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Childrens Museum of La Crosse Inc

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Children's Museums, Performing Arts Centers

Mission: The mission of the Children’s Museum of La Crosse is to offer affordable opportunities for the young and young at heart to learn, connect and grow through interactive play.

Results: The Children's Museum celebrated an exciting milestone in August of 2016--we welcomed our 1 millionth visitor!

Target demographics: Children age 1-10 with adult companion

Direct beneficiaries per year: 70000 visitors

Geographic areas served: western Wisconsin, north eastern Iowa, south eastern Minnesota and beyond

Programs: Visitors to the Museum can learn and play via three floors of interactive exhibits. Regular programs include Wee Move, Little Learners, Save on Sundays and more. Additional programming includes summer day camps, scout overnights, holiday parties and more. School groups and child care centers visit the Museum for field trips, and children may have their birthday parties here too. The Museum welcomes approx. 70,000 visitors per year.

Community Stories

53 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Karen H.11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful space for families with children of many ages. We have been coming since my oldest was one, and now both of our kids love it at ages 2 and 4. Our oldest attended one of the summer Adventure Camps this year and absolutely loved it! Every time we visit they gravitate toward something different, from the mini Kwik Trip to the train table to the fire truck!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Children’s Museum of La Crosse is my happy place! I have been volunteering here with my fur babies, doing Pet Therapy for the last 15 years. Over the years my dogs have played dress up, gone for a ride in the fire truck, snuggled on the floor and just have fun! The Staff over the years have all been so wonderful. Everyone goes the extra mile with their enthusiasm and sincere willingness to help and ensure you have an enjoyable experience no matter the age. Whether it be to play, have a birthday party or host an event, it’s an all around wonderful place to be. They make everyone feel very welcome the minute you walk through the doors. There really is something for all ages, and if need, there is an elevator to all the floors and benches throughout. The kid sized Kwik Trip store to the new climbing structure, and everything in between is very hands on. It’s a fun place for young and old to learn to play and play to learn. The Children’s Museum has been such a great asset to our town and I feel so fortunate to be a part of.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What I see as a volunteer is tireless dedication from the top down from the "extra mile crew", who in addition to their regular jobs can be counted on to drop what they're doing and it's all hands on deck for that extra needed push, pull, or lift to make my work easier. That and a friendly congenial and cooperative atmosphere will keep me coming back.
Ron Bean, repairs volunteer.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Children's Museum in La Crosse Wi is one of the best attractions in downtown La Crosse for children, grandmas and grandpas, and parents. It was a great learning experience for all of us, learning about the Mississippi River from it's early history to modern day environmental concerns which is a win, win for everyone. There are exhibits which highlight the city's health care clinics and hospitals from a child's perspective. How fun to walk through the heart!
The staff was so energetic and helpful. The museum gives employment opportunities to students at the three La Crosse colleges. Because it is located in the heart of downtown La Crosse, it also brings shoppers and visitors to the retail section. What an asset to La Crosse, Wi. We will be back.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Childrens Museum of La Crosse is such a tremendous community asset - providing fun learning experiences for families who live in or are visiting our community. I appreciate all that they do both professionally, as a community development specialist and Downtown Mainstreet Board member, and personally as a father of two. I appreciate the economic impact that the museum has on our community, but more importantly, I appreciate the FUN that it has provided for my family! Thank you to the museum's leadership and staff for your dedication to learning and fun!

1 Alison Poellinger P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

La Crosse is so lucky to have the Children's Museum. Every time we have gone, my son has had a wonderful time! The staff is very friendly too!

1 swhitewater

Board Member

Rating: 5

I love taking my CASA boy to the Children's Museum, since my children are grown. He always finds something new to learn and loves going there!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Played for hours with my little cousins at the museum. Their excitement was contagious and it was fun to go from one activity and exhibit to another.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

The museum is a beloved part of our community, offering a safe, nurturing place for families to play, as well as a full lineup of activities and events. Excellent leadership and a passion for serving families make this a top-notch nonprofit!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is not just a 'rainy day' place to go visit ... it is great fun all year round! The staff and volunteers are welcoming and keep the place full of positive energy. Fun for kids of all ages and kids at heart. Exhibits are creative and meaningful, you will also be surprised how much you learn and discover about the La Crosse area. Five Stars (Five Smiles) for sure!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For a relatively small Midwest town, this Children's Museum has it all! The exhibits and play areas engage people of all ages. The staff goes up and beyond to make sure your visit is a memorable one! And while you're there, be sure to take in all the other great places in downtown La Crosse!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Excellent museum with great leadership within the organization. Have a wide variety of activities/exhibits for children to lean and play. Recently underwent a successful capital campaign to help the museum continue for another 20 years.

1 Christan2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family and I love this place. We just became members on Saturday!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a fun experience for kids of all ages! Learning through play is the best way. Such a wonderful & helpful staff too. Fun place for parties too! The Children's Museum of LaCrosse is amazing!!

1 Leanne11

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I may be biased because of my association with the Children's Museum of La Crosse, but I know that all the staff and volunteers are truly dedicated to providing affordable, enjoyable experiences for all visitors. The value of play is celebrated every day! After welcoming the Museum's one millionth visitor in August of 2016 and turning 18 in February of 2017, the Museum is currently working to raise $2 million for exhibit and building improvements.

1 Miranda J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My boys have so much fun here. There's always so much to do, so much to learn and there's never a dull moment. When the weather is nice we will go to the farmers market afterwards, because the museum is so convenient. When the weather is crummy, it's the perfect place to be!

1 Heather300

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My kids are 1 and 3 and they love going here! There are activities for each of them to enjoy. We live about 45 min away and try to get here 1-2x a month because they have such a great time!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

We've been members of the Children's Museum for almost 2 years now and my daughter absolutely LOVES it! It's a great place for her imagination and she is able to run around and get tired! We usually try to meet friends there at least once a month for a play date as well. Something for kids of all different ages!

1 Tracy126

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wonderful place for family fun. We love the tiny tots area for our 1 year old to explore while our 4 year old explores the entire museum. The special events are really great.

1 Tim_97

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family loves going to the museum. We have been members for the last 2 years and my son absolutely loves it.

1 mhutson18

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have had experience with the Childrens Museum since it's inception, as a parent, grandparent, committee and Board member. I have always thought of it as a wonderful place with staff and leadership that create an atmosphere which promotes fun, learning and lots of smiles. Its inception and growth into a thriving community asset has been amazing to watch.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have experienced this organization as a parent, member, board member and committee member. I have always been impressed by the energy and enthusiasm that the management and staff bring to their jobs at the Museum. In the ten years of its existence it has grown into a terrific place for kids and adults of all ages to go to have fun and to learn.