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.

Per Governor Walz’s order, the Museum will be temporarily closed. Read more here.

  • Are You Smarter Than the 5th Graders? – Cancelled

    The 7th Annual Are You Smarter Than the 5th Graders? event has been cancelled due to the recommendations coming from local and national health authorities.

    Are YOU smarter than the 5th graders? Find out on April 21, at our 7th  annual event!

    Come watch 11 local 5th grade representatives compete to win prizes for their classrooms! These students scored the highest at their school on a qualifying test offered to all 5th graders in the Mankato area. This year’s celebrities are Alan Kiefer of ProGrowth Bank, Duane Olenius of Pioneer Bank, and Jolene Wall of U.S. Bank.

    2020 Are You Smarter Than the 5th Grader student contestants: Connor Parrish-Olson, Bridges Community School; Eli Edberg, Eagle Lake Elementary; Cami Schuh, Franklin Elementary; Ethan Mann, Hoover Elementary; Laura Mohapatra, Jefferson Elementary; Leo Burns, Kennedy Elementary; Jack Morgan, Monroe Elementary; Alayna Williams, Roosevelt Elementary; Abdifattah Hussein, Rosa Parks Elementary; Tobias Luntsford, Washington Elementary; Eli Mueller, Loyola Catholic School.

    Thank you to our sponsors: Mathnasium, Mankato Clinic, Johnson Outdoors, and Kohlmeyer.

    All proceeds benefit the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota. If you are unable to attend the event, please consider making a donation.

  • Special Needs Accessibility Playtime – April 24

    Friday, April 24, 4:30 – 7:00 pm

    Children with special needs or sensory challenges and their families are invited to a playdate at the Museum on Friday, April 24, during a time when fewer visitors will be present. Come explore the Museum’s exciting exhibits and enjoy hands-on play! This event is free of charge.

    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.”

    Save the date:
    Friday, July 24, 4:30 – 7:00 pm
    Friday, October 23, 4:30 – 7:00 pm

  • FREE Family Fun Night at the Museum – May 21

    Thursday, May 21, 4:30 – 7:00 pm

    Join us at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota and explore the galleries and exhibits at no cost on Thursday, May 21! This free playdate provides a Gateway to Play for all children and families. Come check out the Museum!

    Save the date for the upcoming Free Family Nights at the Museum:
    Thursday, August 20
    Thursday, November 19

  • Bookmobile Visits

    The North Mankato Taylor Library Bookmobile will not be stopping at the Museum until further notice, as its operation has been temporarily cancelled. Stay tuned for more information!

  • Baby Café

    Baby Café will not meet at the Museum for the time being. Please watch this page and other resources for updates.

    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.