Junior Volunteer Program

This year, Children’s Museum of Illinois is offering two different volunteer tracks: Junior Educators and Play Guides

Children’s Museum of Illinois is had such an overwhelming and positive response to our Junior Volunteer (JV) Program, that we are no longer accepting applications. Thank you for your interest! We hope to hear from you next year!

Youth going into 7th-11th grades in 2019 that are searching for a way to be active in their community, learn important job skills and make new friends are encouraged to apply. Both tracks will help develop skills in responsibility, cooperation, and critical thinking.

Applicants must:

  • Be entering 7th-11th grades in 2019
  • Commit to at least one 2 or 3-hour shift once a week 
  • Purchase a Museum T-shirt for $10 
  • Attend mandatory training session May 29th. Time TBD 

Play Guide

Being a Play Guide is a perfect fit for outgoing and energetic volunteers that enjoy meeting new people and being in social settings. We will train Play Guides on each exhibit to understand the educational importance of the exhibit as well as proper ways to play with the exhibits and families during their visit to the Museum. Play Guides will be responsible for encouraging safe play and communicating with Museum Staff on any issues that may occur on the exhibit floor. This program is available June – August with two shifts- 10A-12P and 1P-3P. Play Guide training will happen in the beginning of June.

Volunteers can:

  • Interact with families
  • Learn about informal education
  • Stay active and PLAY all day!


Junior Educators 

We’re looking for enthusiastic, upbeat, and energetic volunteers to help with our summer programs. The Junior Educators will assist in educational activities for Summer Camps and pop-up programs during Museum hours. Junior Educators will be trained in safety, child development, and activity planning. This program is available June – July. Educator Training will happen in the beginning of June.

Volunteers can:

  • Learn to plan and lead games for youth
  • Work directly with children at our Summer Day Camp program
  • Learn about child development and group management