Thursday, September 23, 2021

Children’s Discovery Museum in Normal, IL to Host Day of Play on Sept. 25

Day of Play Presented by PNC at Children’s Discovery Museum

Normal, IL - Day of Play presented by PNC embodies our mission of "Inspiring the love of learning through the power of play." The whole day is FREE and designed to provide opportunities for all kids and parents to play and learn together! Fun, physically engaging activities are central to a healthy lifestyle. This national initiative created by Nickelodeon in 2005, marked by a whole day of activities, encourages children and families to turn off screens, set down electronic devices and go outside to play.

Please note that admission to the event is free, however tickets are required for the Children’s Discovery Museum.

Day of Play happening on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., transforms Uptown Normal into a giant playground. More than 60 community partners will feature interactive, engaging, and exciting PLAY activities. The CDM Education staff will feature a host of STEAM experiences! Attendees will also enjoy stage performances, a bike rodeo, and touch-a-truck area as well as $4 admission to the Children's Discovery Museum!

Day of Play: Kids Make and Sell

Sell your handmade items and gadgets during Day of Play. Sellable items include artwork, jewelry, crafts, and more! All items must be made by kids (5-18 years old). All sellers must be accompanied by an adult. Set up begins at 9am and we ask that teardown does not begin before 3pm. A tent, table and 1 chair per ½ table will be provided. (No food items)

Date: Saturday, Sept. 25
Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Cost: $10/participant for one-half of an 8-foot table

NEW Activity - NASA launch of the James Webb Telescope

This year the Museum is partnering with Heartland community College’s Challenger Learning Center and NASA to celebrate the launch of the James Webb Telescope this November. Challenger Learning Center will host a live Zoom meeting with NASA experts to discuss this amazing mission. Museum and Challenger Learning Center educators will be on site in the big tent with a variety of hands of activities to help us learn about some of the science and art around the launch. Come visit us to see a real space suit, test your skill at folding a space telescope to prepare it for launch, explore our expanding universe like the telescope will, design your own space craft to study space, explore how a sun is formed, why objects orbit each other in space and learn more about this amazing new space telescope and what it will teach us about our own universe.

Performance Schedule

Coming Soon!

Bike Rodeo Safety

Presenting Sponsor


Community Sponsor

Carle Pediatrics

Play Day Partners

AFNI, Inc. 
Josh Rohrscheib - Attorney at Law


Watch now: Space is theme for Day of Play in Normal

NORMAL — Families are encouraged to turn off the screen and get outside this weekend in uptown Normal.

In celebration of Worldwide Day of Play, the Children's Discovery Museum is offering a variety of in-person and virtual family-friendly activities, including a special guest speaker with NASA.

Day of Play will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 101 E. Beaufort St. in uptown Normal. Activities are free, and reduced admission to the Children's Discovery Museum is offered through 5 p.m. Tickets are $4.

The nationally celebrated event, created by Nickelodeon in 2005, provides free opportunities for children and their parents to have fun while learning together. Each year more than 60 local organizations partner with the children's museum for Day of Play.

This year the museum will feature STEAM experiences and activities related to space and chemistry to celebrate the launch of the James Webb telescope, the most powerful space telescope built to date. Kids will have the opportunity to see a real space suit, design a space craft and learn about telescopes.

The museum and Challenger Learning Center at Heartland Community College were selected over the summer as partners in NASA's Webb Space and Telescope Community Events Initiative, which will include a Zoom event with a special guest speaker from NASA.

Other Day of Play activities include live performances and interactive demonstrations at the PNC Stage in Mark R. Peterson Plaza, a giant sand box, and a PBS Be My Neighbor Day, which seeks to teach kids how to be a good neighbor by showing kindness and empathy.

The bike rodeo and a touch-a-truck area are also returning, with free bike helmets to be distributed, as well as the Kids-Make-and-Sell station, which gives kids the opportunity to sell handcrafted goods.

As part of the event, the following roads will be closed to parking starting at 2 a.m. Saturday and closed to traffic starting at 5 a.m. Saturday: Uptown Circle; East Beaufort Street from Linden Street to Uptown Circle; West Beaufort Street from Uptown Circle to the entrance of the Uptown Station parking deck; and Constitution Boulevard from College Avenue to West Beaufort Street.

Roads will reopen by 5 p.m. Saturday.

Free parking is available in the College Avenue parking deck with overflow parking in the Trail East, Anderson Park and Chiddix Junior High lots. Hourly parking rates apply at the Uptown Station and Beaufort Street parking decks. Temporary handicap parking spaces will be available on North Broadway near Commerce Bank.


Originally published: September 06, 2021.

Original source: The Vidette.

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