Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Children’s Museum of South Dakota

Last Sunday, The new Children’s Museum of South Dakota opened in town.  It is located in the old elementary school building and has been renovated and is pretty amazing.

Rylee invited her friend Mya to join us for the day on Friday and take in the new museum.  It was perfect as we went at 10:00 am when it opened and not too many others were there at the time.  I love the fact that I will be able to take her during the day without the fear of massive crowds and germs from snotty nosed little kids. 

To say Rylee and Mya enjoyed the museum was a little bit of an understatement.  They didn’t want to leave the grocery store (which I must say is a little brand specific – as it was stocked with all things HyVee.  DSCN2984DSCN2982


Next we moved into the farm.  Can we say that these two girls are city-girls.  They refused to pick the veggies from the stalk or ground, but instead headed to the troughs where all the extra plastic veggies were stored.  There is a big pig with piglets that can nurse,  a cow that can be milked and chickens that you can pick eggs from (they have a whole under the chicken where eggs can be placed so it appears as tho they have layed eggs). 


After the farm we headed over to the sod house.  This was complete with a old stove and cow pies to heat them.  The girls absolutely loved the sod house and played in it for a good 30 minutes. 


We also took in the band/music area, the art area, the water area, the tv studio, and the mini-explorer area.  We didn’t make it to the cafe, the post office, or the cloud climber other for a quick photo on the lowest platform.  Back by the band/music/sensory area there was a giant light bright.  Rylee really enjoyed sticking the large colored pegs into the slots and watching them glow.


Last February, We painted a ceramic tile that they were going to use in the new museum.  They made three giant murals using all of the tiles that they had painted.  Rylee’s is the blue purple and pinkish/red on in the center.  Its pretty cool to think she will always be a part of the museum.


We will be heading back soon to take in another days worth.  We are going to be purchasing season passes so we can take the museum in whenever we would like to this winter.


  1. What city is this children's museum located in? Since we don't live that far from South Dakota, this might be a good adventure. My kids love children's museums.

  2. The museum is in Brookings, SD. is the website for it. It was fun! We haven't been to the one in Omaha but are planning to check it out. If you decide to come, it would be great to meet you in person! :)

  3. Wow! What a fabulous museum! It looks like you had loads of fun! When you are in NE next, you must stop by the Children's Museum in Lincoln. It is fabulous too! We are members and we go there often!