At Above & Beyond Children’s Museum, our mission is to provide “A special place for children and their families, where education and fun connect through exploration & discovery”. We support our mission statement by offering over 10,000 square feet of hands-on, interactive exhibits for those of all ages to enjoy. So whether you’re making impressions on our life-size Giant Pin Screen, voyaging in the USS Efroymson Ship, or playing Teacher in our 1900′s schoolhouse, our fun yet educational exhibits will take your imagination.
We’re guessing even the greatest NBA star never scored a two-pointer using a bicycle, roller skate, swimming pool, oars, a couple of hockey sticks and a cowbell! This exhibit shows what you can accomplish with everyday household items if you put your mind to it. Inspired by a local family’s visit to an out of state children’s museum, this exhibit holds a special place in our hearts as it fulfills the dream and honors the memory of Rachel Jorgensen (1985-1998).
Play with lift, flight, gravity, weight, and more! Learn about the movement of air while testing your object's "flyability" in the wind tunnel!
Crawl your way from the Tree house to the Music Mezzanine and back through the rope mesh Sky Crawl high above the first floor exhibit area. If there is a longer Sky Crawl in the United States, we haven’t found it yet! This, like all the museum activities, is “grown-up safe” so parents can enjoy it too!
Whom-pa-ma-WHAT? That’s right, a Whompamaphone. Play your favorite tune on this PVC pipe organ. Learn how the length of the pipes affect their pitch. The longest pipe (for the lowest note) is over 15 feet long yet the exhibit resides in our Music Mezzanine which has a 6 1/2 foot ceiling. Sounds Like Fun Let the little musicians create their own tunes in the music room.
In the Center Ring...
The centerpiece of the museum’s second floor is the Siegl Miniature Circus. Local artist and circus enthusiast Jim Siegl spent nearly 30,000 hours creating this one of a kind masterpiece. Each character is hand-carved and hand-painted with amazing detail. Work your way around the colorful circus wagon display case from the three-ring big top to the midway using your ‘fun card’ to activate the characters and rides bringing the exhibit to life.
Melitta S and Joan M Pick Toddler Barnyard
The new exhibit on the second floor features a multi-level barn play-structure and slide, toys that encourage the development of children ages 0-4 in the areas of gross motor, fine motor, and cognitive skills. The project is made possible with the financial support of Melitta S and Joan M Pick Charitable Trust, a charitable organization based in Milwaukee, Wis., focused on gifts, grants, or loans to other organizations. Project partners include local businesses Custom Built Inc. and Quasius Construction