Donor Newsletter | Fall Winter 2017
LETTER FROM THE CEO/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
I can’t believe 2017 is soon coming to an end! I am so proud of all the amazing initiatives we have been able to accomplish during this year along with our donors, Board of Directors, volunteers, guests and staff. We have so many more exciting projects in the pipeline, from the opening of our new educational traveling exhibit, The Lion Guard, in partnership with Disney to the renovation of our Early Childhood Gallery.
I look forward to seeing you here at the Museum during the holiday season and throughout 2018. We still have so much more to accomplish together for the children in South Florida!
Until next time,
DONOR APPRECIATION RECEPTION
On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, Miami Children’s Museum hosted a reception to honor donors that have contributed to the success of its growth and special programs that make it such a valuable asset to the South Florida community. Chairman Emeritus Jeff Berkowitz recognized those whose contributions were instrumental in the recent renovations of its permanent exhibit galleries as well as announced several gifts that were recently pledged to continue the Museum’s capital campaign. New contributions to the campaign included $300,000 from The Kirk Foundation to renovate the Art Gallery, $150,000 from the Sol Taplin Charitable Foundation for the Museum’s Entry Walkway and $125,000 from Jackson Health System to sponsor the Emergency Medical Vehicle in the Safety Zone Exhibit.
Others recognized for their support of Museum programs and special events across this year with a significant contribution were: Motorola Solutions Foundation, The Children’s Trust, The Miami Foundation, Marlins Foundation, The Abraham Family Foundation, The Berkowitz Family, Bilzin Sumberg, BMO Private Banking, Northern Trust, Stearns Miller Weaver, The Russell & Ronalee Galbut Family Foundation and Melissa and Robert Netkin.
Additionally, Mr. Berkowitz was excited to announce that the Museum has entered into a partnership with Disney to create a brand new traveling exhibit based on Disney Junior’s Hit Series “The Lion Guard.” The exhibit will open and be hosted at Miami Children’s Museum beginning in January 2018 and will travel to other children’s museums starting fall 2018. To learn more on supporting this important project, please contact Belissa Alvarez at email@example.com or 305-373-5437 ext.120.
Dino Island returned to Miami Children’s Museum on June 17, 2017 and will run through, January 7, 2018. This new hands-on, interactive exhibit takes the dinosaur experience in a new direction, one that amazes, entertains and sparks curiosity. What if dinosaurs had not gone extinct? How would they have evolved? What would they be like today?
At Dino Island, robotic dinosaurs come to life to create a magical adventure for the entire family. Created, designed and fabricated by Miami Children’s Museum, the exhibit introduces the basics of evolution that could have affected the species if they had continued to survive and thrive.
Guests can attend a Cretaceous Reunion in T-Rex’s “Dinersaurus”, play in a giant dinosaur nest with “Mamasaurus’s” babies, join the Pachycephalosaurus on her wedding day and ask questions from a creature who lived even before the time of the dinosaurs! Through guided tours, theater shows, and self-directed play, children and their families learn about ancestry, adaptation, extinction, evolution, and other unforgettable science! Make sure to visit before the Dinos leave on January 7, 2018!
The Kirk Foundation Museum of Art Exhibit Gallery
Miami Children’s Museum opened the newly renovated Museum of Art Exhibit Gallery on Thursday, November 9, 2017. Made possible with the support of The Kirk Foundation, the new Art Gallery provides children with a stimulating and interactive experience involving the six elements of art: space, form, color, texture, line and shape.
The exhibit components include composition stations, elements of art activity stations and digital interactives such as Masterpiece Me!, where children can snap a photo of themselves and apply a filter to make the photo look like different genres of art. Children and their families are able to test their creativity at the Museum’s Art Studio and discover the medium of the month, be it painting, illustration or drawing. Guests are also introduced to sand blasting in The Glass Lab, based on the installation of the prestigious Corning Museum of Glass, visitors can also explore and work with different mediums in the new Mini Maker’s Space where imagination rules and children’s artwork is displayed in glass cases.
