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OktoberFunFest: October 12 at CHOM

OktoberFunFest: October 12 at CHOM

Uncle Mike from Pint Size Polkas helps families at CHOM celebrate the fantastic European tradition of Oktoberfest. Learn a little bit of the German language, a craft, and learn about the history of polka music. Join us for this fun musical program that's fun for all...

“Hands-On” Tree Fundraiser | Sept 21, 2019

“Hands-On” Tree Fundraiser | Sept 21, 2019

Visit CHOM from 10 am til 2 pm on September 21 to “LEAVE” your mark on our CHOM tree! Join the fun! Bring your whole family to place your hand print on our CHOM Tree. Make a donation and enjoy refreshments and add to the new fall colors of CHOM! Take home your child’s handprint ready for framing!

Recommended donation: $10 per person / $50 per family.

Volunteer of the Month: Mary Ware

Volunteer of the Month: Mary Ware

Special thanks to Mary Ware for her hard work and commitment to the mission of the Children’s Hands-On Museum of Northwest Illinois. Thank you to Culver’s of Freeport for their recognition of the work of CHOM and sponsoring this program each month to say thank you to our volunteers!

Volunteer of the Month: Lenora Luecke

Volunteer of the Month: Lenora Luecke

Special thanks to Lenora Luecke for her hard work and commitment to the mission of the Children’s Hands-On Museum of Northwest Illinois. Thank you to Culver’s of Freeport for their recognition of the work of CHOM and sponsoring this program each month to say thank you to our volunteers!

CHOM Celebrates Apollo 11: 50 Years

CHOM Celebrates Apollo 11: 50 Years

July 20, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the Moon on July 20, 1969 as part of NASA's Apollo 11 lunar mission. Join The Children's Hands-on Museum in Northwest Illinois in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing! Dive...

Job Opening: Volunteer Coordinator

Job Opening: Volunteer Coordinator

CHOM is now accepting applications for the position of Volunteer Coordinator. The Volunteer Coordinator, recruits volunteers, provides direction, coordination, and consultation for all volunteer functions within CHOM.  Must be able to work on site Wednesday through...

Volunteer of the Month: Diane Simmer

Volunteer of the Month: Diane Simmer

Special thanks to Pam Watter for her hard work and commitment to the mission of the Children’s Hands-On Museum of Northwest Illinois. Thank you to Culver’s of Freeport for their recognition of the work of CHOM and sponsoring this program each month to say thank you to our volunteers!

Did You Know? Children Learn Through Play

Did You Know? Children Learn Through Play

"We need to consider that young children learn in quite different ways [than adults]. They learn by comparing physical experiences, by interactions with other people and their own feelings. And they learn an enormous amount through their imagination.... Play is what...