Little Buckeye

Editor's Note: This mini spotlight is sponsored by Little Buckeye Children's Museum as part of our local giving guide that highlights nonprofits leading up to Giving Tuesday on Nov. 30. To see more nonprofits, click here.

“Our mission is to provide children and families with the opportunity to learn and discover through the power of play,” Fred Boll, Executive Director of Little Buckeye Children’s Museum said.

For the past ten years, Little Buckeye Children’s Museum has been impacting the lives of families and children by offering over 30 hands-on play-based exhibits, as well as birthday parties, field trips, classes and annual memberships.

“Over time, our organization has grown in attendance, impact and staff size. Now, we are working on construction of our new building which is more than three times the size, and has parking and an elevator - two things our current (rented) building lacks,” Boll said.

Accessibility is important to Little Buckeye Children’s Museum.

“We offer numerous programs that make it possible for families in all types of situations to have access to our interactive exhibits that encourage exploration and discovery," Boll said. "Programs like Museums for All, Project Passport, Helping Hands, Imagination Stations and Traveling Exhibits all contribute to our vision of education and play for all."

The museum has been busy this past year, working to help underserved children and families in the community by providing over 200 bags of toys, activity guides, school supplies, and hygiene products at no cost.

“In 2022, we hope to move into our new building on W 3rd St in the Imagination District where we will be able to serve more people and offer more programs and services to the community," Boll said.

Funds generated from Richland Gives donations will help this moving process.

“The money we raise through Richland Gives will be used to help us complete construction on our new building by offsetting the increased costs of building materials and supplies due to COVID-19," Boll said. "The money will impact our opening date and will determine what exhibits and facility features we are able to build at this time.”

You can support Little Buckeye by donating now through Nov. 30 during the Richland Gives campaign. 

“The community should participate in Richland Gives this year to give back to the local nonprofits that have served the community for years," Boll said. "Without support from the community, nonprofits couldn't have the incredible impact they do."