Updates - DuPage Children's Museum

Updates

July 1, 2022

Masks are strongly recommended for all guests 2 years and older; however, no longer required at DCM. Vaccinations are now available for everyone 6 months and older.  

As a reminder, if you or a member of your party is exhibiting any flu-like or Covid symptoms, or has tested positive within the last 10 days, please follow the CDC guidelines and stay home for the safety of all guests, staff, and volunteers.

 

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June 1, 2022

Mask Requirement Remains Active: The health and safety of DCM guests, members, staff, and volunteers are DCM’s paramount priority. All guests ages 2 years and older are required to wear a cloth or disposable medical mask over their nose and mouth while in the Museum. This policy applies to everyone in the building regardless of vaccination status. Compliance is critical to providing a safe environment for children not yet eligible for vaccination. 

Bandanas, gaiters, masks with valves, mesh masks, and face shields without masks may not be worn. Disposable masks in adult and child sizes are available at the front desk for all visitors who do not have appropriate masks. We encourage any guest who is not comfortable wearing a mask–or cannot wear a mask for any reason—to return to DCM when masks are no longer required or to look for Adaptive Play hours for qualifying children.

This policy is currently being evaluated on a weekly basis.

 

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February 28, 2022

Mask Requirement Remains Active: The health and safety of DCM guests, members, staff, and volunteers are DCM’s paramount priority. All guests ages 2 years and older are required to wear a cloth or disposable medical mask over their nose and mouth while in the Museum. This policy applies to everyone in the building regardless of vaccination status. Compliance is critical to providing a safe environment for children not yet eligible for vaccination. 

Bandanas, gaiters, masks with valves, mesh masks, and face shields without masks may not be worn. Disposable masks in adult and child sizes are available at the front desk for all visitors who do not have appropriate masks. We encourage any guest who is not comfortable wearing a mask–or cannot wear a mask for any reason—to return to DCM when masks are no longer required or to look for Adaptive Play hours for qualifying children.

 

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February 18, 2022

As of Friday, February 18, the temporary proof of vaccination policy has been suspended.

Masks Are Required: The health and safety of DCM guests, members, staff, and volunteers are DCM’s paramount priority. All guests ages 2 years and older are required to wear a cloth or disposable medical mask over their nose and mouth while in the Museum. This policy applies to everyone in the building regardless of vaccination status. Compliance is critical to providing a safe environment for children not yet eligible for vaccination. 

Bandanas, gaiters, masks with valves, mesh masks, and face shields without masks may not be worn. Disposable masks in adult and child sizes are available at the front desk for all visitors who do not have appropriate masks. We encourage any guest who is not comfortable wearing a mask–or cannot wear a mask for any reason—to return to DCM when masks are no longer required or to look for Adaptive Play hours for qualifying children.

 

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February 9, 2022

At this time, the temporary proof of vaccination policy remains in effect (see Jan. 3 update for details). DCM continues to track IDPH metrics and threshold indicators concerning COVID-19 positivity rates and the availability of hospital beds across Regions 7 and 8. These indicators are used to determine appropriate interventions required to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  This information is available at: https://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/data/region-metrics.html?regionID=8.

Current rolling indicators are trending in a favorable direction. DCM will continue to monitor the scientific data to inform museum policies and practices to maximize the health and safety of our staff, guests, and volunteers.

 

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January 3, 2022

Proof of Vaccination Required for Entry Beginning Today
During this current surge in COVID-19 cases, DuPage Children’s Museum (DCM) will require all visiting members and guests who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine (ages 5 and up) to show proof of vaccination prior to entry into the museum. This is a temporary measure designed to keep all of visitors and staff safe. We are very aware of the burden this current surge is placing on our local healthcare system. We are taking the path advised by the CDC and science to do all we can to ease this surge while still providing a joyful learning environment for our patrons. We are hopeful that these mitigation efforts will help us and the rest of our community avoid another complete shutdown. We will evaluate this requirement on a regular basis and announce changes at the appropriate time.

