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Capital Campaign

Bolder. Better. Bigger.

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If there ever was a time to be bolder, do better, and dream bigger... it is here and now! Why not BE BOLDER in our approach? Family Resource Center and the Children’s Museum are coming together to co-locate services under one roof. The lasting impact of this partnership will enable us to collaborate and build stronger families while supplying them with a parent to a parent educator at the Family Resource Center to provide support. When it comes to safety, accessibility, efficiency, and inclusion, why not seek to DO BETTER? We are adding 6,134 square feet of exhibit and classroom space, along with other amenities including:

  • Designated family friendly parking adjacent to our building so parents can avoid crossing busy streets with young children,
  • An outdoor space that can be utilized year round,
  • Improving visitor safety by relocating administrative offices adjacent to the front entrance of the museum.

Why not GROW BIGGER so we can include more people in the opportunity to learn through play? The Children’s Museum of Eau Claire serves more than 1,400 children through its Play for All membership program, making us the leader in serving low to moderate income children. All of these things mean that a children’s museum isn’t just nice, but absolutely necessary for a thriving community that values children and strengthening families.

New Building Renderings

Big windows for better natural light all day long.

Nature inside as we will be incorporating real trees.

Light and air flow seamlessly throughout the second floor's open concept design

The outdoor area will host activities and reflect Wisconsin's traditional seasons.

Our popular water feature will be expanded plus a true-to-size Fire Engine.

A brand new center for young children with a beautiful Northwoods theme.

Let your young child's mind run wild in our expansive Toddler Park.

Reinforce the importance of staying active in our Shape Up exhibit.

It only gets better when your little one gets to go digging for dino bones.

Learn about what makes us tick in our immersive Body Smarts exhibit.

Campaign fundraising efforts

Funds Raised

$8.6 Million

Project Goal

$12.5 Million

Give Now

check out our generous donors!

$500k+ donors
$250k+ donors
Mel & Leann Breed
Norm & Mary Ellen keller
$100k+ donors
$50k+ donors
tom & jill barland
jerry & mary jacobson
claire & marj johnson
melvin s.cohen foundation
$25k+ donors
ayres associates
Banbury Place
Edward and Hannah Rutledge Charities
ed & beth hicks
Betsy Kell
anna & lee mayer
Terry, Christina, Felix, and Sawyer Wiedenhoeft
Dr. Dan and Kerry Kincaid
Tim and Carol Olson
Dan and Debbie Market
Blythe and Emilio Rinaldi
The Wildenberg Family

Your donation will echo into the next generation.

Ready to join our donor heroes?

Play Your Part and help support the Family Resource Center and Children’s Museum to come together under one roof. All donations are welcome and 100% goes to support our effort.