Special Events

Science For All: "A Few Things Everyone Should Know about Ants"

Thursday, February 1st, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

 
The Orpheum Children's Science Museum presents "Science For All: A Few Things Everyone Should Know About Ants" with Dr. Andy Suarez, Professor at the Animal Biology Department and Department of Entomology at UIUC. Admission is $3 for Orpheum members, $4 for students and teachers, and $5 for everyone else. Children under 12 years old are FREE and can play freely in the museum during the event with supervision from our staff.

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Science For All: "Say it Loud: Language and Race in Digital Space"

Wednesday, February 7th, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

 
The Orpheum Children's Science Museum presents "Science For All: Say it Loud: Language and Race in Digital Space" with Dr. Krystal Smalls, Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics at UIUC. Admission is $3 for Orpheum members, $4 for students and teachers, and $5 for everyone else. Children under 12 years old are FREE and can play freely in the museum during the event with supervision from our staff.
 
Many of us live out a significant portion of our lives in digital space – whether it be via social media, online entertainment, multiplayer online games, online news sources, or email. For the past few decades, scholars from various disciplines have been considering the impact of digital technology on a range of human phenomena. This talk will address how people use digital technology to make meaning about race and combat racism. It will specifically focus on the ways some people use stigmatized black languages in social media to not only perform race but also to resist antiblack racism.

Science For All: "Changing the Conversation about Plants"

Tuesday, February 13th, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Orpheum Children's Science Museum presents "Science For All: Changing the Conversation about Plants" with Matt Candeias, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Plant Biology at UIUC and creator of the blog, "In Defense of Plants." Admission is $3 for Orpheum members, $4 for students and teachers, and $5 for everyone else. Children under 12 years old are FREE and can play freely in the museum during the event with supervision from our staff.
 
Plants generally get the short shrift across the board. This is a shame because plants truly are everything on this planet. They have this amazing ability to use our nearest star to break apart water and CO2 gas in order to grow and reproduce. They are living, breathing, and fighting organisms that deserve to be celebrated as such. They also need our help. The latest estimates show that 1/5th of the world’s plants are threatened with extinction. When we lose plants, we lose so much more. We need to change the conversation about plants and introduce our friends and family to the natural wonders of this kingdom. In doing so, we can refocus conservation efforts on protecting plants and the habitats they comprise.

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Science For All: "Learning Science through Body Movement and New Technology"

Monday, February 19th, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Orpheum Children's Science Museum presents "Science For All: Learning Science through Body Movement and New Technology" with Dr. Robb Lindgren, Professor at the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at UIUC. Admission is $3 for Orpheum members, $4 for students and teachers, and $5 for everyone else. Children under 12 years old are FREE and can play freely in the museum during the event with supervision from our staff.
In this talk, Dr. Lindgren will describe several current projects where his lab is examining how bodily movement supports learning a range of science topics, and how his lab is using this research to design simulation technologies that sense and respond to these movements in meaningful ways. New technologies, such as those that accompany modern gaming systems, provide new opportunities to engage people's senses and intuitions in reasoning scientifically. Dr. Lindgren will demonstrate some of the educational technologies his lab has created and discuss principles for physically engaging students and the public in science education.

Night at the Museum: Chemistry <3

Saturday, February 17th, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The "Night at the Museum" is a drop-off event for children ages 4-12 years old. Parents can enjoy an evening out while children get to spend time after-hours at the museum, playing in their favorite exhibits and enjoying staff-led activities. We will have CHEMISTRY-themed activities! A pizza dinner will be provided to your child.
 
*Pre-registration is required -- space is limited to 25 kids. Once you fill out the form, please call the museum to pay to secure your spot. $25 admission per kid ($20 for Orpheum members). Additional charges may apply for late pick-up.

TASTINGS: Food + Wine + Beer

Friday, March 2nd, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

TASTINGS is the best spring event for local foodies, aspiring sommeliers, and brew fans alike. Taste and pair a selection of fine food and drinks from across Champaign County all under one roof. Throw in a live performance from Mank & Sass for zest and you end up with a special night only at the Orpheum . Stay tuned for more information... All proceeds benefit the Orpheum Children's Science Museum.