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Emily Heinis

Posts and articles written by author Emily Heinis, blog contributor for the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota.

Toddlers and Transitions
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Emily Heinis

When It’s Time to Leave: Toddlers and Transitions

Time spent playing at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is always time well-spent. Some families come and stay all day. Some groups visit for three hours. Some of our regular families stop in for just an hour sometimes, to break up the day or on their way to another activity (an excellent perk of

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children socializing and playing together making friends in mankato
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Emily Heinis

What is Play?

We talk about Messy Play, Nature Play, Playwork, play as a family, Risky Play, and so much more. We quote our Mission Statement which centers around the “Power of Play,” and we consider the ways children play when we design an exhibit or even just a one-day, pop-up program. Sometimes, folks can be so tied

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Interview on “Risky Play” with Dr. Heather Von Bank

Play is the foundation of everything we do at the Museum. It’s in our mission statement: The mission of the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is to ignite the natural curiosity of every child through the power of play in a dynamic, awe-inspiring environment.  One of the concepts we talk about a lot is risky

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STEAM in Cecils Imagineering Loft Childrens Museum Mankato
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Emily Heinis

New & Expanded Children’s Programming in Cecil’s Imagineering Loft

When you walk into the Museum for the first time or the ninetieth time, the sensory experience is amazing. Machines whirring, children laughing, and a visual feast of fun in every direction. One of the unique and exciting things about the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is its openness. From one spot, you can see

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A day in the life of a playworker at the Childrens Museum Wyatt Miller
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Emily Heinis

A Day in the Life of a Playworker, Part II

Welcome to Part Two of A Day in the Life of a Playworker! If you missed Part One, please go back and read it here. We spoke with Guest Experience Manager and Playworker, Wyatt Miller, about what Playwork is, who it’s for, and what their goals are. You don’t want to miss his very insightful

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A day in the life of a playworker at the Childrens Museum Wyatt Miller
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Emily Heinis

A Day in the Life of a Playworker, Part I

The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota and all children’s museums across the world have one thing in common: a team of people making the magic happen. People who make the exhibits, people who raise the money to create the spaces, people who manage members and funds, and many more. When you visit the Museum, however,

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Pumpkin Patch Autumn Adventures at the Childrens Museum of Southern Minnesota
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Emily Heinis

Autumn Adventures: A festival of fall fun at the Museum!

Last week the calendar turned from summer to fall officially, and this week it turns from September to October. October means cooler days, longer nights, falling leaves, and the end of harvest. At the Museum, that means it’s time for Autumn Adventures! All month long, guests can look forward to an immersive fall experience. Musical

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Young Explorers toddler preschooler program at the Childrens Museum of Southern Minnesota
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Emily Heinis

Young Explorers: Weekly Program for Toddlers and Preschoolers

If you come into the Museum on any given day, there will be a sandwich board in the lobby explaining what’s happening. Could be special events, could be pop-up activities and programming, or it could be one of our regularly scheduled weekly programs. The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota offers weekly programming designed to provide

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Embracing the final days of summer with kids in southern Minnesota activities
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Emily Heinis

Embracing the Final Days of Summer

The bounty from gardens is overflowing. Sweatshirts need to be worn after sundown. The local pools have been drained. The faintest yellowing of leaves on trees hints at what the calendar proves true: summer is almost over. The school-aged kids and their teachers are back in classrooms and the parks are just a little bit quieter.

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Ignite Society annual event at the Childens Museum of Southern Minnesota
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Emily Heinis

Ignite Society Recognizes Members with Second Annual Appreciation Event

On Tuesday, July 19, members of the Museum’s Ignite Society joined together to celebrate a year of change and growth. The private appreciation event is held each year at the Museum after hours to highlight the new exhibits, share food and drink, and catch up on everything the CMSM has done over the past year.

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Rogue Sunflower is a Symbol fo CMSM resiliency
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Emily Heinis

The Rogue Sunflower: An Unexpected Symbol of CMSM’s Resiliency

A mixed seed packet. Really strong winds. The bottom of someone’s shoe. A bird passing overhead at just the right moment. These are the ways a rogue seed might make its way into a garden patch where it wasn’t intentionally planted. The circumstances might be all wrong for the seed, but it gets plopped down

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Playing in the quarry at the Childrens Museum of Southern Minnesota
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Emily Heinis

Playing Together as a Family

Our spaces at the Museum are designed with ages 0-9 at the forefront, but that doesn’t mean they’re not fun for everyone! We recently shared the valuable ways play is good for people of any age, and we want to follow up with ways families can play together both in our spaces and in your

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