Children's Museum of South Dakota

Accessibility & Facilities

No matter what your age or your interest, we offer top-of-class facilities for every occasion.

It's easy being green.

The Children’s Museum of South Dakota believes it’s important to be good stewards of the environment. CMSD has created an environmentally friendly facility and has been awarded LEED® Silver Certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Part of these efforts include restoring the windows original to the 1936 building design and using recycled materials within the design of the facility. Many of the benches found within the Museum have been constructed from the gym bleachers of the facility’s previous life. The bleacher wood has found many new uses in our Museum adorning exhibit areas and completing the second floor balcony railing. Check out the signage around the Museum for more information. 

Amenities

Accessibility 
The Children’s Museum of South Dakota is committed to providing indoor/outdoor exhibits, programs, and public spaces that are inclusive and interactive for all visitors. For assistance, please feel free to speak with any member of our staff. Service animals are always welcome.      

Adaptive Equipment 
The Museum can provide a variety of items from a special Adaptive Equipment Toolbox for guests with sensory processing concerns. Noise reducing headphones, universal cuffs, transition timers, picture cards with map, wrist/ankle weights, sensory vest, fidget items, sensory brushes and sunglasses are available for check out at the Welcome Desk.

Elevator 
An elevator, located by the birthday party room, will bring visitors to the second floor traveling exhibits and available workshops. Visitors also can soar through the clouds with wheelchair access to the second floor mezzanine overlooking the climber.    

Boo Boos & Owies
Had a little accident? The Welcome Desk will make available a few small first aid items such as band-aids. 

Nursing Family Lounge
The Museum is a breastfeeding-friendly business committed to providing a welcoming environment where mothers can sit anywhere in the Museum and Cafe to feed. A private Nursing Family Lounge is also available on site. See the Welcome Desk for assistance. 

Coats and Bags 
A coat room is situated just beyond the Admissions Desk. Cubicles provide space for visitors to leave their bags as well as hang their coats.

Drinking Fountains
Water fountains are located near the restrooms on the first and second floors.  

Facility Rentals

Events and Meetings 
The Museum offers a noise-free, state-of-the-art community room on the second floor for private business meetings and events. Book your event now.

Birthday Parties 
The Museum’s two party rooms provide a fun space for birthday parties, baby showers, and other special events. Choose from a number of cool birthday party themes Book Your Event Here

Food and Drink

Café Coteau, located by the Museum lobby, offers an array of delicious pasta dishes that will satisfy both adults and children. Just take a look at these savory treats on the Café Coteau Menu. Please note that food/beverage from outside sources are not permitted in the Cafe or Museum spaces.

Group Tours

Field trips, home-school or church groups, we can help you plan an engaging and educational day of play. For visits of 10 or more people, please contact our Welcome Desk Receptionist at (605) 692-6700 x 240. To maintain a quality experience, the Museum may limit the number of large groups on any given day. It is suggested to make reservations at earliest possible convenience.

Nuts and Bolts

Lost and Found 
Have you lost something? You may find it at the Welcome Desk. Just ask one of our staff members for assistance. Or call (605) 692-6700 for more information.

Parking 
Free parking is available across the street from the Museum entrance and along Fifth Avenue and Fifth Street, north of the Museum.

Restrooms/Family Rooms 
Wheelchair accessible restrooms as well as a family room are located across from the Welcome Desk on the first floor. For our younger visitors, we do offer a restroom in the miniExplorers exhibit. Additional restrooms are located on the second floor to the west of the elevator/staircase. Changing tables are available in all restrooms. 

Tobacco/ E-Cigarette Free Campus

The Children’s Museum of South Dakota is committed to offering a tobacco-free environment for all employees and visitors in order to promote wellness and provide a safe and healthy environment.  For this reason, the Children’s Museum does not allow the use of any tobacco or e-cigarette products in any areas of the museum and cafe or outside on our prairie.  

Recycling 
Please help us in our efforts to be kind to the environment. Recycling bins are located in the Café and outside the party rooms.

Shopping 
Extend the fun and shop for a variety of creative and educational toys, games and books. Pick up a souvenir to help remember the FUN!

Strollers 
Visitors are invited to park their strollers outside the miniExplorers Exhibit.