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. We hope to inspire children and cultivate a lifelong love-of-learning, so that they will develop an interest in science and the world around them.
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 currently operate The EverWonder Experience, a mini-museum which offers free programming and exhibit experiences to children and families. Since opening in April, we have inspired over 1,700 visitors! 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 be geared towards 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 that align with the CT Science Curriculum. There will also 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, President/Founder
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 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.
Kerrie has been a resident of Newtown since 2007. Originally from New York, Kerrie attended Russell Sage College, receiving her BS and MS in Physical Therapy Magnum Cum Laude. Kerrie specializes in Orthopedics/Sports PT. Prior to the birth of her two children, she worked with Olympic athletes, as well as players from the NFL, NHL, and MLB. In addition to her family and career, Kerrie joined the board of Everwonder Children's Museum in 2011. She feels it is so critical to bridge the gap between our schools and community, offering key educational opportunities for all children. In addition to ECM, Kerrie decided to honor her father by organizing several programs for individuals suffering from Cancer.
Rebekah brings over a decade of fundraising, communications, and event planning experience to the EverWonder Board of Directors. An accomplished grant researcher and writer, her proposals have netted over $40 million in funding.
In 2010, Ms. Harriman founded HK Consulting Group, a non-profit capacity building firm. Prior to the company's founding, Ms. Harriman served as Grants Writer for the City of Bridgeport, where she researched and wrote successful funding proposals to various federal funders such as the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the National Endowment for the Arts, Department of Health and Human Services, and the Environmental Protection Agency. She has also written and submitted successful grants to a range of state, local, and private funding sources.
In addition to financial procurement, she is experienced in public relations and marketing, and provides one-on-one training and support to start-up nonprofit organizations.
Ms. Harriman is a graduate of the Central Connecticut State University School of Social Work and Leadership Greater Bridgeport, for which she serves as the Vice-Chair on the Board of Directors. In 2010, Ms. Harriman was named one of the top “40 under 40” business leaders in Fairfield County, CT.
Ms. Harriman resides in Sandy Hook, CT with her husband and 7 year old son. She is active in her community, serving as the President of the Middle Gate School Parent Teacher Association. She co-founded the My Sandy Hook Family Fund in the wake of December 14th.
John Arcario lives in Newtown with his wife Erin and their three children. He has been a resident of Newtown since 2005. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Economics from Queens College. John’s experience includes senior leadership roles at Coldwell Banker, Cartus Corporation and Right Management. His background and responsibilities include business development, account management, marketing, and new product development.
John has been an active participant on Boards of prominent nonprofit organizations in the greater Danbury area over the past 10 years. This includes Ability Beyond Disability where he served on the Board of Trustees and Corporate Committee. He was also on the Board of Directors at Regional Hospice of Western CT and Healing Hearts. At Hospice he chaired the Marketing Committee and was on the Governance Committee as well.