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.

Check out the new fall hours here!
Looking for more Loft explorations? It’s open more often this Fall. Check it out!

  • Harvest Festival – October 2018

    October 2018

    Make fall memories at the Children’s Museum at our fourth annual Harvest Festival! Come play in the toddler straw maze, play in the corn and soybean pit, meet and greet a variety of animals that will come for a visit, and learn a lot about harvest.

    October 2 – 7
    National 4-H Week: Come see 4-H fair projects from Nicollet and Blue Earth Counties.

    October 5 & 6, 10 am – 3 pm
    Grain Bin Safety: Understand the importance of safety on the farm, especially around grain bins.

    October 6, 9 am – 4 pm
    Vehicle Fair: a free outdoor event featuring farm equipment! Regular admission rates apply to indoor and outdoor exhibits and galleries.

    October 7, 1 – 2 pm
    MN 4-H Engineering Design Challenge: Wantonwan County 4-H members will demonstrate their Engineering Design Challenge: Plant a Seed and Water It! They received a purple ribbon at state judging.

    October 11, 4:30 – 7:30
    Girls Can: A free event celebrating the International Day of the Girl.

    October 13, 10 – 11:30 am
    Dairy Celebration: Make butter and learn more about the dairy business with Sophia Portner, Brown County Dairy Ambassador.

    October 18 & 19, 10 am – 12 pm & 1 – 3 pm
    No-School Days at the Museum: MEA Science Spectacular – Exciting investigations with science demos that fizz, foam, float, and flow.

    October 18, 12:30 – 3:30 pm
    Visit with different commodity and agriculture groups to learn more about agriculture and how they support the Ag program at the Museum.

    October 22, 7 – 9 pm
    Farmers for America: A free viewing of the movie.

     

     

  • No-School Day Programs: October 18 & 19

    On Mankato Area Public Schools no-school days, make your way to Cecil’s Imagineering Loft and see what we’ve planned!

    These drop-in activities are developed for children ages 6 and up and their adults and are included with daily admission or Museum membership.

    Thursday and Friday, October 18 & 19
    10 am – 12 pm & 1 – 3 pm

    Science Spectacular – Joins us for hands-on chemistry and physics experiments with all that fizzes, foams, floats, and flies.

    Activating the Potential of STEM-Powered Play Outside of the School Day is a project that provides opportunities for Museum visitors to engage in hands-on STEM learning activities on days when there is no school. This project is funded through the Consolidated Communications Community Fund of the Mankato Area Foundation.

  • Farmers for America – October 22

    Monday, October 22, 7 – 9 pm

    Join us at the Children’s Museum for a screening of Farmers for America: Young People Stepping Up followed by a panel discussion. The event is free of charge, but attendees are encouraged to RSVP to reserve a spot. The event is intended for adults, as well as students age 15 and beyond.

    Click here to watch the movie trailer.

  • Special Needs Accessibility Playtime – October 26

    Friday, October 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, October 26, during a time when fewer visitors will be present. Explore 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.”

  • Family Series: Viva Vivaldi

    Saturdays, 3:00 pm
    September 15 & November 17 2018
    January 18 & April 20, 2019

    Join Mankato Symphony Orchestra at the Children’s Museum for Viva Vivaldi, a series of four shows designed to introduce children to the delights of classical music. The show will be performed on Saturday afternoons and will feature musicians, actors, storytelling, and musical activities. Come to the Museum an hour ahead of the performance and play at no cost!

    Mark your calendars for September 15 and November 17, 2018 and January 19 and April 20 of next year.

    During the week of each Family Series show, join us at the Museum for a special program, Igniting STEM Learning Through the InterPLAY of Music-Science-Math, funded by the Xcel Energy Foundation. This program is included with daily admission or Museum membership.

  • What’s in the AgLab?

    Three Sisters Garden
    October 2 – November 4

    Native Americans believe the Three Sisters (corn, bean, and squash) can only live and thrive if grown together, in turn providing foods to support a healthy diet. This interactive exhibits provides Museum visitors with a chance to learn how to plant and harvest a three sisters garden.

  • Who’s in the Alltech Farm?
    October 6
    Alpacas from Lazy Day Farm in North Mankato: step into the Museum’s Farmyard to learn more about these gentle animals and roles they carry out on a modern farm. (Alpacas will not visit if it rains.)
    October 6 & 7
    Nigerian Dwarf Goats from the Koberoski farm
    October 13 & 14
    The Birr family from Good Thunder is bringing their 4-H project dairy market calves.
    October 18 & 19
    Ducks from the Zach Koser farm and turkeys from the Koberoski farm.
  • Toddler Wednesday

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

    October 3
    Fall into Wellness with Mayo Clinic Health System: Sleep

    October 10
    Fall into Wellness with Mayo Clinic Health System: Friendship

    October 17
    Fall into Wellness with Mayo Clinic Health System: Harvest Vegetables

    October 24
    Fall into Wellness with Mayo Clinic Health System: Sensory Play

    October 31
    Halloween

  • STEAM in the Loft

    NEW Loft Hours!
    Thursdays, 3:00 – 7:00 pm
    Fridays, 3:00 – 5 pm

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

    October 4 – 7
    LEGO Vehicle Lab: Building Farm Equipment
    – Do you know which vehicles can help on the farm? Climb into the Loft and use LEGO blocks to make your ideas come true!

    October 11 – 14
    Lights and Shadows: Shadow Puppets & Shadow Play
    Let’s make shadow puppets to help us tell stories with our friends and families.

    October 18 & 19 (MEA)
    10 am – 12 pm & 1 – 3 pm
    Science Spectacular –
    Joins us for hands-on chemistry and physics experiments with all that fizzes, foams, floats, and flies.*

    October 20 & 21
    Vegetable Instruments
    – Can harvest vegetables play music?

    October 25 – 28
    Weaving a Web Together – The Loft will be wrapped up in webs. Come add to them and make friends with friends that may live nearby.

    * Activating the Potential of STEM-Powered Play Outside of the School Day is a project that provides opportunities for Museum visitors to engage in hands-on STEM learning activities on days when there is no school. This project is funded through the Consolidated Communications Community Fund of the Mankato Area Foundation.

  • Tabletop Activities

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

    October 2 – 7
    Sensory Play – Squeeze, roll, cut, and knead Model Magic. What all can you do with this lightweight clay?

    October 9 – 14
    Balancing – Test your balance on a beam and balance objects on a fulcrum.

    October 16 – 21

    October 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.

  • Yoga at the Museum – September & October

    Join us for a second season of Yoga at the Museum in September and October, on Tuesdays from 5:15 – 6:15 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.