Children’s Discovery Museum is located at 101 E. Beaufort, Normal, IL. They have hands-on exhibits, classes, and programs, for children of all ages, which open your imagination to a variety of things. Most museums do not allow you to touch anything but in the Children’s Discovery Museum touching the exhibits is encouraged. The exhibits are designed for all ages to touch, climb on, climb into, and even take apart and put back together. The mission of the Children’s Discovery Museum is to inspire the love of learning through the power of play! You can contact the Children's Discovery Museum by calling 309-433-3444 or by emailing [email protected]

History

The "McLean County Children's Discovery Museum" was founded in 1988. Six years of planning resulted in an opening on March 27, 1994. The exhibits dealt with arts, sciences, and communications. The public responded to the museum phenomenally.

In March of 1995, the Children's Discovery Museum had to expand due to the requests for field trips, birthday parties, and hands-on classes.

In 1997 they officially changed their name to the Children's Discovery Museum of Central Illinois to better reflect their visitor population and funding authority.

In 2001 the Museum began to construct a campaign to fund another expansion of the Museum. The museum would take part in the renewal effort of Downtown Normal.

On November 18, 2002, the Town of Normal officially announced a commitment to constructing a $4.5 million, 34,000 sq. ft. building. This museum would have four permanent interactive exhibit galleries, additional programming, as well as furniture and equipment needed for museum programs and operations.

On November 27, 2004, the Children's Discovery Museum opened their doors to their first visitors of its new three-story home.

Hours and Admissions

Hours

Tuesday & Wednesday: 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. Thursday & Friday: 9 A.M. to 8 P.M. Saturday: 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. Sunday: 1 P.M. to 5 P.M. Open Mondays in June, July and August plus select school holidays, 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.

Admissions

Admission is six dollars per person ages two and over. Children under the age of two are free! The admission is for free access all day, exploring all three floors, and participation is floor activities! Let's not forget, college kids are welcomed as well!

Programs

Summer Camps

  • Preschool Camp: Curious George
  • Preschool Camp: Classic Stories
  • Kinder Camp: The Cat in the Hat Explores That!
  • Kinder Camp: Magic School Bus
  • Camp Discovery: Itsy, Bitsy, Teeny Tiny
  • Camp Discovery: Dinosaur Detectives
  • Camp Discovery: Nature Explorers
  • Camp Discovery: CDM Glee Club
  • Camp Discovery: Engineering
  • Camp Discovery: The SciGirls Experience
  • Camp Discovery: Extreme Challenge Camp
  • Camp Discovery: Projectile Motion
  • College for Youth: Harry Potter Camp

Ages 12-24 Months

  • Playful Learners I
  • Pitter Patter Play and Learn

Ages 24-36 Months

  • Playful Learners II
  • Pitter Patter Play and Learn

Ages 3-4 Years

  • Playful Learners III
  • Early Explorers
  • Pitter Patter Play and Learn

Ages 5-13 Years

  • Discovery Day Camps (grades K-5)
  • Home school Programs
  • Zoot Dance Parties
  • Past Life ways and Archaeology Adventure Weekend
  • Free Floor Programming
  • Scout Programs

For more information go to: [http://www.childrensdiscoverymuseum.net/Programs/Index.asp]

Exhibits

Discover My World Gallery

These exhibits give the children the opportunity to be in charge.

  • Water Works!
  • Toddler Backyard
  • Inside Me
  • My Place
  • Train Express
  • Kids Medical Center

Healthy Future Gallery

This gallery has a variety of healthy living styles which are portrayed in many different ways. The children discover ways that healthy food can be fun, ways to keep a healthy relationship, and ways the great outdoors benefits our health.

  • Way to Go
  • Talking Porch
  • Together We Can
  • Fresh Market
  • Healthy Pizza Cafe
  • Fast Delivery Pizza Truck
  • Dig It Climbing Wall
  • Dig It Pocket Garden
  • Dig It Wind Power

Imagine Air Gallery

These exhibits give the children an opportunity to experience physics principals.

  • Imagine Air Table
  • Imagine Air Maze
  • Amazing Ball Machine

Oh Rubbish

This gallery educates the children in ways to recycle and how landfills work.

  • Oh Rubbish Landfill
  • Recycle Spin Browser
  • Compost Bin

AgMazing

These exhibits engage the children into farming experiences on today’s farms. They learn what happens on farms and that food, clothes, and fuel are made from the crops harvested.

  • AgMazing
  • Combine
  • Dairy Farming

Arts Incorporated

This gallery shows both arts and sciences collided in one.

  • Museum Paint Wall
  • Recollections Room
  • Art Studio
  • Imagination Theater
  • Puppet Theatre
  • Math in Music

Luckey Climber

This exhibit gives the children to climb up and down the three story building. It is the only one in the world that hangs from the ceiling!

For more information go to: [http://www.childrensdiscoverymuseum.net/Exhibits/Exhibits.asp]

Discover More! Store

The store is filled with educational books, toys, puzzles, and games.

Hours

Tuesday and Wednesday: 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. Thursday and Friday: 9 A.M. to 8 P.M. Saturday: 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. Sunday: 1 P.M. to 5 P.M. Mondays: 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. in June, July and August

Membership

Family Membership

  • $95
  • Unlimited admission for two parents and their children for family bonding at the museum.
  • 10% discount at the Discover More! Store.

Family Plus Membership

  • $125
  • Unlimited admission for two parents and their children for family bonding at the museum.
  • 10% discount at the Discover More! Store.
  • One free guest admission with each visit.

Grandparents Membership

  • $120
  • Unlimited admission for grandparents and their grandchildren for bonding times at the museum.
  • 10% discount at the Discover More! Store.
  • One free guest admission with each visit.

Volunteer Program

Every day volunteers at the Children’s Discovery Museum make a difference. Each volunteer help the education staff make their mission come alive as they "inspire the love of learning through the power of play".

Internship Opportunities

There are many opportunities on college internships. The internships give you an experience in various departments and fields ranging from education and visitors services to exhibits and public relations.

Other Opportunities

You can go to any of these for more opportunites to volunteer to help with kids!

Staff

Museum Manager

  • Shari Buckellew

Public Affairs Coordinator

  • Heather Young

Education Coordinator

  • Bethany Thomas

Programming Staff

  • Jenny Raisbeck
  • Angela Gulley
  • Erin Wiese

Visitor Services and Volunteer Coordinator

  • Shelly Hanover

Operations Coordinator

  • Marci Rich

Exhibits Manager

  • Brad Stefl

Events Coordinator

  • Laura A'Hearn

Development Coordinator

  • Corey Schultz

Weekend Manager

  • Jenny Keigher