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  1. Noon Year's Eve Fun Kit- For Sale Online!

    November 12, 2020, 10:00 AM - December 30, 2020, 5:00 PM

    Can’t wait to say “good-bye” to 2020? Order a NOON Year’s take home celebration kit from the Children’s Discovery Museum. Each kit will include materials and instructions for one individual to create their own party crown, confetti popper and sound sandwich. Kits can be picked up between Dec. 21 and 31.

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  2. Reindeer Riddles

    December 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020

    Santa’s Reindeer have a festive holiday hunt for you! Find and answer their crafty riddles in each Uptown store window for a chance to win $500 cash! Enjoy a new holiday tradition with family and friends. Bundle up, grab some hot chocolate, and solve each riddle with your game card before time runs out on December 31st! Participants can earn up to 6 raffle entries, see details below.

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  3. Jammies & Jingles 2020 Style- Re-imagined Kits!

    December 4, 2020, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    As you know the Children’s Discovery Museum has been monitoring COVID-19 health guidelines closely. To meet new IDPH recommendations we are reimagining our Sold Out Jammies and Jingles event into a take home party Kit. Kits are available to families on our waitlist for purchase. To join the waitlist contact Abby Boggs, aboggs@normal.org, 309-433-3455 with your name and phone number. Kit Pick Up Dates: Museum Store Members Only: Friday, December 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, December 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, December 6, 1 p.m.- 5 p.m. Cost: $10 Members / Museums for All $15 Non-Members

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  4. Jammies & Jingles 2020 Style- Re-imagined Kits!

    December 5, 2020, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    As you know the Children’s Discovery Museum has been monitoring COVID-19 health guidelines closely. To meet new IDPH recommendations we are reimagining our Sold Out Jammies and Jingles event into a take home party Kit. Kits are available to families on our waitlist for purchase. To join the waitlist contact Abby Boggs, aboggs@normal.org, 309-433-3455 with your name and phone number. Kit Pick Up Dates: Museum Store Members Only: Friday, December 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, December 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, December 6, 1 p.m.- 5 p.m. Cost: $10 Members / Museums for All $15 Non-Members

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  5. Jammies & Jingles 2020 Style- Re-imagined Kits!

    December 6, 2020, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    As you know the Children’s Discovery Museum has been monitoring COVID-19 health guidelines closely. To meet new IDPH recommendations we are reimagining our Sold Out Jammies and Jingles event into a take home party Kit. Kits are available to families on our waitlist for purchase. To join the waitlist contact Abby Boggs, aboggs@normal.org, 309-433-3455 with your name and phone number. Kit Pick Up Dates: Museum Store Members Only: Friday, December 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, December 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, December 6, 1 p.m.- 5 p.m. Cost: $10 Members / Museums for All $15 Non-Members

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  6. Early Childhood-Gingerbread Friends: Ages 2-4 years old

    December 17, 2020, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    All Early Childhood Programs will be for parents and children. All participants will be required to wear a mask for the entirety of the program. Classes will be limited to 5 parent/child pairs each session. This program will take place in the third-floor classroom and exhibit space to allow for social distancing. Each family will have their own designated table to complete activities at as well as their own set of manipulatives to use for the class. Class will begin with circle time where we sing a Hello song and read a story introducing the theme. Next parents and children explore center-based STEAM stations that develop, social, problem-solving, and gross and fine motor skills. Centers include sensory exploration, building activities, process-based art activities, dramatic play, exploring math concepts through a scavenger hunt, and so much more! To wrap up our time, we will gather for music and movement, exploration of a STEAM based activity, bubbles, and a Good-bye song.

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  7. Early Childhood Program Kit Pick Up- Gingerbread Friends

    December 17, 2020, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    If your family is not quite ready to attend in-person programs we have a kit option for you! Kits include a link to Miss Erin reading a story that goes along with each kit’s theme. Kits include directions and most of the supplies for 3 hands-on activities that focus on learning through fine motor, process art, and sensory exploration activities. Supplies not included are common household materials such as a cookie sheet, large mixing bowl, measuring cups, etc. A newsletter will be included in the kit that offers a couple bonus activities, Miss Erin’s recipe for the play dough of the month, and suggestions for other books to read that go along with our month’s theme. Additionally, there is an option to receive a toy from our lending library. You would be able to play with the toy for 3 weeks before returning to the museum. We have many toys in our collection that are not being used. If you wish to borrow a toy with your kit, please select yes on the registration question.

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  8. Early Childhood-Gingerbread Friends: Ages 4-5 years old

    December 17, 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    All Early Childhood Programs will be for parents and children. All participants will be required to wear a mask for the entirety of the program. Classes will be limited to 5 parent/child pairs each session. This program will take place in the third-floor classroom and exhibit space to allow for social distancing. Each family will have their own designated table to complete activities at as well as their own set of manipulatives to use for the class. Class will begin with circle time where we sing a Hello song and read a story introducing the theme. Next parents and children explore center-based STEAM stations that develop, social, problem-solving, and gross and fine motor skills. Centers include sensory exploration, building activities, process-based art activities, dramatic play, exploring math concepts through a scavenger hunt, and so much more! To wrap up our time, we will gather for music and movement, exploration of a STEAM based activity, bubbles, and a Good-bye song.

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  9. Early Childhood Program Kit Pick Up- Gingerbread Friends

    December 18, 2020, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    If your family is not quite ready to attend in-person programs we have a kit option for you! Kits include a link to Miss Erin reading a story that goes along with each kit’s theme. Kits include directions and most of the supplies for 3 hands-on activities that focus on learning through fine motor, process art, and sensory exploration activities. Supplies not included are common household materials such as a cookie sheet, large mixing bowl, measuring cups, etc. A newsletter will be included in the kit that offers a couple bonus activities, Miss Erin’s recipe for the play dough of the month, and suggestions for other books to read that go along with our month’s theme. Additionally, there is an option to receive a toy from our lending library. You would be able to play with the toy for 3 weeks before returning to the museum. We have many toys in our collection that are not being used. If you wish to borrow a toy with your kit, please select yes on the registration question.

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  10. Early Childhood Program Kit Pick Up- Gingerbread Friends

    December 19, 2020, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    If your family is not quite ready to attend in-person programs we have a kit option for you! Kits include a link to Miss Erin reading a story that goes along with each kit’s theme. Kits include directions and most of the supplies for 3 hands-on activities that focus on learning through fine motor, process art, and sensory exploration activities. Supplies not included are common household materials such as a cookie sheet, large mixing bowl, measuring cups, etc. A newsletter will be included in the kit that offers a couple bonus activities, Miss Erin’s recipe for the play dough of the month, and suggestions for other books to read that go along with our month’s theme. Additionally, there is an option to receive a toy from our lending library. You would be able to play with the toy for 3 weeks before returning to the museum. We have many toys in our collection that are not being used. If you wish to borrow a toy with your kit, please select yes on the registration question.

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  11. Museum Closed

    December 24, 2020 - December 25, 2020

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