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Santa to Visit Children’s Museum During Sensory Friendly Play

For children with disabilities, the chance to meet Santa can be an overwhelming experience. Which is why the Children’s Museum of South Dakota is excited to bring Santa to our Sensory Friendly Play on Sunday, Dec. 16, from 10 a.m. to noon. Sensory Friendly Play, a low-sensory playtime for families with children who are experiencing disabilities, is presented 15 times a year and offers a calm, less crowded opportunity for exploration in the museum’s exhibits. Along with the...

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Splash Reimagination Brings New Adventures

After two years of planning and a month and a half of on-site construction, one of the most popular exhibits at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota is set to reopen on Tuesday, Nov. 13.  The new water table features a hand-pump powered water wheel, a large whirlpool, a ball stacker and overhead ball track, racing rivers, and more.  “Splash is the favorite exhibit for many guests who visit the museum. When reimagining it we had a lot to live up to, so we...

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Museums for All Focus of Giving Tuesday Campaign

South Dakota is kicking off its first state-wide Day of Giving and the Children’s Museum of South Dakota is a part of it. We believe that play is for everyone, and on Tuesday, Nov. 27, we will link arms with South Dakota Gives and more than 400 area non-profits, including 23 in Brookings, to make a difference for those who live, work, and play in this great state.   The date coincides with the National Day of Giving,...

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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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