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

Thank you for helping us have an amazing year – we couldn’t have done it without you!

BFK 2016 Community Report Cover

Check out the 2016 Community Report

Past Reports

2015 Community Report


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:

  • We see close to 110,000 visitors a year
  • Over 13,000 visitors come each year for field trips, with over 8,000 Discovery Class students
  • Over 2,500 people came to the BFK to celebrate birthdays in the last year
  • Though most of our visitors come from Outagamie & Winnebago County, we see visitors from all over the world

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 donate today.



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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