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Support CHOM’s New Year Grand-Reopening!

Support CHOM’s New Year Grand-Reopening!

2020 began as a year of excitement and anticipated growth. In March, we were about to celebrate our 1st year anniversary at our Lincoln Mall location when the coronavirus shut down occurred. Like so many Children’s museums around the country, we were forced to close...

For Immediate Release: Tickets Available for Children’s Hands-On Museum Frosty Ball Fundraising Gala Scheduled for February 8

For Immediate Release: Tickets Available for Children’s Hands-On Museum Frosty Ball Fundraising Gala Scheduled for February 8

“CHOM’s Frosty Ball fundraising gala helps support the museum’s exhibits, programs, and other services” said Jessi Larson, CHOM board president. “We regularly hear from parents and grandparents how grateful they are that CHOM is available. With the support of our community, we can continue to make available these learning through play opportunities for children.”

Brrrr? or Booo! Halloween at CHOM

Brrrr? or Booo! Halloween at CHOM

Check out CHOM for Halloween! Bring the kids in costume (or not!) and have some fund with the scavenger hunt and pick up some treats before it’s time to go home! Open 2 – 6 PM (normal hours!) on Thursday. Click the link for more information. Standard admission fees apply for non-members.

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...