Family PlayShop - DuPage Children's Museum

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A Unique Combination of a Playgroup and a Workshop

Play and learning opportunities are everywhere! This fun, informal PlayShop, for ages birth – 35 mo. and their adults offers the opportunity to spend time together and make new friends while enriching your Museum experience with your child. Each week, enjoy age-appropriate activities prepared by a Museum Specialist who can answer questions about child development and learning related to their specialty.

Each session includes a specialist introduction, a prepared activity during open play, and circle time. The toys and materials featured in PlayShop are things that can be done at home or in the Museum to further your experience. Sessions will be held in a Museum program room. Afterwards, stay and play in the Museum!

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Wednesdays | 9:15 – 10:15 am

November: 6, 13, 20, 27 | Sold Out

January: 8, 15, 22, 29
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Cost per 4-week program:
Members: $40 | Adult/Child
Nonmembers: $60 | Adult/Child

Meet Our Specialists

Early Learning Specialist: Alix

Alix Tonsgard holds an MS in Child Development from the Erikson Institute. Acting as the Museum’s advocate for early childhood development and learning, she ensures that the latest research in Early Childhood Education is represented in all Museum exhibits, professional development initiatives, and public programs.

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Art & Maker Specialist: Dustin

Dustin Thacker has a B.A. in Music Theory and Composition from Southern Illinois University. He loves to experiment and find new ways to view the world through play! As the Art and Maker Specialist, Dustin creates multi-disciplinary experiences that integrate art, math, and science while designing a Studio environment that reinforces the importance of open-ended and multiple outcome hands-on exploration.

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STEM Specialist: Chris

Chris Barry has a BA in Biology from Lake Forest College. She spent many years working in clinical genetics labs in Cleveland and Pittsburgh. After moving to Naperville, she started working at the Museum as a Learning Lab Facilitator, and is now the STEM Specialist and School Programs Manager. She has been with the Museum for 20 years.

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Community & Family Access Specialist: Laura

Laura Diaz has a B.A. in Sociology with minors in Spanish and Social Gerontology from Illinois State University. She loves to understand diverse cultures, backgrounds and different perspectives. Laura works with the community and other nonprofit organizations to ensure all have access to play!

Register For Family PlayShop Today!

November: 6, 13, 20, 27 | Sold Out

January: 8, 15, 22, 29 | REGISTER NOW

4-week program
Wednesdays | 9:15 – 10:15 am

Cost per 4-week program:
Members: $40 | Adult/Child
Nonmembers: $60 | Adult/Child