Support Us

supportThe expERIEnce Children’s Museum is a non-profit charitable organization with a limited budget. A gift to the museum will support new exhibits, children’s educational programming, special events, and discounted museum days. We believe that play is a critical part of childhood development and that we offer an environment for meaningful family connections. As our lives move faster and faster the expERIEnce Children’s Museum is a place to celebrate childhood, spark creativity and inspire lifelong learning all while fostering a sense of community.



Admission fees and membership revenue cover less than one third of the museums basic expenses; the museum relies heavily on community support and charitable donations. Your gift will ensure that future generations experience a promising future- full of creativity, learning and fun.

A message from Museum Executive Director and Board President:

“This is an incredibly exciting time for your expERIEnce Children’s Museum and all who benefit from our innovative programs and play experiences. The tremendous support of our donors, patrons and volunteers fueled our progress, and for that we offer heartfelt thanks. We have once again seen an intense year of growth with admissions reaching nearly 50,000 and annual memberships climbing to 1200 families. Our education programs inside the museum and through community outreach reached more people than ever before. As an organization, we deepened our understanding about the value of purposeful play and continued to refine the way we engage parents and the community in this important cause.

We are proud to bring the Museum’s playful learning experiences to all populations— no matter their life circumstance or income level. Through Museums for All and traveling Mobile Museum Outreach Program, the Children’s Museum is making a difference for children and their families throughout the community.

All of this is not accomplished without financial contributions from people like you. Any gift, big or small, contributes to the success of our organization. With your help, we will inspire learning, celebrate childhood, spark creativity and change lives for families in our community.

Thank you for helping us not only create exceptional play opportunities for children, but also for helping to empower parents to do the same. Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season.”

“The children’s museum has always been one of our kids’ favorite places to go, not just to play and interact with other children, but to learn and explore. The staff and facility are phenomenal and we consider them like family.” -Heather Kloecker, museum member and mom of 3.

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A gift of any size makes a big difference

Under $100

  • A membership for a low-income local family in need
  • Plants for Discovery Corner so kids can explore veggies and herbs
  • Story time books
  • Sensory items for Tiny Tot Classes
  • New painting smocks for Open Studio and Discovery Corner
  • Materials for Preschool Classes
  • Markers, crayons, glue and various art supplies for Open Studio for 1 month
  • New costumes for the expERIEnce Theater

$100 – $250

  • 25 LED light bulbs for 1 floor of the museum
  • 1 Scholarship for an Erie’s Public School (EPS) student to attend Summer Camp at the museum
  • Digging tools for Discovery Corner
  • Light board and supplies for the lower level
  • 1 sensory friendly morning of play for 20 children on the autism spectrum and their families
  • 1 Mobile Museum outreach visit to a community event or school
  • Supplies for 1 Mobile Museum Outreach kit
  • School Bus Loading Zone signs for front entrance


  • One field trip for an entire grade in EPS
  • Supplies and entertainment for a special event
  • Funding for Homeschool STEAM Series
  • Exhibit maintenance for 2-3 small exhibits
  • Disinfectant products to sanitize surfaces and toys
  • Laundry services for 1 year (costumes)
  • Carpet cleaning for 1 floor of the museum twice a year
  • Fish tank maintenance


  • One free admission day for the community
  • Mural by a local artist inside the museum
  • Utility expenses for the museum for 3 months
  • American Red Cross First Aid Training/ CPR for museum staff (2-year certification)
  • Help in developing a new exhibit
  • Traveling exhibit rental
  • Washer/dryer
  • Healthy vending machine
  • Custom pop-up tent for off-site events



Support us on AmazonSmile!AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support the expERIEnce Children’s Museum every time you shop, at no cost to you. Shop at, search “Erie Children’s Museum,” and then select Experience Children’s Museum as the charity you want to support! With every purchase you make, Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the museum.