Changes ahead for children's museum in Appleton

APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV) - A museum in downtown Appleton is about to mark a milestone. Local 5's Kris Schuller reports the Building for Kids Children's Museum is updating its facility - as it turns 25.

Inside the Building for Kids Children's Museum in Appleton - boys and girls of all ages explore and play in a facility designed specifically for them;  a cornerstone to the downtown the past 25 years.

“Every family can escape the stresses of the world outside of these walls and come together to build stronger bonds and create lasting memories with each other,” said Jarrad Bittner, the museum’s executive director.

And this morning museum officials announced  for their 25th birthday they are making $2.5 million dollars in updates.  Developing six exhibits  - like the Big Rig Garage, with interactive feature and the da Vinci Studio,  with ways for kids to express their creativity.

“Some of these are just starting points, some more are flushed out ideas,” Bittner said.

And also announcing the museum's first addition in ten ears - The Innovation Lab - highlighting science, technology, engineering and math.

“We want to provide programming and resources that help develop a well-rounded child and the next generation of leaders,” said Bittner.

“It is an attraction point that brings in hundreds of thousands of visitors each and every year,” said Jennifer Stephany of Appleton Downtown Incorporated, who calls the updates exciting. “To see what it has become today and what it will become in the future, we can see how the impact of this facility will be far reaching within the community.

“Our mission is to empower children, engage parents and energize communities,” said Bittner.

Here at the Building for Kids Children's Museum in Appleton -  a Fox Cities destination the past 25 years. 


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