H2GO Outdoor Water Gallery


Children are fascinated with the physical action of pumping and the gratification of seeing the water flow from the pump as a result their efforts.

Water play in the H2GO Outdoor Water Gallery at the Childrens Museum of Southern Minnesota Mankato

Ultimate Water Table

The H2GO Water Gallery invites children to learn about the principles and properties of water by interacting with an Archimedes Screw – a simple machine dating back to ancient Greece. The unveiling today gives children another way to play!

This exhibit is great for...

sensory play and experimentation with water.

Outdoor Recreation

Straddle the snowmobile or strap on your cross-country skis as you make your way to the log cabin nestled in the woods. Children dress up snow people with buttons, hats, and scarves only to remake them with a carrot nose and sticks for arms. The play extends to the ice fishing hole, where visitors try their luck at catching more than a tangle--that elusive walleye. Wood chopping and dog sledding are fun first-time activities to try.

Water Play

A daily snowball fight facilitated by our staff is a playful way to burn off some energy on a cold winter's day. Soft, pillow-y snowballs, sewn by our in-house sewing volunteers, make this fight the most fun! Will you hide in the snow fort and plan your attack, or stand in the wide-open as a target for even the youngest visitors to hit?


Venture inside the log cabin where quieter times await. Over the wood stove, make a hearty breakfast of pancakes, eggs, and bacon for your guests, or bake gingerbread cookies and roast a marshmallow over the fire. The pace is slower here and invites puzzle play, board games, and reading. Caregivers enjoy a cup of pretend hot cocoa and hot cakes right off the griddle as they relax in front of the cozy fireplace.