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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Memorable Moments

At the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, we work hard to offer a space where families can make meaningful memories. Memories from childhood make us who we are and help shape our lives. Take a moment to think about what you remember most from your childhood. Perhaps it’s a family road trip. Or maybe it’s […]

Dawson’s Day

We often hear from families about how much they value playing together at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota. But for Michelle and her family, Sensory Friendly Play offers a chance not only for play but also for relaxation and togetherness — two things that aren’t always easy to come by when you have a […]

Fostering Empathy Through Play

The power of a caring word, a listening ear, small gesture, or sincere compliment cannot be underestimated. These simple acts of kindness hold the potential to brighten someone day, turn a negative situation positive, and ultimately make the world a better place. One of the most valuable skills for children to develop is empathy, which is the […]

Maker Studio

The Maker Movement has been making waves throughout the country in schools, libraries and children’s museums, encouraging new generations of inventors. Often defined as environments for making, inventing, tinkering, and creativity, it was a natural fit for the Children’s Museum of South Dakota. Therefore, we decided to open a studio designed specifically for making. True […]

“I’m Like You, You’re Like Me”

All children have the right to grow up in a world where people understand and appreciate each other. Inspired by the book “I’m Like You, You’re Like Me”, by Cindy Gainer, this post provides insight on teaching children about understanding, appreciation and respect for others. Children are our future. Working alongside them, we can create […]