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Our facility is currently closed but the future looks BRIGHT!


Construction is underway at our new home at Port Wonder... expected opening late summer 2024!

This year we will reopen our doors inside our new home at Port Wonder along the Lake Charles lakefront on North Lakeshore Drive and Interstate 10. We will have four brand new gallery experiences for visitors to explore. Each will have some of your beloved exhibits reimagination and some brand-new concepts as well! We will continue to offer special year-round programs and activities. We hope to bring fun and educational activities for all ages! 


Next door or rather across our lobby, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is building new Nature and Science Center that will include freshwater and saltwater aquariums.

Here Comes the Sun…

Please help us prepare for our new home at Port Wonder. Here Comes the Sun is a vital campaign to support a galaxy of exciting programs, classes, camps and workshops in the Children’s Museum’s beautiful new home in Port Wonder on the Lake Charles lakefront. Your generous participation will enable us to deliver an exciting, educational curriculum of programs that engage kids in fun, interactive, hands-on activities that connect real-life and play experiences.

You may make a donation by clicking "Donate Now."


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The City of Lake Charles, MorganField Development, and

the Children’s Museum of SWLA are proud to announce the

Inaugural Chad Thielen Memorial Golf Tournament.

This tournament will honor the life and legacy of Chad Thielen and benefit the Children’s Museum as we begin our next chapter inside our new home at Port Wonder - a shining beacon on the lake front that is sure to spur the development of his beloved Southwest Louisiana.

The tournament will take place on

Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5 at Mallard Golf Club.

A morning shotgun start will be at 8 am with the possibility of

a 1:30 pm shotgun start depending on the number of teams.

Sponsorships are now available!
For more information, please

Two Man Team Registration Begins

Friday, March 1st!

The Children's Museum Playground Exhibit

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The Children’s Museum Playground Exhibit at Port Wonder will be a fully inclusive play experience for children of all abilities. This gives everyone an equal opportunity to actively learn, discover, and play alongside siblings, parents, and friends. Giving a child with disability whether that be a physical, a learning, or a mental disability the chance to feel included not only benefits the child, but it benefits the greater world around them. 

Our project partners began fundraising efforts in July 2023 with a goal of reaching $800,000 by May 2025! Money raised will fund the playground equipment, padding, canopy shades, benches, and fencing necessary to ensure a safe environment for children to explore and enjoy an outdoor space created just for them. Please consider donating to this worthy endeavor so no child is left behind and everyone can play together while visiting the Children’s Museum at Port Wonder!

For more information, please email!
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Our goal is to educate children through play and discovery while aiding in a child’s development and understanding of the world around them and encourage a lifelong passion for the arts and sciences. This includes exhibits, workshops, and other activities for the children's benefit.

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We miss seeing you all and can't wait to share more details about our new facility. We will have more space to offer workshops, camps and programs that will allow children to explore, create and think about the world around them while learning new skill sets that will last them a lifetime. We will continue our mission and deliver year-round curriculum that engages kids in fun, interactive, hands-on activities that connect real-life and play experiences with learning!