History & Mission

The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (CMON) is, quite literally, a dream come true for founder Allyson Loos. Allyson (Ally) always had a love for kids, from babysitting throughout her teen years to studying child psychology in college. She and her husband John were thrilled to become parents to their children Ben and Bianca. 

In 1999, Bianca, then 13 months old, died tragically from bacterial meningitis. The Loos family relocated from Connecticut to Naples, Florida, a longtime vacation spot for John’s family, and began setting up a fund to help others while commemorating their daughter. 

As the Looses were deciding how to focus the funds, Ally had a vivid dream where she was visited by Bianca, who showed her a bright, colorful place for children and families to play together. When Ally awoke, she knew Bianca would have wanted Naples to have a children’s museum.

With the help of some newfound friends, Ally began fundraising for what would eventually become the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, founded in 2002 and opened for play in 2012. 

CMON Founders

Founding Board

Allyson Loos, Founder 
Lisa Barnett
Kim Buckheit
Nancy Ross
Julie Koester 
Brenda Prioletti

CMON Founders


The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples believes it is a privilege to share life with a child and is committed to nurturing bonds among families and generations. We celebrate the natural curiosity of children by offering a dynamic educational space that encourages exploration and discovery. This safe and wonderful place inspires children and families to have fun while learning together.


To provide an exciting, inspiring environment where children and their families play, learn, and dream together.

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