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Mission & History


To inspire discovery and build resilience through intergenerational play-based learning and exploration of the arts, sciences, and humanities.


Empowered Children: Children have the resources and relationships to reach their full potential.

Engaged Parents: Caregivers are actively involved with and have the knowledge and ability to support each child’s development.

Energized Communities: Our communities are thriving, welcoming, and connected.


Play – learning, growing, and developing critical skills

Imagination – creating something new and solving problems inspires innovation

Inclusion – approaching relationships with intention and respect ensure that everyone belongs here

Connection – playing together we create stronger bonds, resiliency, and lasting memories

Integrity  – putting the interest of kids and families at the very center of every decision we make


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.
  • 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 2020 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.

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