The mission of the Fairbanks Children’s Museum is to inspire and connect families in Interior Alaska through discovery and the power of play.
What is the Fairbanks Children’s Museum?
For us, play is a very serious business. It is through play that children strengthen relationships, explore new concepts, develop language, communication, and social skills, and make sense of the world around them. Playing provides a venue for children to practice what they are learning and a space for them to develop curiosity and a spark for life-long learning. Research shows that play is vital for cognitive and social development, and helps children succeed in later years.
The Fairbanks Children’s Museum is full of interactive exhibits and creative outlets designed for young people and their families to play and learn together. Role-playing, science, art, building, sensory, physical movement, and water play exhibits create an environment for discovery and active learning. When families come to the museum, they are able to spend time building relationships with each other, learn through joint exploration, and meet other families in the Fairbanks community.
The Fairbanks Children’s Museum is a valuable and accessible resource for all families in the Interior, and strives to be an active member in the Fairbanks community as well. We partner with individuals and groups for collaborative events and host school groups and day-care groups for field trips. We love Fairbanks, and we love the families, members, and donors that make our museum a fun and worthwhile place to be!
Every day at the Fairbanks Children’s Museum is an opportunity for any person, no matter the age, to play, explore, and learn. To encourage these opportunities we have expanded our programming schedule to feature weekly events that are both unique and exciting. Some of these events include our Pint Size Science Classes, Mess Makers, and the Lego Zone. We also work very hard to provide community events at the museum such as our Super Saturdays and recently our hit play “She Sweeps the Stars”. Most of these events are free with admission and provide even more opportunity for play and exploration.
Our museum educators aren’t the only ones who get to plan fun events for your family. We also encourage you to do so as well, as we offer the best deal in town to host birthday parties. For the cost of hosting a party at the museum you not only get to use our spacious Big Dipper Party room, but also 35 guests can come into the museum with you for the entire day!