I LOVE this museum because it’s a safe space for children to play and explore!
— Dr. Martha Ross, Playmaker Donor & Past EMDM Board Member
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Keep PLAY at the center of childhood! Join us and become a PlayMaker! Together, we can ensure that ALL children have the opportunity to engage in the museum’s play-based, interactive exhibits and programs. The fruits of play are problem solving, creativity, and ingenuity - essential skills for our children’s future. 


what your gift funds:

Unrestricted support

The Museum's operating budget sustains the daily operations covering essentials like:

  • Educator training

  • Exhibit development

  • The daily cleaning of the entire museum!



Children de-construct, build, and create in the exhibits. As our core play-based experience, the exhibits get a daily pounding!

  • Replenish supplies
  • Repair broken parts

  • Replace toys

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Hands-on classes and camps engage children in fun activities as they explore science, technology, engineering, art, math, and more.

  • Class supplies and educator support

  • Getting the word out to the community about our programs

  • Managing over 250 volunteers a year and so much more!

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play for all - scholarships

Although Explore More's admission fee is the lowest in Virginia, this fee still is a barrier to some families to attend. Explore More strives to give all families access.

  • 15% of the Museum's admissions are sponsored

  • Scholarship memberships support families with financial need

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