Children learn best from exhibits involving lights and colors, which means you can either take them to a children's museum or let them rub their eyes too hard. Teach wee ones safely with today's Groupon: for $17, you get a visit for four to DuPage Children's Museum in Naperville (up to a $38 value).
In the bright and colorful environs of DuPage Children's Museum, kids of all ages explore three stories of exhibits that entertainingly delve into art, math, and science. A recently opened train exhibit, Trains - Get on board!, encourages aspiring conductors to send a model train hurtling down the track or board a pretend train in a foolhardy attempt to avoid doing chores. Kryptonian kids don capes before stepping into the AirWorks area’s hair-blowing wind tunnel, and the WaterWays section offers two splash-happy water areas. Three exhibits cater to young explorers aged up to 24 months old with colorful balls and constitutional-law casebooks. Museum admission also affords access to drop-in studio activities, with upcoming sessions on building hoop gliders, kites, and skyscraper-climbing magnet boots.
Though DuPage Children's Museum sometimes offers a discounted price, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
DuPage Children's Museum
In 1987, Louise Beem and Dorothy Carpenter were early-childhood-education specialists. Based on their combined experience—gained from teaching preschool, founding the College of DuPage's early-childhood-education program, and being grandmothers—the two friends felt that traditional methods of teaching youngsters were less than optimal at the time. Their brainchild, the DuPage Children's Museum, began that same year. The pair designed the museum's colorful exhibits to incorporate interactive and open-ended elements, which they believed more closely matched the way kids learn and naturally process information, a discovery they say has now been corroborated by findings in neuroscience research.
In that vein, the three-story museum engages young neurons with interactive art, math, and science-themed attractions. Giving little hands the chance to explore, the AWEsome Electricity exhibit bridges the gap between the electric-powered gadgets and lights families use every day to where all that nonbreakfast-based energy comes from. Kids learn how electricity gets from one place to another and what its basic units are while at play in the museum's signature hands-on spaces. Elsewhere, the Young Explorers exhibit is designed for children aged 2 and under, who develop math skills by learning concepts such as sorting and patterning and express their creativity by experimenting with color and light.
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