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Make DSM Children's Museum Amazing!

$5,000 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 82 people in 14 months
Des Moines Children's Museum has a home for the winter!!!

We're hard at work turning a storefront at Valley West Mall into a mini children's museum!  It will be filled with all our traveling exhibits from the summer, along with some fun new additions.

During the warm summer months we brought our "museum without walls" to community events like festivals, farmers markets and more.  We need a place to call home for the winter while we work to make the permanent museum a reality.  We've secured a location at Valley West Mall, now we're working  to get ready for visitors - that's where we need your help!

Our exhibits have been tried and tested on the road this summer, now we're expanding our offerings in this temporary indoor location.  We need funds to retrofit the mall space to an amazing place for families to play and explore.  We need supplies to make sure we're always welcoming you and your family with a space that is clean, safe and inviting.  Plus, we need to cover all of the trappings of having a consistent physical space like rent, utilities, a point of sale system and more.

We've raised over $6000 since beginning this April, most of which has been used to create and maintain our traveling exhibits, cover expenses like insurance and our trailer, and  begin preparing the mall space for visitors.   We need funding to make our winter location the best it can be.   We want to give our wonderful community of parents and families a way to help build a future for the DSM Children's Museum. 

Help us make this location AMAZING!  The Des Moines Children's Museum has been a grassroots effort from the start, and we want to turn that community enthusiasm into the best mini museum we can!

Our goal is to raise $5000
to improve the mall space and keep up with our expenses this winter.

All donors will receive a DSM Children's Museum logo bumper sticker while supplies last.

Donors of $25 or more will recieve an invitation to the pre-opening party, and a punch card good for 5 admissions to the Museum.

Donors of $50 or more will receive an invitation to our pre-opening party, along with a punch card good for 10 admissions to the Museum.

Donors of $100 or more will receive an invitation to the pre opening party,  a 15 visit punch card, and be included on a plaque recognizing our early grassroots supporters.

Donors of $250 or more will receive an invitation to our pre-opening party, an unlimited admission pass to our Valley West Mall location for your family, and be included on a plaque recognizing our early grassroots supporters.
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Thank you so much to everyone who has donated! Our pre-opening party was on Sunday the 12th, and it was a success! We were so excited to see so many of you there, and we look forward to seeing our supporters in the museum all winter long. We're so close to our goal that we still hope to make it to $5000, all donors will still receive all the previously listed perks, minus the party invitation since it's already happened. Thank you!!!!
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We are halfway to our goal!

We are depositing some of the money into the Des Moines Children's Museum account to be ready for the pre-opening party this Sunday November 12th. We've already added some liquid motion tiles and a soft baby climber to our exhibits, thank you so much for your support! Can't wait to meet all our grassroots donors on Sunday!
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We're so excited to be almost halfway to our fundraising goal!!! Someone told us in an early meeting that “Parents wanting a children’s museum doesn’t mean anything. Parents won’t pay for it and parents don’t get things done.” That probably isn't an exact quote, but it made us really angry. Parents are the ultimate multi-taskers, and we think a community of determined parents can accomplish anything. We're so inspired to see local families stepping up to make our first location a reality, and we're proud to have our beginnings as a grassroots movement. To read Julie's awesome blog post about giving, click here: https://dsmchildrensmuseum.com/2017/10/28/just-the-prescription-the-doctors-ordered/
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Make sure to watch and share this 3 minute video. We've had so many visitors at our traveling exhibits.
Looking to the future
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