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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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Spark Your Imagination this Summer

The summer at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota is dedicated to inspiring a love of learning. Just because school is out it doesn’t mean that learning stops! Family-style and drop-off programming starts June 5 running through August 17, so start scheduling your summer today! All activities are listed on our website calendar and a downloadable pdf is available to print.&nb...

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Children’s Museum Maker Studio explores robotics and its real-world applications during Robotics Day

Robotics is a popular theme in the Maker Studio at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota. On Tuesday, April 17, the Maker Studio will offer an application of real-world robotics when it hosts a Stryker Mako System, a tool that uses robotic technology to assist physicians during orthopedic surgery.  The Stryker Mako System is part of Brookings Health System’s expanding surgical robotic program and enables surgeons to provi...

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New Book Day: Introducing Wearable Books to Kids Live

The Children’s Museum of South Dakota honors children as learners by offering them the tools to be in charge of their own learning. With this in mind, we are excited to turn the blog over to some of those children. We start with 10-year-old Sierra, who describes herself as a voracious reader. New Books in Kids Live! By Sierra ...

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Introducing New Member Benefits

Being a member of the Children’s Museum of South Dakota just got even better. In addition to free admission all year, starting March 1 members of the museum can take advantage of special member-only hours. Members can play in the museum one hour before it is open to the public on Saturday mornings from 9-10 a.m. They also are invited to take part in themed evenings at the museum on the first Thursday of each month from 5-7 p.m. The First Thursday member events will featu...

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Café Coteau Manager honored for hospitality at South Dakota Tourism Conference

PIERRE, SD -- Brookings resident Pouran Borchardt was recognized by Gov. Dennis Daugaard and the South Dakota Department of Tourism with a Ruth Ziolkowski Outstanding Hospitality & Customer Service Award on Thursday, Jan. 18.  Pouran is the café manager at Café Coteau, located inside the Children’s Museum of South Dakota.  In presenting the award, Gov. Daugaard, standing with Ziolkowski’s daughters Monique and Jadwiga Ziolkowski, talked ...

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New Book Day!

Books are a huge part of the Children’s Museum of South Dakota. For those who have played here, it will be no surprise that more than 550 books are on the museum floor at any given time. If you are a book person you can imagine how exciting it is to place new, fresh, fun books in the museum exhibit spaces. So, we thought we’d share the excitement. Here’s just a sample of new books that are headed on to the floor this week. ...

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