Children's Museum of South Dakota


A Longer Day for More Play

Date: May 11, 2011

The Children’s Museum of South Dakota is proud to announce extended hours, staying open until 7pm every Thursday night during the summer months when school is not in session. The extended hours will start Thursday, May 26th and end on Thursday, August 25th. “The extra summer hours each Thursday will provide families a longer day for more play to enjoy our interactive outdoor prairie play and interior museum exhibits,” said executive director, Suzanne Hegg. “This is a great way to spend quality time learning through play with friends and family.”

Playing hard always works up a good appetite. Café Coteau, the non-profit café just inside the museum entrance, will also stay open until 7pm on Thursdays during the summer for families to enjoy a delicious pasta dinner, salad, sandwich or just a SDSU ice cream cone. Café guests may choose to enjoy our nature prairie play and summer evenings on the outdoor patio adjacent to the gurgling stream. The café’s original menu items like spinach dill pasta and gluten free choices have been guest favorites. Come start your morning off right with a healthy breakfast, good cup of coffee or latte at the café, opening at 7:30am Tuesday through Saturday and 10am on Sunday. “There is no admission required to enjoy the café. It is a great way to support the museum even if you have grown children,” said Hegg.

The non-profit museum also just released the May artist-in-residence classes with Mary Wipf and the summer camp schedule.

Mary Wipf has participated in over 600 weeks of artist-in-residencies throughout South Dakota. She believes the children of South Dakota are our most important resources. It is imperative that their creativity be sparked and cultivated to enrich their lives and at the same time enhance society as a whole. Media explored in Mary’s classes will encompass print making, drawing, mixed media, found objects and paper marbling with classes for all ages - children to adults. Thanks to the SD Arts Council for their support in our artist-in-residence programs.

The summer workshops include cooperative programs taught by the SD Game Fish and Parks Department like bugs & bats camp, water camp and prairie day camp. Other classes like exploring tots, dinosaur camp and float a boat will be lead by one of the educational staff members of the museum.

Come join the FUN and get caught learning at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota. Become a fan on facebook, visit or stop by the museum’s welcome desk for more information and to register for upcoming May, June and July workshops.