Need After School Care?


Need After School Care?

July 28, 2023

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What's Happening After School?

The Children’s Museum of South Dakota’s Maker Studio is the perfect place to spark your child’s imagination.

The After School Maker Studio is a flexible, come-and-go experience for children age 5 and up located on the 2nd floor of the Children’s Museum of South Dakota.

The Maker Studio is designed by children for children to inspire all makers. Daily experiences foster creativity, curiosity, and self-expression through a wide variety of activities such as:

  • Robotics
  • Circuitry
  • Pottery
  • Sculpture
  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Collage
  • And More

Children will have the time and space to explore their interests with each day building on the interests of the last. The studio has the unique ability to change with children’s interests, but the mission behind the space remains the same.


Our Schedule

The Maker Studio is open Tuesday through Friday, 3-5:30 pm, when school is in session. Class sessions are listed on our online calendar.

The studio will also be available during school breaks. Keep an eye on our calendar or sign up for our e-blast list to be notified of our all-day no-school day camps!

Still have questions? Keep reading!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to register in advance?

Registration is required but can take place the day of if space is still available in the Maker Studio session. A link to register for individual days is located on our website calendar.

How much does it cost?

Each Maker Studio session is $7. Museum members save 20% and pay $5.60 per session.

Do students have to be on time or stay the entire time?

No. Participants may come and go as needed.

Do participants have to come every day?

Drop in once a week, or come more often. This after-school program is flexible.

Does an adult need to stay with the child?

The After School Maker Studio is a drop-off program, but adults may stay with the child if they wish.

What type of activities will take place each day?

The Maker Studio has a wide variety of activities and can be set up in mini studios depending on the interests of the student. Materials and activities exploring science, technology, engineering, art, and science are available.

Do you have transportation options?

We do not offer transportation to and from schools, but we have seen success with participants carpooling with other families or taking the BATA bus.

Do you offer No School Day Camps?

No School Day Camps will be listed on our museum calendar. Each camp offers a different theme such as puzzle and game design, theater, and art and science. Limited space is available and registration is required.

Want to know more about our philosophy?

Read this article about how our Maker Studio Offers Room to Wonder and Grow.

One Maker Studio student, Emily, shared a favorite book about dragons and ended up creating an art project to complement her interests. Read more about how her interests offered inspiration for art on our Seize the Play blog.

We can’t wait to play along with you!

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