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Sep 20

Day of Play and Museums for All

Posted on September 20, 2018 at 8:43 AM by Wendy Long

The Children’s Discovery Museum will be hosting our largest ever Day of Play, presented by PNC. The entire community is invited to Uptown Normal on Saturday, September 29 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.  Worldwide Day of Play was created by Nickelodeon and is a FREE event dedicated to turning off screens and heading outside to play.

Uptown Normal will be transformed into a giant playground with over 60 community organizations and businesses providing free play activities, Touch a Truck where kids (and grown-ups) get an up close look at machinery and equipment, Kids Make and Sale offers youth the opportunity to sell handcrafted goods, and CDM staff will be leading STEAM themed activities “Let’s Do Chemistry” a collaboration with NISE Network and the American Chemical Society.

Physical play is represented with the Pushcart Derby test track, exerstage (interactive exercise and dance stage), giant sand box, Bike Rodeo and live music.

Museum Offers New Reduced Admission for Families In Need

The Children’s Discovery Museum is dedicated to ensuring all children in our community can grow and learn through play. On Day of Play the museum will launch a new initiative: Museums for All.

Illinois families that qualify for nutrition assistance and are in possession of an EBT card (LINK, SNAP, WiC) can become a CDM Museums for All passholder. To sign-up families simply present their benefit card with a valid form of identification to receive their annual CDM pass for reduced admission. Then each visit families can present their pass for six $3 admissions to the Museum (children under 2 are free), discounts on education programming, and other benefits.

“We see the power of play in our museum every day, but we know there are areas of our community where we can improve our outreach for early childhood development programs,” said Executive Director Beth Whisman.  “The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard reports that in the first few years of a child’s life, more than 1 million new neural connections are formed every second in their brain.  We believe play and museums offer a fun and effective way to help children during this vital time in their brain development. We are helping build the foundation for all later learning, behavior, and health.”

Museums for All is a national initiative through the Association of Children’s Museums and Institute of Museum and library Services that encourages families of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly. Museums for All is a way to broaden a museum’s visitor base and reach out to underserved communities. A museum visit can inspire the development of new skills and interests, ignite creativity and enrich social connections.