Special Events

Art Around You

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Family Paint Nights

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Halloween Hoopla 2020 Style

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Jammies & Jingles 2020 Style

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Pre-registration is required. There will be no ticket sales at the door. This to maintain safety and program quality. Thank you for your understanding. Registration closes the 12 hours before the event.

Family Paint Nights

All participants will be required to wear a mask for the entirety of the program. Classes will be limited to 5 adult/student pairs. Each program will need a minimum of 2 adult/student pairs to run.

These programs are designed for a child and a caregiver to attend and enjoy making something together.

Join us for a fun opportunity to create and paint together as a family! Each family ticket (1 adult & 1 child) includes 2 canvases that you will keep, any art making supplies needed for the activity, and guided instruction every step of the way. No prior painting experience is required!Please fill out our COVID-19 Waiver Form(PDF)

Ages: Children in K-5 grade and an adult
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Cost: $35 Members / Museums for All
          $40 Non-Members

October 8: Bob Ross Paint Party: Let’s follow along with artist and entertainer, Bob Ross and create some “happy little trees” together! You are encouraged to dress up like Bob Ross!

November 5: Half & Half Paint Night: Every adult and child will get their own canvas to paint, but when displayed side by side the 2 canvases will create one work of art! 

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. 
Tour University Galleries LIVE virtually from the Museum! Each child will be required to wear a mask ,will receive a set of sanitized materials to create their own work of art. Each date there are two sections of the same program. 
Please fill out our Child Information Form (PDF) and our COVID-19 Waiver Form(PDF). 

Age: 7-10 years old
Dates: October 10 and November 14
Times: 9:00am-Noon and 1:30-4:30pm
Cost: Free with pre-registration

Halloween Hoopla 2020 Style

All participants will be required to wear a mask for the entirety of the program. Event will be limited to 50 participants for each event time. Our Low/No touch exhibits will be open with extra sanitation procedures during the event. Making activities will include all the supplies you need with no sharing required.

This popular fall family event has been redesigned for this year. Come in costume to celebrate Halloween with trick-or-treating, a haunted maze, and Spooktacular games and crafts.Children must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Dates & Times:
Members Only: Thursday, October 29, 6-8 p.m.
Friday, October 30, 6-8 p.m.
Saturday, October 31, 1–3 p.m., 6-8 p.m.
Sunday, November 1, 1–3 p.m., 6-8 p.m.

Cost: $10 Members / Museums for All
           $15 Non-Members

Jammies and Jingles 2020 Style

Save the date for the first weekend in December