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Yes! The Children’s Discovery Museum proudly supports the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and welcomes visitors of all abilities! We provide accessible facilities for wheelchairs, walkers and other mobility-aid devices on all three floors. For more information regarding accessible parking, please visit our parking and directions page.
Yes! Strollers may be parked on the first-floor in the locker/coat room area! Additionally, there is space to park your stroller on all three floors while you are playing.
Service animals are welcome at the Children’s Discovery Museum! In accordance with the ADA, Museum staff may ask whether a service animal is required because of a disability in order to communicate with staff and make any special accommodations.
Yes! Sensory bags are available for checkout at the front desk. These bags include noise reduction headphones, communication cards, light reduction glasses, fidget/relaxation toys and other tools to make the museum more accessible. If you have other recommendations for how our museum could be more accessible for your family, please email Abby at email@example.com or call 309-433-3455.
There are multiple spaces at the museum that can be used to “cool down!” Please ask the front desk for recommendations upon arrival, or call Abby before your visit at 309-433-3455.
Mothers may nurse their babies wherever they feel most comfortable at the museum! Benches are provided for seating on each floor. For more privacy, our Nursing Nook is located on the third floor, inside the women’s bathroom. The Nursing Nook is equipped with a rocking chair, outlets, room for your stroller and an activity to occupy young siblings.
We currently do not offer a senior citizen discount. All guests two years old and older are a flat admission rate of $10.
Yes! Here at the Children’s Discovery Museum, we believe in the value of intergenerational play! Our exhibits aren’t just designed for kids. We encourage you to embrace your curiosity, explore, learn, teach and grow right alongside your children! Have fun!
Yes! We offer free admission for active duty military members, including the National Guard and Reserve, and up to six members of their family. Active duty military ID must be presented at the front desk.
Yes! Admission can be applied toward a membership if the membership is purchased the same day of the visit.
We offer three memberships: Annual Play Pass, Museum Family and Grandparent. Visit our Membership page to learn more about what each package has to offer.
We do not offer a discount for general student or teacher admission. However, there are discounted rates for students and teachers visiting as part of a group. Visit our Field Trips page for more information on these rates.
There is no discount for arriving near closing time.
All donation requests can be submitted to Abby at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a formal donation request letter with the event date stated clearly. Museum staff reserve the right to deny requests.
We do not have lockers, but we have complimentary cubbies available for guest use.
All children must be accompanied by an adult chaperone at all times while in the museum. Children age 12 and younger must be accompanied by a chaperone of 16 years of age or older. Children age 13 and older may visit the museum without an adult and are also eligible to join the museum volunteer program.
Yes! The Children’s Discovery Museum staff and media frequently take photos/videos of visitors during events which may appear on future promotional materials, websites, brochures, flyers, blogs and museum social media sites. If you are photographed, the photo may be used without your prior consent and without compensation. If you do not want your image used, please avoid the photographer or inform them that you do not wish to be photographed.
We encourage guests to document their own visits and tag the museum on personal blogs and social media, but we ask that you practice common courtesy and avoid posting photos that include other families without their permission.
Yes! We welcome guests to eat on our second floor in the “Landings” area!
Note: Fieldtrips and group trips are NOT permitted to eat in this space without first placing a dining reservation by calling 309-433-3455. Dining reservations for groups cost $30 per half-hour and hold up to 48 people.
On average, most families spend between two to three hours playing in the exhibits.
There are several dining options in our neighborhood! Please visit the Uptown Normal business directory for a list of local restaurants. Select menus are available at the front desk of the museum.
Yes! If you would like to leave the museum and re-enter the same day, please show your dated receipt to the front desk for re-entry.
We do not validate parking, however there are many parking spaces near the museum. Learn more about parking options here.
No, pets are not allowed in the museum. (Service animals are not considered pets.)
Please refer to our Policies and Procedures page for information regarding our current masking policy.