Weekly programming offered for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers at the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota in Mankato

The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota offers weekly programming designed to provide children with engaging, enriching, and fun experiences. Weekly topics developed by Museum educators will inspire babies, toddlers, and older kids with activities that support their development and growth in a safe environment.

Young Explorers is a weekly program open to all guests but specifically geared toward 2-5 year old toddlers and preschoolers. Children and their grown-ups will explore learning new skills through play in a multi-sensory Museum experience which will be a child-led learning time. We will be exploring different areas of our awe-inspiring environment each week. Upon arrival, check-in at the front desk to receive a ticket for the time that works best for your visit:

  • 9:30-10am
  • 10-10:30am
  • 10:30-11am

Join us in Cecil’s Imagineering Loft for a make-and-take art experience. We will explore and create with different art mediums each month. Drop in anytime during the program to participate!

  • Tuesdays, 1-3pm
  • Thursdays, 9-11am

With a goal to support first-time parents or those who are caring for an infant, the Museum staff, several early childhood expert volunteers will team up to offer content specific to our birth-two age range.  Although topics such as sleep, development, feeding and parent-child bonding will be selected and promoted for each session, parent questions will often take center stage and steer the conversation to wherever it is most useful for families.

Tuesdays, 10-11:30am