Staff Share Museum Memories

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Staff Share Museum Memories

September 18, 2020

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In honor of our 10 Year Anniversary, the Museum staff took some time to reminisce and think about some of our favorite memories of the children’s museum and why we love working here.

But this is only a fraction of the fun that happens on our prairie! We would love to hear your stories, too. What does the Children’s Museum of South Dakota mean to you?

Share your story and you will be entered to win an incredible 10th Anniversary Giveaway package:

  • 1 year Museum Membership
  • $100 Play Central Toys & Books Gift Certificate
  • $75 Cafe Coteau Gift Certificate
  • Museum stickers, tattoos, and other swag

What do you love about time spent at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota?

Making memories

Cafe Coteau set with white table cloth, fresh flowers with sunset going down outside of bank of windows
“I always look forward to making special memories for our guests!” –Pouran Borchardt, Café Coteau Manager

The first place I visited!

Two women smiling at camera.
“The children’s museum was one of the first places I visited when I moved to Brookings! It is very special.” –Dora Castano, Custodian

Field trip days

Man standing in front of group of children who are raising their hand with a tipi and air balloon in the background
“There are so many things that are my favorite, but I do love field trip days!” –Charles Stuart, Group Reservation Coordinator

Spending time with guests

Two female adults and three children all wearing jammies smiling for the camera on Kidoodle Way at the Children's Museum
“I love being with our members and guests!” –Mari von Fischer, Membership Coordinator

Time spent together

Two photos, one of two boys playing on a horse saddle, the other of the same two boys playing in an enclosed cloud climber
“My favorite memories are watching my children play here with my Dad. Now I get to see my niece and nephew enjoy the Museum with my boys!” –Mandy Lyons, Play Guide

Staff playtime

Group of adults acting mid-move action shot on prairie of children's museum
“Our Press Plays have been a great way to step back, get to know one another better, and most importantly PLAY! This picture featuring our ‘acting’ skills is one of my all-time favorites!” –Kate Treiber, Executive Director

Family time

Boy inspecting play corn and girl with red shopping basket
“Our first trip to the Museum was in February 2012. I remember being amazed at how the kids picked up after themselves by picking corn and stocking the grocery store. (Though now I realize it isn’t quite that easy!) We had a great day in downtown Brookings, too. Grabbing a bite to eat in Cafe Coteau and checking out Nick’s Hamburgers. The ride home was delightful … two tired-out kiddos.” –Kerrie Vilhauer, Director of Marketing

Watching my kids grow

Three photos side by side. One of child painting on clear wall, one of child going down a slide, one of child smiling in outdoor pond area
“My favorite memories are watching my kids grow up here.” – Associate Director Mike Mogard

Fun team to work with!

Santa and Mrs. Claus in front of Christmas tree smiling with three elves, one of whom is holding an infant.
“I appreciate our team’s playful nature!” –Educator Lauren Dietz

Sharing my work with my family

Girl and boy with hard hats on playing with pretend concrete blocks. Boy gives thumbs up
“I have great memories of my nieces and nephews coming for the first time for our soft opening. I was so excited to share this with my family and see their first reactions! I remember them thinking it was the coolest thing ever (they all still think that) and will never forget the amount of pride my parents had that day!” –Director of Education Carrie Benson

A place to explore with sisters

Five girls lying down and smiling near a giant light bright featuring a rainbows, flowers, and sunshine.
“I think my favorite memory is just in general having a place for my sisters and me to explore and grow and create! The Museum has always been a place for all four of us, and even my parents to play together, even as we got older and didn’t want to do the same things. I’ll always remember climbing to the top of the clouds with my dad, creating scenes on the Lite Brite and paint wall, and building towers in Imagine a House.” –Play Guide Loren Visser

What do you love about the Children’s Museum?