Mission & History


The Building for Kids Children’s Museum’s mission is to empower children, engage parents and energize communities.

We accomplish our mission by providing specially designed exhibits, programs and events. Our goal is to inspire, teach and reinforce curiosity.

Community Report

Wow, was 2018 fun! Thank you for all your passion and support!

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Check out the 2018 Community Report

Past Reports

2017 Community Report

2016 Community Report

2015 Community Report

Financial Audits

2018/17 Financial Audit

2016/17 Financial Audit

2015/16 Financial Audit


Established in downtown Appleton, Wisconsin in 1991, the Fox Cities Children’s Museum opened its doors in November 1992, occupying only a section of our current second floor. In 2006, the facility was expanded and completely renovated with new exhibits designed by kids for kids under the new name the Building for Kids.

Fun Facts:

  • In 2019 we had over 120,000 visitors.
  • We had close to 20,000 people take part in our events and programs last year!
  • Though most of our visitors come from Outagamie & Winnebago County, we see visitors from all over the world.
  • We were awarded Best of the Valley 2019 for Museum and Finalist for Children’s Birthday Venue.

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Thank You

The Building for Kids, Inc., is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. It is because of the generosity of the community that we are able to offer exciting exhibits, educational programming and fun family events.

Thank you for your support. We wouldn’t be here without you! Learn how to support the BFK!

Liability Statement

By entering and playing at The Building for Kids Children’s Museum Inc. it is understood that the Museum, its staff and supporters are not liable for any injuries and property damage incurred while at the museum.

Our Sponsors