The Lake Jump March 2010

The Lake Jump March 2010

Some of the Pavers - Donations by or on Behalf of Children

Some of the Pavers - Donations by or on Behalf of Children

Barn Bash Fundraiser at Christofferson Farm, Fall 2012

Barn Bash Fundraiser at Christofferson Farm, Fall 2012

How to Donate to Sandcastles Children's Museum


Donations may be made at Sandcastles, through the mail, or through PayPal on this page. 


Our Funds in the Community Foundation for Mason County

We have two funds within the Community Foundation for Mason County, an endowment and a capital campaign fund. Donors may contribute to the Sandcastles Capital or Endowment Fund within the CFMC or by mailing a donation directly to Sandcastles at PO Box 595, Ludington MI 49431. Donations may also be made securely on this page through PayPal with a credit card or a PayPal account (see below).


Vision 20/20: Through the Eyes of a Child

Our first capital campaign was for the purchase of our building.  With outstanding community support, the Sandcastles Board of Directors paid the balance owing on our building in April 2013. 

At our Valentine's Masquerade Ball in February, we announced our new Capital Campaign -V ision 20/20: Through the Eyes of a Child.  It encompasses our work for the next 5 years and our vision for the year 2020.

It became apparent in the summer of 2014 that the first phase of Vision 2020 needed to be renovation of the second floor of our building for more exhibit space.  We had many busy, crowded days and set a new one-day attendance record of 818. The work began in late fall 2014 as we began to prepare the second floor of our building for renovation. We will also build a fire escape for the 2nd floor and install new electrical and heating/cooling systems. The renovation will also preserve the history of the building as we will restore an original brick wall, ceiling, lighting fixtures, and wainscoting. 

Other components of Vision 2020 (to be accomplished in future years) include moving the kitchen area to the events area on the lower level, transforming the current kitchen area into a large, state of the art water play room, and creating and installing a modern hospital nursery for budding health care professionals. 


Donations for Other Capital Expenses

In 2011, we began to raise funds for a new roof.  In 2013 we had to make repairs to the roof because of leaks from the heavy spring rains. Therefore, we will probably not have to replace the entire roof immediately. Money previously donated for the roof remains earmarked for that purpose. 

We also need to repair and/or replace much of the brick and stone work on the exterior.

Looking ahead:  To make the second story accessible to all, we will need an elevator. 


Recognition of Giving

Each named level of giving is acknowledged on one of the donor boards in the entry of the museum.  All donations made by an individual, family, foundation, business, or grant maker accrue so those who donate move up to higher levels as their donations increase. 



Naming opportunity, life member

Keystone  $25,000 +


Life member



Life member



Family membership for 1 year



5 daily family passes

Bricks and Mortar


3 daily family passes

Building Block


1 daily family pass

Pavers to the Future *

$25 each


* Pavers are “blocks” purchased by or on behalf of children.  They are also displayed in the entry to the museum. 


Donations may be made securely online through PayPal whether or not you have a PayPal account.

Thank you for supporting Sandcastles!!!