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CMSM Blog

Here on the CMSM Blog, we will share the latest happenings from the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota, including behind-the-scenes exhibit builds, programming, upcoming events, Museum updates, and more!

Support Mankato Youth Place with CMSM's DipJar throughout the month of February
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Emily Heinis

Share the Love: February “MyPlace” Fundraising Drive

The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota was founded in 2006 by community members, educators, and business leaders who wanted a safe and inviting place for children to play, learn, and grow. With hard work and the dedication of many team members over many years, in 2015, the current location opened and continues to grow.  On

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Music leads to increased attention and learning abilities.jpg
CMSM Blog
Emily Heinis

Five Reasons to Engage in Music Every Day with Children

Lower stress levels, better sleep, increased learning. At the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota, we’re always listing the benefits of play, but this week, we’re looking at a part of play that truly appeals to all ages: music!  We have had many musical events at the Museum, and 2023 will bring many more. Everyone knows

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Messy indoor play at home with kids
CMSM Blog
Emily Heinis

Indoor Messy Play with Kids

Making a huge mess with paints or clay or mud in the backyard or the driveway is easy to do in the warm months. We encourage it at the Museum in our Mud Kitchen! But when the weather is not so delightful, the thought of making huge messes inside for the sake of play is

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Baby Play programming at the Childrens Museum in Mankato
CMSM Blog
Emily Heinis

New! Gateway to Baby Play Memberships

The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota has been committed to access for all since it was no more than an idea in a mom’s head. A place for all children to play, and as a result, learn and grow. We believe all ages benefit from time spent playing, specifically with us at the Museum! Which

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Digging in the Grow it Gallery at CMSM
CMSM Blog
Emily Heinis

The Benefits of Play, Part 1: Social Emotional

We will never stop sharing how very valuable play is to the development and growth of all people (not just kids!). We will also never stop sharing the incredibly LONG list of benefits play offers. In this series, we will look at those benefits more in-depth, including how caregivers can foster the growth both as

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CMSM Blog
Emily Heinis

2022 Year in Review

This year marked the eighth year in our current location, and we think 2022 was the best year yet! The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is growing and changing, while still maintaining a focus on PLAY. Our impact in the community is far-reaching, and we could not do it without all of your support. Let’s

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Winter Play outdoor explorers at the Childrens Museum in Mankato Minnesota-2
CMSM Blog
Emily Heinis

Winter Play: How to Enjoy the Outdoors All Year Long

Something new we’re trying at the Museum this year is keeping the outside play areas open during the cold winter months. What is Minnesota without snow-building, mitten-wearing, and rosy cheeks? The weather isn’t going anywhere, so it is important we teach our children to enjoy it. If we find joy in the snow and cold,

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Pop up programming for group visits at the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota in Mankato
CMSM Blog
Emily Heinis

Spotlight on Group Visits

Two things we clearly emphasize at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota are our commitments to play and to our community. One of the most impactful things we offer for the playing community is group visits. Over 5,000 of our visitors this year came through our doors as part of a group.  These group visits

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11 Reasons Why A Museum Membership is the Best Gift this Holiday Season
CMSM Blog
Emily Heinis

11 Reasons Why A Museum Membership is the Best Gift this Holiday Season

Every time of year is a good time of year to get started as a member at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota, but right now, families are wondering what to give their kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, and other children in their lives for the holidays. You see the suggestion over and over again in

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giving thanks to our members and visitors
CMSM Blog
Emily Heinis

A Time to Give Thanks

It’s a rare treat when the first snow comes the same week we set up the Northwoods Winter Cabin at the Museum. The exhibit is in full swing (in its new location! Have you seen it yet? Stop in soon!), and as we watch the children love it the same as they have every year,

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CMSM's new brand with updated logo and tagline
CMSM Blog
Emily Heinis

A Brand Refresh for CMSM

If you stop into the Museum–or if you look around this very website!–you’ll notice we’ve been busy making some changes.  The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota adopted a slight refresh of our graphic identity which is emblematic of the bright future ahead. The new brand elements also sync up this updated website. “Play. It’s what

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