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  1. Early Childhood Program Kit Pick Up Dates- Animal Alphabet

    April 17, 2021, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    If your family is not quite ready to attend in-person programs, but you are missing Miss Erin’s hands-on activities, we have a kit option for you! Kits includes a link to Miss Erin reading a story. Kits include directions and most supplies needed for three hands-on activities that focus on STEAM based 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 that will offer bonus activities to try with items from your house or your backyard, Miss Erin’s recipe for the play dough of the month, and suggestions for 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 this toy for 3 weeks before returning it to the museum. If you wish to borrow a toy with your kit, please select yes on the registration question.

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  2. Art Around You Exploring Contemporary Art in the Community- Ashley Jude Jonas

    April 17, 2021, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Join us for an in-person, hands-on art exploration experience! As a class, take a live virtual tour of University Galleries led by their staff and then explore new art styles and media as you create your own artwork inspired by the tour. Registration closes 7 days in advance of program and will need a minimum of 5 students to run. All participants are required to wear a mask for the entirety of the program. Students will each have their own table and set of supplies- materials will not be shared with other program participants. Age: 7-10 years old Free with pre-registration thanks to a grant from Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, Inc. (IPCF)

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  3. Doctors in Concert- Virtual Fundraiser

    April 17, 2021, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Your Home - Live Streamed from the Children's Discovery Museum

    We invite you to support the 17th annual Doctors in Concert to be held virtually on Saturday, April 17 at 6 p.m. Your participation supports Prescription for Play, a new outreach program at the CDM. Prescription for Play is a partnership between the Children’s Discovery Museum and local pediatric healthcare providers that is designed to break down barriers to play, encourage regular play and help parents understand the benefits of play for their child’s future. Play isn’t just fun, it’s brain building. Our local physicians recognize the incredible resource the CDM is to young learners in our community and the importance of establishing a lifelong love of learning. Our doctors have come together once again to perform classical and contemporary melodies on piano, violin, cello, and guitar for our annual Doctors in Concert to support this important initiative. Digital access and additional instruction for the concert will be sent to the email provided during registration.

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  4. STEAM Challenge Workshop-Recycled Engineering Challenge

    April 21, 2021, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    These programs will be kit based and instruction will occur via Zoom until it is safe to meet in-person. Join us as we celebrate Earth Day with a recycled engineering challenge. You and your family will be challenged to build an engineering project using only recycled materials! STEAM Challenge Workshops offer parents and children an opportunity to engage in hands-on STEAM based learning and exploration together. Each program consists of instructor led discussion of STEAM principles and various STEAM challenges that parent/child pairs will work together to solve! Participants are required to wear a mask for the entirety of the program. Classes will be limited to 5 adult/student pairs. Each program will need a minimum of 2 adult/student pairs to run. Programs are designed for a child and a caregiver to attend and enjoy making something together.

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  5. Day Camp- Terrific Trees

    April 23, 2021, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

    ***These programs will be kit based until it is safe to meet in-person. Arbor Day is in April so we will learn all about trees and why they are important. We will learn about some of the native trees around here and go on a nature hike. All participants are required to wear a mask for the entirety of the program. Classes will be limited to 9 students each group. A second group will be added if sufficient interest is expressed. Each program will need a minimum of 5 students to run. Discovery Day Camps offers children an opportunity to engage in STEAM based learning through play. Each day consists of play time in the classroom while students are arriving, themed activities, 30 min lunch, more fun activities, then snack and play time in the classroom during pick up. Children will have their own table and set of supplies and will not share materials with other program participa

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