Children's Museum of South Dakota


Connective Construction Traveling Exhibit Unveiled on Second Floor

Date: Dec 06, 2017

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,” says Mike Mogard, associate director of the Children’s Museum. “Each station has materials that connect in a different way, so it is very open-ended. What they build is up to them.”

While the open-ended materials offer guests opportunities to express themselves freely, they can also participate in building challenges sprinkled throughout the room such as: “Build a structure that balances but only touches the ground in two places.”

Builders are encouraged to have a museum staff member, or play guide, take a photo of their design to have it shared on a monitor located in the exhibit room. Or, designs can be posted on social media tagging the Children’s Museum Instagram or Facebook page and #PlayTwoLearn.

Connective Construction is the most recent of the changes on the second floor of the museum. A Maker Studio opened earlier this fall and is open as a drop-off program for children ages 5 and up on Tuesdays through Fridays from 3-5 p.m. for $5 ($4 for members) a session.

The Children’s Museum of South Dakota, located in Brookings, SD, promotes learning for children of all ages and abilities through interactive, informal, hands-on exhibits and demonstrations. The museum has welcomed more than 750,000 guests from around the world who make memories while learning through play.