Above / No School? No Problem! DuPage Children’s Museum is the place to be during winter break, located at 301 N. Washington St. (PN Summertime File Photo)

DuPage Children’s Museum (DCM) is a destination location for children and the adults in their lives, especially during winter break when school is out. A line-up of fun activities, programs, events, classes, and camps is planned for this December:

DCM-Mall-Reopening20150206-17620150206Visit and explore the re-imagined Museum with new exhibits alongside familiar favorites and enjoy extended evening hours on Thursdays and Fridays. Check out innovative new “show stoppers” including the Wonder Room and Shadow Sand; in addition Bubbles is back! Visitors of all ages can create, build, discover, think, play, learn, and more.

The Studio, where curiosity and creativity come together, features a monthly theme. December’s theme is “Art Around The World.” Visitors can celebrate art processes from exotic places, from Gyotaku (Japanese Fish Prints) to Rangoli (folk art from India), and will explore materials, processes, and practices. No registration is required.

Family Fun Friday Nights are always a big hit at DCM and this December three events are planned: 5-7:30PM December 4, First Friday Studio Sensation. Then at 6PM and 6:45PM December 11, with Naperville Area Humane Society; followed at 6PM and 6:45PM December 18, with Wheaton Starz Dance Troupe.

Creativity Classes are designed to foster children’s joyful learning about the world and themselves – and parents’ understanding of how to support that learning. December’s class offerings include Engineering: Make It, 5-6PM Thursday, December 3, for ages 4-5; Mixing Madness, 9:30-10:15AM Wednesday, December 9, for ages 2-4; Cool Colors of Winter, 9:30-10:15AM Tuesday, December 15, for ages 2-4.

Tiny Great Performances™, free with Museum membership or admission unless noted otherwise, is a series designed to introduce children to the arts in a family-friendly setting. Enjoy listening to seasonal favorites performed by DuPage Symphony Orchestra, 10:30AM and 11:15AM Saturday, December 5. Donations, in part by the following sponsors, make this series possible: Alphawood Foundation Chicago, MacArthur Foundation, Werth Family, Leona Rosenberg.

Winter break camps at DCM are always fun for children in grades 1 – 5. Winter Break Mini Camp Kids Design Engineering runs 9AM to 1PM December 21 and 22. Campers will design, build, and test like an engineer.  Fee is $110 for members and $125 for nonmembers. Everyday Chemistry Winter Break Mini Camp runs 9AM to 1PM December 28 and 29. Fee is $110 for members and $125 for nonmembers.

Bubble Bash Returns!

Mark your calendars and get ready for an “Out of this World” New Year’s Eve at DCM during Bubble Bash 2015, from 9AM-Noon Thurs., Dec. 31.

Back by popular demand, award-winning musicians The Boogers will rock and roll in the New Year with original hits as well as classic children’s songs with a twist. Families can spend time together on an intergalactic adventure that includes moon sand, slime, rockets, jet packs, light refreshments, family photos, and a special appearance for the “Countdown to Noon” from Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico. Tickets are on sale now.

Don’t miss out on the winter break fun at DCM. Visit us, register for camps and classes, and purchase tickets now for Bubble Bash 2015. For more information, to register, or to purchase tickets, visit dupagechildrens.org today or call (630) 637-8000 x 0. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

DuPage Children’s Museum

DuPage Childrens Museum helps develop curiosity, creativity, thinking, and problem solving in young children through its mission: “DuPage Children’s Museum ignites the potential of all children to learn through hands-on exploration by integrating art, math, and science.” Interactive exhibits and programs make learning fun for children and adults playing together. DCM serves over 300,000 visitors annually representing all 50 states and 575 zip codes just in Illinois. DCM’s reach and support represent well beyond the Chicagoland area. The Museum’s impact extends across cultural, financial, and educational boundaries. It touches the lives of children from all regions, providing the building blocks for success in school and life. The Museum is located at 301 N. Washington Street in Naperville, www.dupagechildrens.org or call (630) 637-8000.

News submitted by Dee McDevitt, Director of Marketing & Sales, for DuPage Children’s Museum