  • Guests and Visiting Members Ages 12 years and Older
    All visiting members and guests ages 12 years and older must show proof of being fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized or WHO-authorized vaccine at the time of entry. Proof of vaccination is valid at least 14 days after the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or at least 14 days after a single-dose vaccine. Proof of vaccination can include a physical vaccine card, a photocopy of the card, a digital record or app on your phone, or a printed record from a vaccine provider.  All guests over the age of 16 must provide photo identification along with their proof of vaccination.
  • Children Ages 5 – 11 years
    All visiting children 5 through 11 years of age must provide proof of at least one vaccination shot at the time of entry. 
  • Children Ages 0 – 4 years
    All visiting children from 0 to 4 years of age are not required to show proof of vaccination until such time that the FDA or WHO authorize a COVID-19 vaccination(s) for this age group. The CDC has stated that the best protection for this age group is ensuring that all eligible people around them be vaccinated.

 

Supplemental Mitigation
DCM requires proof of vaccinations as described above in addition to all existing DCM COVID-19 mitigation policies. The vaccine requirement does not change DCM’s masking policies (see below).  

 

Mask Policy
The health and safety of DCM guests, members, staff, and volunteers are DCM’s paramount priority. All guests ages 2 years and older are required to wear a cloth or disposable medical mask over their nose and mouth while in the museum. This policy applies to everyone in the building regardless of vaccination status. Compliance is critical to providing a safe environment for children not yet eligible for vaccination. 

Bandanas, gaiters, masks with valves, mesh masks, and face shields without masks may not be worn. Disposable masks in adult and child sizes are available at the front desk for all visitors who do not have appropriate masks. We encourage any guest who is not comfortable wearing a mask–or cannot wear a mask for any reason—to return to DCM when masks are no longer required or to look for Adaptive Play hours for qualifying children.

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December 30, 2021

Proof of Vaccination Required for Entry Beginning Monday, January 3, 2022
DuPage Children’s Museum (DCM) will require all visiting members and guests who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine (ages 5 and up) to show proof of vaccination prior to entry into the museum.

Guests and Visiting Members Ages 12 years and Older
All visiting members and guests ages 12 years and older must show proof of being fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized or WHO-authorized vaccine at the time of entry. Proof of vaccination is valid at least 14 days after the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or at least 14 days after a single-dose vaccine. Proof of vaccination can include a physical vaccine card, a photocopy of the card, a digital record or app on your phone, or a printed record from a vaccine provider.  All guests over the age of 16 must provide photo identification along with their proof of vaccination.

Children Ages 5 – 11 years
All visiting children 5 through 11 years of age must provide proof of at least one vaccination shot at the time of entry. 

Children Ages 0 – 4 years
All visiting children from 0 to 4 years of age are not required to show proof of vaccination until such time that the FDA or WHO authorize a COVID-19 vaccination(s) for this age group. 

Supplemental Mitigation
DCM requires proof of vaccinations as described above in addition to all existing DCM COVID-19 mitigation policies. The vaccine requirement does not change DCM’s masking policies (see below).  

 

Mask Policy
The health and safety of DCM guests, members, staff, and volunteers are DCM’s paramount priority. All guests ages 2 years and older are required to wear a cloth or disposable medical mask over their nose and mouth while in the museum. This policy applies to everyone in the building regardless of vaccination status. Compliance is critical to providing a safe environment for children not yet eligible for vaccination. 

Bandanas, gaiters, masks with valves, mesh masks, and face shields without masks may not be worn. Disposable masks in adult and child sizes are available at the front desk for all visitors who do not have appropriate masks. We encourage any guest who is not comfortable wearing a mask–or cannot wear a mask for any reason—to return to DCM when masks are no longer required or to look for Adaptive Play hours for qualifying children.

