The Building for Kids Children’s Museum (BFKCM) will be closed September 3–24 to finish up its three-year, 2.5-million-dollar exhibit update goal. Since 2015, the BFKCM has updated or added six new exhibits, finished the first expansion in over a decade and refreshed and renovated the interior of the museum.
This fall, seven different exhibit areas that will be getting updates or complete renovations.
- The Amazing Heart slide will be getting a fresh coat of paint.
- The Big Rig Depot, supported by L3 D.P. Associates and Schneider National, is a new exhibit that will feature a semi-truck, an engine for the kids the work on and a semi-truck simulator.
- Discovery Tree, supported by Fox Cities Stadium Charitable Fund and Pucuda Inc., will be getting new netting for the rope bridges.
- Construction Junction, supported by The Boldt Company, will build off of the existing crane and add more building space and interactive construction activities.
- The da Vinci Studio, supported by School Specialty, is being updated with a new look and more ways for kids to express their creativity.
- Happy Baby Garden, supported by Huggies and Pull-Ups, will get a complete renovation, becoming Babies & Toddlers Around the World. This space will have a mountain slide and a sailboat for around-the-world adventures in this specially created exhibit space for ages 0–3.
- Kwik Trip, supported by Kwik Trip, Inc., will be updated with a refreshed look and incorporate more math and shapes into the exhibit.
“Many of our exhibits had been around for quite a few years and were well loved,” said Jarrad Bittner, Executive Director at the BFKCM. “As we updated, we wanted to make sure everything was more accessible, so that meant adding more ramps and widening spaces to expand the play opportunities of individuals of all abilities. We looked at the educational aspects of the exhibits, and the developmental milestones for kids in our age ranges. And we also made sure the spaces had plenty of opportunities for interactive play, especially adding elements to encourage social interactions and ways kids can play with other kids or their adults.”
Along with the exhibit updates, the BFKCM will be unveiling a new logo and brand. The refreshed look will be evident inside and out with plans to make the facade brighter and new graphic elements throughout the BFKCM.
“We are celebrating 25 years of amazing adventures, excitement and memories,” said Bittner. “Our focus with the updates and renovations has always been to ensure that the BFKCM meets the evolving needs of children and families of our community. To create a hands-on, educational and engaging space where all families can come and enjoy their time together for years to come. And thanks to the generosity of the community, we have been able to accomplish this goal.”
The BFKCM has been empowering children, engaging parents and energizing the community since 1992. For more information about the BFKCM, including its programs and events, visit www.buildingforkids.org.