Adaptive Play Time - DuPage Children's Museum

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 indented for families with disabilities, on the autism spectrum, and/or sensory processing disorders. 


Masks are required for everyone age 2 years and older. During Adaptive Play Times, an exception can be made for a child with a medical or sensory issue that prevents them from wearing a mask.

What to Expect

Environment & Modifications

  • Limited attendance 
  • Sensory Kits (noise reduction headphones, fidget objects, weighted neck wraps, timers, social stories, 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
Know Before You Go

Important Information

  • Pre-registration is required.
  • Attendance is limited.
  • The Café is closed and food is not permitted in the Museum at this time.
  • Some exhibits may be closed. DCM reserves the right to close exhibits as needed for the safety of our guests.
  • The Adaptive Play Time schedule is subject to change as we navigate the safety challenges presented by COVID-19.
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Sunday, June 19 | 5:30 – 7:00 pm

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Sunday, July 17 | 5:30 – 7:00 pm

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Sunday, August 7 | 5:30 – 7:00 pm

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Admission*: $15 Adults | $15 Children | $14 Seniors | Free Infants under 1 year and DCM Members 


*Financial Assistance is available. Learn More!

Following CDC Guidelines

Current Cleaning Procedures

  • Loose parts and hand-held objects are wiped down with a hydrogen peroxide based disinfectant solution or dipped in a disinfecting bleach solution and then rinsed/dried (twice per day and as needed)
  • Mats and exhibit surfaces are cleaned and disinfected with a hydrogen peroxide based disinfectant as needed and at the end of each day using an electrostatic sprayer
  • Mouth bins are located in each area, regularly checked, and items are cleaned and disinfected before returning on the floor
  • Areas are vacuumed regularly throughout the week
  • Bathrooms and other high-touch surfaces are disinfected and cleaned regularly throughout the day (about every 2 hours)
Please Review

Safety Measures & Reminders

  • Guests age 2 and older must wear a mask over their mouth and nose
  • 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 Katherine Gullone,
Senior Manager, Early Learning and Family Engagement or
630-637-8000 x6220