10 Years of Play: Celebrate With Us


10 Years of Play: Celebrate With Us

September 9, 2020

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It's our anniversary!

The power of play is alive and well in South Dakota! Take part in our anniversary activities.

Ten years ago, on Sept. 12, 2010, the Children’s Museum of South Dakota officially opened its doors as thousands of people gathered on the front lawn to show their support.

The Museum is celebrating its 10th anniversary the week of Saturday, Sept. 12-Saturday, Sept. 19, but is hoping to spread the celebration all year long by inviting the public to share their Children’s Museum of South Dakota stories.

In addition to the activities below, we invite you to stay tuned to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to walk down memory lane as different historical photographs are featured.

Crowd of people standing outside on lawn during Museum's grand opening celebration.
A crowd of people standing outside on the lawn during the Museum’s grand opening celebration.

10th Anniversary Activities

Saturday, Sept. 12

Stop by the Brookings Farmers Market for a meet and greet with Museum mascot Kidoodle from 9-9:45 a.m. The Museum team will also be at the market from 9 a.m. to noon selling Play Along at Home Kits, dinosaur face coverings, stickers, and Kidoodle backpack clips.

Saturday, Sept. 12-Saturday, Sept. 19

Take part in a self-guided 10th Anniversary Scavenger Hunt and Chalk Walk on-site at 521 4th Street, Brookings, SD, all week long. Activities are free, located on the Museum lawn, and available sunrise to sunset.

If you are walking by the Museum at night, be sure to look up! All of our windows and the atrium will light the way for play in Museum pink, green, purple, and SDSU blue! Why? Because we are in Brookings!

Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 9:45 a.m.

Mayor Keith Corbett will read a proclamation celebrating the Children’s Museum of South Dakota’s 10th anniversary. The celebration will take place outside near the front door and the start of the Scavenger Hunt and Chalk Walk activities.

Meet Kidoodle During Anniversary Week Outdoor Play Sessions

Museum Mascot Kidoodle will be making appearances during each Outdoor Prairie Play session during our anniversary week. Choose from one of three sessions of playtime each day from Tuesday, Sept. 15, to Saturday, Sept. 19. Schedule your playtime today. Walk-ins admitted as space allows. (Please note: The indoor space is closed at this time.)

Reserve your outdoor prairie playtime

Anniversary Sale: Play Central Toys & Books

It’s an anniversary sale! Take 20% off of your purchase of $100 or more at Play Central Toys & Books during outdoor prairie playtime from Saturday, Sept. 12-Saturday, Sept. 19. (Restrictions apply.) Check our calendar for hours.

Cookies in Café Coteau

The Café will feature its famous mac-n-cheese! If you are playing on our prairie, enjoy a free cookie with each Café purchase all week long, Tuesday, Sept. 15-Saturday, Sept. 19.

Or, order Coteau’s Table To Go on Thursday, Sept. 17, and receive a celebratory cookie with each To Go meal. Order a meal by contacting Pouran at 605-692-6700, ext. 223, or email pborchardt@prairieplay.org

Share Your Memories

Line drawing of Museum prairie features, windmill, cloud climber, dinosaur
A special 10th Anniversary t-shirt features this design.

We are inviting the public to share your stories and photos of time spent playing on the prairie. The stories will be used in social media celebration posts and to produce a 10-year commemorative book for historical purposes.

For each story submitted, writers will be entered to win the 10th Anniversary Giveaway package including 1-year Museum Membership, $100 Play Central Toys & Books Gift Certificate, a $75 Cafe Coteau Gift Certificate, and stickers and other swag.

Buy the 10th Anniversary T-shirt

Designed by longtime Museum members Kevin & Kaia Creations, the Play Along 10th Anniversary Tee features the indoor Museum prairie overlooked by Mama T. Rex. All proceeds support our mission to spark imagination for all children and their grown-ups.

Order a tee today

Thanks for playing along with us!

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