Thank you to ProMedica Coldwater Regional Hospital for becoming a
2021 Corporate Sponsor of FUN!
We appreciate your ongoing support!
CBPU Install "The Power Pedal" Exhibit to Museum
BEAM Floor Projector Installed
Good, Better, Best Shop Donates $5,000 to CMBC for BEAM
An additional grant of $650 from the Good, Better, Best Shop was used to purchase
a permanent floor for the BEAM.
As part of its commitment to giving back in the community, the Good, Better, Best Shop in Downtown Coldwater recently donated $5,000 to the Children's Museum of Branch County for a BEAM Floor Projector. "We are so excited to be able to add a BEAM Floor Projector to the Museum. The BEAM has been something we have wanted almost since the Museum opened in 2014, so this gift is so appreciated," said Shana Grife, Board Member. Visitors can play all sorts of interactive games. The foam floor which was originally donated by Seiksui-Voltek was upgraded to a permanent floor through another grant of $650 from the Good, Better, Best Shop.
FRIENDS of the CMBC 2021 Annual Campaign
The Children's Museum of Branch County is an interactive, hands-on learning environment serving the children and families of Branch County and the surrounding area for the past six years. Established last year, the FRIENDS of the CMBC is a group of businesses and individuals that wish to support the mission of the museum with an annual donation. These funds will be used to support programming, exhibit expansion and the daily operations of the Museum.
Your donation is providing thousands of children and their families in Branch County and the Tri-State area a safe place to EXPLORE, LEARN and GROW.
Exhibit Expansion Fundraising Continues
Everbright, first of its kind in any Museum in Michigan
The CMBC wrapped up its annual USA Today/A Community Thrives Challenge on Mightycause.com by raising almost $8,000. "We are so grateful to the 31 donors who donated to our Exhibit Expansion online fundraiser, " said Kayla Gray, President of the CMBC Board. In addition to the online fundraiser, the CMBC was recently awarded a Community Good grant from the Branch County Community Foundation, the Walmart Distribution Center and Women Who Care Branch County toward the Everbright Exhibit.
The picture to the right is of an Everbright, which is similar to a large lite-Brite except it has no removeable parts. The Everbright has disks that can be turned to create over 250 different colors which allows visitors to create any picture imaginable. The video, below right, gives a glimpse of Madelynn trying out the Everbright.
The Everbright is planned to be installed in July. Once installed, the CMBC will be the first children's museum in Michigan to have an Everbright.
Future Exhibits include a River Rock Climbing Wall, a Light Table, a Static Dome, Coldwater community play buildings, and improvements to current exhibits.
Please consider making a donation to the CMBC for Exhibit Expansion so that we may continue to provide children of Branch County and the surrounding area with new, fun and educational exhibits. Visit Paypal by clicking the "Join Us" button to make a donation.
Southern Michigan Bank & Trust and Branch Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine PC, Newest 2021 Sponsors
The Children's Museum of Branch County appreciates the Corporate Support from the community. Southern Michigan Bank & Trust and Branch Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine PC have recently become Corporate Sponsors for 2021. The Museum is open at a limited capacity. We continue to welcome children and families to play, explore and learn and appreciate the Corporate support. They are champions of children in Branch County and the surrounding area. We are fortunate to have these sponsors supporting the CMBC.
Businesses or organizations interested in becoming Sponsors or FRIENDS of the CMBC and supporting the development of children in Branch County and the surrounding area should contact the CMBC at 517-227-5571. Information is also available under the SUPPORT CMBC tab at the top of this page. The Museum is open Wednesday 10 am - 2 pm & 4-7 pm, Thursday 10 am - 2 pm, Friday 10 am - 2 pm and Saturday 10 am - 4 pm. Admission is $5 per child.
Rosy the Lion Visits CMBC
Branch Pediatric &
Adolescent Medicine PC
"Rosy the Lion" was created by Anderson Elementary second grader, Ariana Vargas and is part of the Kids Art Rocks! program, a community celebration of student art sponsored by Tibbits Boosters and Arts Alive. Each year businesses or community members sponsor the art which is hung in a business for a year allowing the community to enjoy the student art. Community members Stan and Judy Bushouse leased this piece of student art to be displayed at the Children's Museum of Branch County. Please come and see Ariana's wonderful work and thank you Stan and Judy Bushouse for your support of the CMBC and Kids Art Rocks!
Museum To Open For Normal Hours July 1, 2021
We have been looking forward to this day for over 16 months! We are super excited to be able to welcome everyone back to the CMBC as of Thursday, July 1, 2021! We hope that everyone will come and visit us as we have missed you all and we want to Explore, Learn and Grow together!
Hand sanitizer is available throughout the museum.
Cleaning supplies will be available throughout the museum for visitors to use before/after they visit an exhibit if they wish. We will continue to sanitize the Museum daily.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
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As the only museum of its kind in a 35 mile radius, the Children’s Museum of Branch County has been busy this Summer refreshing current exhibit space and adding new exhibits for young children to enjoy. “We are excited to have added some new elements to the CMBC over the past few months. In addition to what we have recently added, we have many more exhibits in the planning stages right now,” said Melissa Austin, Treasurer of the CMBC Board.
With the addition of a Wind Tunnel, a scale for the Health Center, and a banking area, the Children’s Museum of Branch County has expanded its exhibit area over the past few months. The Wind Tunnel was designed specifically for children
Exhibit Expansion Increases Offerings for Children
to learn the movement of air. Designed with a clear tube and fan below, children can experiment with natural wind currents by adjusting the speed and direction of the airflow. The wind tunnel examines drag and force by using various materials such as packing peanuts, tissue paper, play silks and coffee filters. “Children are fascinated by exploring what amount of air is needed to make the items fly in the air,” said Kayla Gray, President of the CMBC Board.
Do you like to paint? Are you handy with a hammer and saw? We have some small projects around the Museum that could use some "finishing touches." Please contact the Museum at 517.227.5571 for more information.
Children's Museum Partners with BCCF with Museums For All!
The Children's Museum of Branch County partnered with the Branch County Community Foundation on the Museums For All! initiative which helped develop and implement the nationwide program at CMBC. Museums For All! focuses on providing access to hundreds of museums across the country at a reduced rate for Bridge Card holders. Click on the button to watch a short video and learn more about the program.