Children’s Museum
of Southern Minnesota

Creating Fun Environments for Learning

Helping Kids Learn About Electricity



Thanks to the new Energy: Powered By Play exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota, we can now all understand electricity basics of power generation, transmission and distribution.


Children and adults alike:


  • explore how electricity gets to where it is needed so our homes, businesses, and communities can operate
  • learn about the electric grid and understand how solar gardens and coal-fired power plants allow us to turn on our lights, run our air conditioners and many other appliances


We are proud to be a contributing funder of the many interactive displays which include:


  • Kid Power: turn a crank to power a light bulb or lift a ball at the Power Tower.
  • Circuit Play: spin, buzz, and light up the boxes as you make connections and learn about simple circuits with hands-on kits made for little hands. Discover what happens when you connect wires and an LED light bulb to the power.
  • Energy: follow the use of a wind turbine to an off-grid neighborhood, turning a LEGO Ferris wheel as you make your way across the grid.
  • Test Drive: take a test drive in a child’s all electric vehicle and plug it in to recharge.


To Learn more, visit the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota, Energy: Powered By Play here:

Learning, exploring and having fun in Mankato


At Mankato’s newest museum, The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota, children of all ages can climb, crawl, touch, explore and imagine. Infants and toddlers are safe to explore the Betsy-Tacy inspired play porch. The Coughlan Quarry provides hours of fun with its giant sand pit, moveable crane and a working conveyor system. Tunnels, tubes, and bridges connect six forts which are part of a gigantic tree house. The largest indoor exhibit is the Grow It Gallery, which tells the story of how food we eat makes its way from seed to table.


The Olseth Family Foundation is pleased to be a major supporter of the H2GO outdoor water gallery. This exhibit indulges children’s love of playing with water—splashing in response to moving hands, making it move faster or slower, letting it drip, and watching it swirl, capturing the light and capturing their imaginations. In their playful exploration, they can conduct experiments with water and its properties, gaining understanding that they can apply to the river, animal habitats, and the bathtub.


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