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Membership Info

The Children’s Museum began as just a spark of imagination in 1985.

Now, more than 30 years later, we are welcoming over 25,000 visitors per year and still bringing out the imagination of every child and the child in every visitor!

For more information check out the 2019 Membership Brochure


Family Membership

We invite you to join us by becoming an official member of The Children’s Museum today!

Becoming a member not only helps the museum build and grow, but provides some awesome benefits for you!

  • Unlimited FREE Admission for 1 year!
  • 1-time-use free admission passes to share with friends and loved ones!
  • 10% discount in the Gift Shop!
  • 10% discount on Classes, Camps, and Clubs.

Becoming a member is easy! You can also give a membership as a gift to a friend or loved one!

1. First, choose a package!
We offer 3 different membership packages to best suit your needs!
Package Just Me Membership You & Me Membership Family Membership
Price $60 $80 $95
Unlimited FREE Admissions (for 1 year) 1 person (child or adult) 2 people (child or adult)

2 adults &

3 children

(additional people $20 each)

Free passes to share 1 2 5
10% Discount at Gift Shop
10% discount on classes, camps, & clubs
Exclusive, Members-only events
2. Register and pay!

Our membership registration form includes an option to give the Membership as a gift, as well as an option to have your materials mailed directly to you or your loved ones!

3. Enjoy your Membership!

If you did NOT opt for your materials to be mailed to you, stop by the Children’s Museum to pick them up!

*Membership cards and free passes may not be applied towards admission for guests to birthday parties*




Friends of the Museum

Friend- $10.00
Good Friend- $15.00
Very Good Friend- $20.00
Best Friend- $25.00 or more

The support provided by Friends of the Children’s Museum will enable the museum to:

  • Provide scholarships to our many programs
  • Create and offer new and exciting programs
  • Update and maintain our current exhibits
  • Create new and exciting exhibits
  • Extend our educational outreach services
  • Enable continued excellence in serving the wider community

Friends of the Children’s  Museum enjoy the following benefits:

  • Museum newsletter
  • Invitations to attend museum gatherings, special programs, exhibits openings, etc.
  • 10% discount at the Museum’s Gift Shop
  • Yearly wine and cheese reception
  • 1 bring-a-family pass (5 guests)

Most important of all you will have the distinction of investing in a child’s excitement for learning about the world they live in and caring for their world in the future.

Check out the Friends of the Children’s Museum brochure for more information.

Mail the completed form and donation to the museum or drop off at the front desk to become a friend


Friends of the Children's Museum Brochure

 


Contributing Membership

If you want to support the museum even further, we also offer a Contributing Membership at various levels based on your contribution:

  • Franklin Member: $125-$199
  • M. Curie Member: $200-$349
  • Galileo Member: $350-$499
  • da Vinci Member: $500-$999
  • Einstein Member: $1,000+

To become a contributing member, please inquire with the museum!


The official registration and financial information of the Children’s Museum, Inc. may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.

The Children’s Museum is a member agency of both the Columbia County United Way and the Berwick Area United Way, which together provide about 11% of our annual budget. This membership campaign will raise funds not provided by the United Way and provide for the general operating funds needed by the museum.

Please continue to support the annual United Way campaigns!



Volunteer

Volunteering

As a non-profit, The Children’s Museum depends on volunteers! We are always in need of volunteer help, so don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more!

Here are some suggestions for volunteer work you can do with us!

  • Office/Gift Shop assistance
    • Help us with office tasks, stuffing envelopes, answering phones, and working at the front desk helping people check in and purchase items from our gift shop!
  • Act as a guide or docent during group trips at the museum
  • Promotion & Fundraising
    • Help us publicize museum events or increase support for the museum through fun events!
  • Teaching
    • Work with children by teaching or assisting with a program. You can also write a teacher’s guide.
    • If you have a special talent or interest that you would like to share (be it art, music, science, or just about any other talent), you can do a regular presentation for groups or a single Saturday general program.
  • Butterfly Garden
  • And anything else you can imagine!

Volunteer Benefits

  • Work experience and training
  • 10% savings in the Museum Shop
  • Invitation to annual volunteer recognition event
  • Reference and recommendation for future employment

Museum Volunteer Guidelines

All volunteers will be expected to:

  • Be reliable in attendance and punctual
  • Be 15 years or older
  • Abide by museum policies
  • Attend training required for your volunteer position
  • Collaborate with staff and other volunteers
  • Obtain a child abuse history clearance and criminal background check
  • Be ready to have fun!

Application Process

Pick up an application at the front desk, fill out an application from our website, or contact museum director Shawna Meiser and we will email one to you!

Applications are accepted at all times and will remain on file. Volunteer applicants will be interviewed and placed or positioned according to the Museum’s needs and the volunteer’s skills and interests.

Contact us to inquire about volunteer opportunities today!

Volunteer Application


Exhibit Presenters


Become an Exhibit Presenter

Do you love getting kids excited about learning and the world around them? At The Children’s Museum you can bring the exhibits to life by volunteering as a docent. Our docents serve as an exhibit guide or program facilitator for our young guests during group visits.

If you have a specific area of interest or expertise, we would love for you to share your knowledge with our visitors! Here are just a few of our exciting exhibit areas:

  • Pennsylvania’s Native Americans/Eastern Woodlands Longhouse
  • Animal Architects/ PA Greenways/ Live Turtle Exhibit
  • 20th-century PA Coal Mines
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Immigrants’ Passage to PA
  • Dental Health
  • Dinosaurs
  • Diabetes/Healthy Eating/Exercise
  • Butterfly Garden Maintenance
  • Old-fashioned Classroom
  • Let’s Pretend Theater

If you are knowledgeable in another area or have an idea for a specific activity or lesson, we will be happy to work with you. All new docents receive training materials and are introduced to the presentation process through a quick and easy orientation. Please fill out an interest form or contact us to learn more.




Internships

Academic internships are available during Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters for university students who are currently enrolled and are seeking academic credit for a professional museum internship experience. Some fields that work well with our internship program are: Art & Art History, Anthropology, Communications/Marketing, Education, Biology, Engineering, and History. Contact us to learn more about interning with The Children’s Museum.



Employment

At the Children’s Museum, we get excited about adding new talent and enthusiasm to our museum team. 

Federal Work Study Students

If you are attending Bloomsburg University (or another nearby institution) and are eligible for Federal Work Study as part of your student financial aid package, contact us about available work study positions. The museum does the most hiring of work study students prior to the start of the semester.