Gifted Children’s Program Information
There are many opportunities for members under age 18, as well as for the children of Minnesota Mensa members, to get together for fun and socializing with other children like them. Parents of these Young Mensans also derive benefits from
talking to other parents facing the challenges of raising gifted children.
While the actual Mensa test is not normed for people under age 14, Mensa accepts the results of 200 or so tests that private and school psychologists commonly administer. Visit the American Mensa Website for info on tests.
Youngest Mensans are under-7 Mensa children who gather for activities such as play
dates, story times, age-appropriate outings, and crafts.
Mensans are kids of roughly ages 7 through 12, who get together for outings
such as board game days, ice skating, museum visits, and bike rides. Parental
attendance is required at all events.
Between Mensans are kids of roughly ages 12 through 15, who do many of the same activities as the Preteens, just with more maturity and independence, though their parents still attend.
Teen Mensans get together for adventurous outings such a paintball and laser tag.
Parents attend if their children are under 16.
Young Mensans are kids who can drive themselves to outings, plan things on their
own, and get together without their parents.
Alladults involved in leading activities or hosting events must pass a background check, administered through the national office. Mensa is committed to providing opportunities for children to participate in variety of outings in a safe, respectful environment.
Children are welcome at most Mensa events, as long as the events are not taking place in taverns or casinos and as long as their behavior is appropriate to the location. Also, members who host events in their homes may opt not to include children.
Check the calendar at www.mnmensa.org for more info on local events.
Below are Web sites that you may like to browse for a wealth of information on giftedness and raising/educating gifted children. Web sites and their contents are always subject to change. Mention of a Web site in this document does not imply endorsement by American Mensa, Ltd. or by Minnesota Mensa.