How can you support Children’s Museum of Illinois?

Many people don’t realize that Children’s Museum of Illinois is a non-profit organization.  We rely on a variety of sources to maintain our exhibits, staff the Museum, and to create educational programming. Much of our budget comes from grants from educational and cultural organizations.  But there are things you can do to support us and enhance your family’s experience at the Museum!

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-Visit the Museum (especially on special event days!)

You are the reason that we work so hard!  We love to see families in the Museum enjoying exhibits and spending time together.  You can participate in a Make Space Family Challenge, dress up for Fairy Tale Ball or chuck a pumpkin in October!

-Tell people about your visit

Tell your mom and dad friends about the Museum!  Invite them for a play date here in the winter.  And while we hope that everyone has a great time at Children’s Museum of Illinois, if you didn’t – please tell the staff.  We want to know how we can improve and ensure that your child gets the most out of her visit.

-Support our fundraising events

Besides our general donation form, we host two major fundraisers each year.  The Duck Derby is in spring and the Reverse Raffle in the fall.  When you buy a chance to win in either event, you show your support our mission and allow us to continue supporting students!


By either donating your time, equipment, or dollar, you help us enhance educational experiences.  This includes families that visit on the weekend, or students that visit from area schools.  Ask us about volunteering or donating today!

-Become a Corporate Sponsor

Another way to “donate” to the Museum is to become a sponsor.  If your local business is looking for a way to reach young families, you can sponsor an event or an exhibit.  We work hard with our sponsors to ensure a great return on investment!