Bring the Welcome Way to life!

Help us build a safe and accessible walkway filled with interactive exhibits alongside our parking lot.

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Help us build a safe and accessible walkway filled with interactive exhibits alongside our parking lot.

Welcome Way: Steps to a Better, Safer Learning Experience

Our museum's mission is to create an environment of discovery about oneself, the peoples, the technologies, and the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay area for all our children and for the child in us all. Your visit to the museum begins on our walkway, soon to be the Welcome Way, but we need your help getting there.

Help bring our vision to life and donate today! Designate your gift to:

Outdoor Exhibits about the Natural World

This exhibit is a thin Plexiglas box with solar panels on a spindle. Panels will move at a speed relative to the sun's power - still or slowly on a cloudy day while faster on a bright, sunny day.

You will learn about the natural world like never before. Native animals and their footprints (impressions made of weather-proof 3D material) will be featured beside a panel of pins. The pin panel will be on a spindle so that after a child has made an impression of his or her hand, the panel can be turned for the next child to see how animal tracks are made.

Another exhibit will feature a thin Plexiglas box which houses solar panels on a spindle. The panels will move relative to the sun's power -- still or slowly on a cloudy day while faster on a bright and sunny day. A third exhibit will also feature a thin Plexiglas box that's open at the top and screened at the bottom. Three sections will demonstrate how rainwater passes more slowly through soil and more rapidly through gravel. When it's about to rain, removable jars will be placed under each section to compare water filtration.


An ADA-compliant Walkway

Our interactive exhibits will run along an accessible walkway that is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Ambulatory children, children in strollers, and individuals with walkers and wheelchairs will have access to the interactive exhibits and be able to enjoy our scenic views.

A Spacious and Environmentally-Friendly Parking Lot


We believe in safeguarding the unique wildlife and ecosystems surrounding Chesapeake Children's Museum. Your donation could help us construct a more environmentally-friendly parking lot made with permeable pavement. This will prevent rainwater from seeping into the ground and reduce erosion into Spa Creek which neighbors us. We also aim to build more space for oncoming visitors; a larger parking lot would allow for more cars and buses to park or drop-off.