Neighborhood North: Museum of Play

“Our community’s strength is determined by the priority we place on our children.”

Neighborhood North: Museum of Play is a response to the need for equitable educational opportunities in our community. Bridging the school and home environments, museums are able to uniquely support families to positively impact the trajectory of their children’s lives.

 At Neighborhood North, it is our mission to accomplish this by inspiring children, connecting families, and building creative community where play and learning connect through exploration, hands-on exhibits, and innovative programming.

Neighborhood North will have a positive impact on the trajectory of our children’s lives by

  • Helping to close the knowledge and opportunity gap

  • Promoting workforce preparedness through the development of 21st Century skills

  • Being accessible across economic boundaries, and will be a place where all types of learners can thrive

  • Supporting families in their role as their child’s first teacher

As the #1 attraction for kids and families, Children’s Museums are at the heart of Neighborhood Renaissance. Neighborhood North will make an economic splash through

  • The ideal geographic location – Beaver Falls is halfway between Youngstown and Pittsburgh, serving Beaver, Butler, and Lawrence counties

  • Supporting Zero to Maker Programming

  • Cooperation with other creative place making projects in the city

  • The quality, integrity, and sustainable practices in the design of our space, in our work, and in our relationships will bring benefit to the city and county

The future will be guided by those curious enough to create change and innovation.  At Neighborhood North, it is our vision to strengthen our community by inspiring all to become the next generation of innovative and creative thinkers.


Have fun          -Play sparks learning, creativity, and innovation, and connects parents and children.

Be Curious                 -We promote curiosity by creating an environment that includes nature and technology, encouraging exploration and creative processes.

Include Everyone                 -All children and families should have an equitable, safe place to learn and play together regardless of race, gender, or learning ability.

Do Good Work                 -Quality, integrity, and sustainable practices in the design of our space, in our work, and in our relationships will bring benefit to the city and county.    

Be Helpful                 -Museums are extensions of classroom learning and can support families in their role as their children’s first teacher and help promote workforce preparedness through the development of 21st Century skills.


What is a Children’s Museum?

The Association of Children’s Museums defines a children’s museum as “a place where children learn through play and exploration in environments designed just for them.” Children’s museums offer a vehicle in which to re-imagine possibilities both within the learners and within the community. 

We believe in the intrinsic value of play in discovery and creativity, and as such, will provide opportunities for experiential learning, and multi-sensory, child-centered, object-based exploration. Play brings parents and children together and helps develop 21st century skills, which are essential for life-long success, including critical-thinking, communication skills, problem-solving, and collaboration.

Children’s Museums embrace change and innovation in order to address the changing landscape of childhood, connecting children and families to transformational experiences and ideas in science and technology, health and wellness, arts and humanities, and world cultures.

Meet the Team

It truly takes a village to create a “Neighborhood.” Below are the diverse and gifted folks who are dedicated to seeing the vision of the Neighborhood North: Museum of Play become a reality. Ask how you can join us in this mission or donate today!

Executive Director:

Christine Kroger

Board of directors:

Development & Marketing

Andrew R. Frey Campaign Manager, CCO

Cassie Brkich Owner, Brkich Design Group

Alexa Coughenour Outcomes & Evaluations Manager, Center of Life

Tressa McCune Account Manager, Professional Graphic Communications, Inc.


Diana R. Rice, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology

Danielle Rendulic Assoc. Sales Director, Keystone Steel Company

Theresa Cherry Coordinating Elementary Principal, Big Beaver Falls School District

Renee Drake Community Member

LuAnn Eaton Teacher, Beaver County Christian School                                             

Christopher Padgett Photographer/Documentarian, Human City Films


Michele L. Renz CPA, Cottrill Arbutina

Catherine Baker Director of Sales, Finbaker

Kirsten C. Bestor Banking Center Manager, WesBanco Beaver Falls

Christine Pikutis-Musuneggi CRPC, CLTC, LACP Financial Planner, The Musuneggi Financial Group


Tom Helsing COO Cottrill Arbutina

Emily Havranek Owner, Emily Havranek Photography

Kolbe Cole Community Youth Coordinator, Trails Ministries

Jason Drake Construction, Townsend Construction & Engineering

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