Children's Museum of South Dakota


Iconic Mama T.Rex Gets Makeover

Following nearly 7 years of standing guard at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, the life size T.Rex known as ‘Mama’ will be getting a makeover of sorts in the coming days. The current animatronic dinosaur will be replaced with an exact duplicate beginning April 24. “We’re working hard to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible,” Associate Director Mike Mogard said. “After it’s complete, guests will barely noti...

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Tourists Take In Children's Museum and Town

The Children’s Museum of South Dakota has been referred to as a Jewel in the Crown for the state as it provides a wonderful reason to visit eastern South Dakota. Since opening in September 2010, the Museum has greeted close to 670,000 guests from every state and numerous countries all over the world. While a frequent place to play and explore for residents nearby, it has become a destination location for those travelling the Midwest. In 2016, the Museum welcomed over 97,000 gues...

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Children's Museum Makes Lasting Impact on Guests

"The child has a hundred languages, a hundred hands, a hundred thoughts, a hundred ways of thinking…playing…speaking…listening…marveling…loving, a hundred joys for singing and understanding, a hundred worlds to discover…to invent…to dream.” ~ Loris Malaguzzi The Children’s Museum of South Dakota strives to broaden a child’s world. The 44,000 square feet of indoor space on 4 acres of Prairie is des...

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Children's Museum Offers Free Day of Play

The Children’s Museum of South Dakota celebrates turning six with the annual ‘Free Day of Play’ Sunday, September 11, 2016 from 12-5pm. This event allows the Museum to be open to the public at no charge. “We’ve had a wonderful six years, and we invite one and all to come play and experience the Museum,” Executive Director Kate Treiber said. “It’s our gift back to the community that continues to support us all year long.” ...

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Young Minds Learn Much Before School

From the moment they enter the world, children are a sponge – soaking up everything around them. From voices and facial recognition to how to get attention, show affection, and relate to others, children immediately start their individual journeys that develop their personality and knowledge base as they grown into adulthood. Yet, adults often notice (to their frustration) that their child can pick up skills and abilities much more quickly than they can themselves. Whether it&rs...

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New Museum Experiences Announced

The Children’s Museum of South Dakota is excited to announce some new play opportunities beginning this spring. The Museum’s Sensations Exhibit will adjust as a portion of the space becomes dedicated to a new, interactive component that involves science, physics, engineering, and more. “We know it’s going to be an area that visitors will love,” Associate Director Mike Mogard said. “It is something completely different for us, and...

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Museum Tops Tourism List

Children’s Museum Recognized as Top Tourism Leader PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard and the South Dakota Department of Tourism presented awards to top visitor industry leaders January 21 at the 2015 Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Pierre. For the first time, the Children’s Museum of South Dakota was recognized for its marketing efforts by the South Dakota visitor ...

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'Children's Museum of South Dakota Day' Named Across State

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard has declared Sept. 12, 2015 to be "Children's Museum of South Dakota Day" in the state.  The Executive Proclamation from the Office of the Governor reads, in part: "Whereas, on September 12, 2010, the Children’s Museum of South Dakota in Brookings, SD officially opened for guest visits; and Whereas, the Museum helps spark learning through imagination, creativity, and discovery through...

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STREAM to PONDer Makes Additions

The Children's Museum of South Dakota's recent Traveling Exhibit, "A STREAM to PONDer: Interconnected Life in South Dakota Habitats" continues to engage returning guests with the addition of several elements to the exhibit. Over the last several weeks, a 'worm wall,' root systems, animal tracks, and nature sounds have all been added to even further the visitor experience. The exhibit, which brings the outdoors to the indoors, also offers performers that ...

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