Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota

Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota Spark a lifelong love of learning by engaging children's natural curiosity in interactive ways!
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The Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is full of opportunities for discovery, development, and hands-on play. The Museum is many things: a mission, a place, and an organization -- but it is entirely devoted to serving children, families, and the greater community. Opened in May of 2015 at its fantastic, and permanent location in Mankato, Minne

sota, the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota features exhibits, activities, and spaces to engage all ages. From the Betsy Tacy-inspired Play Porch to the mind-inspiring attractions of the Whiz Bang exhibit, and with a towering Mankato Clinic Tree of Forts Climber so tall that it burst through the roof, there's plenty to do and see -- all within a safe, inviting, and comfortable space. The Children's Museum of Minnesota exists thanks to the support of dozens of businesses, hundreds of families, many wonderful volunteers, and the entire Greater Mankato community. Tens of thousands of visitors have already enjoyed the Museum at its previous locations since 2009. With the continued help and enthusiasm of all who have supported us, we can't wait to put smiles on many more faces -- for generations to come.

Gateway to Baby Play Memberships are available to families of newborns and first-time parents up to their child’s first ...
01/08/2024

Gateway to Baby Play Memberships are available to families of newborns and first-time parents up to their child’s first birthday! This Membership includes FREE admission for two parents and their baby until their first birthday. Signing up is easy, and the benefits are endless! Learn more: https://www.cmsouthernmn.org/gateway-to-play/

Bring your kids to our weekly programs at the Children's Museum for hands-on fun and learning. Check out our weekly prog...
01/07/2024

Bring your kids to our weekly programs at the Children's Museum for hands-on fun and learning. Check out our weekly programming: https://ow.ly/vueE50PS11O

We've got our goggles on and are ready to explore in the KATO Engineering Explorers' Lab! This space allows children to ...
01/07/2024

We've got our goggles on and are ready to explore in the KATO Engineering Explorers' Lab! This space allows children to experience some real life tools and is sure to bring out some big imagination even in our younger guests!

What a celebration! Thank you to everyone who visited the Museum for our Noon Year Celebration! Many wishes were sent up...
01/06/2024

What a celebration! Thank you to everyone who visited the Museum for our Noon Year Celebration! Many wishes were sent up the wind tunnel, and we hope they all come true. ⭐

Make this New Year's Resolution all about PLAY! Annual Memberships are $140 and have many benefits, including unlimited ...
01/05/2024

Make this New Year's Resolution all about PLAY! Annual Memberships are $140 and have many benefits, including unlimited admission to the Museum during regular hours for one year for two named adults and their dependent children (under the age of 18) living in a single household. Learn more about our memberships: https://www.cmsouthernmn.org/membership/

Thank you to Julie Bartley and the Environmental, Geography, and Earth Sciences Department of  Gustavus Adolphus College...
01/05/2024

Thank you to Julie Bartley and the Environmental, Geography, and Earth Sciences Department of Gustavus Adolphus College for donating their unused Stream Table to the museum programming team. We are SO excited to have this in our collection and cannot wait to use it to investigate with our guests the power of rivers to sculpt the earth's topography and their part in the water cycle.

Need somewhere for your kids to go during early out days? Sign them up for the January 10th Curiosity Camp: Early Out Ca...
01/04/2024

Need somewhere for your kids to go during early out days?
Sign them up for the January 10th Curiosity Camp: Early Out Camp! Campers get to explore, discover, and learn in an environment specifically designed to spark their curiosity and creativity. Plus, you will have peace of mind knowing that your children are in a safe, fun environment without having to worry about changing your schedule or finding alternative childcare. Your child will have a blast, make new friends, and come back home full of stories about their exciting adventures at the Museum. https://www.cmsouthernmn.org/curiosity-camps/early-out-camps/

What's new in the Loose Part Play Hub? Stump Table: Dominos! Dominos are a great loose part in addition to being a great...
01/03/2024

What's new in the Loose Part Play Hub? Stump Table: Dominos! Dominos are a great loose part in addition to being a great simple and fun group game. The size, weight and cool, smooth texture are great for sensory input. They also make a great clinking sound when all together. As adults, these might all seem like minor details, but to children, who learn through sensory input, these are things they might notice, enjoy and learn from!

