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.

Open on Mondays, 9 am – 4 pm
June 4 – August 27

  • Composting is Cool

    Friday, August 17, 10 am – 12 pm

    Join Mankato Zero Waste at the Museum and participate in fun activities to teach us about composting at home, as well as the composting program in Mankato.

  • Healthy Habits All Summer Long


    Make sure to stop by the Museum in August to participate in the final month of Healthy Habits all Summer Long, a wellness initiative developed in partnership with Mayo Clinic Health System. Be sure to pick up an activity tracking card and then complete the challenge for a chance to win a healthy cooking kit!

    During the month of August, explore your feelings with experts from Mayo Clinic Health System’s social work team. They will be here on Tuesdays, 10:00 – 10:30 am.

    Prize Drawing: Turn in your completed August challenge cards through August 28 to be entered into a drawing! The prize is a healthy cooking kit.

  • Scheels Day – September 9

    Sunday, September 9, 9 am – 4 pm

    Come to the Museum for a free, fun-filled playdate sponsored by Scheels.

  • Summer in the Loft

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

    All summer, cool down at the Museum with our Loft activities available from 1:00 – 3:00 pm daily, Monday through Friday.

    July 30 – August 3
    Symmetrical Surprises – Join us in the Loft to work on folded paper painting. We’ll experiment with paint and paper to explore symmetry in our designs.

    August 6 – 10
    Measuring Lab – How far is it? What’s the angle? Let’s measure! This week we’ll be using tools to measure distances, angles, and more all around the Loft!

    August 13 – 17
    LEGO Love – LEGOs have taken over the Loft! Join us for free-building fun with LEGOs and construct something on our LEGO wall!

    August 20 – 24
    Handmade Memories – Let’s celebrate grandparents and families, and the memories we can make and share together. Practice sewing and creating memory quilt squares to share with others.

    August 27 – 31
    Sand and Sound – This week we’ll explore different sound frequencies and seeing them in sand.

  • What’s in the AgLab? Composting!

    Composting is Cool
    August 17 – September 2

    What is composting and what items from your household can you compost? Come check out hands-on activities using our compost tumbler and exploring worm composting bins.

  • Who’s in the Alltech Farm?

    LaMancha goats are here at the Museum, visiting from the Severns family of Good Thunder!

    The set of quadruples — Felicia, Pippa, Sparky, and Mr. Buckley — were born to Sasha in the middle of February this year. Sasha has visited the Museum multiple times with her friend Tilly.

  • Toddler Wednesday

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

    August 1
    Sensory play is not just about making a mess and getting dirty; there is some serious learning going on! We will explore and learn through all of our senses and maybe get a little messy along the way. Join us for a summer wellness initiative developed with Mayo Clinic Health System!

    August 8

    August 15

    August 22

    August 29

  • 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

    August 2, 4 & 5
    Things with Wings
    – Fly up to the Loft where we’ll be investigating aerodynamics. Learn how to build a better paper airplane and explore symmetry in design!

    August 9, 11 & 12
    Where Are We Going?
     – Let’s investigate different navigation tools we can use to help us figure out where we are and get to where we want to go. Climb into the Loft to learn about compasses, maps, and globes.

    August 16, 18 & 19
    Tracks and Tubes – We’re on a roll this week in the Loft; we’re building tracks on our magnetic wall and doing marble runs with LEGOs.

    August 23, 25 & 26
    Build by Hands – This week we’re making memories together as we use hand tools to make our own wooden creations.

    August 30, September 1 & 2
    Sandpaper Painting and Printing – Let’s turn sandpaper into our canvases and printing blocks, making colorful artworks with interesting textures!

  • Tabletop Activities

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

    July 30 – August 5
    Veggie Stamping – Practice fine motor skills by stamping vegetables on paper.

    August 6 – 12
    Animal Washing – Step up to the wash station and scrub, rub, and dunk animals in shaving cream and water.

    August 13 – 19
    Balancing – Test your balance on a beam and balance objects on a fulcrum.

    August 20 – 26
    Magnets – Test different objects to see if they are magnetic.

    August 27 – September 2
    Sand Shaker Art – Use a pipette to create a glue design on paper and shake sand onto the glue to finish your work of art.

  • 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.

  • Yoga at the Museum – September & October

    Join us for a second season of Yoga at the Museum in September and October, on Tuesdays from 5:00 – 6:00 pm.

    September 11 – October 16
    Tuesdays, 5:15- 6:15 pm
    $30 for all sessions with preregistration
    $10 per session, drop-in

    Register here today!

    All levels welcome. Please bring your own mat. Classes are intended for adults, but children 10 years and older are welcome to register and participate with a registered adult.