Exciting Fall Updates and Summer Fun at The Building for Kids

Exciting Fall Updates and Summer Fun at The Building for Kids

What’s Happening this Summer at the BFK

Now that school is out for the year and we’ve slowed down with field trip groups, we’re ready for summer with plenty of family programs and events. Check the list below and be sure to add your favorites to your summer calendar!

Summer programs:

Puddle Jumpers – Tuesdays & Thursdays at 9:30 am
This program is perfect for infants, toddlers, and their caregivers featuring music, movement, fine art and storytelling. Join us for structured activity with mingle time afterward!

Shake, Rattle, Roll – Wednesdays at 2:30 pm
Featuring a different theme each week, this program uses movement, stories and art to create an interactive program for toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers.

Busy Bees – Fridays at 9:30 am
Busy Bees is perfect for busy toddlers! This program features stories and hands-on activities tied to a monthly theme (be careful – some classes might be messy!)

Storybook Stars

Join us for story time, meet the star of the book and have your family’s photo taken with the character!

  • Olivia the Piglet: July 20 & 22 (10:30 am & 1:30 pm), July 23 (1:30 pm)
  • Elephant & Piggie: August 17 & 19 (10:30 am & 1:30 pm), August 20 (1:30 pm)
  • Lilly the Mouse: September 21, 23 (10:30 am & 1:30 pm, September 24 (1:30 pm)

Special events:

8th Annual Children’s Parade presented by ThedaCare– Wednesday, July 27 (6 pm)
Join us for this non-motorized kids’ parade down College Avenue as part of Children’s Week (click here for a full list of Children’s Week events). Register your family to participate or find a spot along the parade route to see the creative entries. Follow the route to City Park for food, music and family entertainment following the parade! Wrap up the evening in Houdini Plaza at dusk for “Finding Nemo.” Click here for more information or to register.

Music Makers Free Day: An Event of Mile of Music – Saturday, August 6 (9 am – 5 pm)
Visit us for family-friendly music and music education events all day long! Presented by Thrivent Mutual Funds; supported by WBAY

Golf Fore Children- Tuesday, August 16 – Royal St. Patrick’s, Wrightstown, WI
Golf for a great cause! This golf outing raises funds for The Building for Kids, WisconSibs and Appleton Fox Cities Kiwanis children’s charities. Click here for more information about golfing or sponsoring this fun event!


For a full list of programs and events, check out our event calendar!

Updates Coming This Fall

This September 6 -16 we will be closed for our annual maintenance. These weeks will be packed with cleaning, painting and repairing. Along with our usual maintenance schedule, we will be getting some exciting updates!


Gulfstream Corporation will be adding flight simulators to our Gulfstream aircraft. Kids (and adults!) will be able to practice their flying skills.

Our fire truck will be getting a new look. Pierce Manufacturing is currently getting a new fire truck cab prepped for the Museum. It will be larger and taller than our current cab, plus some other features including a larger, more accessible space by the steering wheel.

The third big renovation for September is the Water Gallery. Thrivent Mutual Funds is generously supporting this renovation complete with a new large water table. The new table will have fountains, a fog mushroom, LEGO building area and more.

We can’t wait for these updates to be finished so we can share them with you. As with anything, the schedule might change, but right now we are on track for these to be finished for our fall re-opening!

Chocoholic Frolic

Who doesn’t like chocolate? The Chocoholic Frolic is Sunday, July 31 at Neuroscience Group Field. By signing up with our code (BUILD4KIDS) you will get $5 off and $5 will be donated to The Building for Kids! Did we mention the pull over jacket, tote bag and finisher chocolate bar?

Volunteer Opportunities

We are always looking for dedicated, creative, fun volunteers to help with various activities at the Museum. Volunteers regularly help in the da Vinci Studio, at special events and Storybook Stars. This summer we have a couple fun opportunities for you to support the Museum!

8th Annual Children’s Parade is Wednesday, July 27 and we are looking for volunteers to help with check-in, set up, traffic control, clean up and more. Various times from 3 pm to 9 pm. Click here to volunteer.

Chocoholic Frolic is Saturday, July 30 & Sunday, July 31. We are looking for volunteers to help with packet pick-up on Saturday and various jobs on Sunday including registration, crowd control and assistance on the course. Click here to volunteer.

Music Makers Free Day is Saturday, August 6. Volunteers will be helping with set-up, working different stations, helping with art projects and more. Various times from 8:30 am – 5:30 pm.

Our annual cleaning and maintenance is September 6 – 16. If you are good with a paint brush this is the volunteer opportunity for you! We will need volunteers to help with painting, cleaning and other upkeep. Various times from 9 am – 5 pm daily.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, or helping out at the Museum, please contact us!

Summer Field Trips

Our busy field trip season is over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have your day care or group come to the BFK on a field trip! We offer field trips and Discovery Classes all summer long.

The new field trip guide will be available in August in time for the 2016-17 school year. We are hard at work on new Discovery Classes and field trip opportunities.

And you can always visit the Field Trip Predictor to see how many students will be in the Museum to help you plan your visit.

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