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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!

Rogue Sunflower is a Symbol fo CMSM resiliency
CMSM Blog
Emily Heinis

The Rogue Sunflower: An Unexpected Symbol of CMSM’s Resiliency

A mixed seed packet. Really strong winds. The bottom of someone’s shoe. A bird passing overhead at just the right moment. These are the ways a rogue seed might make its way into a garden patch where it wasn’t intentionally planted. The circumstances might be all wrong for the seed, but it gets plopped down

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Playing in the quarry at the Childrens Museum of Southern Minnesota
CMSM Blog
Emily Heinis

Playing Together as a Family

Our spaces at the Museum are designed with ages 0-9 at the forefront, but that doesn’t mean they’re not fun for everyone! We recently shared the valuable ways play is good for people of any age, and we want to follow up with ways families can play together both in our spaces and in your

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Play is for grown-ups, too!
CMSM Blog
Emily Heinis

Play is for Grown-ups, too!

The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is targeted for children ages 0-10, which means parents or caregivers are always present. We are not a drop-off facility. One of the fun things Museum playworkers and other families get to observe is how those parents and caregivers interact with the exhibits as well.  We have found there

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Butterfly house gardens pollinator childrens museum of southern minnesota
CMSM Blog
Emily Heinis

10 Wonderful Ways Nature Play Amazes

You may have heard about the Museum’s big expansion news or more recently have seen the preliminary plans for the space in the newspaper. While there are lots of exciting things going on in the plans for the new space, one thing is clear: we will be increasing our outdoor nature play adventuring opportunities. Exploration

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Musical Instrument for kids at the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota in Mankato
CMSM Blog
Emily Heinis

The Power of Music Therapy and Play

While we are all super excited for the big changes we have coming at the Museum, we also continue to experience smaller growth and development all the time! Right now we’re excited for the upcoming installation of the first outdoor musical instrument in our music garden.  When the grassy area was added to our Mayo

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The Importance of Messy Play in Child Development
CMSM Blog
Emily Heinis

The Importance of Messy Play in Early Childood

The excitement hasn’t stopped on the Dotson Back 40 since we opened the Mud Kitchen (and even celebrated International Mud Day!) and encouraged kids of all ages to get messy. Parents can feel at ease when we let our kids explore and get mucky and grubby at the Museum instead of at home. Don’t worry,

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Experience the benefits of animals on child development at the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota
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Emily Heinis

The Benefits of Animals for Children’s Development

Most people have a memory of a favorite pet from childhood. If they didn’t have one of their own, they might conjure up thoughts of a grandparent’s, neighbor’s, or friend’s pet they loved at some point in their lives. We think of how cute they are when we look at them, how soft they might

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Butterfly House Monarch Pollinator exhibit at the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota in Mankato
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Brittany

Butterfly House Pollinator Exhibit to Open June 21

The Butterfly House at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is opening for the season on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.  The timing couldn’t be better – it coincides with National Pollinator Week! History of the Butterfly House CMSM has long supported Monarch butterflies in outdoor spaces, particularly the Prairie’s Edge Exploration Area. It was all

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Rachel Geml0

Playing with Art: Process Over Product

What is Process Art? I am Rachel Gemlo, a Program Facilitator here at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota. My background is in early childhood education and studio arts. I recently gave a presentation on process art at the FACS to the Max conference at Minnesota State University, Mankato. While preparing my presentation, I discovered

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Brittany

Summer Activities, Exhibits, and Programs at the Children’s Museum

The weather is finally getting warmer after another long Minnesota winter, area farmers are busy planting their fields with this year’s crop, and kids are growing more excited by the day for the last day of school. With summer break just around the corner, you may be greeted with a tinge of hesitation – wondering

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Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota in Mankato Acquires Additional Land for Future Expansion
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Ronda Redmond

CMSM Acquires Additional Land for Future Expansion

Spring has sprung here at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota, and like the leaves on the apple tree in the Dotson Back 40 we are all about growth! On April 20th Museum CEO Louise Dickmeyer announced the purchase of the half-acre lot adjacent to our existing building and grounds.   Long time Museum supporters

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