Siouxland's LaunchPAD Children’s Museum provides an interactive educational experience that fosters a child’s creativity and imagination, all in a safe and stimulating environment. The year-round opportunities for learning include participatory exhibits and innovative programs for children ages 6 months to 10 years.

The “PAD” in LaunchPAD stands for “Play And Discover.” As children play, they learn. When you see a child playing, you are watching a learning process. It is often stated that play is a child’s work; a child fully engrossed in play is absorbed in a joyful engagement and experimentation with the world.

LaunchPAD Children’s Museum is a place for exploration and discovery, a place where creativity and learning can take off, fly, and land in new and exciting places. It is a family place for sharing delight and learning. Here, visitors of all ages will interact and play their way to new understandings in the core areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

Exhibits reflect elements of the world around us, with themes of water, wind, and building as well as a “farm to table” theme running from the agricultural exhibit through the market and on to the diner. The exhibits are purposefully open-ended to promote free exploration and creativity.

Imagining, problem solving, discovery, and open-ended exploration are encouraged, and objects and interactive components are presented in meaningful contexts.

The mission of LaunchPAD Children's Museum is to provide a hands-on learning environment to foster a child's creativity and imagination. 


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