Our Mission and Core Values
The Great Lakes Children’s Museum provides a foundation for lifelong learning through play-based exploration.
Why Is It Important?
We believe every child can benefit from having a safe and welcoming place to explore the world around them at their own pace and in their own way. Great Lakes Children’s Museum exhibits and programs are designed to provide those opportunities for learning as a foundation to developing a lifelong love of learning.
Children also benefit from interaction with adult caregivers – and that benefit increases with quantity of interaction and frequency. Children’s museums, in general, help children learn through play and help adults learn TO play. Both parties benefit from the experience.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently completed a study about social competence – something measured in Kindergarten but which can and should be developed through the home and foundational social experiences of early childhood. The article findings are here – How Children’s Social Competence Impacts Their Adult Well-Being.
Together, we cultivate curious kids!
Our Core Values
The center of everything we do
Encourage creativity, play and life-long learning
Do the right thing, even when it is hard
Intentionally seek meaningful and lasting relationships
Value, respect and welcome everyone