Like many businesses, we were forced to shut down operations mid-March of 2020 due to the COVID pandemic. During this time, we helped our community, we updated the museum, and we are now starting to plan our reopening. Read about each of these points below.
When the museum had to shut down, the schools did as well. There was a time of uncertainty regarding when children would be going back to school. There was one thing that was certain, though, and that was that kids get hungry. The staff at the Baraboo Children’s Museum wanted to help those in need. For two weeks, volunteers came in Monday through Friday and packed hundreds of lunches. The community at large made this a successful program by donating money, food, supplies, and time. Local businesses teamed up by making signs, donating food, making financial contributions, etc. In all, 2,100 lunches were distributed over a two week period.
After the school district took over providing daily lunches, the staff at the Baraboo Children’s Museum wanted to keep helping. They used leftover funds from the lunch program along with some new donations to keep bringing local families in need some weekly groceries. At one time, they were feeding a minimum of 21 families twice a week. Again, the community stepped up by donating food. This service went on for 10 weeks.
Due to COVID, many people don’t feel comfortble going door to door to go trick or treating. Others would like a one-stop event. Whatever the case may be, we have come up with a solution. We provided a drive thru trick or treating experience for 2020. We reached out to the community for candy donations as well as providing our own donations. We handed out 450 bags of candy on Halloween at no charge to those who participated in the event.
While we don’t want to ruin the surprise of what we have been doing behind closed doors, we can tell you that you should be excited when you next come through our doors. Here is a bit of a list to give you some hints:
- We stripped, waxed, and polished the floors
- Have a ball before you even check in with our new ball run!
- We have something new for you in the grocery store!
- There are new ways to create art in the Creation Station
- One of the “Coming Soon” exhibits is no longer “coming soon” because it’s HERE!
What to Expect
- We ask that guests over the age of two years old wear masks if they are medically/physically able to do so.
- Please socially distance from other groups. We have a 9,000 square foot facility which allows for plenty of room for everybody to have their own space.
- We have hand sanitizer throughout the museum for everybody to use.
- Our maximum capacity is usually 250, but at this time, it is 62 people. Again, this allows social distancing to be even easier.
Starting June 22nd, our hours will be:
Sunday – 1p-5p
Monday – 9a-3p
Tuesday – CLOSED
Wednesday – 9a-3p
Thursday – CLOSED
Friday – 9a-5p
Saturday – 9a-5p