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7/13/2019 10:33:00 AM
Family-friendly events in Springfield next weekend

Illinois State Museum Taking Shape family event July 20

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Families are invited to take part in art and science activities at the “Taking Shape Family Event” on Saturday, July 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield.

Shapes are the basic components for many works of art and can be found in many scientific applications, too. Children and parents will enjoy activities such as creating a constantly changing mosaic on the Museum’s exterior walls, making shape-filled slime, creating a work of art inspired by a piece from the Museum’s collection, and constructing sculptures. There will be a search activity that invites visitors to locate shapes throughout the Museum’s exhibitions. Families will also be able to register for door prizes that will continue the shape-filled fun at home.

 The event is free with Museum admission, which is $5 for adults ages 19-64 and is free for youth, seniors, and veterans. Adults can also purchase a Museum Summer Pass for $10 for free unlimited admission through Labor Day. All Family Event activities are recommended for ages 5 and up with an accompanying adult.

The Illinois State Museum is located at 502 South Spring Street in Springfield in the State Capitol Complex. The Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Kidzeum to celebrate 1st birthday with half-price admission
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Kidzeum of Health and Science, located at 412 E. Adams St. in downtown Springfield, is set to celebrate their first birthday with a day full of family-friendly festivities for all ages to enjoy. The birthday bash will take place on Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kidzeum members will be granted early access at 9 a.m. and will be invited to take part in creating a new art piece for the museum.

Memorial Health System is the primary sponsor for the birthday festivities. Thanks to their generosity, Kidzeum will be offering half-off general admission for the entire day.

The celebration will span across all three floors of Kidzeum and outdoors in the courtyard, near the museum entrance. It will include several family-friendly activities, including live zoo animals from the Henson Robinson Zoo, hands-on messy art and science, a performance by Springfield Dance and a special viewing of the lunar landing. Other local organizations involved in the festivities will include Scheels, Fit4Mom, Springfield Pediatric Dentistry, the MG Nelson Foundation and Acbees Apiaries.

From 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Kidzeum will host an exclusive party for children who have celebrated their birthdays at the museum since its grand opening. The birthday kids will receive free admission, a special story time with Leonard Shanklin and birthday cupcakes, among other fun museum giveaways.

 The birthday celebration will be in conjunction with the Old Capitol Farmers Market’s “Kids Day at the Market,” which will take place from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. along East Adams Street. Other “Adams Family” local businesses along East Adams Street in downtown Springfield will also be offering exclusive deals during the event.

For more information about Kidzeum’s One-Year Birthday Bash contact Leah Wilson at 217-971-4435 or

Kidzeum of Health and Science is located at 412 E. Adams Street in downtown Springfield, Illinois. The museum is designed to give children ages two-to-twelve a fun and hands-on way to learn. It opened its doors to the public for the first time on July 21, 2018.

Kidzeum occupies 15,000-square-feet with a three-story structure, featuring four main galleries: healthy body, healthy community, healthy environment and a changing exhibit gallery.
An additional 10,000 square feet is available for growth.

Active Alex, a three-story structure and the only one of its kind, offers visitors climbing space and larger-than-life displays about the human body. Play specialists offer additional information on specific exhibits throughout the museum. Kidzeum also has dedicated rooms for birthday parties, meeting spaces and other entertainment options on the third floor.

Kidzeum is open Tuesday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. They are also open every Monday in July from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For information about Kidzeum of Health & Science, visit

If you would like a tour of Kidzeum, please call (217) 971-4435 or email If you would like to make a donation to Kidzeum please email Executive Director, Leah Wilson, at

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