Frequently Asked Questions
Visiting the Museum
Visiting the Museum
The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. On Sunday, the museum is open from 12noon until 5:00 pm. We are closed on all Mondays, 4th of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day and for yearly maintenance the first week of Jan 7-11, 2013.
The museum is located at 521 4th Street. For specific directions, go to Visit the Museum.
Free parking is available across the street from the museum entrance. Street parking is available along Fifth Avenue and Fifth Street, north of the museum.
Yes, the museum is wheelchair accessible. An elevator provides access to the second floor and accessible restrooms are located on each floor.
Disabled visitors are welcome to bring their service animals for assistance in the museum.
The Children's Museum of South Dakota has developed fun, educational exhibits designed with open-ended activities so children can discover new ways to play each time they visit. Visitors will have a rewarding experience whether they have an hour or several hours to spend in the museum. Your admission is valid the entire day. If you choose to leave the museum, you may return the same day, just present your receipt at the admissions desk.
The Children's Museum of South Dakota exhibits are created with open-ended activities in mind so that guests will enjoy a different experience each time they visit the museum. We encourage visitors to play, explore, and learn in their own unique way!
Our exhibits were designed for children ages 0-12. Typically, children’s museums serve children ages 0-8, but many of the activities and programming at the CMSD are designed to appeal to teens as well. We believe you’ll find something at the museum for any age whether you are a child or an adult.
Yes, our Café Coteau offers delicious pasta dishes guaranteed to please both adults and children. The Café Coteau is located in the Pavilion just off the entryway. Please do not bring food purchased from eateries other than the museum café. No food or drink is allowed in the exhibit area of the museum.
Visitors are welcome to bring snacks or sack lunches from home to eat in the museum pavilion or outside picnic tables. Please do not bring food purchased from eateries other than the museum café. Food and drink, with the exception of infant bottles, will not be permitted beyond the museum welcome desk.
Visitors are welcome to bring strollers. There is designated parking for strollers outside the miniExplorers Exhibit.
The Children’s Museum of South Dakota has been designed for generations to enjoy together. Children must be accompanied by an adult (age 16 and older). We require a 1 to 5 adult to child ratio.
We require a 1 to 5 adult to child ratio while enjoying the museum.
We can help plan a fun, engaging day of play for field trips, home-school or church groups but reservations are required for groups of 10 or more children. For more information, please contact the Guest Services Coordinator at (605) 692-6700.
The cost of admission is $6.00 per person, ages 1 and up. Children under the age of one receive free admission to the museum. Admission is FREE with your museum membership.
Yes, visitors can come and go within the same day of paid admission. Please stop by the admissions desk before you leave the museum to inquire about the process for reentry.
Yes, we do. Please check memberships for this benefit Support the Museum.
If there are more than 5 children in our family, may my teenage child help me fulfill the 1:5 adult to child ratio for supervision?
Yes, if your teenage child is older than 16 years of age.
Yes, memberships offer a great value and help you save with each museum visit. You may purchase a membership online, when you arrive or save your receipt and apply your admission to the purchase of a membership.
Memberships can only be used by the individuals listed on the membership card. The cardholder(s) must be present for the visit to receive the benefits of membership. You must present photo identification along with your membership card to receive free admission to the museum.
Basic memberships are not tax-deductible. If you purchase a $250 Patron Membership, that includes a $125 tax deductible gift in support of the museum.
Exhibits and Programs
Yes, definitely! While there are toddler spaces in each gallery, the miniExplorers Exhibit is specifically designed for our visitors under the age of four.
This exhibit supports the museum’s youngest guests and their overall integration of physical, spatial, and cognitive development. The Children's Museum of South Dakota also wanted to provide a designated space for parents who might want a quieter place for their toddler to play.
Yes, of course! But please keep in mind that the Mini-Explorers exhibit is designed for a toddler’s developmental needs. Toddler spaces in each gallery provide excellent opportunities for families with children of varying ages to explore and enjoy the museum together.
You can find all the latest news about programming and events on our website. Monitors near the admission desk and elevator also will display the latest museum news.
There are water activities both indoors and outdoors. It is likely that you might get a bit damp. We would suggest that you bring water-proof sandals as well as a towel for summer activities in the outdoor play area.
What does the front desk sign mean, “you may be in pictures” or “recording occurring today for research purposes?
The Children’s Museum of South Dakota is collaborating with South Dakota State University to better serve children through research of the museum environment. This innovative research will involve studies of informal learning in families and groups, learning through play, the effectiveness of museum environments to support informal learning and developing a sense of place through museum experiences. Families participating in the research studies will be asked to sign consent forms. Children will not be participants of research without the written consent of a parent or guardian. For more information, please see Evaluation and Research.
Alcohol is not allowed in the Children’s Museum of South Dakota while the museum is open to the public. Alcohol may be served on the premises for certain after-hours events such as wedding receptions and holiday parties. For guidelines, please contact our Guest Services Manager.
The Children’s Museum of South Dakota is a tobacco-free campus. This also includes the outdoor play area as well as the café and its outdoor seating.
There are a number of activities within the City of Brookings and in the nearby region that appeal to children of all ages. For more information, see Our Community and Beyond.