Children's Museum of South Dakota


Mama T. rex warms up by ‘going RED’

Date: Feb 04, 2011

Children’s Museum of South Dakota, home to Mama, supports healthy living

Have you seen Mama’s new red scarf? She’s not only staying warm during this frigid prairie winter, she’s ‘Going Red For Women!’ Mama T. rex’s scarf reminds us that heart disease is the number 1 killer of women, taking the life of 1 in 3 women each year. According to Suzanne Hegg, Executive Director of the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, “Mama is going red to help raise crucial awareness of this life threatening health concern and to remind us that we have the power to change those discouraging statistics by staying Fit 4 Life.”

Wear red and save lives. On February 4th, the National Wear Red Day, Mama won’t be the only one wearing a red scarf. All of the museum team members and volunteers will also be ‘going red,’ and the 1st floor art studio will be transformed by all red materials, allowing children to create artwork showing support for healthy hearts.

The Children’s Museum of South Dakota encourages healthy lifestyle choices and quality family experiences while learning through play. For instance, take a walk down KidStreet at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, and you will find a fitness gym that is kid-powered. The Fit 4 Life interactive exhibit will test your balance, arm strength, vertical leap, and heart rate as well as explore the energy and potential of the human body through a variety of fitness challenges. Use a bicycle, racing wheelchair or hand crank to power the lights and moveable gears of the entrance sign. The lights and gears only light up if all three riders work together. Along with health and fitness, kids learn about being persistent in order to achieve a goal, about exploring their own different abilities and measuring them in different ways, and about powering simple machines to create energy.

Go Red! Be Healthy! Come Join the Fun!


The Children’s Museum of South Dakota, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, opened its doors and welcomed visitors September 12th, 2010. It boasts 21,000 square feet of interactive indoor exhibits and programming as well as 1.5 acre outdoors exhibit space. The museum was created on 4-acres of land in a 38,000 square foot elementary school, originally built in 1936, on the edge of downtown Brookings and in the heart of the Brookings Historic District. Renovations began on the building in fall 2008 to bring the building back to its original state. The Children’s Museum of South Dakota is the first broad-based, cross-discipline children’s museum in the state of South Dakota. The purpose of the Children’s Museum of South Dakota is to promote learning for children of all ages and abilities through interactive, hands-on exhibits and demonstrations. The museum is a welcoming, lively, and entertaining environment that sparks learning through imagination, creativity, and discovery, a place where children and adults learn through play.