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Our facility is currently closed but the future looks BRIGHT!


Construction is underway at our new home at Port Wonder…

In 2018, we began working on our new home! We joined forces with the City of Lake Charles and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to bring the community a state-of-the-art complex that will offer family-friendly activities year-round. Port Wonder will house the Children’s Museum of Southwest Louisiana and a Science Center by the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

On June 30, 2021, we officially broke ground on our new location on the north side of the lake along I-10 in downtown Lake Charles. This location will spur economic development and will drive tourism into the region. We are expecting to reopen in spring 2024! 

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."


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 2024! 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!

Spreading Sunshine
We appreciate your patience and support as we work on our new location inside Port Wonder along the Lake Charles Lakefront. We will be "spreading sunshine" throughout Southwest Louisiana in the meantime. You never know what community event or venue we might pop up at next. Please continue to follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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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!