Play & Learn Alongside Your Favorite Monkey, Curious George, at the Building For Kids Now Through May 8th!

Curious George at the Building for Kids Children's Museum in Appleton

America’s favorite curious little monkey is here in downtown Appleton at the Building For Kids! The Curious George Exhibit opened in mid-January and will call the BFK its home until May 8, 2022, so don’t wait too long to make your visit. There’s plenty to see and do, all while learning alongside your favorite storybook friend. We’ve got all the details to plan your visit right here!

Plan Your Visit: The Curious George Exhibit at The Building For Kids

  • Hours:
    • Tuesday & Thursday 9 am – 3 pm
    • Wednesday, Saturday through Sunday 9 am -5 pm
    • CLOSED MondayAdmission: $9.50/person 
    • FREE for children under 1 year
    • Access Admission $2.00/person
    • Family Membership $140/year
  • Parking: We have three options for you!
    • Option 1: The Red Ramp with entrances on South Superior and South Appleton Streets is less than a block away from the museum. Simply follow the rockets on the sidewalk to the museum! Cost: $2 for 2 hours
    • Option 2: The Yellow Ramp on East Washington Street is a bit longer of a walk, but there is a skywalk that will take you to City Center Plaza, so there is less time outside if the weather is yucky. You’ll need to exit City Center Plaza and walk next door to the museum to enter. Cost: $2 for 2 hours
    • Option 3: Metered street parking. The meters downtown have a two-hour limit, you can pay with coins or the Passport Parking app

About the Exhibit

There’s plenty of fun here for children of all ages, from toddlers to school-aged readers! Your kiddos will love playing alongside Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat all while learning a handful of STEM-focused concepts, such as architectural drafting, properties of visible light, construction & building, and more. The exhibit cleverly weaves learning and common scenes from the beloved Curious George books together. And, don’t forget to get that special photo of your little one hugging Curious George for a lasting memory of these young years! There are also a handful of books for purchase in the front lobby, so your child can continue all of the learning at home, too.

Check out more of our tips and ideas for making the most of your visit to the Building For Kids!

Other Nearby Fun in Downtown Appleton

  • Jones Park is a year-round favorite park! In the winter, there is a warming shelter and two ice rinks when the weather is cool enough to hold ice.
  • Appleton Public Library is just a block away from the museum. There are fun play areas and of course so many stories to explore. 
  • The Fire is a paint-your-own pottery studio that is fun to visit with kids.
  • The Appleton YMCA has a splash pad, heated pools, and a Family Fun Center.
  • Crazy Sweet is an ice cream and candy shop. Check their Facebook to see if anyone in your family has the names of the day—they can have a free scoop!
  • You can also find ice cream at Doughlicious and Acoca Coffee and Café, or gelato at Copper Rock.
  • The Fox Trot Trail is a scenic 2-mile loop trail that starts across the street from the museum in Houdini Plaza. (You can pick up a brochure that gives you information about 16 spots on the loop here or download a PDF to your phone!) The trail takes you through downtown and along the Riverfront.

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