Children's Museum of South Dakota


Construction Underway on New Exhibit

Date: Jul 01, 2015

BROOKINGS, SD – (July 2015) A new Exhibit will soon open in the Traveling Exhibit space at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, and the public is invited to be part of it.

“A STREAM to PONDer: Interconnected Life in South Dakota Habitats” features the natural elements South Dakotan residents enjoy – a stream, ponds and the great outdoors. The Catch? The exhibit is designed from the thoughts and ideas of dozens of area children and is made of recycled and repurposed materials.

From making leaves out of cloth to tie-dying and batiking fabrics for pond weed, multiple opportunities to be creative and add to the exhibit exist.

Over 100 local children have been involved in the project. “We are excited to create an exhibit exclusively from our local children’s thoughts and ideas about pond and streams in South Dakota,” Director of Education Carrie Benson said.  “And we are using this research to form the basis of how the exhibit is designed, fabricated and engaging for our guests.”

“The exhibit will also feature performers who will be interacting with the guests in the space,” Associate Director Mike Mogard said.  “This element will give our visitors varied experiences every time they enter. “

Megan Flod Johnson from Minneapolis, MN is also involved as a collaborative artist for the project. Megan has worked in similar ways with other children’s museums and theater groups around the country to create installation spaces that engage through play and encourage guests to ask questions about our world.

Interested individuals or groups desiring to volunteer should call or visit the Museum to learn about times help is needed.

“This has been a partnering process in every way,” Benson said. “It’s reflective of the thoughts of local children as well as the talents of area residents and we welcome anyone to help us make it come to life.”