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2021 Play Soirée

Saturday, June 12 | Streaming at 6:30 pm


A virtual celebration of creativity, resilience, and perseverance.


The COVID-19 Pandemic has challenged our Museum, but with the trust and support of donors and the communities we serve, DCM has increased our relevance and deepened our impact. We leaned into designing and implementing new strategies to meet our audiences where they are. The result was creative innovative and impactful programming that removed barriers to access while delivering quality hands-on early learning and STEAM experiences.

We are grateful for a community that has funded, volunteered, celebrated, and advocated for DCM throughout the years. Together, we have made DCM a trusted resource and critical partner in early learning and STEAM activities that advance the mission and vision of the museum to promote learning through hands-on exploration of art, math and science.

Please consider supporting our 2021 Play Soirée and ensure that DCM continues to be a trusted partner for children and their families, their schools, and their communities.


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RSVP by Friday, June 4.

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2021 Great Friend to Kids Award Recipient


Andrea Beaty

DuPage Children’s Museum has selected Andrea Beaty as the recipient of the 2021 Great Friend to Kids Award (GFTK). This award honors those that make outstanding contributions toward enriching the lives of children.

Andrea Beaty is the author of many beloved children’s books, including the bestselling Questioneers series; Attack of the Fluffy BunniesHappy Birthday, Madame Chapeau; and One Girl. Her books empower young readers to think critically about the world, encouraging them to help others and tackle big problems. She is an advocate for STEAM and her books have been read around the globe and in space on board the International Space Station. She lives just outside Chicago.


Larry Mowry

Emmy-award winning “Outstanding On Camera Talent” ABC 7 meteorologist, Larry Mowry, will emcee the virtual program.

Veteran meteorologist Larry Mowry covers weather for ABC 7 News at 4 and 6 PM weekday newscasts. As a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) with the American Meteorological Society, Mowry is considered one of the best severe weather broadcast meteorologists in the country.

At DuPage Children's Museum

We Value...

Creativity, Curiosity, and Community

Open-Ended and Self-Directed Learning

Social Engagement and Accessibility for All

Child-Adult Learning Partnerships


As we enter a new era, the Museum team is reimagining the way we support learning through play. We ask you to enter a creative space where you can help us Keep the Play Growing.