Advance Discount Auto Parts

Board of County Commissioners-Polk County

City of Lakeland

Crowe Horwath, LLP


This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida.

SunTrust Bank

Swansation, Inc

Radiology & Imaging Specialists




Denis L. Fontaine Foundation


Heartland for Children

Junior League of Greater Lakeland

Lakeland Electric

Polk County Tourist Development Council



Bay News 9, an exclusive product of Spectrum

The Barney & Carol Barnett Fund within the Community Foundation of  Greater Lakeland

Lakeland Fire Department

Polk County Sheriff’s Office


Swansation, Inc.

Visit Central Florida‎

History of Polk County Tourist Development Council funded projects for the Museum:

     2012 – 17        Oranges for La Florida, an X5 exhibit showcased year-round at I-75 Visit FL Welcome Center

     2013 – 14        Chagall for Children travelling exhibit from Kohl’s Children’s Museum, Illinois

     2014 – 15        Turtle Travels travelling exhibit from Sciencenter, Ithaca, New York

     2015 – 16        Curious George travelling exhibit from Minnesota Children’s Museum   

     2016 – 17        Wizard of Oz Educational Exhibit from Miami Children’s Museum   





Florida’s Natural Growers Foundation Inc. of Lake Wales, FL

The George W. Jenkins Fund within the Community Foundation of Greater Lakeland

Lakeland Area Chamber Foundation, Inc.

GiveWell Community Foundation

United Way of Central Florida



American Alliance of Museums

Association of Children’s Museums

Florida Association of Museums

Polk Arts Alliance

Cultural Arts Board of Polk County

United Way, Success By 6, Family Fundamentals; Born Learning; Head Start

Lakeland Chamber of Commerce

Downtown Lakeland Partnership

Heartland for Children

Early Learning Coalition

Polk County Family Week

Polk County School Board

Girl Scouts of West Central Florida

Florida Southern College

Polk State College



BD’s Mongolian Grill   1474 Town Center Drive   Lakeland, FL 33803   863-603-3544

Boca Raton Children’s Museum   498 Crawford Blvd   Boca Raton, FL 33432    561.368.6875

Bok Tower Gardens    1151 Tower Blvd     Lake Wales, FL 33853      863.676.1408

Ecco Suites Lakeland     4360 Lakeland Park Dr     Lakeland, FL  33809     863.904.2050

Great Explorations    1925 4th Street North    St Petersburg, FL 33704     727.821.8992

Hampton Inn & Suites Lakeland   3630 Lakeside Village Blvd.    Lakeland, FL 33803   863-603-7600

Hampton Inn    202 Cypress Gardens Blvd      Winter Haven, FL  33880     863.299.9251

Harry’s Seafood Bar      101 N. Kentucky Avenue      Lakeland, FL 33801      863-686-2228

Holiday Inn    200 Cypress Gardens Blvd     Winter Haven, FL  33880      863.292.2100

Hyatt Place Lakeland Center     525 W Orange Street     Lakeland, FL 33815     863.413.1122


Lemon Street Music   818 E Lemon St     Lakeland, FL 33801     863-640-2810

Mitchell’s Coffee House   235 N. Kentucky Avenue   Lakeland, FL 33801   863-680-2944

MOSI       4801 E. Fowler Avenue    Tampa, FL  33617    813-987-6000

My Jewish Discovery Place   6501 West Sunrise Blvd    Ft Lauderdale, FL 33313   954.792.6700

Red Door Wine Market   733 E Palmetto St     Lakeland, FL  33801     863.937.9314

Schoolhouse Children’s Museum    129 E. Ocean Ave    Boynton Beach, FL 33435   561.742.6780

Science & Discovery Center  308 Airport Rd    Panama City, FL 32405    850.769.6128

Southside Cleaners   901 S Florida Ave     Lakeland, FL  33801   863.688.4747

The Terrace Hotel   329 E Main St    Lakeland, FL  33801   863.688.0800

Will Forever Music


Contact G. Carlton at for more information on Sponsorships and Partnerships.



Explorations V Children’s Museum offers a special recognition program for corporations and patrons wishing to support the Museum and help underwrite an exhibit or event.

Capital Gifts & Naming Opportunities

Capital gifts support the Museum’s expenses as owners of the Kress Building and could enable the Museum to purchase the building free and clear when the balloon mortgage expires.  These gifts are most often made via cash and appreciated stocks and bonds, and occasionally, through the contributions of property.

All capital gifts of $10,000 or more will be recognized for 20 years with a naming opportunity. 

A beautiful plaque carefully placed in each sponsored area will honor each major contributor’s support. In addition, all donors of capital gifts and capital memorial gifts from $1,000 and more will be proudly recognized on a public donor wall display on the main floor.

Exhibit, Education and Event Gifts & Sponsorships

Exhibit Sponsorships offer the donor sole recognition in the designated exhibit area.

They are available to donors wishing to sponsor an exhibit for three years and begin at $3,000 per year.  Exhibit sponsorship supports related exhibit and operational expenses such as floor supervision staff, electrical, janitorial, heating/cooling, etc.

Education and Event Sponsorships are available to donors beginning at $250.  Event sponsorships offer shared recognition with other donors and support the Museum’s educational programming, staff, artists, performers, presenters and supplies.