Families enjoy last day at Green Bay Children's Museum before move

The Green Bay Children's Museum is closed while staff moves to its new location.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) -- Families visited the Green Bay Children's Museum one last time at its downtown location on Saturday, as staff prepares to move to its new location.

Earlier this month the museum announced plans to relocate to 1230 Bay Beach Road, across the street from Bay Beach Park.

It’s expected to reopen on May 17.

“We've got a little girl who's five and a little boy who turned three today, and he wanted to come here for his birthday and it's the last day the museum's open in this location so we wanted to come and kind of say good-bye to this museum; and we're so excited for the new one to open,” said Abby Malcolm, a museum member.

To celebrate Easter and its last day, the Easter Bunny paid a visit a brought along some Easter related crafts.

“We saw that there was a 'Bunny Bop' going on, we've been to the children's museum a bunch of times in the past, kids love it, there's a lot of things to do,” said Chris Puyleart, who brought his family to the museum.

Families who are regulars are excited about the opportunities the move will bring.

“They're going to have their own space, they're going to have a bigger parking lot, easier accessibility,” said Puyleart.

“Our kids are already planning, we can go to the museum first and then the wildlife sanctuary. It's going to be awesome,” said Malcolm.

The museum will also have more space for play and programs such as STEM activities.

“We are going to have a toddler area, that's more closed off, so those little kiddos have their own little space, and an outdoor area that we're really excited about. That will be fenced in and that will give us a lot of opportunity for extra exhibit type things and programming,” said Gina Anderson, the programs manager for the museum.

The museum has been in downtown Green Bay since 2012, but staff knew a move was inevitable.

The museum is in the process of raising $1 million for the move.