Children's Museum of South Dakota


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

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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Volunteer Open House set for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Volunteers are essential to the ongoing operation of the Children’s Museum of South Dakota. For those interested in exploring volunteer opportunities at the museum, an open house is set for Monday, Jan. 15, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.  Guests will have the opportunity to explore the entire museum, including the newest exhibit spaces Connective Construction and the Maker Studio.  Opportunities to v...

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Highlights of 2017: New exhibits, increased access, and playing to learn

2017 has been an incredible year at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota. We saw visitors from 48 states (missing Delaware and West Virginia) and even saw visitors from Argentina, Australia, Japan, Russia, Spain, and Sweden. But more than that we took seriously our mission to spark imagination in children and their grown-ups through play, creativity, and discovery. Following are just a few of the highlights: Tangle Town created with help of community Not only ...

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Connective Construction Traveling Exhibit Unveiled on Second Floor

Things are switching up in the traveling exhibit space on the second floor of the Children's Museum of South Dakota. Starting this week, guests will be able to build, create, and design with a variety of materials including PVC pipes, blocks, and geometric plastic shapes. The exhibit is called Connective Construction and it's full of materials to build sculptures of all sorts. “The exhibit is designed to offer guests various opportunities to construct,” say...

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Children’s Museum of South Dakota Hosts Cultural Appreciation Day Event

More than 250 fifth-graders from Camelot Intermediate School are taking part in an inaugural Cultural Appreciation Day Event at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota this Tuesday, Nov. 7. As a part of the event, students will participate in small group activities encouraging them to explore their personal culture. They will also learn about the cultures of 13 countries that will be represented at booths called Cultural Conversation Stations. By the end of the day, organizers hop...

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Maker Studio Offers Space for Inventing, Tinkering, and Creativity

Following a summer of research and prototyping, a Maker Studio is opening at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota. Designed for making, inventing, tinkering, and creativity, the space will offer those age 5 and up a place to collaborate and learn new skills.  The studio plans to be open Tuesdays through Fridays from 3 to 5 p.m. with scheduled sessions posted via the museum calendar. A $5 material fee per person ($4 f...

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Children's Museum Hosts World Famous Artist

Patrick Dougherty, known worldwide as the creator of ‘Stickwork,’ has selected the Children’s Museum of South Dakota as the location for his next masterpiece. The exhibit will be created at the Museum May 1-18th. “We’ve been planning this for years and are incredibly excited to host this unique type of art,” Children’s Museum of South Dakota’s Executive Director Kate Treiber said. “It will be amazing to watch our community voluntee...

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Iconic Mama T.Rex Gets Makeover

Following nearly 7 years of standing guard at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, the life size T.Rex known as ‘Mama’ will be getting a makeover of sorts in the coming days. The current animatronic dinosaur will be replaced with an exact duplicate beginning April 24. “We’re working hard to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible,” Associate Director Mike Mogard said. “After it’s complete, guests will barely noti...

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Tourists Take In Children's Museum and Town

The Children’s Museum of South Dakota has been referred to as a Jewel in the Crown for the state as it provides a wonderful reason to visit eastern South Dakota. Since opening in September 2010, the Museum has greeted close to 670,000 guests from every state and numerous countries all over the world. While a frequent place to play and explore for residents nearby, it has become a destination location for those travelling the Midwest. In 2016, the Museum welcomed over 97,000 gues...

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Children's Museum Makes Lasting Impact on Guests

"The child has a hundred languages, a hundred hands, a hundred thoughts, a hundred ways of thinking…playing…speaking…listening…marveling…loving, a hundred joys for singing and understanding, a hundred worlds to discover…to invent…to dream.” ~ Loris Malaguzzi The Children’s Museum of South Dakota strives to broaden a child’s world. The 44,000 square feet of indoor space on 4 acres of Prairie is des...

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