Wish List

Please Contribute to our WISH LIST

We are working towards offering an environment that supports every child’s natural curiosity to learn through hands-on, play-based exploration. In order to do this, we welcome your help.

You are always welcomed to make a contribution of money or time.  We also invite you to help out by donating something on our Wish List. We are in need of the following items:

(We added an estimated price of the items if we knew it for your convenience)


Things to help us start refurbishing the early childhood education section on the first floor (also known as the place for our youngest visitors ages 0 – 5)

  • Touch and Feel cloth books, board books
  • 2 or 3 small bean bag/or soft style chairs for children’s library ($35 each)
  • Rocker Glider for children’s library (approx. $300 – $500)

Honestly, almost anything from Lakeshore Learning would be welcomed!

  • Butterfly climber for infants ($280)
  • Peakaboo Boards for toddlers ($55)
  • Color Changing Touch Board for toddlers ($40)
  • Draw and Write Touch Board for preschoolers ($30)
  • Brick Building Activity Table for preschoolers ($300)
  • Sand & Water Table for preschoolers ($300)
  • Giant Roller Ramps Starter Set to replace/add to our current gravity exhibit ($40)
  • Mobile Mite Sensory Activity Table (ChildBrite or similar) ($270)
  • Materials for sensory table/bins (beads, balls, noodles)
  • Kinetic Sensory Sand ($45 for 11lb)
  • New toy organizers and storage bins


Things to help us start to renovate the Exploration Station – general

  • Occupation costumes (policeman, fireman, post office employee, racecar driver, delivery package driver)
  • Dress-Up Play Center (with shatterproof mirror and hangers)
  • Doctor, Dentist, and Veterinarian toys and props
  • Pretend Hardwood Kitchen Set/All in One Kitchen ($649)


Things to help us start to renovate the Exploration Station – School

  • Let’s start with the “schoolroom” — objects and items to help children play school, teacher, and student or “teach a class” — help us turn this area into a colorful classroom.
  • Small table for toddlers crafts/activities with chairs ($179)
  • Manipulatives, clip boards, markers, pencils, tissues, etc.
  • Fun colorful rug
  • Cube-style bookcase with matching storage bins
  • There is a cool robot bookcase on “Land of Nod” for $340


Things that help our visitors appreciate the natural world and science

  • Fish for fish tank in Playspace
  • Children size microscopes and other science toys
  • SPACE TOYS! Anything age-appropriate for kids 6-10


Things to make the Museum better for the community:

  • Two new changing tables with shelves ($200 – $300)
  • Three Diaper Genies for (one for each changing tables) and refills ($30, $16 3-pack)
  • Two Soap dispensers for 3rd floor bathrooms ($40)
  • Always need diaper wipes and paper towels
  • Lots and lots of baking soda and white vinegar!


PAINT, PAINT, PAINT — either donations of bright, happy colors, gift cards to home improvement stores, or volunteer time to come help us paints some walls.

Karaoke Machine

Professional memberships that will enable us to have traveling exhibits:

  • Museum Association of New York $125
  • Association of Children’s Museums $595
  • Alliance of American Museums $150
  • Association of Science & Technology Centers $535
  • American Association of Small & Local History $115


Things to make the office run smoother:

  • Two new networked computers with monitors and printers (it would be great if one of those printers could copy/scan/print and one was a color printer)
  • Two very fun colorful wall clocks


Items to help us increase our reach into the community:

  • LinkedIn professional membership $780

We also welcome gift cards to purchase books, music, tools, and other supplies!