Neighborhood North: Museum of Play


The mission of The Neighborhood North: Museum of Play is to inspire children, connect families, and build a creative community where play and learning connect through exploration, hands-on exhibits, and innovative programming.

The Neighborhood North is a response to the overwhelming need for equitable educational opportunities in our community. Children’s museums are at the heart of community renaissance, often working in tandem with other educational and community partners to support children and families.

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 multisensory, 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.

We believe our community’s strength is determined by the priority we place on our children. As such, our vision is to strengthen our community by inspiring all to become the next generation of innovative and creative thinkers. By providing a community space where parents and children can learn together through enjoyable hands-on exhibits, classes, and programs, the Children’s Museum will help close knowledge and opportunity gaps and transform the culture through equitable, innovative learning. The Neighborhood North will also contribute to the local economy and will support efforts to continue the revitalization of the downtown area through the addition of more safe, inspired, and accessible family activities.

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

Advisory Board:

Development & Marketing

Andrew R. Frey Campaign Manager, CCO

Cassie Brkich Owner, Brkich Design Group

Alexa Coughenour Outcomes & Evaluations Manager, Center of Life

Bridgette Borst Ombres Principal Consultant, The Commsultant

Education                                                                                       

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

Danielle Rendulic Assoc. Sales Director, Keystone Steel Company

Monique Anderson Caseworker & Founder of S.H.A.Y. (Spreading Hope Amongst Youth) Foundation

Theresa Cherry Coordinating Elementary Principal, Big Beaver Falls School District

Renee Drake Community Member

LuAnn Eaton Teacher, Beaver County Christian School

Brenda Kaszer Coordinator of Family Resourcess, Lifesteps                                                    

Christopher Padgett Photographer/Documentarian, Human City Films

Finance

Michele L. Renz CPA                                                                                    

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

Facilities

Emily Havranek Owner, Emily Havranek Photography

Kolbe Cole Community Youth Coordinator, Trails Ministries

Jason Drake Construction, Townsend Construction & Engineering