Located in the heart of downtown Brookings at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Kidoodle Way, the Children's Museum of South Dakota (CMSD) is the only one of its kind in South Dakota to feature 44,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space and 4-acres of prairie. Welcoming more than half a million guests from every state in the U.S. and countries worldwide, the CMSD sparks imagination and learning for all children and grownups through play, creativity, and discovery. The museum was created from the Central Elementary School, originally built in 1936. Imagination runs wild inside, as well as outside where the only full size, permanent animatronic T. Rex, Mama, is on display with baby Max.
The Children's Museum of South Dakota is also part of our Brookings Great 8 Passport program, encourging visitors and locals to explore our one-of-a-kind attractions.
This unique space offers an engaging experience for special occasions, birthday parties, business meetings and more. The unforgettable effect can be felt through the museums seven galleries packed with amazing interactive activities. The museum can accommodate groups of all sizes and kids of all ages. Turn the dial to cozy and just book one room or crank that thing to 11 and rent the entire museum! No need to worry, the staff at the museum could plan a party blindfolded, so be sure to take advantage of the many amenities offered for your special get-together.
Reserve the full museum after hours for a private play experience. This unique rental is great for employee appreciation events, corporate gatherings, or family reunions.
Party on 1 is conveniently located near the front desk and exhibit spaces on the first floor. Party on 1 is a great space for smaller family gatherings, private parties, and meetings.
Children’s Museum of South Dakota
521 4th Street
Brookings, SD 57006
Tuesday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed ALL Mondays
Adults and children: $8/person
Children under age one: Free
Museum members: Free (Please bring member card and photo id)
Children must be accompanied by an adult (age 16 or older)
We require a 1 to 5 adult to child ratio.