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!
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.
Day of Play: Kids Make and Sell
Check out the Kids Make and Sell where all items and gadgets are made by kids age 5-18! Support these budding artists and entrepreneurs. You’ll find artwork, jewelry, crafts and more! You can shop their creations on North Street.
Bike Rodeo Safety
Test your road safety skills and learn best practices for riding your bike on the Bike Rodeo Course. Free Helmets will be distributed thanks to generous support from our Bike Rodeo Sponsors. There is also room to learn to ride a bike if today is your day to take the training wheels off! Check out these Bike Helmet Safety Tips before you go!
Thank you to our Day of Play Sponsors