Once Upon a Time…

As children, we are awestruck by the worlds and characters woven into the stories that we hear. Stories provide us with doses of magic that remind us to keep our curiosity alive and to find wonder in the everyday. As an adult, sometimes we let ourselves stray away from that world, focusing on the many […]

PLAY dough

There’s a chill in the air and we have already seen the first few snow flurries of the season. As winter draws near we look for places of warmth and comfort. We hope that the Children’s Museum of South Dakota can be one of those places for your family. We see new families every day, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Spring in Bloom

As spring grows near, I get an itch to throw out any reminders of winter and to freshen up our programming rooms at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota with bright spring colors and activities. One of my favorite ways to do this is with a flower planting sensory bin. Sensory bins are a tactile […]