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.

The Museum will be closed on Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day.

  • Father’s Day – June 17

    Sunday, June 17, 9 am – 4 pm

    Spend Father’s Day at the Children’s Museum! One adult per party receives free admission on this day!

    Climb into the Loft from 1 – 3 pm and put your creativity and problem-solving skills to use as you make a nature portrait to give to a special person in your life!


  • What’s in the AgLab? Pond Life!

    May 2018

    What’s in a Pond?
    Have you explored any near-by ponds? What animals did you see? During the month of May, come to the AgLab and check out our large tanks to see what kind of pond life they contain.

  • Toddler Wednesday

    Wednesdays, 10:00 am
    Please arrive early to reserve your spot.

    May 2
    Building Blocks

    May 9
    Parachute Play

    May 16
    Fine Motor Skills

    May 23

    May 30
    Sensory Play

  • STEAM in the Loft

    Thursdays, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
    Saturdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 – 3:00 pm
    Sundays, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

    May 3, 5 & 7
    It’s time for Making Paint! Let’s mix up paint and create spring-inspired paintings.

    May 10, 12 & 13
    Tinkering Workshop: explore found and familiar materials, then put your creativity and problem-solving skills to use! Make something special for a special person in your life.

    May 17, 19 & 20
    In the Clouds: Float up to the Loft and explore clouds. What are they and how do they form?

    May 24, 26 & 27
    Hopping around the Pond: Let’s learn about toads and frogs!

    May 31
    Animation Studio: Summer vacation adventures.

  • Tabletop Activities

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

    May 1 – 7
    Stamping: Use found objects and practice stamping skills by creating a flower picture.

    May 8 – 14
    Sensory Play: Squeeze, roll cut, and knead. What all can you do with modeling clay?

    May 15 – 21
    Balance Challenges: Walk across balance beams and balance different shapes on a tabletop fulcrum.

    May 22 – 28
    Shapes and Patterns: Use colorful blocks from the Spielgaben set and make your own design.

    May 29 – June 4
    Pom-pom Sorting: Use tweezers, tongs, and clothes pins to sort pom-poms by size or color.

  • Yoga at the Museum – April through June

    Come stretch your body and relax your mind in a yoga class at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota!

    Register for the whole series, or pick and choose sessions you’d like to attend. Classes are intended for adults, but children over 10 are welcome to register and participate with a registered adult. Please bring your own yoga mat. Cost is $30 for the whole series (6 sessions) or $10 per session. Register today!

    Session dates and times:

    • Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 5 – 6 pm
    • Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 5 – 6 pm
    • Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 5 – 6 pm
    • Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 5 – 6 pm
    • Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 5 – 6 pm
    • Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 5 – 6 pm
  • 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.