Children's Museum of South Dakota

Brookings, South Dakota, USA

We can always count on the wind blowing through the prairie. It’s an every day part of life. Although invisible, wind influences how we see the prairie. It blows around the clouds, provides a source for energy, and shows us how it affects all aspects of the environment.

In this exhibit, visitors climb through the clouds, watch the wind mill turn, and can make the winds change course, moving objects in different ways. As children manipulate objects with wind and their own bodies while climbing, they learn about facing challenges, using critical thinking to solve problems, and logically mapping out the possible outcomes in order to choose their next direction of movement. Maneuvering through the museum’s Cloud Climber, a multi-level climbing structure, is an experience in safe risk-taking and adventure.