This Mall of America is an amazing place: a very big place with all kinds of kiddie entertainment in the middle, kind of like a carnival or fun fair. Lots of shopping. Good restaurants. And some fairly good exercise just by walking around.
We spent about half the day walking and still did not see all the stores that desperately wanted to sell us some stuff. Sadly, the Lake Woebegone Store is no more. Some big department stores still survive on the corners, i.e. Macy's, Sears, and a couple others too.
We had a couple of excellent meals, evening and mid-day at Twin City Grill and Napa Valley Grille. The extra "e" on Grill usually adds about $20 or $25 to the tab. But the food and drink was very good in both places.
There is a very large Lego store that looks like fun to walk around in. And would probably fascinate your grandchildren, at least the boys. check it out the next time you go through the Twin Cities.
By the way, they are building a new stadium for the Twins which is supposed to open in 2010.