Have you heard the DuPage Children’s Museum has reopened? As some of you may remember, the museum closed down due to major internal flooding, but guess what? It’s back and better than ever! Hands-on fun is always great, but when you integrate science, engineering, art, and math the entire experience becomes priceless. My preschooler and one-year-old spent the whole day exploring the museum, and I have to say we were VERY impressed. The entire museum is bright and colorful with plenty to do all of which are conducive to learning.
Prices: Admission costs $12 for adults and $12 for kids; DCM is now part of the CLIMB network, where families can enjoy reciprocal admission at the following: Children’s Museum of Oak Lawn, Discovery Center Museum, KidsWork Children’s Museum, Kohl Children’s Museum, and Wonder Works Children’s Museum.
Location: 301 N. Washington Street Naperville, IL
Parking: There is a free parking lot.
Stroller-friendly? There is plenty of room to move about with a stroller.
Food: There is a cafe located in the basement that serves healthy, high-quality food. We also brought snacks and enjoyed it on the colorful tables.
Nursing Friendly: There are private nursing stations on the main floor and upper level. LOVED this!
- A warm welcome! We saw staff wandering around eager to interact with children.
- Reimagined space with bright colors and new equipment. Heck, I even fell in love with the carpeting!
- Each major play station had a section closeby for younger tots. Definitely much easier to watch two kids in different age ranges (3 yo and 1 yo) playing at the same time. Plus, the kiddie areas were huge. Plenty to keep them busy.
- Light section a big hit with the kiddos. My 3-year-old couldn’t get enough of putting together these “blocks” on the light table…
…and also the “lite brite” walls
- Fun art studio with different activities. My son enjoyed were stamping lemons and limes.
- Nursing mommas rejoice. Cool private nursing rooms to make you feel at home!
- My son could have spent the entire time playing in the water area, and he’ll be so excited to hear that the water section will be expanding into AWEsome Water in 2016.
- Books located everywhere! It seemed like there were reading nooks located in each major section, and some even had clever book nooks (like books in a boat. Genius!)
- Blown away in the fun wind tunnel.
- Probably my favorite picture from the day. This picture sums up our visit. Two happy and exhausted kids.
Have you been to the DuPage Children’s Museum lately?