Special Events

Art Around You

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El Día de los Muertos

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Family Paint Night

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Growing Up Wild!

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Halloween Hoopla

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Jammies & Jingles

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Noon Year's Eve

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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


National Grandparent's Day Celebration

Honor your grandparents by bringing them FREE to the Children's Discovery Museum for our 5th Annual National Grandparent's Day Celebration! 

Date: Sunday, September 9
Time: 1:00-5:00pm
Fee: $7/person ages 2 and above; grandparents free; Museum               members free

Halloween Hoopla
This popular fall family event is designed for ghosts and goblins of all ages! Kids and grown-ups alike come in costume to celebrate Halloween with trick-or-treating in the museum exhibits and spooktacular games and crafts. 

Date: Friday, October 26
Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Cost: $7 Members
         $12 Non-Members 

El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Join us for our 6th Annual El Día de los Muertos! El Día de los Muertos is a Latino tradition that celebrates the circle of life by honoring and remembering loved ones that have died. Bring your family in to learn more and make traditional crafts like sugar skulls and shadow boxes.

Date: Saturday, November 3
Time: 1:00-4:00pm
Cost: $2 Members
         $9 Non-Members 

Jammies & Jingles

 
It's time to get into the Holiday spirit and celebrate the season with the Museum! The whole family will enjoy a visit with Santa and fun Holiday games, all while wearing your pajamas. 

Date: Friday, December 7
Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Cost: $7 Members
         $12 Non-Members 

Noon Year's Eve

Can't stay up till Midnight? The Museum has got you covered! Countdown to Noon with a confetti blast, face painting and noisemakers! Enjoy crafts and activities for all ages! 

Date: Monday, December 31
Time: 9:00am-3:00pm
Cost: $2 Members
         $9 Non-Members

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, August 25- Covering the work of Cecil McDonald, Jr. 
           Saturday, September 22- Covering the work of william cordova
           Saturday, November 10- Covering the work of Basim Magdy   
Times: 1:00-4:00pm
Cost: Free with pre-registration
 

Family Paint Night

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

Date:  Thursday, November 26
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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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

Oh, Deer!


Children explore the parts of a habitat in a physical activity.

Date: Saturday, November 17
Age: 3-7 years old
Time: 9:30–10:00 am & 10:30-11:00 am
Cost: Free with Registration


What's Wild?


Date: Saturday, December 1
Age: 3-7 years old
Time: 9:30–10:00 am & 10:30-11:00 am
Cost: Free with Registration