re medium-weight and easy to hold, and propping yourself up will give you long looks at our amazing skies.”

  • Picture: Cometron binoculars. Also available without binoculars.

    Astronomy Kit for Kids (8–12)
    $30, $65 with Cometron 7x 50 Binoculars

    Night Sky Book
    Take a simple approach to finding 64 constellations by focusing on one constellation at a time, instead of attempting to study dizzying charts. Start with the easy-to-find constellations during each season and work toward the more difficult ones. This award-winning book will have them feeling like a constellation-hunter in no-time.

    Night Sky Constellation Cards
    Play your favorite card games while studying the constellations. This gorgeous deck of playing cards features 52 different constellations, and each suit represents a different season.

    Fizz Rocket
    Baking soda and vinegar power this reusable rocket, experiment with different ratios to launch your rocket the highest. Hours of fun—adult supervision recommended.

    Astronaut Ice Cream
    Who can forget their first taste of astronaut ice cream? This sweet, crunchy concoction is unlike anything else—plus you can feel like an astronaut for a wonderful moment.

    Red Cellophane and a Rubber Band
    Cover your flashlight with red cellophane to preserve your night vision!

  • A Gift Box That Rocks! For Kids 4–10
    $25

    Rock and Minerals Guide
    Focusing on the most common rocks and minerals in the United States, this tabbed booklet features detailed photographs, organized by rocks/minerals and then by general appearance, to help readers quickly and easily identify the rocks and minerals they find.

    4x Handheld Magnifier
    Get a closer look at your rocks and minerals with this handy magnifier.

    Gems and Rocks
    This selection of 12 rocks and gems from the US is sure to delight your favorite rockhound!

    Rock Log
    Journaling helps to build self-esteem while also enhancing skills in writing, drawing, and observation! Rock Log Kids is the perfect introduction to journaling and to nature.

    Bell Pencil
    It glows in the dark!

    Break-a-Geode
    Place in a sock and hit it with a hammer (gently, if you want to keep it in fewer pieces)! Most of these geodes break open to reveal a crystal interior.

  • Mammoth Kit
    $25

    Everett the Mammoth
    Our most popular plush at the Curiosity Shop, this soft and cuddly 9-inch mammoth is the perfect partner for prehistoric adventures.

    Mammoth Tattoo
    Wear your love for the woolly mammoth proudly!

    Mammoth Sticker

    Wooden Mammoth Puzzle
    This kit (10+) contains a laser cut puzzle that can be assembled to create a 3D mammoth puzzle. Little ones will need help constructing your new Pliocene friend.

    Mini Tiny Mammoth
    The cutest, teeny-tiniest mammoth of them all.

Image of the earth from space
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