An interactive destination for children that fosters the imagination
Florence Fuller Child Development Centers recently acquired The Boca Raton Children’s Museum and it is a place unlike ANY other! … A timeless cultural and educational organization dedicated to children and our community. Over thirty years have passed since it opened. This quaint museum continues to be a sturdy presence in Boca Raton and is proud to have shared in the lives of over a million visitors seeking educational enrichment and family fun. The Museum fosters intellectual and creative development through hands-on learning activities, interactive displays, diverse cultural events, and unique programs.
Where is the Boca Raton Children’s Museum located?
The Boca Raton Children’s Museum is located at 498 Crawford Blvd. in downtown Boca Raton. It has existed for 34 years.
Why has Florence Fuller acquired control of the Boca Raton Children’s Museum?
Like many other small non-profit organizations facing funding issues in today’s economy, the Boca Raton Children’s Museum struggled to maintain the necessary support from its donors and could no longer rely on shrinking governmental grants to fund shortfalls. When community leaders realized that the Museum was at risk of closing due to its lack of resources, they approached Florence Fuller Child Development Centers to consider whether operational and educational synergies could come together to allow both organizations to flourish and expand. After several months of meetings and discussions between both organizations, the Fuller Centers Board of Directors was able to present the Museum’s Board with a plan whereby the Fuller Centers could provide the Museum with the necessary staff and support in order to help the Museum continue to maintain and expand its mission.
How will this arrangement benefit both organizations?
The Boca Raton Children’s Museum’s mission has been, and will continue to be, to enhance the creative and critical thinking skills of children through the arts and humanities. Florence Fuller Child Development Center’s mission is provide a comprehensive program of education and related child development services for children of low-income families in South Florida and to promote harmony and understanding among families of all races, creeds, ethnic groups and income levels.
The Fuller Centers sees the opportunity to work with the Museum as enhancing the Fuller Center’s core mission by enabling the development of creative and critical thinking skills in the children the Fuller Centers serves through the new ability to expose children to the arts and humanities integrated with history and science. At the same time, the Fuller Centers will benefit the Museum by bringing to the Museum the resources of its professional administrative, management and development staff.
Who manages the museum?
The Boca Raton Children’s Museum has retained its own 501(c)3 status and has its own Board of Directors. The Board of Directors for the Museum is selected by the Fuller Centers Board of Directors. The Museum’s Board of Directors continues to be responsible for the Museum’s governance and operations and the Museum staff runs the day-to-day programming under the supervision and assistance of the Fuller Centers.
Will the museum operate as it has in the past?
For now the Museum will continue to operate as it has done in the past with a few minor changes in back office operations. The Boca Raton Children’s Museum has become an affiliate of Florence Fuller Child Development Centers. We intend to maintain the museum as a place for artistic programming for children and families.
What programs are currently offered at the Museum?
The Museum provides programming for children ages 0 to 18 years and their families, with a heavy emphasis on the young child. Current programs include toddler classes, music classes, permanent museum exhibits, literary events, art workshops and outreach programs. The Museum provides approximately 22 onsite educational programs a week and a “traveling museum” in which staff visit area schools and youth organizations to deliver programming.
For more information, please visit the museum website at www.cmboca.org
Location: 498 Crawford Blvd., Boca Raton, FL 33432
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Admission closes at 4:30 pm daily)
Admission: $5 per person, infants are free