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December 29, 2021

Bubble Bash – A Family Friendly New Year’s Eve has been CANCELED. The health and safety of our guests and staff are the preeminent priority of DuPage Children’s Museum. Given the alarming rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, DCM has canceled Bubble Bash 2021. The Museum will be closed on Friday, December 31. All tickets will be refunded in full to your original form of payment by Monday, January 13, 2022. Please allow for additional processing time for your financial institution. If you purchased your ticket with cash, please contact admin@dupagechildrensmuseum.org with your order number.

We look forward to many opportunities to play and learn together in the New Year. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. Please contact Brett Nicholas, Chief of Play & Learning, if you have any questions regarding Bubble Bash: bnicholas@dupagechildrensmuseum.org.

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June 11, 2021

DuPage Children’s Museum will continue pre-registration and mask policies.
DCM is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy environment for its guests and staff. Currently, children under the age of 12 are not eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. As this group is the majority of our guests, DCM will retain mitigation measures including the requirement that all guests ages 2 years and older wear a mask. Read All Visitation Policies and FAQs.

Advanced registration is required for members and non-members to visit DCM. The Museum is open Wednesday – Sunday, for pre-registered general admission!  Get Tickets Now.

 

Questions about your membership? Read Membership FAQs.

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June 5, 2021

The Museum is NOW OPEN, Wednesday – Sunday, for pre-registered general admission! Advanced registration is required for members and non-members to visit DCM. 

Get Tickets Now.

Read Visitation Policies and FAQs.

Questions about your membership? Read Membership FAQs.

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May 11, 2021

Exciting news! The Museum will open for general admission on Saturday, June 5! Advanced registration will be required to visit DCM. Additional details will be available in the coming weeks. 

 

DCM Members:  Memberships will be reactivated with our reopening. Membership expirations have been adjusted for time lost due to our Covid closure. Later this month, look for an email with your new digital membership card. Member-Only Days will be held on Thursday, June 3 and Friday, June 4. Pre-registration will be required. Registration will open in the next few weeks.

 

Please continue to check this webpage for updates. Subscribe to receive our e-blasts and be among the first to know about any status updates and other Museum offerings.

 

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February 18, 2021

The Museum is now booking Private Play Time! Reservations are required. Learn More Here.

 

DuPage Children’s Museum remains closed to the general public at this time. Please continue to check this webpage for updates. Subscribe to receive our e-blasts and be among the first to know about any status updates and other Museum offerings.

 

Please note: Memberships remain “frozen” at this time, and will not be reinstated until we can reopen to the general public. Although memberships are frozen, we are still offering member discounts.

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January 26, 2021

The Museum will open for Private Play Time in mid-March. Reservations will be required. Please continue to check this webpage for updates. Subscribe to receive our e-blasts, and be among the first to know more about Private Play and other exciting Museum offerings.

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June 24, 2020

DCM remains closed and an opening date cannot yet be determined. Current Phase 4 guidelines issued by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) for the reopening of museums provide that, “Hands-on exhibits should be closed or modified to eliminate the hands-on component.” We are very proud that our entire museum is hands-on and interactive. We are hopeful that modified guidelines will be issued prior to Phase 5. We remain committed to our primary priority of protecting the health and safety of our guests and staff. We look forward to the day we can gather again to play at DCM!

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May 29, 2020

We value all of our members and visitors and are deeply saddened not to be able to welcome you inside the Museum during this time of social distancing closure. We miss the energy and excitement that you and your children bring to DCM. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions:

 

When will DCM open its doors? DCM will not reopen its doors to guests and members until Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan and until we believe we can do so in a manner that is safe for our guests and staff. Until then, we will remain closed and our opening date can not yet be determined.

 

What will happen to memberships? All memberships that were active as of Friday, March 13, were “frozen.” They will be extended for the full duration of closure. That means that once DCM reopens, we will restart active memberships as of that date so that our loyal supporters receive a full year of member benefits.

 

Can I still connect with the Museum while the building is closed? Yes! During the closure, DCM staff has been creating new content that can be accessed via social media. Find sensory activities, story time, science labs, music & movement, and other projects from our Play to Learn at Home series on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

 

What is DCM doing to make sure the Museum is safe for visitors to return?

