Children's Museum of South Dakota


Get Caught Learning Through Play

Date: Jan 18, 2011

January 18, 2011

Children’s Museum of South Dakota announces educational programming & workshops

Want to throw clay? Design a screenprinted t-shirt with your friends? Create an art journal? Learn more about tipis and how certain buffalo bones were used to paint on them? Want to use your imagination and let your favorite book come alive? Get all messy by making your own concoctions?

The Children’s Museum of South Dakota is proudly launching their educational programming. Suzanne Hegg, executive director, stated “Since the museum opened last September, children have experienced open-ended, hands-on discovery every day at the museum. Now the museum’s mission of ‘learning through play’ has advanced to a new level with educational programming enhancing and enriching museum exhibits.”

Want to learn more about tipis? Every Tuesday at 11am visitors are invited to attend free museum demonstrations. With topics changing monthly, the demonstrations will be held on the floor of the museum and will explore the background of objects related to exhibits in the museum. No registration is required.

Want to use your imagination? Every Wednesday at 10am free miniExplorers story times will be available for children of all ages. The stories for each session will be related to museum exhibits and selected to enhance children’s learning about the exhibits. Some of the story times will be planned and conducted by SDSU Early Childhood Education majors enrolled in the Emergent Literacy course. No registration is required.

Want to get all messy? The Exploring Tots Program is an interactive time for parents with toddlers to explore and discover together through hands-on play that explores art, math, and science concepts. Participants register for four classes, held each Friday for a month from 11:00-11:45 am. Explore different materials, colors, and concoctions. Sing and dance! The workshop fee is $25 for members and $30 for non-members for the month-long program.

The museum will host three month-long Artist-in-Residencies, thanks to the support of the SD Arts Council. The artists will include a fiber artist, Ann Taecker, a clay artist, Randall Blaze, and a visual artist, Mary Wipf. The workshops will include classes for children, others for adults, and some classes for adults and children to enjoy together.

Want to create a permanent piece of artwork for the museum? January 25th through Feb 18th, fiber artist Ann E. Taecker, will conduct workshops for both children and adults. Classes include paste paper, silk sun catchers, mural making (for permanent display in the museum), impromptu screen printing and art journaling. Registration fees vary depending on the class. View the “What’s Happening” on the home page of for more information and class descriptions.

Want to throw clay? The second residency, starting the end of February, will feature Randall Blaze whose primary medium is clay. Workshops for both children and adults will include clay vessels, clay tiles, clay self portraits and clay masks. Blaze is a prize winning, Native American visual artist working in metalsmithing, acrylic oil painting, bronze design and pottery forms.

Want to create a unique gift? Mary Wipf, our third artist, has participated in nearly 600 weeks of residencies throughout South Dakota. She believes art – the creative expression of one’s unique self – helps to satisfy the need for communication at the basic level. Wipf’s uses various media, such as printmaking, drawing, papermaking, marbling and a creation of a mural (for permanent display in the museum).

Come join the FUN and get caught learning at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota. Become a fan on facebook or visit for more information. Museum hours are Tues-Sat 10am-5pm and Sun 12-5pm. Closed Mondays.