Sandcastles Children’s Museum announces 2018 visitor totals
In 2018, 26,777 visitors came to Sandcastles Children’s Museum in downtown Ludington, according to Kristin Korendyke, museum executive director.
The three biggest months for museum attendance occurred in the summer, with 3,366 visitors in June; 5,769 in July; and 5,691 in August.
In addition to counting the number of visitors, the museum also records the zip codes of visiting kids and families. A total of 22,354 zip codes were collected in 2018, from 36 different states, Washington, D.C. and five countries.
For the local area, the most visitors came from Mason County, with 8,092; 1,003 came from Oceana County; 867 came from Manistee County; and 267 were residents of Lake County.
The most visitors came from Michigan, with 19,024. Illinois came in second with 767, Indiana was third with 608, and Ohio was fourth with 518 visitors.
In addition to visitors from the United States, the museum also had guests from Australia, Canada, Italy and the Czech Republic.
“We are very proud of the volume of visitors we are able to accommodate,” Korendyke stated in a press release. “Not only do we consider it a compliment that so many people want to visit and explore the museum, but the admission collected from these visitors supports our yearly budget, paying for staff, utilities and maintenance of our building and exhibits.
“Our organization has grown so much over the past 12 years, and we know we are able to do so only through the tremendous support we have received from our community. All of our expansion, growth and the creation of our educational exhibits are supported by the generous donations of our supporters and grants from area foundations, companies and councils,” she said.
On behalf of the museum’s board of directors, manager and staff, Korendyke thanked the community for “another fantastic year.”