As parents in the 21st century, we may take the existence of Children’s Museums for granted. The Association of Children’s Museums reported recently that 44% of their over 300 member museums opened in the 1990’s. Children’s Museums exist in cities and in suburban areas across the country to provide playful and interactive learning experiences. More than 30 million people visited Children’s Museums in 2006. 1

Hazelnut Kids’ operations are located in Northwest Michigan and we are lucky to enjoy the existence of a Museum of our own. We are long time supporters of the Great Lakes Children’s Museum’s fundraising efforts and their play-based learning environment. We are happy to have provided new Plan Toys and Haba play food and a Plan Toys Wooden Market Stall for use in the Museum’s exhibits and programs.

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Trees are a common theme around here at Hazelnut Kids. We hug them, we try to save them, and we even plant them. Well now we display them! I would like to share a couple of pictures sent to me by Denis Chirles, Executive Director for the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry. Hazelnut Kids donated several Plan Toys Stacking Trees for their lovely TREEscape exhibit. If you are in the Charleston, SC area looking for something special to do with your little people, stop in and check them out!