The Building for Kids (BFK) invites the community to come help them celebrate 25 years with exhibit unveilings, music and a birthday party like no other. The 25th Birthday Celebration, supported by Thrivent Financial and Habush, Habush & Rottier S.C., will be November 4 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and a chance for adults to play on the exhibits, check out programs and see the BFK’s first expansion in over 10 years, the Innovation Lab. It’s a great opportunity to relive some favorite BFK memories and make new ones. Guests must be 21 or older, but a kid at heart. Tickets are $10 a person, or two for $15 and available on the BFK website.
November 5 is STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Math) Free Day at the BFK from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. (10 a.m. – 12 p.m. is Members only). Supported by The Boldt Company and Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, this free admission day will let kids investigate different STEM activities and programs, including a visit by Professor Gizmo. This event is part of the statewide Wisconsin Science Festival.
One of the highlights from both days will be the newly opened Innovation Lab. This STEM focused space is unique to Northeast Wisconsin and Children’s Museums around the state. The Lab is an interactive space for children and parents to experience hands-on STEM learning. New programs for the Lab include STEM Explorers, designed to investigate different aspects and fields of STEM, and Build It!, a program with different weekly engineering challenges and materials. The programs and interactives for the Lab have been created specially to engage children in activities that encourage creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration and communication.
Along with expanded STEM programming, new programs are being added to the da Vinci Studio. Books & Brushes will start with a book and then children will do an art project based on the story. Non-Stop Art will explore different elements of visual art, such as color, lines and texture.
“With the 25 Year Celebration, the BFK is renewing its dedication to the community and providing opportunities and experiences that families want to share,” said Jarrad Bittner, Executive Director at the BFK. “This is a big milestone for any organization. We are extremely grateful for the support and encouragement we have seen throughout the years. It illustrates the importance of education and family within our community.”
The Innovation Lab expansion was made possible because of support from the Bemis Company, Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau, Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, The Boldt Company, Great Northern Corporation, Neenah Foundry, Doug and Carla Salmon Foundation, Secura Insurance, Miller Electric Manufacturing Company, Plexus Corp., Hartwig Family Foundation, School Specialty, US Venture, WE Energies Foundation, GEI Consultants, Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance and American Transmission Company.
The BFK has been empowering children, engaging parents and energizing the community since 1992. For more information about the BFK, including its programs and events, visit www.buildingforkids.org.