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“Great place to take the children ages 0-80”

The Building for Kids
Ranked #3 of 35 things to do in Appleton
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Owner description: 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.
Appleton, Wisconsin
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Great place to take the children ages 0-80”
Reviewed December 30, 2013

Formerly called the "Children's Museum", it has hands on permanent exhibits that children love - there is a construction crane, a fire truck, a convenience store, all full sized, and fun for anyone. Then there are the special exhibits, that are there for a time and are featured. Some favorite characters, like Clifford stop in from time to time. There is little there that says "don't touch". The only problem is paying for parking no matter when you go. Most street parking is 2 hour, but there are parking garages nearby-irritating that they are all metered,

Visited December 2013
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Appleton, Wisconsin
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“Decent Place For The Kiddos”
Reviewed December 11, 2013 via mobile

Been here several times for birthday parties and special events, but as a paying customer its a little pricey. I do understand its a non profit place, but needs to be a tad bit affordable. I like there is a lot of different stations around the building for kids. Love seeing kids smile.

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Appleton, Wisconsin
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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“The Building for Kids”
Reviewed December 3, 2013

Great place to bring the little kids during the cold winter months, or any rainy day! Lots of hands on activities, small gift shop, and normally fairly clean! Can be busy at times, but lots of fun!

Visited January 2013
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“Kids had so much fun!”
Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

This museum has 2 floors of hours of non-stop fun for kids. I would recommend spending am afternoon here.

Visited August 2013
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Appleton, Wisconsin
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
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“Nice place. Best described as an indoor playground.”
Reviewed August 20, 2013 via mobile

The Building for kids looks more interesting from the outside than it is. It is essentially an indoor playground for young children. There is a model Kwik Trip, hospital nursery, and places to climb. It seems mostly suited for kids from preschool age to 2nd grade. My major issue is that there are very few places for adults to sit. Pretty average and not particularly exciting as far as I'm concerned. It is fairly pricey too.

Visited August 2013
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BFKCM, Manager at The Building for Kids, responded to this review, August 22, 2013
The Building for Kids Children's Museum believes in building imagination, creativity, and confidence in our community's youth, from crawlers through age 7. As a non-profit children's museum, we accomplish this mission through providing a safe space for families to learn through play by exploring hands-on, educational exhibits, as well as curriculum-based classes for field trips, special programs, and family events.

Play is a critical part of a child's cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. Each exhibit and program at BFKCM is specifically designed to foster these developmental areas through building imagination, creativity, and confidence, and corresponding educational goals are posted in each exhibit area.

The Building for Kids experience is designed to revolve around children, but adults have just as much fun and are encouraged to play everywhere the children play. Studies have shown that "the level of children's play rises when adults play with them," and that one of the key elements of this benefit is the ability of the child to lead that play. These studies show that when a parent engages in imaginative and creative play with their child, the benefits are immense. Children who have the opportunity to lead adults in play demonstrate richer and more abstract thinking.

The Building for Kids, Inc., is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization supported by donations, memberships, admissions, and gift shop sales. The museum does not receive local, state, or federal funding. The Museum's programs and admissions generate two-thirds of its operating revenue, and private contributions are pursued to support the balance.
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