Programs & Events

The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is all about hands-on play and unique programs and events. Read below to learn more about what is happening in the Museum galleries. If you would like the Museum’s upcoming events delivered to your email address, click here to sign up for our mailing list!

The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota reserves the right to change the programming plans. Please watch this website and Facebook page for updates.


New Museum Hours!

The Museum will be closed for cleaning on Monday and Tuesday, February 11 & 12.

  • What’s in the AgLab?

    Follow Your Way through a Ruminant Digestive System
    February 2019

    Did you know cattle belong to a group of animals with multiple parts to their stomachs? These animals are called ruminants. Come learn the job of each stomach compartment and touch and feel different textures each one might have.

  • Toddler Wednesday

    Wednesdays, 10:00 am
    Please arrive early to reserve your spot.

    February 6
    Snowy Day

    February 13
    Healthy Heart: Let’s incorporate some fun as we learn about having a healthy, happy heart. This program is developed in partnership with Mayo Clinic Health System.

    February 20
    Lights and Shadows

    February 27
    Frozen Tundra

  • STEAM in the Loft

    Thursdays, 3:00 – 6:00 pm
    Saturdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 – 3:00 pm
    Sundays, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

    Climb into Cecil’s Imagineering Loft and enjoy STEAM programming on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. These programs are designed with children age 6 and beyond in mind, but everyone is welcome to play and learn in the Loft!

    February 7, 9, 10, 14, 16 & 17
    Snowstorm Painting – What does a snow storm look like?  Let’s use spray bottles, cotton swabs, paint, and salt to create a snowy masterpiece.

    February 21, 23, 24 & 28
    March 2 & 3
    Get Shocked at the Museum – Come learn about electricity and have fun doing so!

  • Tabletop Activities

    Available daily, Tuesday through Sunday, in the Kato Engineering Explorers’ Lab

    February 5 – 17
    Balancing

    February 18 – March 3
    Animal Washing Station

  • Family Series: Viva Vivaldi – April 20

    Saturdays, 3:00 pm
    September 15 & November 17 2018
    January 18 & April 20, 2019

    Join Mankato Symphony Orchestra at the Children’s Museum for Viva Vivaldi, a series of four shows designed to introduce children to the delights of classical music. The show will be performed on Saturday afternoons and will feature musicians, actors, storytelling, and musical activities. Come to the Museum an hour ahead of the performance and play at no cost!

    Mark your calendars for September 15 and November 17, 2018 and January 19 and April 20 of next year.

    During the week of each Family Series show, join us at the Museum for a special program, Igniting STEM Learning Through the InterPLAY of Music-Science-Math, funded by the Xcel Energy Foundation. This program is included with daily admission or Museum membership.

  • Special Needs Accessibility Playtime – March 1

    Friday, March 1, 4:30 – 7:30 pm

    Tonight’s event has been rescheduled for Friday, March 1, due to the weather. We apologize for any inconvenience. Stay safe!

    Children with special needs or sensory challenges and their families are invited to a playdate at the Museum on Friday, January 18, during a time when fewer visitors will be present. Explore the Museum from 4:30 – 7:30 pm at no cost thanks to the sponsorship by Southern Minnesota Autism Coalition.

    To help prepare your child for this playtime, check out the  Museum’s social story: “A Trip to the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota.”

  • Bookmobile Visits

    Wednesdays, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

    The North Mankato Taylor Library Bookmobile will stop at the Museum every Wednesday from 2:00 – 3:00 pm. Check out some new materials, or return any area library books. During the Bookmobile’s visit, Amy will come into the Museum for a storytime in one of the galleries.

  • Baby Café

    Thursdays, 12:30 – 2:30 pm

    New mothers and mothers-to-be interested in breastfeeding are encouraged to visit the Mankato Area Baby Café. Baby Café is a national network of breastfeeding drop-ins, combining breastfeeding information with a relaxed, informal environment where mothers can chat and learn about breastfeeding from skilled practitioners and each other. Mankato Area Baby Café is made possible by Mayo Clinic Health System.

    For more information, call 507.594.2967.