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929 E. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
414-390-KIDS (5437)
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Betty Brinn Children's Museum
929 East Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Stacie Clough
Exhibit Products and Services Coordinator
(414) 390-KIDS (5437), ext. 239

TINKERTOY®: Build Your Imagination™

Exhibit Overview

TINKERTOY®: Build Your Imagination™ is a new educational exhibit that combines the open-ended and inventive play qualities of the timeless TINKERTOY® construction set with GE’s innovative technologies that enrich our lives and our global community. Giant TINKERTOY® building pieces create a fantastic framework for all of the exhibit’s activities, and real TINKERTOY® construction sets take center stage in an awe-inspiring collection of TINKERTOY® pieces featured in a creative play area. A special welcome gallery and nine unique activity stations invite children and families to explore contemporary topics like renewable energy and clean water technology, to experiment with ideas and create their own inventions, and to work as collaborators in the exhibit’s hands-on environment. Each activity promotes important developmental skills and reflects the high standards of our exhibit partners.

Target Audience: Educational activities are designed for children ages 4 – 10

Space Requirements: 1,500 square feet of exhibit space is required

Rental Information

Rental Includes:

  • Comprehensive marketing and publicity materials
  • An Education Guide featuring lesson plans to enhance family and group visits
  • A detailed installation manual
  • Bilingual signage (English/Spanish) that helps adults understand how children learn through play

Rental Fee: $35,000 for a three-month rental, plus in-bound shipping

Traveling Exhibit Schedule

November 21, 2009 – January 24, 2010

TINKERTOY®: Build Your Imagination™ premieres at the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum! (Milwaukee, WI)

September 27, 2014– January 4, 2015 Available - OPEN TO RENT
January 17–May 24, 2015 Children's Museum of La Crosse (La Crosse, WI)
June 6– September 20, 2015 Kalamazoo Valley Museum (Kalamazoo, MI)
October 2, 2015– January 3, 2016 Refurbish - Betty Brinn Children's Museum (Milwaukee, WI)
January 25– May 1, 2016 Mayborn Museum Complex (Waco, TX)
May 14– September 11, 2016 C.R. Smith Museum (Fort Worth, TX)
September 24, 2016– January 15, 2017 Available
January 28– May 14, 2017 Available
May 27– September 17, 2017 Available
September 30, 2017– January 14, 2018 Available

TINKERTOY®: Build Your Imagination™ video

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