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Be an Extraordinary Volunteer

Be part of something big. Volunteers at The Children’s Museum are key to what we do each and every day. They help spark curiosity and engage children and families in ways that shape their lives forever. They get to explore behind the scenes and learn what makes this place so extraordinary.

We know you have tons of volunteer opportunities to choose from around our vibrant city. So why choose us? Here are 10 great reasons to make this the place to invest your time and talents.

Apply Now for an Adult Volunteer Position

Apply Now for a Family/Youth Volunteer Position

Apply Now for a Family/Adult Volunteer Position

Top 10 Reasons to Volunteer at The Children’s Museum

  1. It’s the world’s biggest and best. With over 1.2 million visitors, 472,00-square feet, and 120,000 artifacts, the children’s museum is one of the top-ranked, most respected museums in the nation.
  2. Grow and stretch yourself professionally with professional development classes, field trips, and networking.
  3. Be part of a dynamic and creative team. Meet volunteers with fascinating and diverse backgrounds and make lifelong friends.
  4. Positively influence youth. Support great community initiatives and help enhance visitors’ experiences.
  5. Great perks! 30% discount in The Museum Store and Food Court, access to the museum fitness room (ages 18 and up), and free museum admission and invitations to sneak peeks.
  6. Be recognized for your dedication with invitations to special events, and the opportunity to win Volunteer of the Month awards.
  7. Become a healthier person inside and out!
  8. Make a difference. Give back by giving your time and talents—733 Children’s Museum volunteers contributed 57,041 hours in 2013; the contributed value of the hours = $1,273,788
  9. Experience something new. New exhibits, programs, and presentations are around every turn!
  10. It’s just plain fun! Where else can you ride the Carousel at work, have holiday slide races, eat astronaut ice cream, end the day with a parade, and more.

Join a group of talented, diverse individuals ranging in age from 18–90! Our volunteers young and young-at-heart make up five generations contributing their time and talent throughout the museum all year long. You can choose a schedule and opportunity that works best for you! Volunteers can work daily, weekly, twice a month, once a month, on the week-ends, for special events, or a variety of other options. Our volunteers are invited and encouraged to attend monthly professional development, educational sessions.

How to Become an Adult Volunteer

  • Complete the adult application
  • Select an interview date
  • Be sure to include a working email address

Explore Current Volunteer Opportunities

What better way to spend quality family time than volunteering together? Our family volunteers are placed and work together as a team giving you the opportunity to spend time together while giving back.

How do we define family?

Families or extended families do not have to have be blood related or live in the same house—they may have a long term, on-going relationship which qualifies them as “family.” Family volunteers are members of the same family or household working together and sharing a volunteer job. They function as a single volunteer unit and will not be separated. A family volunteer unit can be a parent/guardian and a child or children, a grandparent and a grandchild, an aunt/uncle and a niece/nephew or an adult sibling and a brother or sister.

How To Become A Family Volunteer

  • Complete the family/adult application for each adult that will be volunteering in the family unit.
  • Complete the family/youth application for each youth (must be at least 8 years old) that will be volunteering in the family unit.
  • Select an interview date which each member of the family can attend.
  • Be sure to include a working email address(s).

If your group is looking to make a difference in the lives of children and families we have a way for you to get involved. From one-time to ongoing opportunities we can help you find the perfect match for your company or group of friends.

Based on the size of the group, you may be split into smaller groups throughout the museum. Please consider the list of Volunteer Opportunities for potential ways for your group to activate.

How to become a group volunteer

Contact us by emailing or by calling 317-334-3115 to plan your day.

1. How do I apply?

You may apply online by filling out the full application and selecting your interview date. Please provide a working email address you can check on a regular basis in order to receive email communication and newsletters and to check your museum volunteer schedule

2. How often are volunteer interviews conducted?

Three times a month (dates may change based on holidays):

  • The first Tuesday from 10:30 a.m.-Noon
  • The third Wednesday from 1:30-3 p.m.
  • The third Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-Noon

Based on your interview selection date, it may be 2-3 weeks from the date of your intitial application when you are interviewed. If you cannot come in for your selected interview date or need to change it, please call the Volunteer Central hotline at 317-334-3115 to cancel. You will be contacted via email or phone to schedule another interview date. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, if you cancel, or do not show up for an interview date two times, we will assume you are not interested.

3. What do I need to bring to an interview?

  • Driver's License
  • Social Security number
  • Calendar
  • Notebook and pen

4. If I am interviewed, does it mean I automatically become a volunteer?

Unfortunately not all potential volunteers actually receive a volunteer placement. We have specific needs and requirements throughout the museum and not all candidates qualify. Some departments within the museum will require a second interview via phone or in person. All initial placements are considered temporary in case you or your supervisor decide that the placement is not right. Because we want you to have a meaningful experience, if your initial placement is not a good match, we will attempt to make an alternate placement for you.

5. If I want to apply but work full or part time elsewhere, are there still times in which I can volunteer?

Yes. The museum is open 7 days a week from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and 6 days a week from the Monday after Labor Day through the first of March. The museum is also open the first Thursday of every month for free from 4-8 p.m.

6. Does every volunteer opportunity require working with children?

No, but it is important for our volunteers to really enjoy working with children, understand this is the world’s largest and best children’s museum which serves over a million children and families per year, so children are our number one priority!

7. Is there an age requirement?

Adult volunteers are 18 years of age and over. 

8. May I complete court ordered community service at the museum?

No, currently we do not accommodate court ordered community service assignments.

9. If I have the opportunity to become a museum volunteer how often will I volunteer?

Volunteer Services staff will help you determine your initial schedule and your specific department will help to complete it. Some volunteers work once or twice a week, whereas some volunteers are here only for special events. Some departments have a minimum schedule of twice a month. Dependability is a must but flexibility is possible.

10. Is there a mandatory length of time for a short term volunteer experience?

You must be able to complete a minimum of 20 volunteer hours within a month.

11. Will I have to attend training if I am placed as a volunteer?

Yes, there are a variety of trainings required for volunteers.

  • Day One training
    Offered weekly Tuesday or Friday from 9:30 a.m.–Noon, or Saturday one time per quarter. This must be completed prior to your first day as a volunteer.
  • All staff two day orientation
    Offered monthly on Wednesdays and Thursdays, or Saturday once per quarter. This must be completed within the first 3-6 months of your volunteer placement.
  • Department Training depending on where you are placed.
  • "How to Be a Museum Volunteer"
    Offered online or via a DVD that can be checked out.
  • When the museum is opening a new permanent exhibit, you will also be required to attend a "101" training session specific to the exhibit, typically offered prior to the opening date.

12. If I become a volunteer, can I be terminated from my volunteer assignment?

Volunteer Services follows consistent staff policy practices and reserves the right to terminate a volunteer if museum policies or standards are violated and corrective action is not taken.