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Inspiring and connecting the families of the Fairbanks North Star Borough

For children, this is not just a play-place.

"I love that the Museum is a place for my kids to be kids, where there are no 'no's'. The museum is a familiar, bright, cheerful, and welcoming place full of possibilities. Fairbanks would be a far different place without it." -Kathleen Klynstra

OUR MISSION IS TO INSPIRE AND CONNECT FAMILIES THROUGH DISCOVERY AND THE POWER OF PLAY. We believe that healthy & curious children grow into healthy & intelligent adults, that PLAY is a CRITICAL part of learning, and that helping caregivers to develop the skills they need to parent successfully is one of our most important jobs as resource providers.

A smart resource.

Investing in the Fairbanks Children's Museum is an investment in our community's future. Children who have access to Early Childhood Resources and hands-on learning opportunities are more likely to succeed academically and grow to become healthy community citizens. There are more than 14,000 children under the age of 9 in the Fairbanks North Star Borough. At the Fairbanks Children's Museum, local children and their caregivers get the best opportunities for educational play and brain growth. Children learn important 21st Century Skills, like creativity, critical thinking, compassion, and community, through the interactive exhibits and carefully planned programming of the museum. The Fairbanks Children's Museum has the broadest reach of any early childhood development agency in the Interior and we are open to all early learners, regardless of circumstance.

This essential community resource is only possible with the commitment and financial investment by supporters such as yourself.

The Impact of the Fairbanks Children's Museum 2017 Museum Total Attendance: 41,126 School Age Field Trip Visitors: 1,242 Camp Students: 156 Military Admission Discount: 3,455

2017 Community Access                              Free & Reduced Admission: 4,060 FNSB Library System: 39 (introduced in October) Museums for All: 985

Through exhibits and programming, the Fairbanks Children's Museum provides a rich environment that stimulates children's natural curiosity and creativity while developing play-based learning experiences.Â

Quality learning & healthy outcomes through play, programs, and partnerships.

Our museum promotes the five Protective Factors (the focus of the Strengthening Families Alaska strategy) in a friendly and accessible environment. These factors build strong families through: Parental Resilience Social Connections Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development Concrete Support in Times of Need Healthy Social and Emotional Child Development In 2017, we partnered with over 40 educational and nonprofit organizations to expand museum programming with the help of outside experts and to provide community resource connections. Our community access programs (Museums for All discounts, free passes available at all libraries, Blue Star Museum program for active duty military) mean that all community members have a point of access and benefit at the museum.

"The Fairbanks Children's Museum is an important local resource for our foster children when it comes to education and a place to experience healing from trauma." -Rachel Hanft, Alaska Center for Resource Families

2018 Financial Need 2017 Revenue $435,830

The Fairbanks Children's Museum needs to increase local support with unrestricted funding to maintain the level of programming and exhibits that keep our young children learning. Level







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2017 Expenses $433,487




Fairbanks Children's Museum 302 Cushman Street, Suite 101 Fairbanks, AK 99701 907-374-6873

Board of Directors Matt Raymond, Board President State Farm Insurance

Caroline Brown, Board Vice-President State of Alaska Fish & Game

Jennifer Bump, Board Treasurer Wells Fargo

Jeff Rasic, Board Secretary National Park Service

Jimi Cash Handy Hour General Contracting

Vanessa Dallaire "This museum should be called the Museum of Awesome!" Noah, age 5

Fairbanks North Star Borough School District

Jessica Dance Bettisworth North Architects

Rebekah Gray Studio 3Twelve

Lena Krutikov University of Alaska Fairbanks

Curtis Rogers Foster & Rogers Family Law

Museum Staff

Thank you!

Brenda Riley, Executive Director Jessica Farr, Education & Outreach Meredith Maple, Visitor & Public Relations  Museum Educators: Kaley Sikes, Hailey Laven, Sara Laughlin, Brenna Kennicker, Myranda Schiff 

Fairbanks Children's Museum Case Statement  
Fairbanks Children's Museum Case Statement