Children's Discovery Museum

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Facility:Children's Discovery Museum
Description:An amazing Agricultural Experience… AgMazing! Paint a masterpiece on the Paint Wall. Climb the two story Luckey Climber, shop the Main Street Market, explore the Toddler Backyard and much more! It's a great little discovery center. Experience unique hands-on exhibits, classes, and programs that stimulate your imagination and curiosity. A visit to the Children's Discovery Museum located in Uptown Normal, Illinois creates a sense of wonder that excites the love of learning in children of all ages.
Address 1:101 E Beaufort
Address 2:
Zip Code:61761
V I S I T I N G   I N F O
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 to 5 p.m.
The Museum is Closed Mondays
Admission:$4.00 per person over 2 years old
Telephone:(309) 433-3444
Website:Visit Website
JulieCC, Co-op Member
This is a wonderful Children's Museum. Everything is new and very clean. It's also next door to the Amtrak station, for ease of travel (on the STL-Chicago route).

Not only are the museum activities a lot of fun, but there are also wonderful homeschool classes for ages 5-13. There's also additional days where Illinois State University students give special demonstrations. Their summer camps are wonderful and a good value.

My family's favorite part of the museum is the "dance room", where your shadow dances around to all sorts of computer-generated visual stimuli. (My autistic daughter especially loves it!) We've never seen anything like it at any museum.

The two-story climbing structure is also a lot of fun and the museum store has a lot of "twaddle-free" merchanidise.

You do need to be aware of the parking issue surrounding the museum. In 2008 and beyond (it's 2/18/10 today) there is a huge revitilization project in Normal surrounding the downtown and ISU campus areas. Allow for time (and a walk) to find parking if you're attending any timed activities. The parking lot at the museum is generally full.
Tara Maue, Co-op Member
We generally make the 1 hr drive to this museum about once or twice a year. It is 3 stories of activities.

The first floor has a toddler area, a water area, train table, wooden dollhouse, grocery store and some other activities.

The second floor has a tractor cab to sit in, legos, the start of a climbing structure that goes up to through the 3rd floor, an eating area, and lots of other activites.

The 3rd floor has a paint room and various other activites.

Because it has 3 floors, it can be harder if you are there with a big group and kids can get scattered around. We just do one floor for awhile and then all go to the next floor together. There is an elevator, so you can bring a stroller.

This is worth the 1 hr drive since we stay for at least 3 hrs when we go. Then the kids get a good nap on the way home.
valerie m, Co-op Member
We stopped here while travelling. there's a great place to eat lunch, although Idon't think they sell food or vending. the museum is large and has lots of opportunities for the kids to play and run off steam. The parking lot was full so we had to park a few blocks away.
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