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!

  • Artist in Residence: “Merge” – April/May 2017

    Thursday, April 27, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday, April 29, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

    Join Hannah Newman, the Museum’s final 2016 – 2017 Artist in Residence, and work with her to create a large installation in the Museum. This Saturday, Hannah will work with Museum visitors to paint and  decorate ceramic fingers. Hannah’s Artist in Residence workshops will conclude in early May.

    Hannah Newman is working towards her master’s degree in ceramics at Minnesota State University, Mankato. For her Artist in Residence project, “Merge,” she will facilitate an installation consisting of ceramic fingers that will be cast, produced, and painted by the visitors of the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota. Each finger will identify a different individual and all the accumulated fingers will result in a large-scale installation depicting the strong impact created by a community.

  • Special Needs Accessibility Playtime – April 28

    Friday, April 28, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

    Join us this Friday, April 28, for an event for families of children with special needs or sensory challenges. During a time when fewer visitors will be present, come play in the Museum galleries, explore our Animation Studio, or build with blocks in the Loft! From 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., explore a real fire truck in the parking lot! To help prepare your child for this playtime, check out the Museum’s Social Story. This event is sponsored by Southern Minnesota Autism Coalition.

  • Museum is Turning Two! – April 30

    Sunday, April 30, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    The Museum is turning two! Join us for a birthday party and celebrate with us on Sunday, April 30, 9 am – 4 pm. Come play in a newly-opened exhibit geared towards the Museum’s young visitors and work on celebratory projects in the Loft. Weather-permitting, the Ridley Farm will host a beautiful Norwegian Fjord horse, Nickel. We will sing the Happy Birthday song at 11:30 am and serve free birthday cake, as well!

    For the Museum’s second birthday, all two-year-olds get a special treat, too: a free admission to the Museum during the celebratory day!

  • April Programs & Events
    • Toddler Wednesday with Pediatric Therapy Services – April 19
    • Bookmobile visit – April 19
    • FREE Family Fun Night at the Museum – April 20
    • Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP – April 20
    • Found Objects: Puppets – April 20
    • 4-H Rabbits visit – April 20
    • Artist in Residence: “Merge” – April 22
    • Found Objects: Puppets – April 23
    • Creative Drama: Parachute Play – April 26
    • Bookmobile visit – April 26
    • Artist in Residence: “Merge” – April 27
    • SNAP: Special Needs Accessibility Playtime – April 28
    • Instrument Petting Zoo: Woodwinds – April 29
    • Animation Studio: Prehistoric Worlds – April 29 & 30
    • Museum’s 2nd Birthday Party – April 30

     

  • After School in the Loft

    Tuesday through Friday, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

    This week, climb into the loft to play with Lego Mindstorm sets! Use wheels and axles to create any vehicle that can be imagined.

    Every week, Tuesday through Friday, spend your after-school time at the Museum, engaging in activities specially designed for school-aged children.

  • Tabletop Activity

    Available daily

    Come practice fine motor skills with our Spielgaben loose parts bin. Use wooden blocks and colorful bits to arrange shapes in two and three dimensions.

    This activity is available daily, during Museum open hours.

  • Toddler Wednesday
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    Wednesday, April 26, 10:00 a.m.

    Join Anissa for an April shower-themed Toddler Wednesday session. She’ll read rainy stories, sing, dance, and bring out the parachute for play time!

    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, April 27
    5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

    Join a student group from Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Family Consumer Science Program and build structures of different heights with a variety of found objects. This STEM activity is called “If We Build It.” At the same time, Hannah Newman, the Museum’s Artist in Residence, will continue her work with the visitors on a large-scale installation called “Merge.”

     

  • 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.

  • Instrument Petting Zoo Series – April 29

    Saturday, April 29, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    Join the Mankato Symphony Orchestra for the last event in this series and get hands-on experience with woodwinds! They will bring a clarinet, oboe, bassoon, and saxophone. Play the instruments and try the giant keyboard that will be on the floor.

  • FREE Family Fun Night at the Museum – May 18
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    Thursdays, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

    May 18, June 15, 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.

    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.

  • Summer Camps & Workshops
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    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 (Age 3)
    June 12 – 16
    10:00 – 11:30 a.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.

     

    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 our 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 our 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.