Children's Museum of South Dakota


The Children’s Museum of South Dakota and Café Coteau are closed Wednesday, Feb. 20, due to weather.

Splash Exhibit Celebrates Official Ribbon-Cutting

It’s not every day you see a room full of adults playing in the Splash exhibit, but this is exactly what happened after the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting that took place on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Kidoodle, the Children’s Museum of South Dakota’s mascot, was also front and center for the celebration and even took the honors with the scissors. Executive Director Kate Treiber spoke on behalf of the museum ...

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Executive Director Kate Treiber Recognized with Pinnacle Player Award

The Children’s Museum of South Dakota’s Executive Director Kate Treiber was recognized with the Pinnacle Player Award at the 2019 Women in Leadership & Learning (WILL) Power Up Summit on Jan. 9, 2019. The Pinnacle Player Award is given to someone who serves their community through leadership in business and volunteerism, who inspires growth in others, and who demonstrates drive and innovation....

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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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