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Children’s Museum of South Dakota




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 in the nature play 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.

Keep the meeting collaborative and lighthearted at the Children's Museum of South Dakota.

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.



Community Room

  • 1,215 square feet
  • Located on the second floor
  • Accommodates groups of up to 72 people with round table seating or up to 100 people with classroom style seating
  • Technology features include integrated sound system and audio conferencing, VCR/DVD unit, laptop interface, ceiling mounted projector and screen, adjacent prep room for the caterer
  • Two adjacent exterior balconies

Art Studio/Program Rooms/Traveling Exhibit Gallery

  • Art Studio: accommodates groups of up to 60
  • Two Program Rooms: accommodates groups of up to 25
  • Traveling Exhibit: gallery with 11,000 square feet of open space
  • Accommodates groups of up to 230
  • Exterior deck with additional space


  • 2,290 square feet
  • The Museum’s Pavilion is the perfect setting for receptions and gatherings. The Pavilion can host a dinner for up to 120 people or provide a unique gathering space for a group of 210. 

Contact Details

Contact: Kerrie Vilhauer
Email: kvilhauer@prairieplay.org
Phone: 605.692.6700

Location Information

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.