Programs & Events

The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is all about hands-on play and unique programs and events. Read below to learn more about what is happening in the Museum galleries. If you would like the Museum’s upcoming events delivered to your email address, click here to sign up for our mailing list!

The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota reserves the right to change the programming plans. Please watch this website and Facebook page for updates.

  • Special Needs Accessibility Playtime – April 26

    Friday, April 26, 4:30 – 7:30 pm

    Children with special needs or sensory challenges and their families are invited to a playdate at the Museum on Friday, April 26, during a time when fewer visitors will be present. Come explore the Museum’s exciting exhibits, including the brand new A Healthy Me.

    Enjoy the Museum from 4:30 – 7:30 pm at no cost thanks to the sponsorship by Southern Minnesota Autism Coalition.

    To help prepare your child for this playtime, check out the  Museum’s social story: “A Trip to the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota.”

  • Happy Birthday, Children’s Museum! – May 1

    Wednesday, May 1, 10:30 am

    Come celebrate with us! The Museum’s 4th birthday is on May 1 and we need your help to unwrap a new addition to the Mankato Clinic Tree of Forts Climber’s Fort Four. Yes, this is a new exhibit component, added to the big spherical fort that hangs from the ceiling from a heavy duty rod!

    All 4-year-olds will receive free admission to the Museum on this day.

  • Free Day of Play – May 12

    Sunday, May 12, 9 am – 4:00 pm

    Join us at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota for a day-long playdate, free of charge thanks to funding support provided by the Otto Bremer Trust. Explore the Museum’s galleries and our brand new exhibit, A Healthy Me. First 50 women will receive a free carnation from Hilltop Florist.

  • What’s in the AgLab?

    What’s in a Pond?
    April 2019

    Check out the large AgLab to see what kind of pond life they contain. Have you explored any nearby ponds and seen any of these reptiles and amphibians?

    Special thanks to the Minnesota State University, Mankato Biology Department and Brent Pearson for providing the Museum with pond life for this exhibit.

  • Toddler Wednesday

    Wednesdays, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30 am

    Toddler Wednesday is a weekly program geared towards the Museum’s youngest visitors. Children are naturally curious, and in these sessions, that curiosity is embraced and nourished. Toddler Wednesday enhances Museum experience by encouraging children to move around and take a closer look at things that are going on. There is no worry about making it through the whole session, or showing up at the very beginning. Your child will sometimes get into it and enjoy the program, and sometimes they won’t, which is perfectly okay!

    As you arrive and check in, pick up your “ticket” at the front desk, then take it to the Rotary Education Center at the beginning of your session. Toddler Wednesday program is included with Museum membership or daily admission.

    April 3
    Moo, Quack, Meow! – We’re going to make lots of noise as we pretend to be baby animals.

    April 10
    Play is the work of a child.
    We will discuss the importance of unstructured play and explore the new A Healthy Me exhibit. This program is developed in partnership with Mayo Clinic Health System.

    April 17
    What’s that Sound? –
    The Mankato Symphony Orchestra will play at the Museum on Saturday, April 20. Today, we will make joyful noise with child-made instruments.

    April 24
    Messy Art
    – Explore different media as you create masterpieces.

  • STEAM in the Loft

    Thursdays, 3:00 – 6:00 pm
    Saturdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 – 3:00 pm
    Sundays, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

    Climb into Cecil’s Imagineering Loft and enjoy STEAM programming on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. These programs are designed with children age 6 and beyond in mind, but everyone is welcome to play and learn in the Loft! Included with Museum membership or daily admission.

    April 4, 6 & 7
    April 11, 13 & 14

    Animation Studio: April Showers and Rainy Day Adventures – Don’t let April showers dampen your mood: come to the Loft, where we’ll be using prop-building, story-telling, and stop motion animation to create our rainy day adventures.

    April 18, 20 & 21
    April 25, 27 & 28
    Coding and Decoding Connections to Music.
    Explore the meaning of music through dance and art. Play instruments. Experiement with the sense of hearing. This project is funded by the Xcel Energy Foundation.

  • Tabletop Activities

    Available daily, Tuesday through Sunday, in the Kato Engineering Explorers’ Lab

    April 2 – 14

    April 23 – 28

  • Bookmobile Visits

    Wednesdays, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

    The North Mankato Taylor Library Bookmobile will stop at the Museum every Wednesday from 2:00 – 3:00 pm. Check out some new materials, or return any area library books. During the Bookmobile’s visit, Amy will come into the Museum for a storytime in one of the galleries.

  • Baby Café

    Thursdays, 12:30 – 2:30 pm

    New mothers and mothers-to-be interested in breastfeeding are encouraged to visit the Mankato Area Baby Café. Baby Café is a national network of breastfeeding drop-ins, combining breastfeeding information with a relaxed, informal environment where mothers can chat and learn about breastfeeding from skilled practitioners and each other. Mankato Area Baby Café is made possible by Mayo Clinic Health System.

    For more information, call 507.594.2967.