Special Events

Family Paint Night

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Art Around You

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Growing Up Wild

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**If you don’t see the program you would like to register for, it may be full. Please sign up on our wait-list and we will notify you if a spot becomes available or if we have added an additional section to the class.**

Family Paint Night

Make a date with your family at the museum for a fun- filled night of painting!

Date:  Thursday, July 26
Time:  6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Cost: $30 for members, $35 for non-members, includes admission for 1 adult and 1 child
Scroll to the top of this page and click on the button to register.  

Art Around You: Exploring Contemporary Art in the Community 

The Children’s Discovery Museum has been awarded The Mirza Arts and Culture grant from the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, Inc. (IPCF) which helps fund this program. 

Visit University Galleries and participate in a scavenger hunt to help you discover the style and media used to create works of art. Then return to the museum where you will explore these styles and media as you create your own art.
Please fill out our Child Information Form (PDF)

Age: 7-10 years old
Dates: August 2018- May 2019- Specific Dates Coming Soon!    
Times: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: Free with pre-registration

Prairie Fire Theater Show: Baobob

Enjoy a FREE performance of Baobob. This funny but heartfelt opera features short selections from classical music repertoire presented in a way children love. The audience will also learn a couple of hints on writing their own stories. 

Date: Wednesday, May 23
Show Times: 10:00am, 11:15am & 12:30pm
Cost: FREE
Location: Normal Theater

Growing Up Wild! 

Master Naturalists are members of our local community that love nature! The mission of the University of Illinois Master Naturalist Program is to provide science-based educational opportunities that connect people with nature and help them become engaged environmental stewards. These activities will help children connect with nature and develop an appreciation for our world’s limited natural resources.

Cost: Free with Registration

Wiggling Worm:

Children learn about and observe earthworms including what they eat, how they move and create worm trail paintings.

Date: Saturday, June 30
Age: 3- 4 years old
Time: 9:30 – 10:00 am

Age: 5-7 years old
Time: 10:30 – 11:00 am

Bird Beak Buffet:

Children learn about the special functions of bird beaks using household utensils and common foods, by creating with art, music and math.

Date: Saturday, July 28
Age: 3- 4 years old
Time: 9:30 – 10:00 am

Age: 5-7 years old
Time: 10:30 – 11:00 am

Family Fun Night Events

Pushcart Derby 

Mark your calendar for the 2nd Annual Pushcart Derby!
Date: Saturday, June 9, 2018