Day of Play Presented By PNC Saturday, September 25 Save the Date

Day of Play presented by PNC embodies our mission of "Inspiring the love of learning through the power of play." The whole day is FREE and designed to provide opportunities for all kids and parents to play and learn together! Fun, physically engaging activities are central to a healthy lifestyle. This national initiative created by Nickelodeon in 2005, marked by a whole day of activities, encourages children and families to turn off screens, set down electronic devices and go outside to play.

Day of Play happening on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., transforms Uptown Normal into a giant playground. More than 60 community partners will feature interactive, engaging, and exciting PLAY activities. The CDM Education staff will feature a host of STEAM experiences! Attendees will also enjoy stage performances, a bike rodeo, and touch-a-truck area as well as $4 admission to the Children's Discovery Museum!

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Day of Play: Kids Make and Sell

Sell your handmade items and gadgets during Day of Play. Sellable items include artwork, jewelry, crafts, and more! All items must be made by kids (5-18 years old). All sellers must be accompanied by an adult. Set up begins at 9am and we ask that teardown does not begin before 3pm. A tent, table and 1 chair per ½ table will be provided. (No food items)

     Date: Saturday, Sept. 25

     Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

     Cost: $10/participant for one-half of an 8-foot table

Kids Make and Sell

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NEW Activity - NASA launch of the James Webb Telescope

This year the Museum is partnering with Heartland community College’s Challenger Learning Center and NASA to celebrate the launch of the James Webb Telescope this November. Challenger Learning Center will host a live Zoom meeting with NASA experts to discuss this amazing mission. Museum and Challenger Learning Center educators will be on site in the big tent with a variety of hands of activities to help us learn about some of the science and art around the launch. Come visit us to see a real space suit, test your skill at folding a space telescope to prepare it for launch, explore our expanding universe like the telescope will, design your own space craft to study space, explore how a sun is formed, why objects orbit each other in space and learn more about this amazing new space telescope and what it will teach us about our own universe.

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Performance Schedule Coming Soon!

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Presenting Sponsor


Community Sponsor

Carle Pediatrics

Play Day Partners

AFNI, Inc. 

Josh Rohrscheib- Attorney at Law