Outdoor prairie open for play!
“We are thrilled to have our outdoor space open and ready to welcome families. Today was a special day and it is wonderful to have a reason to celebrate!” said Treiber. “Play is a crucial part of childhood and we are honored to inspire children and families to spark their imagination whether they are on our prairie or in their homes.”
The Outdoor Prairie, featuring an animatronic 25-foot-tall, 60-foot-long Tyrannosaurus rex named Mama and her son Max, is open Tuesday through Saturday with three sessions of play a day. Guests can fish in the pond, play in the stream, dig for dinosaur fossils, explore in the music meadow, and more.
A place for children of all ages and abilities
The one-millionth guest milestone also coincides with the upcoming celebration of the Museum’s 10th anniversary in September 2020. When the Museum was built in 2009, South Dakota was one of two states that did not have a children’s museum.
During the planning stages, the annual attendance was estimated to be at 25,000. But the 10,000th guest was welcomed within 27 days of being open. In recent years, more than 105,000 people visit the Museum annually in a town that has a population of 23,938.
“The Museum is the result of a vision to build an exciting place where children of all ages and abilities could learn through play in downtown Brookings,” says Director of Marketing Kerrie Vilhauer. “It’s been fun to reflect on the children and families who have been making memories here. We can’t wait to see what more is to come!”
Reservations for playtime can be made online or by phone (605-692-6700) with walk-ins being admitted as space allows. The indoor space is closed at this time. Operation modifications and trip planning tips can be found at www.prairieplay.org/plan/.