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Welcome to the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota Press Room. Our team works directly with the media across all platforms to provide information regarding all news and events pertaining to the Museum.

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Courtney Malone

The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota Awe-inspiring $5.5M Economic Impact.

MEDIA CONTACT: Louise Dickmeyer, CEO 507.382.7756 Louise.dickmeyer@cmsouthernmn.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 24, 2024 The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota Awe-inspiring $5.5M Economic Impact. Mankato, MN – The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota (CMSM) announced the findings of a recently completed economic impact report emphasizing its role in strengthening the local and regional economy. Based on its

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Courtney Malone

CMSM Introduces Curiosity Camp: Early Out Camp and More.

Media Contact Kim Kleven, VP of Play and Learning 507.344.9102 Kim.kleven@cmsouthernmn.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 8, 2024 Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota Introduces Curiosity Camp: Early Out Camp. The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is thrilled to announce the launch of its latest initiative, Curiosity Camps: the Early Out Camp is designed to transform shorter

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Courtney Malone

Grand Opening of Loose Parts Play Hub, Presented by Amcor

MEDIA CONTACT: Rachel Gemlo, Director of Programming 507.344.9101 Rachel.Gemlo@cmsouthernmn.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 2, 2023 Grand Opening of Loose Parts Play Hub, Presented by Amcor MANKATO, MN – The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is thrilled to announce the grand opening of the Loose Parts Play Hub (LPPH), presented by Amcor. On Thursday, Nov. 9

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Courtney Malone

CMSM Announces New Exhibit, Taylor Farm, Opening September 2023. Proudly Funded by the Glen A. Taylor Foundation

Louise Dickmeyer, CEO 507.382.7756 louise.dickmeyer@cmsouthernmn.org The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota Announces New Exhibit, Taylor Farm, Opening September 2023. Proudly Funded by the Glen A. Taylor Foundation   The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is excited for the grand opening of Taylor Farm on September 21, 2023, an engaging and educational experience that combines modern

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Painting is a good messy play activity for kids to do indoors
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Courtney Malone

CMSM Witnesses Significant Increase in Access Memberships for Gateway to Play Program

Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota Witnesses Significant Increase in Access Memberships for Gateway to Play Program Mankato, MN – July 10, 2023– The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is steadfast in its commitment to providing every child with the opportunity to experience the joy of learning through the power of play. With the invaluable support

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Courtney Malone

CMSM Partners with Feeding Our Communities Partners

MANKATO, MN – The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is pleased to partner with Feeding Our Communities Partners (FOCP) for a second year through its Summer Pack Food Program. The Museum is providing a One-Day Family Free Pass for each of the 1,000 summer food packages distributed in June to area youth. FOCP’s Summer Pack

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Children's Museum in Mankato awarded Grand from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
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Brittany

Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota receives $18,000 Grant from Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

MANKATO, MN – The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota (CMSM) has been awarded an $18,000 grant from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) to support collaborative programming. Funds from the grant will support several initiatives at the Museum, including access programs such as Gateway to Play memberships and Sensory Awareness Playtimes, community partnerships, and a

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Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota celebrates 8th Birthday
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Brittany

Children’s Museum to Celebrate 8th Birthday on May 1

Mankato, MN — The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota (CMSM) is proud to celebrate its 8th birthday since opening at its current location on May 1, 2015. The Museum has been dedicated to igniting the natural curiosity of every child through the power of play in a dynamic, awe-inspiring environment. “Less than 20 years ago,

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Jaci Sprague, VP of Development at the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota in Mankato
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Ashley Hanley

CMSM Welcomes Jaci Sprague as new VP of Development

Mankato—February 22, 2023—The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is thrilled to welcome Jaci Sprague as the new Vice President of Development. Sprague comes to the Museum with a wealth of knowledge and experience, along with a passion for community, nonprofits, and education. “I’m grateful for this opportunity and to be joining an incredible team. I

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Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota Corporate Partner Program
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Ashley Hanley

Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota Corporate Partner Program

Mankato— September 21, 2022— Now in its third year, the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota (CMSM) recently restructured the Corporate Partner Program to better serve the greater Mankato area. One of several members of the CMSM’s Corporate Partner program is Schwickert’s Tecta America. Kim Schwickert is the former president of Schwickert’s. He says his organization

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CMSM and MCHS reading xrays career exploration programming in Mankato
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Ashley Hanley

Children’s Museum Partners with Mayo Clinic Health System

Mankato— September 14, 2022— Mayo Clinic Health System (MCHS) and the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota (CMSM) are regional institutions that value health and wellness. Both institutions have strengths to lend to this partnership as they seek to provide opportunities for children and families to gain greater awareness about health and wellness and develop skills

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