Giving Back is More Important Now than Ever!

#GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of unity to take place on May 5, 2020, has been launched as a response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19 and is part of the GivingTuesday movement to unleash the power of generosity across the globe.


While the Children’s Museum’s doors are closed, we are still working hard to provide virtual learning opportunities for children and families, distribute books through our local school systems, and continue our partnerships for family engagement.

As the first cultural organization most children visit, we are grateful for our community’s support. We’ve been there for you and your family, we’re here for you now, and we need your help today so that the Museum is able to open its doors after COVID-19.

Our Response to COVID-19

While our doors may be closed, we have not given up on our mission of inspiring growth in all children by engaging families in learning through play! Here’s what we’ve been up to:

Book Distributions: Through the Children’s Museum Book Bank we have been able to donate 7,900 books through meal distribution programs in Chesterfield County and the City of Richmond.

Director of Education Krista Dawson packages up books to be distributed by the Children’s Museum Book Bank.

Play Kits: We continue to partner with Sacred Heart Center & Partnership with Families to provide play kits for their families including STEM and The Basics themed resources in both English and Spanish.

STEM play kits ready to be distributed to community partners.

Play Ahead Blog: Our Education & Marketing Teams have come together to provide content to keep families learning through play while they stay safe at home! The blog features story times, art projects, and activities like making an obstacle course at home! There are also plenty of resources for parents and caregivers on topics such as “Stress,” and “What Children Need.” New content is added regularly so keep checking back for more!

Behind the Scenes Maintenance: While we are sad to be closed we are choosing to see this as an opportunity to take care of some exhibit maintenance!

Facilities Coordinator Jeffrey Roberts prepares to refinish the floor of the Apple Tree!

Other Ways You Can Help

  • Share our #GivingTuesdayNow Facebook Posts
  • Tag us on Social Media and tell us what the Children’s Museum means to you in an #UnSelfie video. Download these printables to help tell your story!
  • Select Children’s Museum of Richmond as your preferred charity with AmazonSmile
  • Donate new and like-new children’s books at your Richmond area YMCA (look for the Children’s Museum Book Bank bin)

Thank you for investing in the Children’s Museum today for the future of our community!