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Making Learning Fun With the Children’s Museum of Phoenix

Today I’m spotlighting the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, a non-profit organization committed to engaging the minds and muscles of both children and the adults who care for them.

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Today I’m proud to welcome Kate Wells, the CEO of the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, to talk a little bit about her non-profit organization.
According to Kate, the Children’s Museum of Phoenix began all the way back in 1998 when she and a group of friends decided that a city as big as ours very much needed a children’s museum. Initially, they called themselves the “Phoenix Family Museum” but rebranded after a few years and opened the new museum in 2008 after acquiring the Monroe School building. In making this iconic, territorial-style building their home, they also saved it from certain demolition.
This museum’s mission is to engage the minds and muscles of both the children and the adults who care about them. They do this by focusing on the early development of kids ages 10 and under by emphasizing things that have to happen in their young lives for them to be ready to attend school, be productive members of society, and enjoy a lifelong love affair with learning.
They don’t teach about any particular topic—they create educational playtime opportunities to cultivate life skills like sharing and fostering interpersonal relationships. These playtime opportunities feature hands-on exhibits that develop the concepts of cause and effect, trial and error, and risk-taking.  
This museum helps kids embrace learning.
The last four years running, they’ve hosted the biggest gala in the city—the Moroccan Nights gala. This year, they will host it once more on April 1st in conjunction with Sandfest—their sand castle building festival. As one of their primary fundraisers, this gala features a weeklong schedule of activities. Out of the roughly 350,000 visits they get each year, around 50,000 kids come on free passes. All the money they raise at this gala then goes to their Every Child program.
Speaking for herself, Kate is happy to call the museum a part of her life’s work. As part of their Every Child program, they partner with about 125 other social service agencies around town and maintain partnerships with other kinds of corporations that help them serve as many children as possible.
In Kate’s words, “They play well in the sandbox with others.”
The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is located at 215 N 7th St., Phoenix, AZ 85034. They’re open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you have any questions for them or want to learn more about them, you can visit them online at
If you have any other questions about this organization or just want to talk about real estate, give me a call. Make it a great day!