The Children's Museum of Illinois is a hands-on, interactive museum for children ages three to twelve! Its exhibits and activities complement and enhance children's educational opportunities, particularly in the arts and sciences. The museum contributes to the community's quality of life as an educational facility, visitor attraction, family activity, and a site for volunteerism."Where children play to learn,and adults learn to play!"
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I grew up close to the Childrens museum of IL. It is alot of fun. It is all hands on. they have days when they build things and have themed days. Like being an anchor women and you get to make a fake new broadcast. We also made tornadoes using 2 liter bottles. Its a fun experience and they tell you how you can replicate some of the activites at home. This is fun for kids 3 and up. They have alot of different activites for everybody to enjoy. On the website they have a calendar that will tell you the free nights and what days they have special events planned. http://www.cmofil.com/aboutus.html
This museum is perfect for preschool and elementary school children. It has a large, two story climbing area that my kids love. There is also a pretend store and post office where chidlren can shop. There is a small, toddler area for little ones that allows the older chidlren to climb and play while aprents keep their little ones entertained. Upstairs, there is a medical center with equipment, plane and control tower and other fun activties. The museum is clean but can be quite loud and crowded on weekends. My children are entertained for at least two hours. There is a small gift shop and snack bar inside. It has free parking and is within walking distance of Scovill Zoo.
We've been members of CMofIL since we moved to the area in 2006. I was pleasantly surprised on the first visit how much stuff they've manged to put into two levels. They have a great water table, a two-story climber, a big pin wall, a neat Rube Goldberg machine, and a wonderful sensory room.
You’ll easily spot this two-story white building with red and green trim. Little children will have a good time just pointing out the squares, triangles, and diamond shapes in the facade.
One of the special features at this children’s museum is the Shadow Wall, a wall covered with phosphorescent (glow-in-the-dark) vinyl opposite a black wall with a bright flashlight at the top—the only light in the room. You stand up against the vinyl wall, striking a pose if you like, and when the flash goes off, your body blocks the light behind it on the wall, creating the appearance of a dark shadow against the lightened wall. Definitely cool.
The museum also has giant bubble makers, whisper disks, a plasma sphere, a tandem bike with a skeleton rigged up as the second rider, a fire truck, and a toddler play area with blocks. A kid-size bank, grocery store, and post office offer a chance to role-play. In the Handicapped Area, able-bodied kids can experience firsthand the challenge of getting around on crutches or in a wheelchair.
Lucky’s Climber is a two-story climbing structure lined with carpeting and including sturdy nets. A Water Table play area was added in 2003. This museum is a lot of fun for the young and the young at heart.
We stopped here on our way back home, although the Magic House in St. Louis is bigger this was tons of hands on fun. My toddler and 3 other kids age 4-9 enjoyed the activities available. 2 floors and a great place to visit once a season, or even attend a child workshop.