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Private Play Time!

Explore, create, build, discover, think, play, and more – all during your very own 90-minute Private Play Time at DuPage Children’s Museum. The Museum has been divided into two separate play experiences. Each experience offers exclusive access to select exhibits for your small group of up to 20 children and adults. You can also book both experiences together to have access to all of the exhibits and a larger group.

Quick Guide – Know Before You Go:

  • Tickets must be purchased a minimum of 1 week in advance
  • Each play experience includes up to 20 people in your small group (including adults and children) — infants under 12 months do not count toward the limit of 20
  • Face masks are required to be worn over the nose and mouth by everyone ages 2 years and older
  • Additional sanitation measures have been implemented

Choose From Two Play Experiences…

Explore, Move & Groove

The EXPLORE Experience

This play experience includes the exhibits and activities listed below and more!

Creativity Connections 

Explore light, shadow, and texture in this colorful space for cooperative play!

  • Stack, balance, and create patterns together using blocks on a giant Pyramid Bench
  • Explore light in the dark when you Freeze Your Shadow and Write with Light
  • Design with hundreds of colorful loose parts like Magna-Tiles® and Glow Rods and watch your creations glow 
  • Play with color and light as your draw inspiration from artforms like stained glass and Papel Picado 

Move & Groove

Get your wiggles out and make some noise!

  • Bounce, wind, and roll through carpet roll scooter tracks of your own design in an exhibit inspired by Piet Mondrian’s vibrant work of art Broadway Boogie Woogie (1942-1943)
  • Leap like a frog and balance on a teeter totter as you explore math concepts through gross motor play
  • Take the stage and groove together as you explore the way instruments combine to make music 
  • Use foam musical note “knockers” to create melodies and rhythms on a colorful PVC pipe organ sculpture
  • Explore the vibrant sounds produced when you play kettle drums and the Chimasaur
Discover, Build & Connect

The DISCOVER Experience

This play experience includes the exhibits and activities listed below and more!

Make it Move

  • Build simple and elaborate structures with handcrafted wooden blocks featuring tunnels, bridges, and tubing as you explore physics with Ramps & Rollers
  • Discover the energy of motion and see what factors create change as you roll, bounce, slide, and spin with gears, balls, and more in a variety of fun exhibits 

Build it!

  • Build self-confidence and engage your problem-solving skills as you work with real tools and materials in the Construction House 
  • Tinker and design with Rijamajig®, a large-scale building kit, that includes wooden planks, wheels, pulleys, nuts, bolts and rope

AWEsome Electricity

  • Create pathways for currents and watch electricity come to life as you Complete the Circuit
  • Experience power at your fingertips as you control the flow of electricity with Switches and explore the Electricity Tower

AWEsome Air

  • Control airflow and make colorful objects float and fly in Air Tubes
  • Follow the pathway and watch scarves and fluff balls wind their way through tubes in Airways Jungle
For the Safest Play Possible

Safety Protocols

Your safety is our top priority. To help provide the safest play experience possible, we’ve enhanced our already robust procedures: 

  • Capacities are greatly limited in all spaces
  • Face masks are required to be worn over the nose and mouth by everyone ages 2 years and older
  • Hand sanitizer stations are placed throughout the Museum
  • Air filters are frequently changed and extra outdoor air is being brought in

After each session:

  • A deep clean including electrostatic spraying of exhibit surfaces and high-touch areas is performed
  • All loose parts are replaced with a clean set
  • All restrooms are cleaned

Now Booking!

90-minute Sessions

for your small group of up to 20 people


Mondays & Tuesdays

  • 9:30  – 11:00 am
  • 2:00 – 3:30 pm


DCM Members: $150/session

Non-Members: $200/session

Prepare for Your Visit at Home

Ensure that you have no symptoms of illness, such as a cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, or fever.

  • Prepare your child(ren) for changes to the Museum experience like only being able to play with certain exhibits
  • Face masks are required to be worn over the nose and mouth by all guests ages 2 years and older
  • Plan for your comfort knowing that the café will be closed and water fountains will not be available

Please read the Museum’s Private Play Time Policies & FAQs before purchasing tickets. Visit our Private Play Policies & FAQ page.

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