"The future is created by what you do today, not tomorrow,"
- Robert Kiyosaki
The Children's Museum of Branch County began as an idea during a fundraiser event at one of the local elementary schools. Three volunteer moms were working on that particular fundraiser and began talking about their desires to have something more to offer to their local community. They realized a need for social and educational opportunities in this rural county. They shared that vision and businesses, civic organizations, and other families also saw that need.
What started out as a simple idea has grown over the past several years as these dreams started to become a reality. In June 2014 the Children's Museum of Branch County opened their doors during the Strawberry Festival -- one of Coldwater's largest downtown summer events. By early 2015, CMBC had applied for and been granted their non-profit status as a 501(c)3 organization.
With exhibit sponsorships, discounts, and donations of close to $15,000 this has truly been a collaborative effort! There are currently over 25 exhibits, including a fully stocked art center, literacy nook, human body exhibits, and many math and science activities. The museum features a toddler room, complete with a Lego table. An interactive city allows children pretend to be Veterinarians, chefs, bankers, and more.
Coming up on it's first full-year anniversary, CMBC is continually looking for ways to grow, expand, and engage children and young adults in their programming.
The original founding members
from left to right:
Courtney Eaton, Sheila Taylor, and Robbi Omo
at one of the early stages fundraising events for CMBC
We hosted our 1st Annual Princess Tea Party on January 24, 2015. It was a huge success.
January 27, 2015
UCT SPONSORS CMBC
UCT offers support in the form of a monetary donation towards the intial fundraising stages of the museum.
June 9, 2014
FEED THE PIG EVENT
Lisa Groholske and daughters Mia and Carlee Larimer were the first family to turn in a full pig bank and adopted another one.
February 3, 2014
CMBC's Mission, Vision and Values
Mission: To provide a community driven, child-centered space where children explore, learn, and grow by engaging in interactive play with those who care about them.
Vision: A dynamic location for discovery, education and imagination, sparking a passion for life-long learning.
Values: CMBC values education for all ages, a respect for each other and our differences, family interaction, stretching of the imagination, leadership, and collaboration that strengthens our community.