"The future is created by what you do today, not tomorrow"
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.
The Children’s Museum of Branch County is pleased to announce Hannah Phair as the newest Exploration Organizer for the CMBC. Hannah is currently attending Kellogg Community College majoring in Elementary Education and plans on transferring to Trine University to continue pursuing a Bachelors in Elementary Education with a goal of becoming an elementary teacher. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her friends, family and boyfriend and enjoys going on road trips to different places whether they are close or far away. “I’m very excited to be working at the Children’s Museum because it will allow me to grow my experience interacting and working with children,” said Phair.
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
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 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 too.
What started out as a simple idea grew 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 was truly a collaborative effort! There are currently over 20 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.
Since 2014, CMBC has continually looked for ways to grow, expand, and engage children and young adults in their programming.
We hosted our Annual Princess Ball Meet & Greet on March 8, 2020, at the Dearth Center to an almost capacity crowd. It was a huge success and raised over $11,000 for the museum. The museum would like to thank our sponsors and attendees for making it such a great event!
March 8, 2020
Following Governor Whitmer's mandated shutdown of K-12 schools, CMBC will also be closing for the time being. We will continue to monitor the situation and we'll let you know we feel it's okay to reopen.
March 13, 2020
BRANCH PEDIATRIC & ADOLESCENT MEDICINE PC SUPPORTS CMBC
By participating in the FRONT PORCH PROJECT with Starlite Photography, LLC, Drs. Arivoli and Veerappan and staff made a donation to the Children's Museum of Branch County as a fundraiser for the museum during the COVID-19 shutdown. We are so grateful for the support from the community! Thank you!
April 11, 2020