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Courtney Malone

CMSM Cultivates Agricultural Awareness with Ag Education Day this June

MEDIA CONTACT Jaci Sprague, Vice President of Development 651-208-4613 Jaci.Sprague@cmsouthernmn.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 21, 2024 Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota Cultivates Agricultural Awareness with Ag Education Day this June Mankato, MN – Join the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota on June 1 for Ag Education Day. Ag is so relevant in our region, but many

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Courtney Malone

CMSM and Xcel Energy Foundation Partner to Provide Scholarships to Curiosity Camps

MEDIA CONTACT Kim Kleven, Vice President of Play & Learning 507.420.1866 kim.kleven@cmsouthernmn.org   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 14, 2024 The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota and Xcel Energy Foundation Partner to Provide Scholarships to Curiosity Camps   Mankato, MN – The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota (CMSM) is delighted to announce the availability of scholarships

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Rachel Gemlo

What’s new in the Loose Parts Play Hub this May

Here’s what you will find in the Loose Parts Play Hub this month: – Bugs! One of our favorite parts of spring is that we get to observe all the crawling creatures who are coming out of hiding and winter hibernation. May is also the month that we start to prepare our butterfly house for

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Courtney Malone

Call to Artists – CMSM Needs Guest Artists for our Playing With Art Series.

Media Contact Rachel Gemlo, Director of Programming 507.344.9101 rachel.Gemlo@cmsouthernmn.org Call to Artists – Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota Needs Guest Artists for our Playing With Art Series. The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is thrilled to unveil a dynamic, multi-faceted project aimed at igniting the imaginations of young artists in our region. The Museum will

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Rachel Gemlo

What’s new in the Loose Parts Play Hub this April

Here’s what you will find in the Loose Parts Play Hub this month: – Treasure Basket: New on the book shelf is a treasure basket. Treasure baskets are collections of beautiful or interesting items for infants and toddlers to explore. Children learn so much through their senses and these baskets offer a variety of different

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Tasha Oliver

National Learn about Butterflies Day

It’s National Learn About Butterflies Day! Spring is right around the corner. What an excellent time to take a few minutes to learn something new about butterflies! Butterflies and other pollinators play an important and vital role in our ecosystem! Here are a few things you can do to help support butterflies and pollinators in

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Rachel Gemlo

What’s new in the Loose Parts Play Hub this March

This month in the Loose Parts Play Hub you can play around with drawing portraits of yourself or those you came to play with. You can create silly faces with loose parts. Plus, you can get to know each other with some conversation cards! Here’s what you will find in the Loose Parts Play Hub

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Tasha Oliver

Spotlight on Literacy Explorers

The Literacy Explores program at CMSM provides guests with child-led play experiences based around the five early literacy practices; sing, talk, read, write, and play! These early literacy practices start with what caregivers are already doing with their children and build from there. Spotlight on Early Literacy Practice: Write! – During Literacy Explorers, guests can

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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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Rachel Gemlo

What’s New in the Loose Parts Play Hub this February

Loose parts play embraces an unrestricted method of play by offering children an assortment of materials or objects that can be freely moved, manipulated, and combined in various ways. This unstructured approach stimulates children’s creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills as they envision, design, and construct using the available materials. Here’s what you will find

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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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Rachel Gemlo

What’s New in the Loose Parts Play Hub this January

Loose parts play is an open-ended approach to play that involves providing children with a variety of materials of objects that can be moved, manipulated, and combined in a different way. The open-ended nature of loose parts play stimulates children’s creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills as they imagine, design, and build using the materials

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