Thanks to a generous grant from: The PNC Foundation, Outer Banks Children @ Play Museum is offering FREE Memberships to families in Dare & Currituck Counties
CALL 261.0290 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
Please visit one of the following referral agencies to find out if your family qualifies:
- Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County
- Outer Banks Hotline Women’s Shelter
- Social Services of Dare County or Currituck County
- WIC of Dare County or Currituck County
- Head Start or NC Pre-K of Dare County Currituck County
- Mano al Hermano
The PNC Foundation supports educational programs for children and youth, particularly early education initiatives that serve low-and moderate-income children (birth through age five), their teachers and families. Priority is given to programs that focus in the areas of math, science, the arts or financial education and include one or some combination of the following:
- Direct services for children in their classroom or community
- Professional development for teachers
- Family engagement in the early education of children being served by grants
- Volunteer opportunities for PNC employees
Children@Play has accomplished a great deal since it was founded.
In 2009 the museum began when the founder and her children traveled to different host locations and held free “play sessions” using donated goods and cardboard boxes. Today the museum is a well established Children’s Museum, a Member of the Dare County Chamber of Commerce and a valued educational resource for North Eastern North Carolina
The Outer Banks Children @ Play Museum was incorporated in 2007 by a group of parents. They invested in the idea that the Outer Banks community needed a new place for young children to explore, play and learn. The Museum formed a Board of Directors and became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in December 2009.
On August 10, 2010 the Outer Banks Children @ Play Museum opened for business at 3809 N. Croatan Highway, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in a small storefront property. The Museum continued to expand it’s services to the community and gain members.
On October 29th, 2012, the Museum was devastated by Hurricane Sandy. The Museum was flooded, leaving every exhibit submersed under 24″ of water. The museum closed from October 2012 – January 2013.
The Museum was able to relocate in January of 2013 to the current location at 3810 N. Croatan Highway. The Museum, due to the generosity and commitment of the Outer Banks community and the hard work of a dedicated board of directors, reopened.
The Outer Banks Children @ Play Museum has a dedicated Board of Directors who are committed to the mission and expanding the way we serve children and families.
Children at Play, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Children’s Museum.
Impact on Dare & Currituck Counties:
- Community Connections: In 2011 the museum received the Ribbon of Hope Grant from the NC GlaxoSmithKline Foundation, followed by two consecutive grants from the PNC Grow up Great Foundation to fund this program. It provides free memberships for families in Dare and Currituck Counties who qualify as low – income and/or at risk through the Department of Social Services and other agencies that work with these families.
- Traveling Exhibit: Used to bring science concepts to community events and local elementary schools.
- Free admission for the Department of Social Services in Dare and Currituck Counties, which gives Social Workers the opportunity to bring children and families into the museum at no cost.
- Free use of the museum for the Parents as Teachers program through the Children and Youth Partnership of Dare County.
- Tuesdays Together Program: which brings adults with mild intellectual disabilities into the museum to work with young children to complete an art project.
- Integration of Teenagers into the museum as teen volunteers and mentors to young children