Special Events

Art Around You

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BCAI Partner Program

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Meet Your Community- Sensory Friendly

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Meet Your Community

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Family Paint Night

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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 Fun Events


Medical Exhibit Special Guests- Pediatric Smiles 

Special guests from Pediatric Smiles will be in our Medical Exhibit to educate and do demonstrations. 

Dates: Friday, January 18
          Friday, January 19 
Time: 10:00am-Noon
Cost: Free with Admission 



Sensory Friendly Night 

It’s a family night of play for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other sensory processing differences!  Experience all three floors of interactive exhibits and a comfortable and inclusive environment.
Registration is limited to the first 100 participants. Please register early. 
 
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Cost: Free with Registration

Meet Your Community Night 

Meet real police officers, fighter fighters, doctors, and more at the Museum!  Children will encounter uniformed professionals they may encounter during various social situations while also enjoying play time in the museum!  Sensory Friendly accommodations will be provided.

Date: Friday, February 22
Time: 6:00-8:00pm; Sensory Friendly Soft Open 5:30-6:00pm (MUST Register Online) 
Cost: FREE with Admission 

Family Paint Night

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

Date:  Thursday, March 21 
Time:  6:00-7:30 pm
Cost: $30 for members, $35 for non-members, includes admission for 1 adult and 1 child
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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: Saturday, February 23
           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. 

Hybrid Art Creation 


Join us as we inspire outside the box thinking utilizing surroundings, memories and sciences. This three part program will flex your physical, mental and emotional muscles. Sign up for one or all three sessions you will recieve a free semester of a single dance class at BCAI School of Arts. 

Age: Children ages 6 + and their adult
Dates: Sunday, February 3
    Sunday, February 10
    Sunday, February 17 
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.


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Cost: Free with Registration