Through our longstanding partnership with Carnival Cruise Line, the Museum was able to renovate the Carnival Cruise Line Upper Deck Exhibit in July 2017. Since Miami Children’s Museum opened in 2003, Carnival Cruise Line has been an incredible partner, supporter and donor. The newly renovated Carnival Upper Deck includes exciting interactive components such as: a realistic model of a Navigational Control Station; a Lego table where children will be able to build a ship based off a ship model; a Destination Wall featuring the different ports that Carnival sails to; a Dr. Seuss Bookville family reading area; Cruise Ship artifacts and a 32 ft. I-Wall that allows users to get an in depth look at various areas of the ship
FRIENDS AND PHILANTHROPY BREAKFAST
Friends and supporters of Miami Children’s Museum gathered together on October 10, 2017 to preview the future of the Museum and celebrate the work we’ve done thus far. To learn more about the Museum’s capital renovations, please click the button below.
2017 NOT SO SCARY FAMILY HALLOWEEN BASH & SOMETHING'S BREWING
2017 Not So Scary Family Halloween Bash
All the little ghosts and goblins along with their families were treated to a boo-tiful time at Miami Children’s Museum’s “Not So Scary Family Halloween Bash!” on October 15. The event raised $100,000, which will directly support the Museum’s educational programming and the Very Important Potential Program which provides free admission, scholarships, events and programs for children living in Miami’s underserved communities.
Considered one of Miami’s best Family Halloween events, costumed trick-or-treaters made their candy collecting way around the Museum’s galleries. Families had a bewitching time creating miniature pumpkin and sugar skulls, face painting, dancing the Monster Mash and eating delectable treats. This year, the Museum also added a new toddler area including a variety of sensory bins featuring pumpkin guts and fake spider webs, spooky story time and a haunted music play led by the Museum’s Theater Troupe. Guests also enjoyed Miami’s best family friendly haunted house. This 2,500 square foot Haunted House can be as scary as you want it to be, but what makes this one special is its unique collection of zombies, ghosts and haunting music and sounds. Sponsors for the event included Pollo Tropical, which provided lunch for all guests; Mayfield Creamery as the official ice cream sponsor and Golden Sands as the Haunted Activity sponsor as well as many more.
2017 Something’s Brewing After Dark 21+ Event
Miami Children’s Museum’s young professionals group, the Playmakers, celebrated their 3rd annual Something’s Brewing After Dark on October 21, 2017. Guests enjoyed brews by Bacardi, Wynwood Brewing and Tank Brewing Company and bites by Shake Shack, Texas de Brazil, Roho Kitchen, BARKthins, KRAVE, Giardinos and many more. Sponsors for the event included CPM Services; Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman P.A., PP3 Construction and more. Guests danced to special guests DJ Laz and DJ Vertigo, enjoyed a costume contest and a night at the Museum all benefitting the Very Important Potential program which allows the Museum to provide free programs and services to underprivileged children.
Miami Children’s Museum received a prestigious grant from AT&T to support its 2017 summer camp scholarships. This grant provided children with the opportunity to attend the Museum’s Explorers Summer Camp, where campers explore different global destinations and develop new skills through fun and unique art activities, dance, cooking and field trips. Each week, our campers explore a different area of the world through interactive stories, hands-on projects, performances, and more! Campers participate in fun and unique activities that support literacy, health & nutrition, art, music and creative thinking skills. Complementing our weekly themes, campers explore the Museum’s galleries as well as participate in off-site field trips to fully immerse them in the culture, art, food and music of each destination on their summer journey.
Want to get involved in helping us plan our our annual Be A Kid Again Gala or After Party? To see how you can get involved in our fundraising committees, please contact Hannah Hausman at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 305-373-5437 ext.142
PLAYMAKERS & BENEFACTOR CORNER
Welcome to our New PLAYMAKERS
- David Brownstein
- Lucas Folse & Carrie Klimczak-Folse
- Steven & Virginia Weber
Welcome to our New Benefactor Members:
- Marilyn Dans
- Jose & Heidi Dans
- Daniel Sachar & Katherine Lampen-Sachar
- Lucas Vargas & Marian Vargas-Somodeville
- Jay & Sonia Wiener
- Spiro & Lisa Bobotas
Season of the Arts
- Symphony Special with Fellows of the New World Symphony | December 2, 2017
- Opera Special with Florida Grand Opera | December 10, 2017
- Theater Special with the Museum’s Theater Troupe | December 17, 2017
- Ballet Special with Dimensions Dance Theater of Miami | December 23, 2017
Noon Year’s Eve | December 31, 2017
Healthy Kids Day | January 6, 2018
Lion Guard Opening | January 27, 2018
Dr. Seuss’ Birthday | March 2, 2018
Be a Kid Again Gala and After Party | March 17, 2018