Gateway to Play

The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is guided by a vision to ensure that all children are able to experience the joy of learning through the power of play at the Museum. In order to make that vision a reality for those that may experience barriers to participation, we have developed several approaches to increase access to the Museum.

Gateway to Play

For Families

For families who experience barriers to play, we offer several options to ensure all children have access to play at the Museum. Several times a year, CMSM hosts Free Family Fun Events which provides admission at no charge. Qualifying families may also receive free or “pay as you are able” Gateway to Play memberships or daily admission. A “barrier” can be many things — income, language, cultural factors, ability, special need, or another special situation. Signing up is easy! Simply complete this form and survey, bring it to the Museum front desk and stay to play! Applications may also be mailed to the Museum or emailed to: kim.kleven@cmsouthernmn.org

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Gateway to Play

For Nonprofits

We work with many community partners in the Greater Mankato area to ensure all children are able to experience the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota. This includes free family admission passes and a streamlined Gateway to Play membership process for the constituents of organizations serving children and families experiencing participation barriers.

Gateway to Play

For Schools

The Museum offers already-reduced group visit admission rate at an additional half price discount to schools where 50% of enrolled students experience access barriers.

This work is funded in part through grant support provided by U.S. Bank Foundation