Harvest Festival 2019

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LocationChildren's Museum of Southern Minnesota located at 224 Lamm Street in Mankato

It's time for the 5th annual Harvest Festival, a celebration of everything-fall! Make memories at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota while you play and learn about harvest and fall traditions. Come explore a toddler straw maze, play with corn and soybeans, and make sure to participate in a variety of special events and programs.

Saturday, October 5

9 am - 4 pm: Tractor Alley -  Come take a look at tractors and equipment that may be used on a farm! This is a free event in the alley by the Museum and the Museum's parking lot.

9 am - 2 pm: Grain Bin Safety - Learn how to be safe around grain bins with our guests from Minnesota State Southern Agricultural Center of Excellence and their simulated grain bin exhibit. What happens if someone needs help in a grain bin? Are you strong enough to get them out?

10 - 11 am: Owls in Minnesota - Owls are fascinating birds and come in many shapes and sizes! Scott Kudelka, Minneopa Area Naturalist, is coming to the Museum to share his knowledge about the 12 species of owls in Minnesota. We'll listen to owl sounds, view feathers, talons, and taxidermied exhibits.

October 6 - 12: 4-H Week
Local 4-H fair projects will be exhibited throughout the Museum

Saturday, October 12

10 am - 12 pm: Food-making - Make bread with Bentley McGowan Wagomobile and taste it with butter you can make yourself, too.

 1 - 3 pm: Cider Making with the Haggerty Family

Sunday, October 13

10 am: Food Preservation with Under the Sun Herbs

MEA Weekend
Thursday, October 17

12:30 - 3:30 pm: Ag Afternoon with Midwest Dairy, Minnesota Soil Health Coalition, Minnesota Pork, Minnesota Turkey, and Alltech

6 - 8 pm: Harvest Hoedown - a variety of harvest-themed activities, including Square Dance (6:30 - 7:30 pm), Chicken Poop Bingo, and harvest food tasting

Friday, October 18

9:30 - 10:30 am: Pets & Vets with Minnesota Valley Pet Hospital: dog wellness check-up (with a real dog!). Bring your stuffed animals for a check-up, too.

9:30 - 10:30 am: Reading nook with therapy dogs, Louie and Niko.

Saturday, October 19
Old-fashioned Fun & Games: Pumpkin ring toss, egg & spoon, pumpkin tic tac toe, potato sack races, stilts, walking boards, and more.

Sunday, October 20

1 pm: Pet EXPO visit: come see amphibians and reptiles!


for Museum members
per person older than 12 months, for non-members

Appropriate for:

All Ages

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