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Mar 13

Children’s Discovery Museum, Normal Theater Temporary Closures

Posted on March 13, 2020 at 6:17 PM by Rachelle Cantero

The Town of Normal’s Cultural Arts Department will temporarily close to the public starting on Saturday, March 14 to help limit large gatherings for the health and safety of our visitors and members. This includes the Children’s Discovery Museum and the Normal Theater; both sites will remain closed through March 30.

The decision follows Governor J.B. Pritzker’s announcement that all schools in Illinois will close to students from Tuesday, March 17 through Monday, March 30 due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 health issue. 

The health of our children and their caregivers, our staff, and community is our No. 1 concern. The Town continues to monitor this rapidly changing situation and more information will be shared about plans to reopen in April. Updates will be posted on our websites at and

Mar 06

Concerned about coronavirus? Staff takes steps to protect the health of our guests

Posted on March 6, 2020 at 5:44 PM by Rachelle Cantero

As news continues to develop concerning the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Children’s
Discovery Museum would like our visitors and members to know the steps our professional staff
takes every day to protect the health of our guests.

With robust support from the award-winning Town of Normal Facilities Management team, we
follow best practice standards and processes for cleaning, sanitation, and disinfection of all
surfaces. This includes exhibit areas, eating areas, bathrooms, any common space, and all loose
items such as toys, vehicles, play-food, and costumes.

We also provide:
• Hand sanitizer stations located throughout the Museum
• Yuck Box containers for toys that might have been placed in a mouth are located
throughout the Museum and are cleaned with professional disinfectant before they are
returned to the Museum floor for play.

While we pride ourselves on the cleanliness of our Museum, these practices do not guarantee
against sickness. If you or your child are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, please visit the
Museum another day. Thank you for understanding.
Feb 18

McLean County Dental Society offers free oral screenings for children’s museum visitors

Posted on February 18, 2020 at 4:42 PM by Rachelle Cantero

In  honor of National Children's Dental Health Month, dental professionals with the McLean County Dental Society will offer two days of free oral health screenings for visitors at the Children’s Discovery Museum in Uptown Normal.

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