The Mankato Clinic Tree of Forts Climber is not your average treehouse! Climb, stretch, reach, and balance in the rope t...
01/02/2024

The Mankato Clinic Tree of Forts Climber is not your average treehouse! Climb, stretch, reach, and balance in the rope tunnels, web-nets, and across the bridges that connect the forts growing from this ginormous climber. A toddler fort at the base of the tree and a real-log slide provide tree fort experiences for all ages.

The Children's Museum will be closed on January 1, 2024. See you tomorrow for regular hours!
01/01/2024

The Children's Museum will be closed on January 1, 2024. See you tomorrow for regular hours!

3, 2, 1, Happy Noon Year! Come celebrate the new year with us during our NOON Year's Eve celebration! We will have art, ...
12/31/2023

3, 2, 1, Happy Noon Year! Come celebrate the new year with us during our NOON Year's Eve celebration! We will have art, play, a photo backdrop, and an opportunity to send your 2024 wishes up the wind tunnel! And just before 12 PM we will have a countdown and ball drop followed by a dance party! This event is included with a Museum Membership or a daily admission.

Sponsored by: Gillette Pepsi-Cola Companies

Have you stopped to think about the importance of play in a child's life? It's crucial for their development, helping th...
12/30/2023

Have you stopped to think about the importance of play in a child's life? It's crucial for their development, helping them to learn, grow, and discover the world around them. For many children, the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota is a safe and welcoming space where they can engage in play and exploration.

But did you know that the museum relies on community support to continue providing these vital services to our children? As a non-profit organization, the Children's Museum depends on donations and support from community members like you to keep their doors open and provide access to play for all children.

By supporting the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota, you're not just investing in a fun and engaging space for children to play. You're also investing in the future of our community by providing a safe and educational environment for our children to grow and learn.

So, let's come together and support the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota. Whether it's through donations, volunteering, or simply spreading the word about this amazing organization, we can all make a difference in the lives of our children and ensure that they have access to the play and exploration they need to thrive.

Keep the Play Going: https://ow.ly/kXGF50QlaWn

Who doesn't love a baby sitting in a basket? 😍
12/30/2023

Who doesn't love a baby sitting in a basket? 😍

Start your countdown early with our NOON Year's Eve celebration on December 31 from 10 AM-1 PM! We will have art, play, ...
12/29/2023

Start your countdown early with our NOON Year's Eve celebration on December 31 from 10 AM-1 PM! We will have art, play, a photo backdrop, and an opportunity to send your wishes for 2024 up the wind tunnel! And just before noon, we will have a countdown and ball drop followed by a dance party!

Sponsored by: Gillette Pepsi-Cola Companies

Tomorrow is a Kapla blocks takeover in Cecil's Imagineering Loft! From newly interested to expert builders, it's fun for...
12/28/2023

Tomorrow is a Kapla blocks takeover in Cecil's Imagineering Loft! From newly interested to expert builders, it's fun for all. What will you build?

What's new in the Loose Parts Play Hub? Stainless table: This month, we are featuring our Spielgaben set. This is a dyna...
12/28/2023

What's new in the Loose Parts Play Hub? Stainless table: This month, we are featuring our Spielgaben set. This is a dynamic set of endless play and learning possibilities. It is a curated set of loose parts created by an educator named Fredrick Froebel in the early 1800's. Create a mosaic, string some wooden beads, build a castle or sort the colors!

Presented by: Amcor Packaging

Thank you to Nidec Kato Engineering, a returning Corporate Partner at the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota! Their...
12/28/2023

Thank you to Nidec Kato Engineering, a returning Corporate Partner at the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota! Their generosity and commitment to our mission will help create a brighter future for our children and community. Together, we'll ignite curiosity, foster creativity, and provide unforgettable experiences!

Boxes, Sheets, and tubes galore! Join us tomorrow in Cecil's Imagineering loft for Fort Building with your friends!
12/27/2023

Boxes, Sheets, and tubes galore! Join us tomorrow in Cecil's Imagineering loft for Fort Building with your friends!

For our winter break fun tomorrow, we will have Art Studio Day in Cecil's Imagineering Loft! A variety of materials will...
12/26/2023

For our winter break fun tomorrow, we will have Art Studio Day in Cecil's Imagineering Loft! A variety of materials will be available all day for your creative expression!

