Children’s exhibits now open at museum

Farm Forum

The Dacotah Prairie Museum is offering three exhibits for families who need to get out of the house and want a reprieve from cold weather.

The museum’s children’s exhibits are comprised of two interactive exhibits, rented from the Discovery Center in Pierre, as well as the Frontier Town Life exhibit created by local museum staff.

The children’s exhibits are open and will remain available until April 7.

In the Lamont Gallery, children may experience “Light and Color.” The exhibit features 18 stations, each exploring a different concept about light and color. These activities will help kids understand the science behind light and color as they learn about holograms and prisms, according to a news release. They will also meet Roy G. Biv. That’s an acronym for the sequence of hues in a rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.

One station offers a variety of disks painted with two colors, which when spun create a new “blended” color. Children can also experience how a periscope works.

The other new exhibit is titled “Animals As Architects” and offers many opportunities for learning how some of our animal friends build their homes and shelters. Children can build their own life-sized bird’s nest, create a spider web, explore the inside of an African termite mound and use several large floor puzzles to discover the underground structures of a prairie dog town.

The two traveling exhibits are part of the Hands On Partnerships for science, literature and art in South Dakota. The activities and exhibits were developed by the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, the South Dakota Arts Council and the Discovery Center of South Dakota. They are sponsored locally by the Dacotah Prairie Museum Foundation through its annual membership campaign.

Special tours and programs are available by calling Sherri at 605-626-7117.

The Dacotah Prairie Museum is at 21 S. Main St. Its gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The offices are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free; donations are welcome.