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!

Annual Report 2017 cover

Check out the 2017 Community Report


Past Reports

2016 Community Report

2015 Community Report

Financial Audits

2016/17 Financial Audit

2015/16 Financial Audit



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.
  • In 2017 we had over 6,400 visitors take part in our programs.
  • Over 2,700 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.

Our Sponsors