Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota prepares for reopen

The Children’s Museum reopens on Jan. 11th at 9:00 a.m.

Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota prepares for reopen

MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - This week, there are a lot of businesses that get to open their doors and let customers in.

The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is on the long list of businesses and organizations reopening their doors following loosened COVID-19 restrictions.

“We have a few things to finish up before we open. Our staff will come back on Tuesday, we will have a big walk through to make sure the facility is clean and ready to go,” Vice President of museum operations, Deb Johnson said.

The organization is a nonprofit that works to bring education to children in a safe, healthy and fun way.

They were closed for most of 2020 and are looking forward to welcoming their members back with new cleaning modifications.

“Our systems are ramped up so they are really efficient with purging the air. Our cleaning protocols are ramped up so we will be monitoring all of the high touch areas and cleaning them daily. As we close in the evenings we will be washing all of our props and talking everything off of the floor and sanitizing them,” Johnson said.

Those aren’t the only changes that the museum made.

“Well the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota isn’t reopening empty handed. They have a couple new exhibits getting out on the floor like ‘Lights, Camera, Action and a returning fan favorite the cabin,” Johnson said.

Lights Camera Action is a touchless, interactive exhibit where children can go on the stage and run their own show with lights and music which is all powered by feet.

The cabin is an exhibit that stimulates an old time cabin in the woods.

“Members are chomping at the bit, we get daily phone calls, people asking on Facebook and social media about when we are able to be open. We know the region, children and families are really missing us,” Johnson said.

The museum said they are lucky to be back in business in just a few short days.

“We are looking forward to 2021. We want to be here for our families, we are looking for a strong financial year. We are hoping that people will come back, get a membership, come in and play and enjoy this rich resource,” Johnson said.

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