Special Events

Art Around You

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BCAI Partner Program

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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.**

Books on the Go!

We are teaming up with the Normal Public Library for a Book on the Go! Check out our calendar for specifics on the books that will be read. 

Dates: Thursday, April 4
           Thursday, May 2

Time: Story Time: 11:30am-Noon
          Book Check out & Library Card Sign Up: 11:30am-12:30pm

Cost: Free with Admission 

“How to be a Superhero”

Prairie Fire Theatre – Children’s Opera

What if the very things we get teased for can actually make us strong?  That sure would come in handy for Delaney, Will, and Maddie, charter members of the Nerd Club.  Not only do they get teased–a lot–but they also appear to be the last remaining hope to defeat the evil Dream Snatcher.  Right now the Nerd Club is hiding in an abandoned Diner, frantically recording their hopes and dreams into journals in order to keep them safe.  Why?  The evil Dream Snatcher is fast approaching.  He goes around stealing dreams and feeding them into his diabolical Mash Box where they are pulverized into Gray Spray.  One puff of Gray Spray and even memories of dreams are gone forever.  It would take Super Hero strength to defeat the Dream Snatcher but the Nerd Club is equipped with only their rather geeky skills and some kitchen gadgets left behind in the Diner.  Could that possibly be enough? Even now the Dream Snatcher is loading the towns’ dreams into his Mash Box, which he’ll turn on at midnight.  It’s now or never, Nerd Club.  Do you hear the clock?  It’s ticking.

Date: Wednesday, May 23
Showtimes: 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Cost: Free  Concessions available
Location: Normal Theater

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
           Saturday, March 16
           Saturday, April 20
           Saturday, May 11 
Times: 1:00-4:00pm
Cost: Free with pre-registration

BCAI Partner Programs 

BCAL School of Arts is a local organization focused on dance, martial arts, and self-expressions. Please join us for some fun family time as we explore these areas with this new programs. 

Family Self-Defense 


Join us as we learn the basics of self-defense. This 2-part program will flex your physical, mental and emotional muscles as you learn to fall safely, learn and express your physical boundaries, and learn much more! When you participate in both sessions you will receive a free month of martial arts training at Combat Martial Arts.  

Age: Children ages 6 + and their adult
Dates: Sunday, April 7
           Sunday, April 14
Time: 3:00-4:30pm
Cost: Free with pre-registration 

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: Drop In Program 

The Deep Blue Sea
Children and parents will develop an awareness of oceans and ocean life through exploration in the classroom. 

Date: Saturday, June 15
Age: 3- 7 years old and their caregivers
Time: 9:30–10:00am & 10:30 - 11:00 am

Wildlife Water Safari

Children will discover water sources for local wildlife and make cardboard tube binoculars and safari hats to take on a safari walk.

Date: Saturday, July 27
Age: 3- 7 years old and their caregivers
Time: 9:30–10:00am & 10:30-11:00 am