The Children’s Museum of South Dakota and Café Coteau are temporarily closed related to the emergence of COVID-19 (coronavirus) following guidance from Governor Kristi Noem, the South Dakota Department of Health, and following the lead of the city of Brookings. Guests enrolled in our special programming and events during the closure will be notified with further information.
We will continue to closely monitor developments related to the pandemic and are following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) updates and recommendations to reduce the spread of the disease.
We are committed to making the most informed decisions possible in our operations to protect our guests and staff.
Resources for Children and Families
Following are a few resources to help talk with children about the coronavirus:
Our Cleaning Practices
The Museum has increased the frequency of our already robust cleaning practices. Cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting is a critical part of what we do, and we take great care in keeping a high level of integrity in operations.
We follow stringent safety and cleaning guidelines throughout our entire building daily, including cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting. We conduct further deep cleaning on Mondays when we are closed to the public.
We have reduced the number of loose parts and toys on the Museum floor and our Museum team is trained to remove and sanitize props and loose parts that may need attention throughout the day. The Café has removed our water station set up that includes napkins and silverware.
Museum and Visitor Precautions
- We are asking guests and staff to wash their hands upon arrival and prior to play for at least 20 seconds. The Museum has bathrooms with sinks and soap on every floor.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash.
- We rely on parents and caregivers to refrain from visiting the museum when they or their child(ren) are ill. The Museum staff also is encouraged to wash their hands frequently throughout the workday and are urged to stay home if they feel ill.