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Children's Museum of South Dakota, Brookings

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Children’s Museum Museum
The Children’s Museum of South Dakota, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, opened its doors and welcomed visitors September 12th, 2010. It boasts 21,000 square feet of interactive indoor exhibits and programming as well as 1.5 acre outdoors exhibit space. The museum was created on 4-acres of land in a 38,000 square foot elementary school, originally built in 1936, on the edge of downtown Brookings and in the heart of the Brookings Historic District. Renovations began on the building in fall 2008 to bring the building back to its original state. The Children’s Museum of South Dakota is the first broad-based, cross-discipline children’s museum in the state of South Dakota. The purpose of the Children’s Museum of South Dakota is to promote learning for children of all ages and abilities through interactive, hands-on exhibits and demonstrations. The museum is a welcoming, lively, and entertaining environment that sparks learning through imagination, creativity, and discovery, a place where children and adults learn through play.
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  • We have taken our grand kids more than once. It is very interesting, entertaining and educational. Adults will enjoy it too as it brings out the kid in you.  more »
  • The kids will have a ball playing with all the things that can be done in this place. You will were out just watching them and they will be ready to make another round in the buildihng.  more »
  • Wonderful facility full of activities for young kids and children. Very informative and interactive. My kids loved it there.  more »
  • We stopped here ion our way back home from a family vacation, a great place to stop and let the kids stretch out and wear off some energy. Very clean and well taken care of, with plenty of room and things to do. There was even an outdoor area, although not much to do and our kids lost interest outside quickly it was a nice option.
  • I'm genuinely surprised this gets as many good reviews as it does, maintenance on the activities appears to be non existent. In the water area only one of the squirters was functioning, the tubes that you launch balls with were not only visibly moldy but they didn't work. In the fitness area, none of the set ups were usable (except if you count sitting on a wheelchair and moving the wheels without the monitoring of the speed it's designed to do), they all were busted or half-worked. Overall, I'm very dissatisfied with our experience and probably won't be back. The price isn't worth the low effort of maintenance. If everything worked it would be awesome! But I'm not sure what I paid for when so much is broken down and not cared for regularly.
  • Very nice! Had so much fun. So many things to do. We had a great day.
  • The most wonderfully imagined space for kids and adults! It is worth every penny. Today we became members........
  • The kids wanted to give it ten stars! Our favorite parts were the grocery store, art studio, post office play areas. Wonderful for a rainy day, but outdoors looked like great fun too.