Financial Literacy Free Day at the Building for Kids Children’s Museum Makes Spending and Saving Fun

Published Tuesday, April 12, 2022

April 6, 2022, Appleton – Families can learn about earning, spending, sharing, and saving through a mini-economy at the Building for Kids Children’s Museum (BFKCM) during Financial Literacy Free Day! This free admission day on Sunday, April 10, from 9am to 2pm is sponsored by Money Smart Week Fox Cities and will offer fun and age-appropriate activities centered around financial literacy.

"Financial Literacy Free Day is a great opportunity to open a discussion about money with kids in fun, interactive, and accessible ways," said Oliver Zornow, executive director of the BFKCM.  "From a young age, children are able to understand basic money concepts, and by providing them with opportunities to learn and practice, we can help set them up for future financial success."

Upon entering the museum, kids will receive a play check which they can use to build, decorate, and sell a house, while also paying the house’s various expenses. In addition, kids can choose what they want to save their money for as well as where they want to share their money. Then, with whatever money they have left, they can buy fun prizes.

Plus, we’ll host storytimes at 10:00am and 11:30am and read “The Berenstain Bears’ Trouble with Money” by Stan and Jan Berenstain. We’ll also be giving out free copies of the book while supplies last.

"We are thrilled to sponsor this event," says MaryBeth Wohlrabe, Money Smart Week Fox Cities Committee Co-Chair, and Youth Development Educator for UW-Madison Extension Outagamie County. "Money Smart Week Fox Cities is a public awareness initiative with the goal of helping you build your financial knowledge so you can deal with your own money more quickly, confidently, and responsibly. We collaborate with a variety of organizations to offer financial wellness programming, events and activities for people of all ages and income levels."

The BFKCM has been inspiring discovery and building resilience through intergenerational play-based learning and exploration of the arts, sciences, and humanities since 1992. For more information about the BFK, including its programs and events, visit