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Thank You to Our Volunteers

April 15-21 is National Volunteer Week which gives us a chance to reflect and thank all of the volunteers who are essential to the operation of the Children’s Museum of South Dakota. In 2017 alone, volunteers contributed 1,620 hours creating a welcoming, engaging atmosphere where children (and adults) learn through play.  ...

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Spark Your Imagination this Summer

The summer at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota is dedicated to inspiring a love of learning. Just because school is out it doesn’t mean that learning stops! Family-style and drop-off programming starts June 5 running through August 17, so start scheduling your summer today! STEAM Camp  Brand new this year is a STEAM Camp for children age 5-12. The camp will offer opportunities to explore science, technology, engineering, art and math with a variety of a...

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Children’s Museum Maker Studio explores robotics and its real-world applications during Robotics Day

Robotics is a popular theme in the Maker Studio at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota. On Tuesday, April 17, the Maker Studio will offer an application of real-world robotics when it hosts a Stryker Mako System, a tool that uses robotic technology to assist physicians during orthopedic surgery.  The Stryker Mako System is part of Brookings Health System’s expanding surgical robotic program and enables surgeons to provi...

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New Book Day: Introducing Wearable Books to Kids Live

The Children’s Museum of South Dakota honors children as learners by offering them the tools to be in charge of their own learning. With this in mind, we are excited to turn the blog over to some of those children. We start with 10-year-old Sierra, who describes herself as a voracious reader. New Books in Kids Live! By Sierra ...

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Introducing New Member Benefits

Being a member of the Children’s Museum of South Dakota just got even better. In addition to free admission all year, starting March 1 members of the museum can take advantage of special member-only hours. Members can play in the museum one hour before it is open to the public on Saturday mornings from 9-10 a.m. They also are invited to take part in themed evenings at the museum on the first Thursday of each month from 5-7 p.m. The First Thursday member events will featu...

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Café Coteau Manager honored for hospitality at South Dakota Tourism Conference

PIERRE, SD -- Brookings resident Pouran Borchardt was recognized by Gov. Dennis Daugaard and the South Dakota Department of Tourism with a Ruth Ziolkowski Outstanding Hospitality & Customer Service Award on Thursday, Jan. 18.  Pouran is the café manager at Café Coteau, located inside the Children’s Museum of South Dakota.  In presenting the award, Gov. Daugaard, standing with Ziolkowski’s daughters Monique and Jadwiga Ziolkowski, talked ...

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New Book Day!

Books are a huge part of the Children’s Museum of South Dakota. For those who have played here, it will be no surprise that more than 550 books are on the museum floor at any given time. If you are a book person you can imagine how exciting it is to place new, fresh, fun books in the museum exhibit spaces. So, we thought we’d share the excitement. Here’s just a sample of new books that are headed on to the floor this week. ...

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Volunteer Open House set for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Volunteers are essential to the ongoing operation of the Children’s Museum of South Dakota. For those interested in exploring volunteer opportunities at the museum, an open house is set for Monday, Jan. 15, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.  Guests will have the opportunity to explore the entire museum, including the newest exhibit spaces Connective Construction and the Maker Studio.  Opportunities to v...

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Highlights of 2017: New exhibits, increased access, and playing to learn

2017 has been an incredible year at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota. We saw visitors from 48 states (missing Delaware and West Virginia) and even saw visitors from Argentina, Australia, Japan, Russia, Spain, and Sweden. But more than that we took seriously our mission to spark imagination in children and their grown-ups through play, creativity, and discovery. Following are just a few of the highlights: Tangle Town created with help of community Not only ...

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Connective Construction Traveling Exhibit Unveiled on Second Floor

Things are switching up in the traveling exhibit space on the second floor of the Children's Museum of South Dakota. Starting this week, guests will be able to build, create, and design with a variety of materials including PVC pipes, blocks, and geometric plastic shapes. The exhibit is called Connective Construction and it's full of materials to build sculptures of all sorts. “The exhibit is designed to offer guests various opportunities to construct,” say...

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