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 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.”
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.
As a community-funded and visitor supported facility the new museum relies on memberships and daily attendance to sustain itself but we have kept our promise to be a museum for all regardless of income. To date over 9,500 low-income children and families have participated in our Children of Promise and EAT programs. Both allow low-income families the opportunity to share in the educational play experience the museum offers.
Take a look at what the museum has accomplished over the years!