There’s something to be said for a children’s museum that’s just as much fun for grown-ups. After all, who says you have to be a casual observer while your kids laugh, learn, and discover? Certainly not the Children’s Museum of Illinois, where the thrill of hands-on learning isn’t just child’s play.
Learning Through Play
The Children’s Museum of Illinois offers an enriching educational experience that’s so much fun kids won’t even realize they’re learning. With interactive exhibits and hands-on activities that allow them to explore and discover through play, the museum is the perfect solution for the cold-weather cabin fever that often sets in around this time of year.
December is a particularly exciting time at the Children’s Museum of Illinois. Here are a couple of the special events going on this month (though if it’s an all-around fun and educational outing you’re looking for, any time is a great time to visit):
- Cocoa and Cookies with Santa – Visit the museum on December 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. to enjoy hot cocoa and cookies with Santa, make a Christmas craft, and hear holiday stories from local celebrities. You’ll also learn about other holiday traditions from around the world. Register online; cost is $10 for nonmembers of the museum and $2 for members.
- Gingerbread Workshop – Create your own gingerbread dream home – no baking required! This holiday tradition is $20 per house for nonmembers of the museum and $15 per house for members, and includes admission to the museum. Up to three people per house – they’re big! Check the museum calendar for dates and times.
The Children’s Museum of Illinois is located on the shores of Lake Decatur in Scovill Park, adjacent to Scovill Zoo, at 55 South Country Club Road, Decatur, IL 62521. Admission for nonmembers ages 2 and up is $8; $4 for senior citizens and active military and veteran families. Children under 2 and museum members get in free. Check the website for regular hours.
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