New Heights Continued

Innovation Learning Lab is designed to promote children working together through inquiry to solve a problem. The following is a continuation of “New Heights”, the beginning of an exploration of compassion and consideration for others. Through the process of exploring how to help friends not feel scared when climbing the Cloud Climber, three main ideas […]

New Heights

The Children’s Museum of South Dakota’s iconic Our Prairie gallery is home to the beloved Cloud Climber where guests can climb to get a birds-eye view of the prairie below.  Much like the way the winds twist and turn across the Midwest prairie, each cloud platform curves its way toward the sky reaching heights of two […]

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 […]