Thank you so much to our Kidspace members. Your enthusiasm is what drives us to continue to provide the best, most joyful learning experiences for your children that we can. I hope you are enjoying your time with us.
I am not sure if you know, but the Kidspace staff and Board of Directors have been working hard on plans for eight new exhibits that will be going into our gardens. This reimagined space will soon be known as the Arroyo Adventure! The exhibit that I am the most excited about is the Hawk’s Nest. Guests will be able to climb up to a 16 foot-high platform for a panoramic view of the entire Museum and imagine what life is like in the Arroyo for our winged friends. I can’t wait to see the looks of joy and wonder as children make their way to the top for a lesson in the physics of flight, story time, or a nest building activity.
The Arroyo Adventure experiences will be made possible by contributions to The Campaign for the Future of Kidspace. Purchasing memberships and admissions goes a long way to help us with day-to-day operations. However, to add new exhibits and enhance our facilities we need additional private support. We rely on contributions from people like you to help us continue to grow. Because of gifts to the Campaign we have been able to build the Galvin Physics Forest and the Imagination Workshop! By giving to the Campaign, you will help us build the Hawk’s Nest and bring the Arroyo Adventure to life. You will see your donation going to work when we break ground later this year.
Additionally, the Ann Peppers Foundation awarded Kidspace a $200,000 challenge grant in January. This means that the Foundation will match every dollar Kidspace raises up to $200,000. Currently, we have $46,000 committed to this match and we are hoping to complete the challenge by June. This is the perfect time for friends of Kidspace to make a Campaign gift, since every dollar contributed will have double the impact and double the reward.
I am asking you to participate in this challenge and help us to complete the new exhibits in our Arroyo Adventure gardens and nurture the potential of all children. Thank you in advance for supporting the work Kidspace Children’s Museum does for our community and for helping us impact the lives of children.
Amy Hasquet, Assistant Director of Development, has been with Kidspace since 2010. Her background is in both fundraising and elementary education and she holds two BA degrees from UC Irvine. Her current focus is annual giving and supporting the Museum’s Circle of Friends.