Your gift will   make a difference!

We are a community supported 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is committed to educating and inspiring imaginative, independent thinking through hands-on science, math, and art experiences. We rely on your charitable contributions to keep that commitment. 

 

Your donation gives the gift that will expand the Museum’s impact on children in the community. Our donors help us maintain and grow our early childhood education services and programming in southeastern North Carolina.  Together we are helping children learn and grow.

Make an impact in the lives of children in southeastern North Carolina with your easy one-time gift. 

Many donors find monthly giving an easy and convenient way to make a difference in the lives of area children. This is a hassle free, tax deductible, safe and secure way to support the Children's Museum.  Donors can choose to support our Outreach, STEM, or Creative Arts Programs. Just set it and forget it! 

Give the gift of membership to a local family in need. For just $140, you can give one low-income family an anytime family membership to the Museum. This membership provides unlimited admission for (2) named adults and all the children in the household. Additional benefits include free daily programs Tuesday - Friday.

Make a donation in the honor or memory of a loved one. By supporting The Children's Museum of Wilmington, you have the opportunity to honor a special person or pay tribute to someone by making a memorial donation where you can help make a difference in the lives of children.

Honor a Child

Support the Museum and honor your child or grandchild at the same time. Funds will help develop our educational programming. These special planks, designed and painted by your family, will be prominently displayed in the Museum. Planks are 6" x  48" and your own to carve, wood-burn or decorate. Cost: $500. Please contact hsellgren@playwilmington.org for more information. 

Become a Corporate Member

Become a Corporate Member today! Enjoy Museum benefits for your employees and business, while giving back to the children of the greater Wilmington area at the same time!

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To help alleviate the economic devastation caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Congress has enacted the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Among its many provisions is a brand new universal deduction for charitable contributions. Taxpayers who don’t itemize may now deduct up to $300 per year in charitable contributions. Such deductions must be: in cash (no property like old clothing), and given to a 501(c)(3) public charity.'s attention...

Please obtain necessary forms from your employer and submit your gift to hsellgren@playwilmington.org.

Consider having an exhibit named in the honor or memory of a loved one. A plaque recognizing the person or family name will be placed at the exhibit. Your $5,000 contribution will help to maintain and expand this and other exhibits in the Museum.

Planned giving helps donors find a way to make charitable gifts now and after their lifetime, while potentially providing financial benefits for themselves and loved ones. Unlike cash donations, planned giving donations are typically made from assets in the donor's estate rather than disposable income. Leave a legacy with planned gifts.

Please contact hsellgren@playwilmington.org for more information.

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*ALL OF OUR DONORS ARE RECOGNIZED IN OUR ANNUAL REPORT UNLESS ANONYMITY IS REQUESTED 

Here's how your generous gift can impact the lives of many: 

Robert Loweth (now 24)

Wilmington, NC

I was involved with the Museum throughout my entire childhood.  My mother often took me there to play when I was little, and I have many fond memories. Once I became a little older, my mother brought me to help out and supervise the younger kids during events like Halloween. As a high school student, I took the opportunity to give back to the Museum. For my Eagle Project, I landscaped the plot on 2nd street and built the bench which still sits outside the Museum.

From my experience, the Museum is a great place for children to learn through play. I don’t think a lot of people realize how rare places like the Museum actually are. Children like to explore, especially outside the confines of their own home. However, children can only really do that in a safe and enriching environment. I can’t pinpoint the exact influence that the Museum has had on my life because the Museum has always been there. However, I think that my tendency to continue exploring, both in scientific research and international study, probably comes from the foundation I got from the Museum.                                                                   

Janet Coleman

Wilmington, NC

I have had a Grandparents’ Membership for four years and love taking my grandchildren to the Children’s Museum. They really enjoy the Little Ones Cooking  Program, the Tree House, and the Teddy Bear Hospital. Each of them have so much fun with the special events like Polar Express and the New Year’s Eve at Noon Party. One day I took my granddaughter shopping at a store  in downtown Wilmington and I felt like I kept saying “don’t touch this, don’t touch that.”  When we walked outside she said, “Can we please go to the Museum?” She knows  that at the Museum, there are so many wonderful hands-on activities!                                                                                   

Jacob Koehler

Wilmington, NC

I volunteered forty hours a week at the Children’s Museum during my second semester of senior year at New Hanover High School, and was subsequently hired as a member of the part-time staff during all of my school breaks. Whether kids are learning the properties of matter by making slime, or becoming more in touch with the environment through leaf  identification, I would see children enjoying themselves and learning simultaneously, and that is a very beautiful thing. 

 

Working at the Children’s Museum has fostered a desire in me to teach. The Museum allowed me the opportunity to help children reach educational conclusions; the resulting feeling of accomplishment is wonderful, so I have been pursuing a career in education while at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I miss the Museum a great deal while at school, and I cannot wait to return over Winter Break!”    

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Suggested amounts and how they might be used:

$100       Provide a weekday membership to a deserving family in need

$250       Subsidize outreach for 30 low income students to have a field trip at the Museum

 

$500       Host visiting instructors for our Leading to Reading Literacy Program

 

$1,000    Contribute to our courtyard to make it a visually appealing, fun and safe place for CMoW kids to play!

 

$2,500    Help us grow our Healthy Eating & Nutrition Exhibit where our focus is on teaching kids how to make healthy                     food choices

 

$5,000    Fund our STEM Education Outreach program that reaches 600 students annually at their schools

Thank you for making a difference in the lives of children in southeastern North Carolina.

Be a part of a community that is helping children learn.

Why should you support CMoW?

Here's what donor generosity allowed us to do:

 

  • Reached over 2,000 children across Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender Counties, through our outreach programs which are targeted at serving many of the undeserved youth in our community

  • Added four new STEM based exhibit pieces including an Air Chair, Flight Tube, Air Harp, and Magnetic Ring Launcher

  • Purchased a new Smartboard and ipads for use in some of our educational programs

  • Less visible, but equally important, was the replacement of five Heating/AC units and the installation of a new museum-wide PA system

 

Participating member of the North Carolina Science Network Collaborative

Encore Best of 2019 

Best Museum Finalist

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Sunday 1:00PM - 5:00PM

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