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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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Toddlers and Transitions
CMSM Blog
Emily Heinis

When It’s Time to Leave: Toddlers and Transitions

Time spent playing at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is always time well-spent. Some families come and stay all day. Some groups visit for three hours. Some of our regular families stop in for just an hour sometimes, to break up the day or on their way to another activity (an excellent perk of

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children socializing and playing together making friends in mankato
CMSM Blog
Emily Heinis

What is Play?

We talk about Messy Play, Nature Play, Playwork, play as a family, Risky Play, and so much more. We quote our Mission Statement which centers around the “Power of Play,” and we consider the ways children play when we design an exhibit or even just a one-day, pop-up program. Sometimes, folks can be so tied

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CMSM Blog
Emily Heinis

Interview on “Risky Play” with Dr. Heather Von Bank

Play is the foundation of everything we do at the Museum. It’s in our mission statement: The mission of the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is to ignite the natural curiosity of every child through the power of play in a dynamic, awe-inspiring environment.  One of the concepts we talk about a lot is risky

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STEAM in Cecils Imagineering Loft Childrens Museum Mankato
CMSM Blog
Emily Heinis

New & Expanded Children’s Programming in Cecil’s Imagineering Loft

When you walk into the Museum for the first time or the ninetieth time, the sensory experience is amazing. Machines whirring, children laughing, and a visual feast of fun in every direction. One of the unique and exciting things about the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is its openness. From one spot, you can see

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A day in the life of a playworker at the Childrens Museum Wyatt Miller
CMSM Blog
Emily Heinis

A Day in the Life of a Playworker, Part II

Welcome to Part Two of A Day in the Life of a Playworker! If you missed Part One, please go back and read it here. We spoke with Guest Experience Manager and Playworker, Wyatt Miller, about what Playwork is, who it’s for, and what their goals are. You don’t want to miss his very insightful

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A day in the life of a playworker at the Childrens Museum Wyatt Miller
CMSM Blog
Emily Heinis

A Day in the Life of a Playworker, Part I

The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota and all children’s museums across the world have one thing in common: a team of people making the magic happen. People who make the exhibits, people who raise the money to create the spaces, people who manage members and funds, and many more. When you visit the Museum, however,

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Pumpkin Patch Autumn Adventures at the Childrens Museum of Southern Minnesota
CMSM Blog
Emily Heinis

Autumn Adventures: A festival of fall fun at the Museum!

Last week the calendar turned from summer to fall officially, and this week it turns from September to October. October means cooler days, longer nights, falling leaves, and the end of harvest. At the Museum, that means it’s time for Autumn Adventures! All month long, guests can look forward to an immersive fall experience. Musical

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Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota Corporate Partner Program
News
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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Young Explorers toddler preschooler program at the Childrens Museum of Southern Minnesota
CMSM Blog
Emily Heinis

Young Explorers: Weekly Program for Toddlers and Preschoolers

If you come into the Museum on any given day, there will be a sandwich board in the lobby explaining what’s happening. Could be special events, could be pop-up activities and programming, or it could be one of our regularly scheduled weekly programs. The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota offers weekly programming designed to provide

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