What is Play Team?
Play Team is the award-winning teenage volunteer program at Minnesota Children's Museum.
Who is on Play Team?
Play Team is made up of talented, compassionate and driven 9th-12th grade students who come to volunteer at the Museum from across the Twin Cities.
How do Play Team members spend their day?
Play Team members build towers, create art, blow bubbles and pretend to be pirates or astronauts—usually all before lunch! They also spend their time answering the questions of Museum guests, participating in daily skill-building activities, laughing a lot, meeting incredible individuals and making great memories.
When does Play Team take place?
One of the really cool parts about Play Team is that there aren’t set times—you can come in to volunteer whenever it works best into your schedule! If fall is really busy, you can start in the winter; if Friday nights are full, you can come in on Saturdays.
The only thing we ask is that Play Team members complete 10 shifts before the end of May (though many Play Team members come in far more frequently!)
Each weekend offers six volunteer opportunities:
Fridays from 5:00pm- 8:00pm
Saturdays from 8:45am-12:45pm OR 12:00pm-4:30pm OR 3:45pm-8:00pm
Sundays from 8:45am-12:45pm OR 12:00pm-4:30pm
There are also many shifts opened up when school is not in session (especially winter and spring breaks).
Where is the Museum located?
Minnesota Children's Museum is located in downtown St. Paul, at 10 West 7th Street. Volunteers receive complimentary parking in the World Trade Center Ramp if they drive to the Museum, or they can receive free Metro Bus passes.
What do current Play Team members have to say?
“If I had known about Play Team sooner, I would have stayed in it all throughout high school—it’s a fun and good way to make friends.”
“I came here because I needed volunteer hours, but I ended up staying. The people who work and volunteer here are really cool!”
“I used to be very shy, but interacting with the kids, the adults and the Play Team helped me open up. I’m more responsible and aware of my surroundings now, and I’m better at multi-tasking.”
How can I join?
If you are interested in joining the Play Team, we have an application for you to fill out:
Once your application is received, you will be invited to attend a group interview in October at the Museum (it’s not as scary as it sounds!)
Who do I contact if I have questions?
Please contact Alex Anderson, the Youth Service Coordinator at MCM. She would be happy to answer any questions you have!