Pumpkin Palooza at DuPage Children's Museum in Naperville, IL
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Pumpkin Palooza

SATURDAY, October 24*  |  9 am – 2 pm

Pumpkin Palooza is full of fun, not frightening festivities for the whole family. Come in costume and celebrate the season in the Museum’s parking lot. This event engages visitors in creative, not-so-scary experiences that explore S.T.E.A.M. concepts through play: 

  • Weave through corn stalks, crunch over leaves, and watch out for spiderwebs in a seasonal obstacle course. Try it on foot or using your own mini-transportation** from home!
  • Step right up and have a ball with a cornucopia of carnival games. 
  • Put pumpkins and pinecones to the test in fun physics experiments. Watch them fly and fall and build your own pinecone catapult. 
  • Paint monster-sized murals together with Artist-in-Residence Jason Watts – check out his awesome art here!
  • Mix and mash your own gooey slime from pumpkin guts. 
  • Say “EEK!” as educators from DCM share spectacular science experiments. 
  • Groove out with Bach to Rock, Naperville’s family-friendly DJ.

 

This experience lasts approximately 60 minutes.

 

 

BOOtiful Family Photo Op

Capture the fun memories with your BOOtiful family. Professional photographer, Shane Cleminson, will be providing mini-sessions in a fall-themed photo opportunity for families. Suggested donation of $10 per family can be made during registration or at the event. Donations help support the Museum so we can keep the play growing!

 

 

Early bird pricing through October 18

$5 per DCM Member 

$8 per Non-Member

Free for children under the age of 1 year

 

Price from October 19–24 (or until sold out!)

$8 per DCM Member

$11 per Non-Member

Free for children under the age of 1 year

 

 

Important Information:

  • Masks are required for everyone 2 years and older. See more safety guidelines below. 
  • Attendance will be limited. Pre-registered, timed-entry tickets are required for this event;
    there will be no onsite ticket sales.
  • The Museum building will be CLOSED. 
  • There will be a family restroom available at the event. One household permitted at a time.
    The restroom will be cleaned regularly throughout the event.

*In case of inclement weather, the event will take place on Saturday, October 31. Registrants will be notified of any cancellations via the email used during registration. 

**No motorized vehicles permitted. Helmets required for those riding their mini-transportation from home.

 

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This event has timed entry, please select the time you would like to attend by clicking “Other Times” on the registration form. Early bird discount will be applied during check out if applicable.

 

 

Pumpkin Palooza Social Story

We know it’s difficult to see the Museum and not be able to go inside and play. In response, we’ve created a social story about this upcoming event experience. Viewing this short video with your family can help children understand what to expect during their visit. 

 

 

Please contact:
Cassie Coffey, Guest Experience Senior Manager
If you have any questions regarding the event.
ccoffey@dupagechildrensmuseum.org

 

 

(Scroll down to see additional safety measures and reminders.)

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Safety Measures & Reminders

Description:

    • Pre-registered, timed-entry tickets are required for this event; there will be no onsite ticket sales
    • Guests age 2 and older must wear a face-covering over their mouth and nose
    • Guests should maintain a social distance of 6 ft. or greater from non-household individuals during their visit
    • Timed-entry group sizes are limited to support social distancing
    • Guests should utilize sanitizer wipe stations and/or hand sanitizer as needed throughout the event
    • Guests are asked to perform a COVID-19 self-assessment prior to entering the event area. If you or a family member are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms, please stay home

 

      • Fever or chills
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Fatigue
      • Muscle or body aches
      • Headache
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Sore throat
      • Congestion or runny nose
      • Nausea or vomiting
      • Diarrhea
      • If you have had close contact with anyone diagnosed with or who has symptoms of COVID-19 within the last 14 days.

 

 

Please contact:
Cassie Coffey, Guest Experience Senior Manager
If you have any questions regarding the event.
ccoffey@dupagechildrensmuseum.org

 

 

 

This program is partially supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.