Gateway to Play:
Access for All
The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is committed to ensuring all children and families have opportunities to experience the joy of learning through the power of play at the Museum, regardless of income, language, cultural factors, ability, or special needs. The Museum understands that some children and families experience barriers to participation. We offer many ways for these valued community members to enjoy our exhibits and programs free of charge or at greatly reduced rates.
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GATEWAY TO PLAY
Gateway to Play for children and families offers opportunities such as Free Family Fun Days or Gateway to Play Museum membership or daily admission.
Gateway to Play for nonprofit organizations serving children and families who experience participation barriers offers free family admission passes and streamlined Gateway to Play membership opportunities for their constituents.
Gateway to Play for school or early learning groups offers half-price group visit admission rates to groups where 50% of enrolled students experience access barriers.
To apply for Gateway to Play Membership, download and complete the membership form and survey (versión en español aquí). Bring completed forms to the Museum front desk and stay to play! Completed forms may also be mailed to the Museum or emailed to: email@example.com.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Free Family Fun Night events are on hold. School visits will be assessed per request. Please check back for updates!
The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota welcomes children and families of all abilities. Children with sensory sensitivities and their families are invited to enjoy the Museum at a time when there are typically fewer Museum visitors present.
Sound-muffling headphones are available by request at the Museum front desk. Do not hesitate to connect with a Museum staff member if you need assistance at any time, or if you would like direction to a quieter space to relax or regroup.
To help prepare for your visit to the Children’s Museum, please download our social story, “A Trip to the Children’s Museum,” which includes a helpful checklist of possible activities during your visit. For groups, check out this version of our social story.
Special needs accessibility playtime (SNAP)
These quarterly events invite children with sensory challenges or other special needs and their families to experience and enjoy the Museum free of charge at a time when there is a limited number of visitors present.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SNAP events are on hold. Please check back for updates.
MILITARY SERVICE RECOGNITION
The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota seeks to recognize Military Service members and their families for the significant contributions they have made on behalf of our community and nation. Military members and their immediate family members receive a 10% discount on daily admission rates.
Blue Star Museum Initiative
Traditionally hosted at museums across the country between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, Blue Star Museums offer free admission for active duty military personnel and their families.
Military Appreciation Days
These special events take place at the Museum twice a year to recognize and celebrate the contributions of Military Service members–past and present–and their families and includes free Museum admission.
Many thanks to Morson-Ario-Strand VFW Post 950, Elks Charitable Fund of the Mankato Area Foundation, and Martin County VFW Post 1222 for providing funding to help support Military Appreciation initiatives at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota in 2021.