Once upon a time, a small group of individuals, businesses and organizations decided they wanted to do something big for the children and families in their community.
“Our children are struggling in math and science,” they said. “We need to encourage them to explore the wonderful opportunities in these areas. We need a place where they can have fun and learn at the same time.”
But they knew this would not be a small task.
“Families in our community are struggling,” they said. “Many can’t afford to take their children to other cities to engage them in experiences that stretch their thinking, so we need to bring those experiences to them!”
They looked to the Terre Haute Children’s Museum to fill those needs, but they quickly realized that the museum’s 3,000-square-foot facility was not big enough to offer the quality exhibits and programs that their community deserved.
“We must step up to the plate to help the Children’s Museum make a big leap to a bigger facility so we can better serve the children and families who live in this community,” they said. “We want to do this for our kids – for our future!”
And step up to the plate, they did! This little community with big hearts came together with big and small gifts to raise more than $5.6 million dollars, and on Sept. 24, the new 26,000-square-foot Terre Haute Children’s Museum opened its doors on the corner of 8th and Wabash in downtown Terre Haute.
More than 7,000 people came from miles around to see the brand new museum! Children and adults from Brazil, Indianapolis, Vincennes, Sullivan, Chicago and beyond wanted to see the wonderful new building filled with fun, hands-on exhibits.
When they arrived, they saw kids digging up dinosaur bones, playing the role of veterinarian, creating buildings with LEGOs and blocks, playing with bubbles, and investigating bugs and plants under the microscope. The sounds of kids learning and having fun filled the building!
“This is so much fun! Come, look at this! Cool! What’s this over here? I don’t ever want to leave!” The small group of individuals, businesses and organizations proved that it does not take population or monetary wealth to make a big difference in the world around you. Big things happen when you do what you can and give what you can. Big things come from doing good things for our friends, our neighbors, our children, and our future.