Delivered in partnership with area schools, childcare providers, and social service and community agencies, our Family Focus program provides free parenting education, Museum membership and transportation assistance to more than 1,500 families each year. Family Focus helps ensure all families in southeastern Wisconsin can access the Museum’s hands-on exhibits and programs. The program supports families living in poverty, foster families, teen parents and many others whose circumstances often limit their access to educational resources that can build a child’s academic skills, shape their values and positively influence their lifelong capacity to learn.
Support for Family Focus is provided by the Herzfeld Foundation, the Schoenleber Foundation and the Alvin and Marion Birnschein Foundation.
Neighborhood Night is an evening each month when the Museum offers free admission to ensure that all families in our community have access to our educational activities and services, including maker workshops that provide children with opportunities to explore a broad range of do-it-yourself projects using a variety of real tools, materials, digital resources and technologies that help them build new skills, collaborate and share what they learn.
Neighborhood Night is presented by the Northwestern Mutual Foundation with additional support provided by the Joy Global Foundation, the Stackner Family Foundation and US Bank, along with media sponsor FOX6. Be A Maker programs during Neighborhood Night are sponsored in part by Nordstrom.
The Museum’s Special Admissions Program provides free/subsidized field trips for disadvantaged children and adults, including children who participate in the National School Lunch Program, adults and children with disabilities, and community groups, childcare centers and neighborhood organizations serving low-income families. Your donation will help underwrite an educational field trip experience for a classroom or community group.
The Special Admissions Program was established in memory of Mary Leach Smith. Free bus transportation for MPS schools is made possible by the Herzfeld Foundation.
The Betty Brinn Children’s Museum has temporarily closed.