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 Museum’s outdoor exhibits are now open for the season! Come play outside and meet farm animals in the Ridley Farm.

  • Who’s in the Ridley Farm?

    A pair of dairy calves in the Ridley Farm are visiting from the Charlie & Jessica Yost farm near St. Peter.

  • À-la-Gourd Puppet Show- June 22

    Thursday, June 22, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

    Join us for a special program this Thursday night! Instead of the Museum’s regular Ridley Farm Animal Programming, Kvak Puppet Theatre, visiting from Croatia, will put on a puppet show called “À-La-Gourd.” Come see a variety of puppets made from dried gourds and natural material and participate in a puppet-making activity. The show will be performed in English.

    Puppet-making starts at 5:30 and the performance is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

  • Summer Camps & Workshops

    Summer 2017 Camps and Workshops at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota

    It’s time to start preparing for warmer weather, right? With an exciting assortment of camps and workshops, the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is the place to be this summer – both inside and out! Check out the camp and workshops descriptions below and sign up today to reserve your spot!

    For more information about camps and workshops, registration process, cancellation policies, or to download the waiver or registration form, follow this link.

     

    Creative Drama (Ages 4 – 5)
    June 12 – 16
    5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

    $38 Museum members/$48 non-members

    In this camp, students will use stories, drama games, visual art making, and their imagination to explore characters and environments. Students will practice group participation by listening, speaking, sharing, and using expressive movement skills. The last camp session will include a sharing time for family members to see the class’s collaborative work. Click here to sign up.

     

    Hands-on STEM (Ages 5 – 6)
    June 19 – 23
    10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    $50 Museum members/$60 non-members

    Looking for some STEM fun this summer? Make your way to the Museum! Let’s tackle exciting engineering challenges and test out a variety of robotics sets. Click here to sign up.

     

    Hands-on STEM (Ages 7 – 9)
    June 19 – 23
    5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
    $50 Museum members/$60 non-members

    Looking for some STEM fun this summer? Make your way to the Museum! Let’s tackle exciting engineering challenges and test out a variety of robotics sets. Click here to sign up.

     

    Garden & Farmyard Explorations (Ages 4 – 6)
    July 17 – 21
    10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    $50 Museum members/$60 non-members

    Get your hands dirty in the Museum Farmyard’s growing beds. Use songs, stories, crafts, and play to discover how we are connected to the food we eat, and why gardens and farms are so important. Click here to sign up.

     

    Summer Arts Playdate (Ages 5 – 7)
    July 29
    10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    $10 Museum members/$12 non-members

    Join us for an art-making extravaganza and draw, paint, and sculpt together to celebrate the summer weather. Click here to sign up.

  • Ridley Farm Animal Program
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    Thursday, June 15 – June is all about dairy here at the Museum. This week, come celebrate dairy month with Haley Hinrichs, Minnesota Princess Kay and Emily Annexstad, Nicollet County Dairy Princess and a 2017 Minnesota Princess Kay finalist. Learn more about the dairy industry and make some butter to take home! Also, dairy calves are coming to stay in the Ridley Farm Animal Exhibit for the week.

  • June Programs & Events
    • Toddler Wednesday: Gourd Puppets – June 21
    • Bookmobile visit – June 21
    • À-la-Gourd: puppet show & workshop – June 22
    • ClayLab: Facial Ratios – June 22, 24 & 25
    • Toddler Wednesday: Outdoor Water Play – June 28
    • Bookmobile visit – June 28
    • Ridley Farm Animal Program – June 29
  • Tabletop Activity

    Available daily

    Come practice fine motor skills this week with our Spielgaben loose parts bin. Play with wooden blocks and colorful geometric shapes.

    This activity is available daily, during Museum open hours.

  • Toddler Wednesday
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    Wednesday, June 21, 10:00 a.m.

    This week in the Rotary Education Center, come meet our guests visiting from the Kvak Theatre in Croatia. Check out puppets made from gourds and learn more about what puppeteers do!

    Toddler Wednesday sessions start at 10:00 a.m. Arrive early to reserve your spot.

  • Thursday Night at the Museum
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    Thursday, June 22
    5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

    Climb into the Loft this Thursday night for a Facial Ratios ClayLab. Shape eyes, ears, noses, and mouths of varying sizes and dimensions out of clay, then experiment with the placement of your facial features to create the perfect look.

    This activity returns on Saturday, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 3 p.m. and Sunday, 1 – 3 p.m.

  • STEAM Saturday

    Saturday, June 24
    10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

    Climb into the Loft for a Facial Ratios ClayLab. Shape eyes, ears, noses, and mouths of varying sizes and dimensions out of clay, then experiment with the placement of your facial features to create the perfect look

    This activity will return on Sunday from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

  • Bookmobile Visits

    Wednesdays, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

    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.

  • Summer in the Loft

    Tuesday through Friday, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

    This week in the Loft, join us to experiment with wire and felt. Work with other visitors and use these materials to create fun faces inspired by the works of Calder and Picasso.

    All summer, cool down at the Museum with our Loft activities available from 1 – 3 pm daily, Tuesday through Friday.

  • FREE Family Fun Night at the Museum – July 20
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    Thursdays, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

    July 20

    Thanks to sponsorship provided by Wells Fargo, play in the Museum galleries at no cost and participate in a variety of activities, every third Thursday of the month through July 2017. Our next FREE Family Fun Night is scheduled for Thursday, July 20.

    These events are funded in part with money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created with the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008. Museum access opportunities are especially intended for families that may experience barriers to Museum participation, but everyone is welcome to attend these events.