Children's Museum of South Dakota

Our Philosophy

We promote learning for children of all ages and abilities through interactive, informal, hands-on exhibits and programming.

The museum is a welcoming, fun and entertaining environment which helps spark learning through imagination, creativity, and discovery. Exhibits, both inside and outside, are broad-based to include subjects in science, engineering, art, literature, culture, geography, and history. The Children’s Museum of South Dakota is a place that relates to its region, its community, its children, and their learning wants and needs. It is a place where children and adults learn through play. 

Above all else, the Board Members of the Children’s Museum of South Dakota share a common passion and interest in giving children the best opportunities for success in life. It’s this idea that steers the development of the museum’s exhibits, programming, and priorities. 

  • Playing as a way to learn
  • Enhancing a love of nature
  • Building stewardship of the environment
  • Facilitating play between children and adults
  • Learning about the people, the community, and the cultures of the region and of the world
  • Fostering family relationships through enjoyment and play
  • Fostering creativity and expression
  • A devotion to children’s education
  • Being open-minded, creative and curious
  • A passion for lifelong learning
  • Giving back to the community
  • Appreciation for diverse perspectives
  • Inclusion for all