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About EverWonder Children's Museum
Why do we need a children’s museum?
We see a need in this area for a permanent place where children can explore, think outside-the-box, and challenge their minds in an informal, fun environment on a regular basis. With the closest children’s museum being in Norwalk, it is difficult for area parents and caregivers to visit these wonderful institutions as often as they may like.
What is EverWonder Children’s Museum right now?
EverWonder Children’s Museum consists of a passionate Board of Directors and numerous volunteers who work hard to bring science and art programming to community children. We now have a small space in which we will be offering free programming opportunities and hands-on exhibit experiences. Click here for more information on The Experience.
What ages will most enjoy EverWonder Children’s Museum?
Visitors of all ages will enjoy what EverWonder will have to offer, however, our exhibits and programming will focus on children through the age of 12.
What will I be able to find in EverWonder Children’s Museum?
EverWonder Children’s Museum will house both permanent and rotating exhibits on a variety of topics including, but not limited to:
The Human Body/Life
Preserving the Environment
In addition, there will be a Creativity Center in which children can create artwork, a Young Explorer area specially reserved for our youngest visitors, and the opportunity to see live science experiments, demonstrations and live performances.
Where will it be?
Our ideal location for EverWonder is on the Fairfield Hills campus located off Exit 11 in Newtown.
Newtown is an ideal spot for EverWonder Children’s Museum because it is geographically in the center of an educational/entertainment gap, which will allow all surrounding areas easy access to the museum.
How will the museum be funded?
Every effort will be made to build this museum through private donations, grants, and corporate contributions. We plan to sustain EverWonder through a combination of earned revenue (generated by membership fees, admission fees, birthday parties and other museum-run businesses, such as the gift shop and café) and contributed revenue.
How can I help?
Support our efforts by making a donation and/or volunteering your time, talent, or expertise. We are always looking for volunteers to get involved in this exciting project. Whether you have a special talent or area of expertise, or you would like to volunteer at an event, we would love to hear from you. This effort to bring a children’s museum to Newtown began with the idea of a few parents and volunteers and has made strides towards its goal by numerous volunteers generously donating their time. Thank you to all our past, current, and future supporters – this will be a museum for the community, created by the community! Email us at email@example.com
Kristin Chiriatti lives in Newtown and is a mom of two children. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry from the University of Nevada, Reno and a Masters of Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has worked with children's museums in the past on marketing service issues.
Karen Smiley, Secretary
Karen Smiley lives in Sandy Hook with her husband David and their 2 young children. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Management. Her work experience includes sales operations, residential real estate sales and management.
Chris Chiriatti lives in Newtown and has two young children. Chris is a certified public accountant and has 14 years of experience working with both large and small companies.