Donate to the Carousel of Happiness

Every dollar you donate helps the Carousel of Happiness, a nonprofit organization, enact its mission to inspire happiness, well-being, and service to others through storytelling and experience. The Carousel has served the Nederland community and visitors from around the world since 2010, offering 1 million rides for only $1 each.

Why just a dollar? Because we think happiness is important and that we believe every smile here turns into countless more beyond our doors. The Carousel of Happiness is always growing our programming to better promote and engage with our mission and we need your help! Every dollar donated makes an invaluable contribution to maintaining our Carousel, funding new exhibitions and installations, and growing our programs. Thank you

The Carousel of Happiness is both a carousel and a 501(c)3 non-profit organization (Federal ID #: 20-3584335). Your donations to keep the carousel turning are 100 percent tax-deductible.

Donate to the Memorial Bench Fund

brandon brykThe Carousel is accepting donations for a bench that will be placed in the Carousel, in memory of Brandon Bryk (1983-2016). Click here for More Information and to Donate.





Adopt a Carousel Animal

You can adopt a Carousel animal! This is a great way to become a part of the Carousel Screen Shot 2014-05-12 at 11.21.34 AMfamily.  Animal adoption includes a plaque next to the animal with room for your name and a short message.  The adoptions are good for 3 years with an option to re-adopt.  For more information on which animals are currently available for adoption, visit our animal adoption page.

Sponsor a Rounding Board Painting: 
A carousel is more than a ride. It’s a work of folk art. Spinning atop the animals on the outside of the carousel are 18 lovingly restored rounding boards dating back to 1910. They are precious examples of period carousel paintings created by German immigrant August Wolfinger, known as the “Michelangelo of the Midway.” manateeAdopt a rounding board, and your name in brass will ride with it forever  Or, if you prefer, you can adopt one of the 18 contemporary, interior rounding boards, each depicting an endangered animal.

For more information about the individual rounding boards, please visit the Adopt a Rounding Board page.

Donate While you Visit

We have several ways to donate inside the Carousel. Just ask one of our wonderful staff or volunteers!

Call 303-258-3457 or email with your questions on any of the contribution categories above. We’d be happy to discuss your donation with you.