The Children’s Museum of Green Bay reopened it’s doors in June of 2012 in Downtown Green Bay. Chosen as one of the Top 10 New Destinations in the Midwest, the new museum was a immediate hit. Since then the museum has brought over 350,000 guest not only to the new children’s museum but also to downtown Green Bay.
The Children’s Museum of Green Bay reopened its doors in June of 2018 in what is planned to be phase 1 of a 2-part plan to relocate in the family friendly area of Bay Beach and the Wild Life Sanctuary. The museum has held strong on its mission to serve the needs and interests of children by providing exhibits and programs that stimulate curiosity and motivate learning. Programming has quickly become a driving force for attendance with many proven and popular programs. Examples include Building Literacy with LEGOS, Science Saturdays, Recycled Art Studio, and Wee One Hour (literacy based). All programming and exhibits are closely aligned to Wisconsin State Standards and Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards (WMELS).
“Play is the way that children learn what no one can teach them. It is the way they explore and orient themselves to the actual world of space and time, of things, animals, structures and people. Play is the child’s work.”
– JK Franks
Through our Community Outreach and our partnership with the Brown County Library, the new museum has moved beyond our 4 walls providing over 182 programs, reaching another 4,500 people in our community. Starting in 2015 we began partnering with the Green Bay Area Public Schools, Boys and Girls Club and YMCA to proved STEM based learning in eleven 21st Centruy after school programs.
As our programming grows, we continue to build new partnerships each year providing services that otherwise wouldn’t be available in our community. The Einstein Project, Green Bay Fire and Police Department, Wildlife Sanctuary, Happily Ever After, United Health Care, Eye Care for You, Live 54218, NWTC, St Norbert, Rasmussen College and UWGB are just a handful of those who help bring our programming to a new level. Each of our partnerships has helped solidify the museum as an educational institution that provides a unique, interactive environment where children and adults can connect and where play inspires a passion for lifelong learning.
Toni Burnett is our Executive Director. She’s been the leader of the museum team since April of 2001. In her tenure, the museum has made 2 major moves and developed into a leading educational facility in Northeast Wisconsin.
Under her guidance, the museum’s annual attendance went from 15,000 visitors to over 68,000. We have also increased membership to over 900 annually. Staff has grown from a management team of 1 to an experienced team of 6.
When outside the museum, her passions include animals and gardening.
Heather R. Heil is the Director of Events and Museum Experiences at The Children’s Museum of Green Bay. Ms. Heather joined the museum in April of 2012. She oversees fundraising and special events held both at and away from the museum. Her favorite museum events include: Bedtime Book Club, Goat Yoga, and Kids Rockin’ Eve.
Outside of work, Ms. Heather volunteers with numerous cancer awareness initiatives and advocates for animals.
She resides in Green Bay with her husband, Chris, and cat, Oliver.
Whitney Potvin is the Director of Education at The Children’s Museum of Green Bay. Ms. Whitney first joined the museum in October of 2014, but stepped into her current role in fall of 2020. She manages museum programming, field trips, and outreach; she also serves as a grant writer for the museum. Ms. Whitney likes bringing museum activities out into the community, and she can often be found leading STEM and art programs at local elementary schools, childcare centers, and library branches.
Ms. Whitney previously worked as a classroom teacher and a residential summer camp program director. She loves spending time outdoors, especially in the summer and fall, reading books with her family, and eating anything chocolate.
Ms. Whitney lives in Abrams with her husband, two daughters, and dog named Remi.
Emma Waszak is Education Coordinator for The Children’s Museum of Green Bay. Ms. Emma started as an intern for the museum in the Fall of 2014, continued on as program assistant, and started her current role in the Fall of 2020.
She coordinates internal educational programming, camps, and Girl Scout programs. You can usually find her teaching her favorite class, Wiggle, Move & Giggle or creating art projects in the Imagination Science Station.
Outside of work, Ms. Emma likes creating art in her home studio and enjoying the outdoors with her husband Adam, daughter Quinn, and Beagle, Copper.
Sabrena Koren is an Education Coordinator at The Children’s Museum of Green Bay. Ms. Sabrena joined the museum in March of 2019. She oversees birthday parties and rentals, and maintains the exhibits throughout the museum. She also assists in programming, both in person and virtually. Favorite memories at the museum include: Puppies and Popsicles, and Camp Play at Home.
Ms. Sabrena enjoys exploring the great outdoors and hiking at state parks. She also loves to spend time painting and playing board games.
She resides in Green Bay with her fiancé, Ben, and their cat, Audrey.
Take a look at what the museum has accomplished over the years!