The story of The Children’s Museum of St. Croix began in 2017 with a simple complaint from my granddaughter Lilah: “There’s nothing fun to do after school!”
That got me, a poet and retired teacher, thinking about the recreational, cultural, educational, and social opportunities available for children on the Island. Sadly, those opportunities were beginning to shrink following a series of local economic and climate disasters.
The time was ripe for bright ideas and bold action. We pulled together a group of amazing volunteers with great hearts and innovative minds to help come up with solutions. After countless brainstorming sessions and organizational meetings, we hatched a plan for a hands-on, creative outlet for children and their parents. The Children’s Museum of St. Croix was born!
In the following months, by-laws were drafted, Articles of Incorporation were filed, our nonprofit organization status was officially acquired (along with our very own EIN!) and proposals were granted necessitating the opening of a checking account, purchase of pop-up transportation and a dedicated USPS mailing address
Since our official beginning in 2017, we’ve been a museum in name only. There are no marble halls or echoing galleries. Instead, we exist by creating accessible, free “pop-up” experiences for children and their parents at local schools, institutions, and events. But our vision is to extend our reach much more through a permanent home, a multi-sensory facility for true learning, discovery, and exploration. A place where we can spark intellectual curiosity and imagination through immersion and active engagement. A place where children and their families can bond.
On behalf of the Board of Directors and Volunteers, we are grateful for the chance to brighten your child’s day, outlook, and smile. We welcome your participation and support.
Winifred "Oyoko" Loving, President
The Children’s Museum of St. Croix