Adaptive Play Time - DuPage Children's Museum

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Adaptive Play Time

DuPage Children’s Museum is dedicated to being an accessible, inclusive environment for children to thrive through extraordinary learning experiences. Adaptive Play Time provides a modified environment for play and learning for children and their caregivers.

This program is intended for families with disabilities, on the autism spectrum, and/or sensory processing disorders. 


Masks are optional.

What to Expect

Environment & Modifications

  • Limited attendance (pre-registration is required)
  • View a Social Story to prepare for your visit
  • Sensory Kits (noise reduction headphones, fidget objects, weighted neck wraps, timers, and more!)
  • Noise and light reduction
  • Visual cues in exhibits
  • Respite Room for sensory breaks
  • Dedicated DCM staff and volunteers to provide a supportive environment
  • Exhibits feature hands-on ways to play, explore, and create
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Upcoming Dates

Sunday, June 11 | 5:30 – 7:00 pm

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Sunday, July 16 | 5:30 – 7:00 pm

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Sunday, August 13 | 5:30 – 7:00 pm

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Future Dates: September 24, October 15, November 19, and December 10


Admission: $17 Children | $17 Adults | $16 Seniors
Free – Infants under 1 year and DCM Members


*Financial Assistance is available. Learn More!

Please Review

Safety Measures & Reminders

  • It is recommended that guests age 2 years and older wear a mask
  • Guests should maintain a social distance of 6 ft. or greater from non-household individuals during their visit
  • 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 visiting. 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

Questions regarding Adaptive Play Time?

Contact Brett Nicholas,
Chief of Play & Learning or
630-637-8000 x6220

Thank You to our Program Supporters: