Our Impact

The Museum’s Impact

In 2014 The Museum welcomed 18,975 guests. Of those 767  were elementary students who participated in educational opportunities provided by The Museum and its donors. Overall our admissions were up in 2014 by 21.4%. More then have of this increase was attributed to free admission for our Community Partners.

Community Partner Program

Our Community Partner Program was established in 2013 and through this program we are able to reach out to more children in our community. CASA, the Kinship Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center, Community Action Partnership, RISE, Family Care Network and several other youth based organizations are allowed free access to The Museum. In 2014 we welcomed over 400 children being served by these groups. 

The Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center
We partner with the Autism Spectrum Center to provide children with autism, and their families, free private play time in The Museum. In 2014 we opened The Museum on 6 evenings for this group and 108 children and family members played together in a judgement free environment. This time in The Museum allowed parents to socialize with other parents. They shared thoughts and ideas, made new connections and friends, and enjoyed watching their children interact in a fun, relaxed, and welcoming environment.

The Toy Bank
In 2014 we gave away 600 Free Family Play passes to the families who participated in the Toy Bank’s, Toy’s for Tots Day of Giving. To date, over 125 families have visited the Museum for some special play time together.
 

Jack’s Helping Hand

Jack’s Helping Hand uses a space in The Museum for their Adaptive Toy Lending Library. The Lending Library allows parents and caregivers free access to toys for their special needs children. These toys can be checked out from the library to be played with at home.