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Toddler Maze during Harvest Fest Festival at the Childrens Museum of Southern Minnesota Mankato
Wild Things Zoo Visit exotic animals at the Childrens Museum of Southern Minnesota 2020

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. If you would like the Museum’s upcoming events delivered to your inbox, click the button below to join our mailing list!

Fire Safety Day at the Childrens Museum of Southern Minnesota in Mankato 2019

Special events at the Children's Museum

02 March 2024

Math Happens

Join volunteers from the MathHappens Foundation in Cecil’s Imagineering Loft to explore mathematical thinking through puzzles, crafts, games and more. Activities are designed for all ages! …

12:00 pm4:00 pm
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03 March 2024

Math Happens

Join volunteers from the MathHappens Foundation in Cecil’s Imagineering Loft to explore mathematical thinking through puzzles, crafts, games and more. Activities are designed for all ages! …

12:00 pm4:00 pm
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05 March 2024
Magnet Wall in Cecils Imagineering Loft at the Children's Museum in Mankato

STEAM Explorers

STEAM brings together a powerful combination of skills, techniques, and experiments! Join us weekly on Tuesdays from 9-11am and Thursdays from 1-3pm to explore a variety of STEAM related child-led play activities! Weekly activities are based off of the Play Schemas. Each program session will have an option for guests to interact with each component …

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9:00 am11:00 am
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05 March 2024

Early Experiences Camp

Empower your child for pre-school with our six session Early Experiences Camp. Playful learning, socialization, and readiness activities for a confident start to their educational journey. This fun, exploration-based program introduces pre-schooled children to key readiness concepts. These camps will be focused on engaging experiences that allow children to be social, active and engaged, curious …

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9:00 am11:00 am
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05 March 2024

Baby Play

The goal of this program is to provide infants and toddlers a great opportunity for social connection and play in an aw inspiring environment. Each week will highlight a different play schema or area of development to guide the play invitation that will be facilitated by museum staff. In addition, each 4th Tuesday will include …

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10:00 am11:30 am
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05 March 2024

Art Explorers

Join us in Cecil’s Imagineering Loft for and open studio art experience.  We will explore and create with different art mediums each month.  drop in anytime during the program to participate. 2024 Monthly Themes: JANUARY: Clay FEBRUARY: Paper Collage MARCH: Chalk and Charcoal APRIL: Painting MAY: Sculpture JUNE:  Big Art JULY:  Recycled Art AUGUST:  Stamping and Relief …

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1:00 pm3:00 pm
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06 March 2024
We've got the beat in Cecils Imagineering STEAM loft at the Childrens Museum of Southern Minnesota in Mankato

Young Explorers

This program is for all age groups that are visiting the Museum. Activities are inspired by place, seasons, nature, play schemas and child development. On the 2nd Wednesday each month the Young Explorer Program activities are inspired by one of the six areas of wellness (Move, Relax, Eat Well, Sleep, Maintain, Discover) MCHS Family Medicine …

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9:30 am11:00 am
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06 March 2024

Outdoor Explorers

Join us each Wednesday afternoon (all year long) from 1-3pm to discover the outdoors during our Outdoor Explorers Program! Meeting each Wednesday at 1pm in the Loose Parts Play Hub, children and their caregivers can join in a conversation about the season and weather and create a nature journal. Then grab an Explorers Backpack and …

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1:00 pm3:00 pm
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06 March 2024
North Mankato Taylor Library Bookmobile

Bookmobile

The North Mankato Taylor Library Bookmobile makes weekly stops at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota on Wednesday afternoons from 2-3pm. Join us for story time on the Lauri Kuch Memorial Stage each week! …

2:00 pm3:00 pm
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07 March 2024

Art Explorers

Join us in Cecil’s Imagineering Loft for and open studio art experience.  We will explore and create with different art mediums each month.  drop in anytime during the program to participate. 2024 Monthly Themes: JANUARY: Clay FEBRUARY: Paper Collage MARCH: Chalk and Charcoal APRIL: Painting MAY: Sculpture JUNE:  Big Art JULY:  Recycled Art AUGUST:  Stamping and Relief …

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9:00 am11:00 am
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07 March 2024
Magnet Wall in Cecils Imagineering Loft at the Children's Museum in Mankato

STEAM Explorers

STEAM brings together a powerful combination of skills, techniques, and experiments! Join us weekly on Tuesdays from 9-11am and Thursdays from 1-3pm to explore a variety of STEAM related child-led play activities! Weekly activities are based off of the Play Schemas. Each program session will have an option for guests to interact with each component …

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1:00 pm3:00 pm
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08 March 2024
Read it Again - Why Repetition Matters

Literacy Explorers

A time to foster early literacy skills through play! This program is designed as a come-and-go experience that is child-led based on their interests. Join us Friday mornings from 9-11am to experience early literacy concepts through signing, talking, reading, writing, and playing! Weekly programs are based off of the 5 Early Literacy practices. Weekly Topics …

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9:00 am11:00 am
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