Full STEAM Ahead

When area school districts have “no school” days, it’s time for STEAM camp at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota. Since we are not a school in the traditional sense, the lessons we teach often speak to more than academia. STEAM camp covers concepts such as science, technology, engineering, art, and math, but we also […]

Fee Bee, Fee Bee, Fee Bee

The outdoor prairie of the Children’s Museum of South Dakota is home to small wooden boxes affixed to poles that are staked into the ground.  These boxes were the topic of discussion during a recent visit of the Innovation Learning Lab. Eighty students from Medary Elementary in Brookings, SD, explored these boxes documenting what they […]

Out of this World

Beginning in January 2018, students from Hillcrest Elementary School, located in Brookings, S.D., started making weekly visits to the Children’s Museum of South Dakota as part of a unique offering called the Innovation Learning Lab. Innovation Learning Lab is a program created in collaboration with South Dakota State University, the Brookings School District, and the […]

Always More to Learn

The following is a continuation of the Innovation Learning Lab series. Read on to learn about how a group of students used what they learned about animal habitats to reach over 20,000 guests. When Hillcrest Elementary began coming to the Children’s Museum of South Dakota for Innovation Learning Lab (ILL) in January 2018, they split into […]

A Journey into Culture

The following is a continuation of the Innovation Learning Lab series. Read on to learn about how asking questions and empowering learners can create the opportunity for world-changing conversations. To many people, culture is synonymous with ethnicity and language; but, culture is more than that. Culture is ethnicity, language, region, family style, belief systems, personality […]

Innovation Learning Lab

A young boy with eyes full of wonder enters Tangle Town exclaiming, “It’s like a maze. It’s easy to get out of because you just have to move forward.” When faced with the problem of not knowing Tangle Town’s pathways, instead of giving up he kept moving forward. Problems have a way of becoming learning […]

What Stories Do

Literature can move us in ways that few other things can. When we read or hear stories we are transported to another place and time. We learn about the world and even more about ourselves. The power in stories is that they create relationships. Stories help people connect with people, with materials, with art, and with the […]

Lead the Way…

At the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, we encourage children to lead the way in their play. Following the child’s lead can be wonderfully unpredictable and full of teachable moments. So how does one follow the lead of a child in their play? By honoring the child and their instinct to wonder, explore, and discover. […]

Mystery Dinner Theater

For the past few years, the Children’s Museum of South Dakota has been hosting a new type of educational programming: Mystery Dinner Theaters. Dinner theater programs continue to be popular for the adult demographic – but here at the Children’s Museum, we are always about making experiences accessible to the child! In our most recent Mystery […]