As a parent, you understand the importance of fun and education. You want both to be a big part of your kids’ lives but combining the two isn’t always easy. Fortunately, learning is fun and exciting at the Children’s Museum of Illinois in Decatur. The museum is full of hands-on exhibits that kids absolutely love. The interactive play is so entertaining that kids don’t even realize they’re learning. Check out some of the experiences available, and then take your kids over to the museum for a day of fun and learning.
Crack a Case at the Children’s Museum of Illinois
Your kids can put their reasoning skills to work inside of Heroes Hall at the museum. They can put on police uniforms and then collect clues to crack a case. The hall has a crime lab, squad car, helicopter, and more. It even has a jail, so your kids can put the criminal behind bars after solving the case.
Service a Vehicle
Do your kids love cars? If so, they’ll have a blast at the museum’s Super Service Center. The exhibit has a kid-sized car that they can put on a lift and complete repairs. From rotating the tires to replacing the muffler, they will enjoy lots of hands-on activities.
Get Creative With Paint
If you have a budding artist at home, you’ll want to head right over to the Paint Wall exhibit. While painting on the walls is against the rules at home, it’s encouraged at the museum. They can also head to the Young at Art exhibit to create a masterpiece for the museum’s gallery wall.
Provide Emergency Services
Lots of kids want to become doctors and nurses when they grow up. They can get a feel for the professions at the HSHS Hospital exhibit. Your kids can hop in the ambulance, try the X-ray machine, and more. They’ll feel like emergency professionals when they play at this exhibit.
Enroll Your Kids in a Mini-camp at the Museum
The Children’s Museum of Illinois is also hosting mini-camps for kids this summer. These S.T.E.A.M.-themed camps last two days each, and kids are divided by age group. One group is for kids who are about to enter kindergarten and first grade. The other group is reserved for kids going into second through fourth grades.
Outdoor Scientists camp is coming up on July 29-30. Kids will spend time outside, learning about animals and plants. Mars Training camp will take place on August 5-6 and will focus on the red planet. If your kids can’t make it to a mini-camp, they can attend a Super Saturday. The final Super Saturday of the year is on August 7. Think of this as a smaller version of a mini-camp. It will cover the lessons the kids learned during that week’s camp.
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And So Much More
These exhibits and mini-camps are just some of what your kids can enjoy at the Children’s Museum of Illinois. With so much to do, consider getting a membership. Memberships include free admission on the museum’s general admission days, plus discounts on summer camps and more. You can also head over without a membership. Admission is $9 for adults and kids age 2 and older. Seniors get in for $4.50, and kids under 2 get in for free.