Leonardo's Children's Museum is an awesome place to play! When we began in 1992 we focused just on summer art and science day camps. We established as an educational 501c3 nonprofit. In the fall of 1996 we set a record for the largest outdoor play structure built by community volunteer hours. Adventure Quest is a wonderful three story castle along with a pirate ship and a hidden treasure chest.
Often we hear wonderful stories from people describing their experience of building Adventure Quest and being a part of a community. It is hard to believe that Adventure Quest is 26 years old. All the time people see online photos of the castle and come to Enid to see it in person. We get visitors from all over the United States and even far away places. In the past 8 months we have had 112 visitors from foreign countries. Folks from Scotland, Costa Rica, Brazil and Bermuda are just some the far away guests that had fun at Leonardo's. School children from all over Oklahoma also come to Leonardo's on field trips. We love putting a smile on children's faces and inspiring young minds.
To keep Leonardo's a safe and enjoyable place to play we take great care. Children's creations are a lot of ingenuity and a lot of glue dots! We spend $891. each year on glue dots! We are a part of the Oklahoma Museum Network and get new rotating exhibits. This means that guests can always look forward to cool new things to explore. This fun aspect does cost $25,000. a year.
Those expenses are easy to see but some of the behind the scene expenses do add up. We spend $1,488 on toilet paper each year! We believe in keeping things clean for families to enjoy. Our cleaning expense is $36,000 each year. We spend $999.18 on large trash bags each year and that is just one of the three we use. We also have living critters here that are amazing. Just the cost of food and lights (to keep body temperatures steady) costs $3,500 each year.
Leonardo's is a great place to inspire children. Unfortunately entry admission does not cover all our costs and we ask the public for help to continue keeping this special place for all. Please give what you are able to help on #Nationalnonprofitday August 17.
Leonardo's is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization governed by the Enid Arts & Sciences Foundation volunteer board of directors and operated by a committed staff and dedicated volunteers. Select programming is made possible in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Oklahoma and the National Endowment for the Arts.