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.

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For Families

For families who experience barriers to play, we offer options to ensure all children have access to play at the Museum. Qualifying families may receive free or “pay as you are able” Gateway to Play memberships. 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 Baby Play Memberships are available to families of newborns and first-time parents up to their child’s first birthday. This Membership includes free admission for two parents and their baby until their first birthday. Around the baby’s first birthday, this Membership will lapse and you may transition to another Membership level. Apply here.

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Impact Partners

We work with many community impact 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.

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For Schools

The Museum offers a 10% discount to all students and a 50% discount to all adults chaperoning a scheduled group visit.

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