Over the last few months, DCM staff has been analyzing data and directives from public health officials/partners to ensure that when we do reopen to the public, the Museum exceeds recommended sanitation guidelines; we will also enact new social distancing procedures to ensure safe and healthy visits for all of our guests.

 

Additional member benefit: When DCM reopens, we plan to start with members-only attendance. During this time, we will test new procedures and gather feedback. Based on current metrics, we aim to open with limited capacity as early as Restore Illinois guidelines allow and we believe we can do so in a manner that is safe for our guests and staff.

 

Please continue to follow DCM on social media and check this webpage for updates. We look forward to seeing you in person and providing your family with the high quality experiences characteristic of DuPage Children’s Museum.

 

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April 28, 2020

DCM will remain closed through May 31, 2020 in accordance with the state mandated Stay-at-Home order.

 

We encourage all of our patrons to stay connected and to explore creativity and curiosity at home by visiting our Blog and DCM’s social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

 

We continue to monitor the quickly evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation and re-evaluate operations on an on-going basis. Please continue to visit this page for updates on Museum plans to re-open to the public.

 

All programs and events are postponed or cancelled through May. Guests are being contacted with options to put the value of their tickets and/or reservations toward a future date, request a refund, or donate the value to mitigate the inevitable financial impact of COVID-19 on the Museum. For information on previously purchased tickets, group reservations, programs, and events, please email admin@dupagechildrensmuseum.org.

 

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March 26, 2020

DCM will remain closed through April 30, 2020. 

We will continue to monitor the quickly evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation and will re-evaluate operations on an on-going basis. Please continue to visit this page for updates on Museum plans to re-open to the public.

 

All programs and events are postponed or cancelled at this time. Guests are being contacted with options to put the value of their tickets and/or reservations toward a future date, request a refund, or donate the value to mitigate the inevitable financial impact of COVID-19 on the Museum at this time. For information on previously purchased tickets, group reservations, programs, and events, please email admin@dupagechildrensmuseum.org.

 

We encourage all of our patrons to stay connected and to explore creativity and curiosity at home by visiting our Blog and DCM’s social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

 

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March 13, 2020

Dear Members and Friends of the Museum:

Out of an abundance of caution to protect the health of visitors, employees, and the community at large, DuPage Children’s Museum has made the decision to close effective today, March 13 at 5 p.m. through March 30. The Museum will continue to monitor the quickly evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation and will re-evaluate operations on an on-going basis. This time period may be extended depending on public health developments. Please continue to visit this page for regular updates on Museum plans to re-open to the public.

 

All public programs between now and March 30 are postponed or cancelled at this time. Guests are being contacted with options to put the value of their tickets and/or reservations toward a future date, request a refund, or donate the value to mitigate the inevitable financial impact of COVID-19 on the Museum at this time. For information on previously purchased tickets, group and experience reservations, programs and events, please email admin@dupagechildrensmuseum.org.

 

While this decision was difficult in some ways, and there is no known case of COVID-19 at the Museum, as a community resource we feel it is our obligation to proactively do our part to help minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus and its impact on our community. 

 

During the short-term closure, staff will be working on future program development, fundraising, project work, and ways to stay deeply connected to our communities. Further, the Museum will use this time to expand already extensive cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting procedures. These steps will ensure that families can return to the Museum knowing that our priority is that everyone has a playful, joyful, and healthy hands-on, interactive experience at DuPage Children’s Museum.

 

As childhood development experts, we know that creative play mitigates stress and promotes overall health. Music, movement, and laughter are great stress busters. We encourage all of our patrons to explore creativity and curiosity at home by visiting our Blog and DCM’s social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

 

We appreciate community flexibility and patience as we navigate this unprecedented circumstance together and we value continued support of DuPage Children’s Museum.  

We look forward to seeing everyone back at the Museum. Until then…. Keep washing your hands!