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Our Mission:

Ignite the natural curiosity of every child through the power of play in a dynamic, awe-inspiring environment

PLAY. It's what we do.

MUSEUM HOURS

Daily Admission: $13/person

Sunday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday Closed
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

ADMISSION: $13/PERSON over 12 months

A membership to the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota includes unlimited access to the Museum’s galleries during regular business hours, special discounts in the Museum gift shop, and invitations to exclusive members-only events for less than $13 a month! The Museum offers a variety of membership packages to suit the needs of individuals, families, and groups.

Browse the Museum’s membership packages to find an option that works best for you. Contact Museum staff for further details.

Become a member of Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota and enjoy unlimited family time!
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Ignite your Curiosity

UPCOMING EVENTS

April 2024

Math Happens

Join volunteers from the MathHappens Foundation in Cecil’s Imagineering Loft to explore mathematical thinking through puzzles, crafts, games and more. Activities are designed for all ages!
13 Apr
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

4H Rabbit Visit

Hop on over to the Children’s Museum Saturday, April 13 for a special visit from our fluffy friends, the 4H rabbits! Join us for a delightful hands-on experience where kids can learn about these adorable creatures up close and even pet them.
13 Apr
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Math Happens

Join volunteers from the MathHappens Foundation in Cecil’s Imagineering Loft to explore mathematical thinking through puzzles, crafts, games and more. Activities are designed for all ages!
14 Apr
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Magnet Wall in Cecils Imagineering Loft at the Children's Museum in Mankato

STEAM Explorers

STEAM brings together a powerful combination of skills, techniques, and experiments! Join us weekly on Tuesdays from 9-11am and Thursdays from 1-3pm to explore a variety of STEAM related child-led play activities! Weekly activities are based off of the Play Schemas. Each program session will have an option for guests to interact with each component …

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16 Apr
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Early Experiences Camp

Empower your child for pre-school with our six session Early Experiences Camp. Playful learning, socialization, and readiness activities for a confident start to their educational journey. This fun, exploration-based program introduces pre-schooled children to key readiness concepts. These camps will be focused on engaging experiences that allow children to be social, active and engaged, curious …

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16 Apr
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Baby Play

The goal of this program is to provide infants and toddlers a great opportunity for social connection and play in an aw inspiring environment. Each week will highlight a different play schema or area of development to guide the play invitation that will be facilitated by museum staff. In addition, each 4th Tuesday will include …

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16 Apr
10:00 am - 11:30 am

Art Explorers

Join us in Cecil’s Imagineering Loft for and open studio art experience. We will explore and create with different art mediums each month. Drop in anytime during the program to participate. 2024 Monthly Themes: JANUARY: Clay FEBRUARY: Paper Collage MARCH: Chalk and Charcoal APRIL: Painting MAY: Sculpture SEPTEMBER:  Open Studio (Closed the 10th-13th) OCTOBER:  Nature Art NOVEMBER:  …

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16 Apr
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
We've got the beat in Cecils Imagineering STEAM loft at the Childrens Museum of Southern Minnesota in Mankato

Young Explorers

This program is for all age groups that are visiting the Museum. Activities are inspired by place, seasons, nature, play schemas and child development. On the 2nd Wednesday each month the Young Explorer Program activities are inspired by one of the six areas of wellness (Move, Relax, Eat Well, Sleep, Maintain, Discover) MCHS Family Medicine …

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17 Apr
9:30 am - 11:00 am

Outdoor Explorers

Join us each Wednesday afternoon (all year long) from 1-3pm to discover the outdoors during our Outdoor Explorers Program! Meeting each Wednesday at 1pm in the Loose Parts Play Hub, children and their caregivers can join in a conversation about the season and weather and create a nature journal. Then grab an Explorers Backpack and …

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17 Apr
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Early Out Camps

Looking for something for your child to do on M.A.P.S. Early Out Days?  Here is the answer! Come join us for play and exploration in our awe-inspiring environment!  Each Early Out day will have a fun theme, enriching activities, and opportunities to explore our spaces! Schedule January 10th: STEAM Lab Adventures Camp – Pop, fizzle, mix, …

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17 Apr
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Exhibits

At the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota, each exhibit is intentionally designed as a robust educational resource that contributes to the well-being of children and the community. Our exhibits are created with an understanding of children’s development and based on local settings and landmarks with play potential for children, their parents, grandparents, caregivers, and teachers to explore, think, discover, learn, and enjoy.

Explore

Children learn best through hands-on play.

Discover

The Museum environment captivates children with a wide variety of interactive exhibits.

Think

Young minds need challenges and experiences to grow!

Learn

Exhibits are thoughtfully designed to spark curiosity and imagination.

Enjoy

Not only is play an incredible source of fun, but it is also crucial to children’s well-being.

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"A Place for Everyone"

“The Children’s Museum is a place where everyone can and be welcome and find some thing that they’re interested in. If you’ve never been here, I’d say get down here right away!”

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"I can’t explain how grateful I am for the Children's Museum"

“I love that my kids can come to the Children’s Museum, be creative and imaginative and make friends in the process. We visit weekly and every time we leave each of my four kids has made a new friend.”

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