12/26/2023

NEW CURIOSITY CAMPS! Let your child ignite their natural curiosity through the power of play in an awe-inspiring environment! Whether you are looking for something for your child to do on a day off of school or an opportunity to explore the camp theme, there will be something for everyone! Learn more: https://ow.ly/yR1X50QkQiA

We've got a fun week planned at the Museum for winter break! Tomorrow, the Blue Blocks will be out all day for creativit...
12/26/2023

We've got a fun week planned at the Museum for winter break! Tomorrow, the Blue Blocks will be out all day for creativity and engineering!

The Children's Museum will be closed on December 25, 2023. See you on December 26th!
12/25/2023

The Children's Museum will be closed on December 25, 2023. See you on December 26th!

The Children's Museum will be closed on December 24, 2023. See you on December 26th!
12/24/2023

The Children's Museum will be closed on December 24, 2023. See you on December 26th!

Check-in can sometimes be hectic when your little one is ready to PLAY! We have added an interactive magnet wall to help...
12/24/2023

Check-in can sometimes be hectic when your little one is ready to PLAY! We have added an interactive magnet wall to help keep your children close by. Never fear; our Playworkers are always available to help if waiting to play isn't an option.

Mr. Mike, the Maintenance Man, took a break to PLAY! Who can resist creating and building with a child that is so passio...
12/23/2023

Mr. Mike, the Maintenance Man, took a break to PLAY! Who can resist creating and building with a child that is so passionate about it?

Just a kiddo and their favorite Museum squirrel. ❤️ Does anyone else have a child that has a favorite toy or item at the...
12/23/2023

Just a kiddo and their favorite Museum squirrel. ❤️ Does anyone else have a child that has a favorite toy or item at the Museum?

Join our Team! The Front desk team has the responsibility of working in a fast-paced environment and overseeing the Muse...
12/22/2023

Join our Team! The Front desk team has the responsibility of working in a fast-paced environment and overseeing the Museum’s front desk, café and gift shop while on duty. The Playworker team ensures that the Museum’s exhibits are reset and that the environment is clean, safe, and welcoming. Primary working hours are Saturday with other Tuesday-Friday hours as needed for special events and programs for around 8 hours. Learn more: https://www.cmsouthernmn.org/job-opportunities/

NOW OFFERING CURIOSITY CAMPS! Let your child ignite their natural curiosity through the power of play in an awe-inspirin...
12/21/2023

NOW OFFERING CURIOSITY CAMPS! Let your child ignite their natural curiosity through the power of play in an awe-inspiring environment! Whether you are looking for something for your child to do on a day off of school or an opportunity to explore the camp theme, there will be something for everyone! Learn more: https://ow.ly/w8uh50QkQiB

The Children's Museum will be closed on December 24 and 25, 2023. See you on December 26th!
12/21/2023

The Children's Museum will be closed on December 24 and 25, 2023. See you on December 26th!

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224 Lamm Street
Mankato, MN
56001

Opening Hours

Tuesday 9am - 4pm
Wednesday 9am - 4pm
Thursday 9am - 7pm
Friday 9am - 4pm
Saturday 9am - 4pm
Sunday 9am - 4pm

Telephone

(507) 386-0279

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The Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is full of opportunities for discovery, development, and hands-on play. The Museum is many things: a mission, a place, and an organization -- but it is entirely devoted to serving children, families, and the greater community. Opened in May of 2015 at its fantastic, and permanent location in downtown Mankato, Minnesota, the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota features exhibits, activities, and spaces to engage all ages. From the Betsy Tacy-inspired Play Porch to the mind-inspiring attractions of the two-level makers space, and with a towering Mankato Clinic Tree of Forts Climber so tall that it burst through the roof, there's plenty to do and see -- all within a safe, inviting, and comfortable space. The Children's Museum of Minnesota exists thanks to the support of dozens of businesses, hundreds of families, many wonderful volunteers, and the entire Greater Mankato community. Tens of thousands of visitors have already enjoyed the Museum at its previous locations since 2009. With the continued help and enthusiasm of all who have supported us, we can't wait to put smiles on many more faces -- for generations to come.


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