The mission of the Children’s Museum of Skagit County is to provide an interactive learning environment to promote, encourage and increase an understanding of the arts, science and culture among children, youth, families and educators in Skagit County.
The Children’s Museum of Skagit County was founded in 2000, by a small group of parents and community members who sought to enhance the lives of children in Skagit County by providing extraordinary experiences in learning. Through educational exhibits and events, the Museum provides a hands-on learning and explorational experience for children from birth through twelve years old. We strive to nurture learning experiences between children and their families, and to encourage growth through innovative and creative experiences.
The Children’s Museum of Skagit County opened its doors in October of 2003 with the vision of providing every child and family in the community access to inspiring hands on activities. Our growth, combined with the acquisition of new permanent exhibits resulted in space challenges, and, early in 2007, the Cascade Mall in Burlington made the very generous offer of $1 rent per year for a seven-year term. We opened the new museum to the public in early 2008 with more than 2200 extra square feet of new exhibit space and the addition of the Museum Store.
We offer family memberships and passes, scholarships, birthday parties for homeless children, and field trips with bus transportation. We also participate in several community activities and host an annual Chair-ity Auction and Dinner. Take a peek at our advertising video to see all the Children’s Museum has to offer.
Paul Nielsen, President Prosecuting Attorney, Skagit County
Tracey Levine, Co-Founder, Vice President Freelance television, ESPN/Golf Channel
Holly Gildnes, Secretary Para-Educator, Special Education
B.J. Larson, DDS, Past President/Treasurer Pediatric Dentist
Vicki Aslett, Board Member Community Organizer/Frankie Fire Engine
Tracy Duncan, Board Member Real Estate Professional
Lynda Clements, PhD, Board Member Educational Trainor
Anna Holm, Board Member Business Owner, The Apothecary Spa
Maura Jurenka, Board Member Music and Elementary Educator
Kip Zwolenski, MEd, Board Member Early Childhood Education Chair, SVC
Karen Beckner, Board Member Real Estate Professional/Early Learning
Dawn Latimer, Board Member Business Owner, Mister T’s Awards and Embroidery
Lena Beamer, Board Member Marketing and Museum Explorers Preschool Parent
Dave Hillman, Board Member Landscape and Construction Industry
Lauren Mowat, Student Board Member Burlington-Edison High School Student
Alexa Lynn, Student Board Member Sedro-Woolley High School Student
Freya Hoskinson, Student Board Member Burlington-Edison High School Student
Kelly Hawkins Graphic Artist
Rick Levine, MD Pediatric Physician
Steve Padgett, CPA Financial
Diane Studley Grants Coordinator
Howard A. Anderson Technical Advisor/ Electrical Contractor
Barbara Martinez-Griego Early Childhood Education Department Chair/Faculty
Charlie Wend Retired, Skagit County Sheriff’s Office
About Non-Profit: The Children’s Museum of Skagit County is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization. In addition to our earned revenue from admissions, field trips, memberships, celebrations and events, we rely on the generous support of individual and corporate donors and sponsors, foundations, state and local government grants and countless other financial and in-kind supporters to keep the museum thriving. Whether you choose to be a contributing donor or sponsor, purchase a membership, volunteer your time, provide a service or any of the other ways that support can be given, your contributions are vital. Non-profits like the Children’s Museum support not only the community through our mission, also through our paid staff and their families, and contribute to the economy while also supporting the local businesses that we purchase supplies and services from. Skagit County: 11. Acknowledgement of Funding: All books, informational pamphlets, press releases, research reports, articles, requests for information, signs or other public notices developed for or referring to the activities or programs funded by this agreement shall include: a) The statement, ” This project received funding from Skagit County,” or similar language acknowledging Skagit County’ s funding contribution; and b) The web address www.VisitSkagitValley.com. Further, Recipient shall notify the County ( or Administrative Services) no later than two weeks before a dedication ceremony or public event for any activities or programs funded by this agreement. Recipient shall also make efforts to verbally acknowledge the County’ s contributions to the Recipient at all dedication ceremonies or other public events relating to any programs or projects funded by this agreement. City of Burlington: 2. SERVICES TO BE PROVIDED BY THE PARTIES: This grant is for costs associated with marketing and/or operations of the Children’s Museum of Skagit County to potential visitors / tourists traveling for business or pleasure either (a) away from their place of residence or business and staying overnight in paid accommodations; (b) to a place fifty miles or more one way from their place of residence or business for the day or staying overnight; and/or ( c) from another country or state outside of their place of residence or their business. Marketing will include brochures, radio and print advertising, electronic communication, website and social media. The Children’s Museum of Skagit County website, and any brochures or print media paid for with these funds, must include a listing of and link to Burlington lodging establishments. A condition of approval for payment will require providing copies of advertising, expenditures and web links that clearly demonstrates compliance with the terms included in this section. The Children’s Museum of Skagit County City of Burlington Lodging Tax funding application is attached to this contract as Attachment “A” and serves as a reference to depict the type of tourism promotion activities anticipated to be implemented under this Agreement.