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 small museum which offers exciting programming and exhibit experiences to children and families. 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.
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 an Art Lab in which children can let their inner artist shine, a Young Explorer area specially reserved for our youngest visitors, and the opportunity to see live science experiments, demonstrations and performances.
Where will it be?
We will work to locate the museum at an easily accessible and convenient location in Newtown.
Newtown is an ideal spot for EverWonder Children’s Museum because it is geographically in the center of an under-served market when it comes to discovery centers, 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.
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.
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.
Chris D’Amico is Global Sourcing Manager of SCB International Materials, a Newtown, CT based company providing innovative materials solutions and technologies for the cement manufacturing industry. Previously, Mr. D’Amico was an Associate Trader with the International Nederlands Group (ING) in New York City. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT.
Chris with his wife Sara, both life long residents of Newtown have two children.
Sheila May, Secretary
Sheila has been the Director of Congregation Beth El's K'tanim Preschool in Fairfield since the school's inception in 2007. She started the school with the help of 6 moms and other educators.
Sheila has a Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood and elementary education and a Master's degree in special education, combined with over 25 years experience in preschool education as a teacher and director. She is thrilled to be part of the planning stages of the EverWonder Children’s museum. Sheila lives in Newtown with her husband Bill and has two married daughters and four grandchildren.