Make DSM Children's Museum Amazing!

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.
  • Mary Sticklen  
    • $250 
    • 42 mos
  • Gretchen Beilke 
    • $25 
    • 42 mos
  • Maria Fahrenholtz 
    • $100 
    • 44 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 45 mos
  • Austin Zlab 
    • $50 
    • 45 mos
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Organizer

Julie Richards Burtnette 
Organizer
Clive, IA
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