Register for a Family Activity Kit, Small Group Program, or Exhibit Exploration Session under the Phased Re-Opening Tab!

Plan Your Visit

Daily Admission

Includes all exhibits and daily programs, plus da Vinci Studio & Innovation Lab activities until closing.

Child (age 1-15): $8

Adult (16-64): $8

Senior (65+): $7

Infant (under 12 months): Free

Military Discount (with valid ID, active or retired): $6 Cannot be combined with any other discounts

Access Admission: $2 per person. Part of our Access for All initiative, this grant program is for families going through financial hardships. Families will need to show documents showing income support. Approved documentation includes WIC, Head Start, verification of state or federal assistance. Documentation needs to list the name of the person entering the BFK.

Need to leave and return? No problem! Get a hand stamp on your way out the door.

Members can enjoy a year of unlimited visits! Also, receive 10% discount on gift shop purchases and savings on special event tickets/party bookings. Learn about becoming a Member.

Already paid for daily admission, and now want a Membership? Daily admission can be credited toward Membership by end-of-day on our next business day with your admission receipt. Why not turn a day of adventure into a year of adventure?

Groups For groups of 15 or more children age 8 and younger, a discounted rate is available by advance reservation. Must be booked by a school, established organization with bylaws, or licensed daycare center. Learn about bringing a Field Trip.


  • Tuesday – Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm
  • Sunday: 12 pm – 5pm
  • Monday: Closed

Holidays & Closings

We are closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and the Saturday of Downtown Appleton’s Octoberfest. Keep an eye on our calendar for other holiday hours.

We close in the beginning of September each year for annual maintenance and updates.

We close early the day of the Children’s Parade and the Friday of Octoberfest.

Special Hours

We are sometimes open on Mondays during school vacations and other special events. These will be posted on our calendar.

Gift Cards

Give the gift of adventure! Gift Cards are available for any level of membership. The fun will not start until the certificate is redeemed, not the date purchased.

Gift Cards can be picked up at our Welcome Desk, online, or call 920-734-3226 x15 to get them mailed.

Admission Policy

Kids are not admitted without an adult, and adults are not admitted without a kid. Adults must accompany their kids at all times.

The Building for Kids reserves the right to refuse admittance to anyone.

Reciprocal Membership Admission

The Building for Kids welcomes memberships in the Association of Children’s Museums Reciprocal Network (50% off general admission for up to six people) or Association of Science Technology Centers Travel Passport Program (Free general admission to science centers & museums located outside 90 miles of the science center or museum where you are a member. Free general admission to science centers & museums located outside 90 miles of your residence. To see a list of zip codes that are inside the 90 miles and cannot use ASTC benefits click here. Check ASTC website for exclusions and benefits).

Annual Maintenance

In September we will be closed for scrubbing, repairing and updating. Don’t worry, we’ll post it on our calendar.

Weather Closing Policy

If the Appleton Area School District closes for the day due to bad weather, we will also be closed. Check out the Appleton Area School District’s website for closings.

Sick Child Policy

We are constantly monitoring to make sure the BFK is a safe and clean environment for all kids. As part of our effort to create this environment, we ask adults to keep sick kids home and make sure their kids are playing in a friendly way. We also ask school and field trip groups to ensure their students do not come to the BFK sick, and that the group explores in the friendly and respectful manner.

Photography and Video Policy

We routinely take photos and video for use in marketing and promotional materials, including our website, social media and print pieces. Please be aware that promotional photos, video and audio may be captured during your visit to the BFK. Entrance to the BFK signifies acceptance of this policy. If your likeness cannot be used for BFK promotional purposes, please let the Welcome Desk know, or let the staff member taking photos/video know.

Weapons Policy

We are a weapon-free property. If you are found to be carrying a weapon, you will be asked to leave. If a weapon is found on the property, it will be confiscated and turned over to the Appleton Police Department for disposal. The owner will need to contact APD to claim their weapon.

Maximize Your Visit’s Impact

Enter kids’ worlds.

When adults actively participate in the exhibits with children, quality of play dramatically increases. Kids question. Parents empower. Relationships thrive.

Respect the creative process.

Brainstorms are messy – we know that. We just ask that you tidy up after yourselves wherever possible and that you encourage your children to respect and share the equipment.

Use gentle voices and walking feet.

Bring a picnic to enjoy in the Dino Café.

Silence mobile phones. And leave the tablets at home. Escape reality for a few magical hours.

Keep Babies & Toddlers Around the World for the little ones under the age of 3. This keeps the space tranquil and safe for younger children.


We are located right in downtown Appleton at 100 West College Avenue right in the City Center across from Houdini Plaza. You can’t miss us, look for our bold entrance!

Ready for lunch? Check out the list of nearby restaurants. 


The Midtown Parking Ramp, or “Red Ramp” for its red banners, is located on Appleton Street, half a block south of us (134 South Superior Street). Metered parking is available on College Avenue for $1 per hour (maximum two hours at a time), which is enforced 9 am – 6 pm, Monday through Saturday.

Check out the downtown parking map with parking costs.

Parking for Visitors with Physical Disabilities

Visitors with a valid Disabled Parking Permit are able to park in any metered street parking space except the time limited meters (red meters) without paying or time limitations.

Bus Drop off and Parking

Drop off students on W. Washington Street. Call 920.734.3226 ext. 15 when you are 10 minutes away for museum staff to greet your bus.

Park in one following areas:

  • City Park – Franklin Street or Union Street
  • First English Church – 326 North Street


  • Coat hooks to keep hands free
  • Hand sanitizer to keep hands clean
  • Three family restrooms and changing tables in all restrooms to meet everyone’s needs
  • Wheelchair-accessible restrooms and exhibits (except Tree Forts and Amazing Heart Slide) for everyone to have fun
  • Elevator providing access to both floors in case you want to skip the stairs
  • Benches located throughout both floors for when you need a rest
  • Dino Café: restaurant-style booths for bringing a snack


Let us know! Call 920-734-3226 x15 or Email

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