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.

  • Who’s in the Ridley Farm?

    Come see Sasha and Tilly, a pair of dairy goats from the Severns Farm near Good Thunder. Sasha and Tilly will be milked at the Museum every morning at 9:30, Wednesday through Sunday.

  • Mayo Summer Initiative – August

    Join us for summer fun with new challenges you can do at the Museum or at home. During the month of August, it’s all about laughing. Pick up your Let’s Laugh card at the Museum, then return on August 31st for a celebration with activities and prizes. This initiative is developed in partnership with Mayo Clinic Health System.

  • Zero Waste Composting Program – August 26

    Saturday, August 26
    10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    Do you compost at home? Join Zero Waste this Saturday and participate in a variety of hands-on activities for children, and learn more about the composting process.

  • Harvest Festival 2017

    September 30 – October 31

    Celebrate harvest at the Children’s Museum! We’ll kick of a month-long fall celebration with a Vehicle Fair on Saturday, September 30, then continue in a festive mood for a whole month.

    Make sure to check out our toddler straw maze, soybean and corn pits, as well as a wide variety of harvest-themed activities.

    Watch this space and Museum website for programming updates!

  • Ridley Farm Animal Program

    Thursday, August 24
    6:30 p.m.

    Sasha and Tilly are here! This Thursday, join us in the Ridley Farm Animal Program for a goat milking demonstration and to learn more about products made from goat milk.

    Sasha and Tillie will be milked daily at the Museum, every morning at 9:30. Come watch the milking machine at work, Wednesday through Sunday this week.

  • August Programs & Events
    • Toddler Wednesday: Water Play – August 23
    • Bookmobile Visit – August 23
    • Ridley Farm Animal Program – August 24
    • Zero Waste Compost Program – August 26
    • Toddler Wednesday: Everyday Heroes – August 30
    • Bookmobile Visit – August 30
    • Ridley Farm Animal Program – August 31
    • Mayo Summer Initiative Celebration Day – August 31
    • Arkawa Concert Workshop – August 31

    The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota reserves the right to change the programming plans. Please watch our website and Facebook page for updates.

  • Tabletop Activity

    Available daily

    Come practice your stamping skills this week in the Kato Engineering Explorers’ Lab. Use glue, paper, and a selection of found objects to create a work of art.

    This activity is available daily, during Museum open hours.

  • Toddler Wednesday

    Wednesday, August 16, 10:00 a.m.

    Join us for the final of our six-week wellness sessions, created in partnership with Mayo Clinic Health System. This Wednesday, we’ll explore different foods, using our five senses. What do you like best? What is your least favorite? This program is based on the national curriculum “Eat, Play, Grow.”

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

  • STEAM in the Loft

    Thursdays, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
    Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    Sundays, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

    On Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, we’ll be using mirrors and paper tubes to make periscopes, just like those used in submarines.

  • 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.

    Climb into the Loft to sail away in your newly-created vessel. Use foam, straws, and other found objects, test them out to see how they work, then make a boat whose sail may be turned into a kite.

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

  • Arkawa Concert Workshop – August 31

    Thursday, August 31, 5:00 p.m.

    Join us for a concert workshop with Juan carlos, a musician from Colombia. He will be demonstrating instruments from around the world.

  • Volunteer Open House – August 25

    Join us for a Volunteer Open House on Friday, August 25, from 10 – 11 a.m. or 2 – 3 p.m. Learn more about the power of play and a variety of ongoing or one-time volunteer opportunities, all with scheduling options to fit your lifestyle. A tour of the Museum will be included!

    Everything is better with friends and the Museum is a perfect place to volunteer with a group. We offer internships and service learning opportunities, too.

    If you would like to learn more, but can’t attend on this date, contact Brenda to schedule a different time.

  • Educator Open House – September 1

    Friday, September 1, 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m.

    Check out the Children’s Museum on Friday, September 1, during an open house for educators! Stop by and take a tour of the indoor and outdoor galleries and find out more about options for group visits an programs. There will be 15-minute tours offered at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, and 1:00 pm. No registration required.

    Please contact Mia Forslund, School Programs Manager, at 507.344.9107 or

  • Art Studio Workshop

    Tuesday, September 26, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

    Enjoy a child-free night at the Children’s Museum! Gather a group of friends or come by yourself and meet new people as you explore colors and paints in this Art Studio Workshop. Cost is $35 per person and includes all materials for your painting. All proceeds benefit the Children’s Museum.

    Bring your favorite beverage and snack, if you’d like!

    To reserve your spot today, please follow this link.