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Kidzeum has been given a matching opportunity.  Two Kidzeum donors have contributed $35,000 to be used as a match campaign.  Between now and December 31, 2017, we have an opportunity to match it for a total of $70,000.  The first 100 contributors will be entered into a drawing to win a Family of 4 Family Membership to Kidzeum! Also, the first 250 contributors that donate $50 or more will receive an exclusive Kidzeum Memory Match card game for you to make fun, family memories at home.

Even though we have raised $7 million to build a state-of-the-art children's museu, we still need to raise money to hire the staff and purchase the tools needed to run a state-of-the-art programs.

Here are our needs:

Give $11- pays for one hour for a Kidzeum Fun Specialist to walk a child through Active Alex to learn about the body's system and how to keep them healthy.  A child that understands how their body works is less likely to suffer from childhood obesity.

Give $25- pays for one day of Balckbaud Altru, a front desk management system that will make Kidzeum run smoothly and effeciently.

Give $50- cover the utlities for one day.  Can't amaze and teach kiddos without power, water and wi-fi.

Give $100- A days worth of marketing to spread the word that Kidzeum will be one of the best family resources in Central Illinois.

Give $250- pays for a week of cleaning services to keep the sticky and germs away.

Give $500- pays the salaries for one day of Kidzeum leadership so that they can manage, up-keep, organize, create fun and ensure a sustainable future for Kidzeum.

Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution that will DOUBLE its impact for Kidzeum!  

Donate today. 

Kidzeum hires an Executive Director!

Leah Wilson has been selected to take the helm of Kidzeum starting January 2, 2018. Leah brings a wealth of museum experience to Kidzeum as she has held most of the leadership positions at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids, IA. Since 2008, she has been Director of Programs, Marketing and Communications, Major Gift Officer, Director of National Development, Chief Operating Officer and Vice-President.

Soon after Leah began at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, a major flood destroyed the museum creating a situation where the organization had to start over and rebuild a program. Having been in a museum start-up position, Leah will bring vision, passion and a balance of creativity and analytical skills. Her goal is to build on the momentum Kidzeum has gained during our planning and fundraising phase, by strengthening partnerships that lead to innovative and impactful exhibits and educational experiences. Leah is the perfect person to ensure a successful operational transition from opening though the first few critical years of program delivery.
Leah spent much of her youth in nearby Jacksonville, IL where her parents still reside. Accepting the Kidzeum Executive Director position allows her renew her ties to the area, spend more time with her family and channel her passion for geography, human and environmental interactions, earth systems science, sustainability and local, healthy food systems. We are very excited to welcome her back to Illinois. Several events in January are in the works to allow donors, community partners and the public to meet Leah. Stay tuned!


If you are a Kidzeum donor and would like to see the progress of the Kidzeum building. Kidzeum has scheduled 3 tour dates. Tours are limited to 10-15 people, so please RSVP to Rachael Thomson at info@kidzeum.org for availability.

Tour Dates:

December 6, 2017 from 4 pm
December 13, 2017 at 4 pm
December 15, 2017 at 12:00-12:30 pm

Kidzeum is a construction/hard hat zone so dress accordingly. Noon tours are limited to the construction workers lunch period.

Wowsers! In just four short weeks, Kidzeum's Grand Garden Committee Chairs: Pat & Phil Wheat and Dan & Wanda Tracy along with committee members: Candace Mueller, Lynn Scott, Jill Aiello, Sarah Bunn, Lisa Stone, Susan Madison, Donna Nelson and Sue Kepner has raised over $100,000! To learn more about our Grand Garden Paver program click on the flower.

Add your name to our list of new contributors.  Call (217) 971-4435 or send an email to info@kidzeum.org.We want to thank some of our recent donors for helping us move forward with the Kidzeum of Health and Science:  Mike and Jill Aiello, Tom and Helen Appleton, Rex and Mary Bangert, Bruce and Joan Beman, Jay and Ellen Blair, Gary nad Paula Borah, Todd and Diane Brinkman, Lorilea Burkett, Bob and Sarah Bunn, Dan and Peggy Cadigan, Ray and Anne Capestrain, Ed and Sharon Curtis, Tim and Bonita DaRose, Lou and Kim Dixon, Gene and Janette Drendel, Capitol Group, Bill and Ginger Engle, Henry and Terri Enno, Tom and June Harmon, Ken and Shelly Hoffman, Steve and Carol Kaufman, Bill and Julie Kelner, Dan and Susan Kepner, Dan and Lisa Lanzotti, Ted and Pam LeBlang, Jim and Susan Madison, Joe and Lynn McMenamin, Jim and Annette McDermott, Norm and Vicki Megginson, Gary and Sharyn Morgan, Jim and Sue Morphew, Stan and Kay Morris, Mike and Teena Myers, Brooke and Amy Peterson, Robert and Carol Posegate, Ron and Camilla Rabjohns, Kathyrn Ransom, Ray and Mary Beth Roland, David and Mary Lou Roszhart, Amy Schmidt, Scott and Scott at Law, John an dLynda Snodsmith, Wallace and Pat Strow, Steve and Neta Tagge, Ted and Betsy Tracy, Don and Wanda Tracy, John and Diane Week, Neil and Patty Williamson, Jim and Linda Wilson, Al and Linda Yound, Roland Family Fund, Tracy Family Foundation 

Kidzeum still has $450,000 left to raise so that we can open our doors with three months of operational costs and be debt free.  When you are shopping online, please consider using  Amazon Smile. Shopping you are already doing can help generate funds for Kidzeum!

Don't miss the Fun! View our Events Calendar to see the exciting activities we have planned >>
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