The Children’s Museum of South Dakota in Brookings is one of South Dakota’s newest premier attractions. This museum, which allows children to explore hands-on exhibits, is one of South Dakota’s Great Places.
The museum opened on Sept. 12, 2010, and was the first children’s museum in South Dakota. The museum strives to promote learning for children of all ages. Children can make music, build, climb, dance, discover their inner artist and just be a kid.
Kids can discover the prairie and how it has shaped the lives of those that live here, or create their own home and learn what makes a community. They can get all wet while learning the properties and characteristics of water by using buckets, pipes, and valves. They can even turn into “mini explorers” while investigating South Dakota’s prairies, Badlands, Black Hills and Missouri River.
“Mama,” a full-size, 25 feet tall and 60 feet long, permanent, animatronic T. rex and her animatronic baby boy, greets visitors upon arrival at the museum. “Mama” is the only life size animatronic T. rex on display in the United States.
The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m, and Sunday, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays. Admission is $6.00 per person, ages one and up.
For more information about the museum visit www.prairieplay.org, call 605-692-6700, or stop by at 521 4th Street in Brookings, S.D.
South Dakota’s Great Places weekly press release series is a project of the South Dakota Department of Tourism, designed to highlight places in South Dakota that are unique to travelers and residents alike. Click on the special “South Dakota’s Great Places” link at www.MediaSD.com to access the complete list of articles.
Information for this release was obtained from The Children’s Museum of South Dakota website.�
Photo: Children are able to “make music” at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota. Photo courtesy of the Children’s Museum of South Dakota.