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Exhibits are on the Move

The change in season is bringing a change in exhibit space at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota. Roll, Drop, Bounce, a totally kinetic and hands-on experience that appeals to wheel-spinning, ball-tossing children of all ages, is opening on the second floor in the traveling exhibit space. The exhibit, set to open mid-September, explores the physics of motion through a variety of experimental activities including model cars, colliding balls, and catapults. Connective C...

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Introducing Kidoodle Council, a Youth Advisory Board

Created with the belief of the strong image of the child and that children should have a voice in their learning experiences, the Children’s Museum of South Dakota is introducing a youth advisory board. Kidoodle Council, a group for children ages 6-12, will be an important piece in the museum's mission to spark imagination and learning for all. Among their duties, members of the Kidoodle Council will be ambassadors for the museum in the community, generate ideas for programs...

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Celebrating Community Relationships with the Annual Free Day of Play

The Children’s Museum of South Dakota is celebrating 8 years with an annual Free Day of Play on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. The public is invited to explore the museum, located in downtown Brookings, at no charge from 12-5 p.m. “Since we opened our doors 8 years ago, we’ve worked hard to be a place where people can play, create, and discover,” says Executive Director Kate Treiber. “Our Free Day of Play is a celebration of that, but also of the community partne...

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Make, Invent, and Tinker in the After-School Maker Studio

The Maker Studio at the Children's Museum of South Dakota is open for after-school exploration on Tuesdays through Fridays from 3 to 5:30 p.m. for children age 5 and up. Students are invited to explore materials, tools, and processes used by artists, builders, and makers of all kinds during the drop-off sessions. Cost is $5 per session ($4 for members). Space is limited and attendees are encouraged to pre-register...

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Meet Your Summer Reading Goals

Summer is slowly slipping away, but there are still plenty of days to enjoy the warm weather with a great book. Last spring, staff from the Children’s Museum of South Dakota met with students from Dakota Prairie Elementary during their Genius Hour. As a result, we have some great reviews of books located on our museum floor. If you are looking for some great titles to inspire you or your children as they work to meet their summer reading goals, we invite you to come and read with us....

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Summer Offers a Chance to Play Along

Note: This article was originally published in The Link magazine.  With each trip to the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, families find new and different ways to explore — especially in the summer, when our outdoor prairie comes to life in a whole new way, sprouting from snow-covered prairie grasses filled with bunny tracks and chattery birds, to green gras...

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The Book Reviews Keep Coming

The book reviews just keep coming! Finding fun and unique books to place on the museum floor is a lot of fun for us, but even more fun is finding out what children think about them.  Art and Max Ella recently shared a video with her opinion of "Art and Max" by David Wiesner. Spoiler alert, she liked it so much she read it multiple times! Watch her video to see why she found it so entertaining.   ...

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Our CCLI Story: Working to Create an Inclusive and Welcoming Place

As a part of our mission, the Children’s Museum of South Dakota works to spark imagination for children and their grown-ups through play, creativity, and discovery. As a destination for more than 100,000 guests a year, we are in the business of embracing and welcoming guests from a variety of backgrounds. That is why, in December 2016, the Children’s Museum of South Dakota joined the Cultural Competency Learning Institute. ...

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Genius Hour Book Reviews: Part 1

For the past few weeks, museum staff members have been visiting Dakota Prairie Elementary School on Friday mornings for Genius Hour, where students have been taking time to explore book titles currently housed on the museum floor. They explored a variety of books and shared their opinions. It's been a great w...

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Thank You to Our Volunteers

April 15-21 is National Volunteer Week which gives us a chance to reflect and thank all of the volunteers who are essential to the operation of the Children’s Museum of South Dakota. In 2017 alone, volunteers contributed 1,620 hours creating a welcoming, engaging atmosphere where children (and adults) learn through play.  ...

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