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 Museum will be open on Monday, March 27!

  • Bad Hair Day? No Way! – March 23

    Thursday, March 23, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

    Bad hair days happen to everyone, right? Meet a team of cosmetology students and professional instructors in a workshop on basics of maintaining and caring for your child’s hair. Make untangling, brushing, and styling a fun part of your child’s daily routine. Join the workshop to practice your skills and bond with your child as you experiment a variety of tools and learn about hair care in general. The workshop will help you untangle the worst of tangles and unveil the secrets of ponytails, braids, and buns. Learn a lot about hair and go home with a care package that includes a comb, hair accessories, and hair care product samples.

    It costs $5 to attend and the fee includes one couple, a child and a caregiver, ready to have fun learning about hair care.

    The workshop is open to anyone–fathers, grandfathers, mothers, grandmothers, uncles and aunts… Space is limited; register today!

    Click here to register for the Thursday (3/23) session.

  • No School Day Programs – March 23 – 27

    The Museum will be open on Monday, March 27, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


    Friday, March 24 – Monday, March 27 – Animal Adventures – Check out the ‘Animal Tracks and Signs’ program with Scott Kudelka at 10:00 a.m., then stop by the AgLab to investigate animal habitats and think about how we can help take care of them. Upstairs in the Loft, explore animal tracks, get messy making tracks in clay, and make your own guides about animal tracks to take home.

    AgLab programming will be available all day, while Loft will run on Friday, Saturday, and Monday from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m & 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

  • Poetry Pod – March 25

    Saturday, March 25, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

    Join Jessica Server, the Museum’s third Artist in Residence, in her Poetry Pod, a special workstation where children can create their own poems using giant magnetic poetry set and poem templates. Create artwork that will accompany your work. Jessica will also host interactive poem readings on the stage. These activities are adapted for all ages.

  • Animal Tracks and Signs – March 24

    Friday, March 24, 10:00 a.m.

    Learn about animals of all sizes and shapes that live around us. Our special guest, Scott Kudelka from the Minnesota DNR will be at the Museum to talk about the signs animals leave behind. Tracks are usually the first clues we pick up on, especially from fresh mud, wet dirt, or freshly fallen snow. Other signs can be feathers, fur, bones, scat, or even something as simple as a hole dug in the ground. Spend your MAPS no-school day at the Museum and have a chance to identify and learn about 15 different animal tracks!

  • March Programs & Events
    • Big Blue Blocks and Puppets – March 22
    • Bookmobile visit – March 22
    • Hair care workshop – March 23
    • Animal Tracks and Signs – March 24
    • No school day: Animal Adventures at the Museum – March 24, 25 & 26
    • Poetry Pod – March 25
    • Animal Adventures at the Museum – March 27 *Museum open on Monday!*
    • Sensory Play – March 29
    • Bookmobile visit – March 29
    • Stencil Workshop – March 30

     

  • After School in the Loft

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

    This week, we’ll work with Lego Mindstorm sets and build simple machines with motors. Explore a variety of possibilities and make a design that moves, spins, or does both at the same time.

    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

    It’s a Spielgaben week. Play with a variety of shapes and loose materials in the Kato Engineering Explorers’ Lab during Museum open hours.

     

     

     

  • Toddler Wednesday
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    Wednesday, March 22, 10:00 a.m.

    Let’s play with the Big Blue Blocks together! Join us this Wednesday in the Rotary Education Center and build with big foam blocks, toddler-style. Use puppets and give them life as you construct their new home.

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

  • Thursday Night at the Museum
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    Thursday, March 23
    5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

    The Museum will be open this Thursday all the way until 7:30 pm, but due to our special hair care program, there will be no activities in the Loft. If hair care is not your thing, there will still be plenty to do in other Museum galleries. See you then!

  • STEAM Saturday

    Saturday, March 25
    10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

    Climb into the Loft and create animal tracks in clay or make  your own guide about animal tracks to take home and share with your family and friends.

    This activity returns on Sunday, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

  • 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 1 & 29

    Saturday, April 1, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    Learn about percussion and get some hands-on experience with instruments on Saturday, April 1, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Our guests from the Mankato Symphony Orchestra will bring drums, timpani, cymbals, and other rhythm-makers.

    The final event in the Instrument Petting Zoo series will take place on April 29, 10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. The Mankato Symphony Orchestra members will bring a variety of woodwinds: a clarinet, oboe, bassoon, and a saxophone.

  • Are You Smarter Than the 5th Graders? – April 11

    Tuesday, April 11, 6:30 p.m.

    Are YOU smarter than the 5th graders? Find out on April 11, at our 4th annual event presented by Mathnasium & Greater Mankato Rotary. This fun event will take place at Mankato West High School Auditorium, 1351 S Riverfront Drive in Mankato, and is guaranteed to be great! Come watch 5th graders test their knowledge and win prizes for their classes and schools.

    Follow this link to buy your tickets today.

    $7 General Admission Student
    $10 General Admission Adult
    $15 Reserved Seating
    4 years of age and under get free admission

  • FREE Family Fun Night at the Museum

     

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    Thursdays, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

    March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20

    Join us for a Gateway to Play FREE Family Fun Night every third Thursday of the month from 4:30 – 7:30 pm. Thanks to sponsorship provided by Wells Fargo, play in the Museum galleries at no cost and participate in a variety of activities.

    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 & Classes
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    Summer 2017 Camps and Classes 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 classes, the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is the place to be this summer – both inside and out! Check out the camp and classes descriptions below and mark your calendars. Registration will start April 1.

     

    Creative Drama (3 year old)
    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 expressive movement skills. The last camp session will include a sharing time for family members to see the class’s collaborative work.

    Creative Drama (4-5 year old)
    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 expressive movement skills. The last camp session will include a sharing time for family members to see the class’s collaborative work.

    Hands-on STEM (5-6 years old)
    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.

    Hands-on STEM (7-9 years old)
    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.

    Garden & Farmyard Explorations (4 – 6 years)
    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.

    Summer Arts Playdate (5 – 7 years)
    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.