Play along on the outdoor prairie. Experience our pond and stream, visit Mama T. Rex and her son Max, play in Tangle Town, and take part in pop-up play offerings. For now, the indoor exhibits will remain closed.
Outdoor Prairie Open Tuesday through Saturday
10 am – 5 pm
Reservations are encouraged, but not required. Walk-ins admitted as space allows.
The health and safety of the community is our highest priority. View our Operation Modifications.
In the event of inclement weather, closure information will be posted on our website and social media channels.
Admission & Reservations
Admission for outdoor sessions is at a reduced price of $5 per person age 1 and up. Museum members are free.
To guarantee your playtime, reserve your space online or call 605-692-6700 to order over the phone. Walk-ins will be admitted as space allows.
- Members: Be sure to create an account in Altru using your email address on file to receive your free admission.
- Reciprocal Members: To use a reciprocal membership from another qualifying museum valid for 50% off admission for up to 6 people, use code ACM. When you arrive, show your qualifying membership card with your ticket receipt.
- Access Admission: To reserve admission at the Access Admission rate, use code access. When you arrive, show your EBT card (or other public assistance documentation) and a form of ID along with your ticket receipt.
Tickets are transferable but not refundable. To transfer your ticket call 605-692-6700 prior to your scheduled session.
Rent Our Outdoor Space
Rent our outdoor space and enjoy private playtime at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota.
- Limited capacity and timed entry: We have limited attendance to 25% of capacity and have adjusted hours to ensure additional time for deep cleaning throughout the day.
- Physical distancing: Reminder signage to maintain physical distance of 6 feet from others not in your family or group.
- Face coverings for children and adults: Following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and American Academy of Pediatrics, staff and visitors ages 2+ must wear a face covering that covers the nose and mouth in the Museum exhibit spaces, including the outdoor space and communal areas. This requirement does not apply to individuals who are unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition. We’ve compiled 6 tips to help children learn how to wear a face covering.
- Wash hands upon entry and increased sanitizer stations: Guests will be asked to wash their hands or use sanitizer upon entry. Do not visit if anyone in your family or group is not feeling well.
- Safety features: Plexiglass screens have been installed at our Welcome Desk and Café point of sale.
- Health screening: Employees and volunteers will undergo a health screening when reporting for shifts.
- Loose parts/toys that travel: The number of loose parts and toys on the Museum prairie has been reduced and our Museum team is trained to remove and sanitize props and loose parts that may need attention throughout the day.
- Cleaning protocols: The Museum and Café have increased the frequency of the already robust cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting practices. Timed ticket procedures offer additional times for deep cleaning each day.
- Café Coteau and the gift shop are open at reduced capacity. In addition, Café Coteau is offering curbside meals that will be announced on the Museum calendar.
We will continue to monitor the effects of COVID-19 in our community and make adjustments to our operations as needed. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Directions & Parking
We are located in the heart of Brookings’ downtown historic district at 521 4th Street. Get directions to the Museum.
Free parking is available across the street from the Museum entrance. Street parking is available along Fifth Avenue and Fifth Street (north of the Museum).
Café Coteau, featuring breakfast, lunch, and SDSU ice cream, has limited seating indoors and outdoors. Meals to go are available. Check our calendar for weekly Coteau’s Table To Go Curbside meals open to the public!
For unique, creative, and educational toys and books, stop by our Museum gift shop Play Central Toys & Books. It is open to the public with limited capacity
We have a few exhibits that involve water and splashing, bring an extra set of dry clothes.
- A variety of items for guests with sensory processing concerns are available for checkout from the Welcome Desk. Items will be sanitized and disinfected after use. The Adaptive Equipment Toolbox includes:
- Noise-reducing headphones
- Universal cuffs
- Transition timers
- Picture cards with a map
- Wrist/ankle weights
- Sensory vest
- Fidget items
- Sensory brushes
Wheelchair-accessible restrooms, as well as a family room, are located across from the Welcome Desk on the first floor.
Nursing Family Lounge
The Museum is a breastfeeding-friendly business committed to providing a welcoming environment where mothers can sit anywhere in the Museum and Cafe to feed. A private Nursing Family Lounge is also available on site. See the Welcome Desk for assistance.
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