Special Events

PPT - CCAR Family Fun Day 20180602

Family Fun Day presented by the Champaign County Association of Realtors

Saturday, June 2nd, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Please join the Champaign County Association of Realtors for the Bi-Centennial celebration recognizing 200 YEARS of service in Illinois! This event is FREE and fun for the whole family! The event will be from 10 AM- 2 PM on Saturday, June 2nd! General admission pricing resumes starting at 2 PM until closing.

PPT - Pollinator Week 2018

National Pollinator Week at the Orpheum

Tuesday, June 19th to Sunday, June 24th, 2:00 - 3:00 PM

The Orpheum Children's Science Museum will be hosting many fun and educational activities for the biologists and naturalists at heart! Each day from 2:00 to 3:00 PM our staff and/or volunteers will lead a different arts-and-craft or science activity (or both) relating to pollinators! This full week of activities is in celebration of National Pollinator Week. Join us in spreading awareness about pollinators while also learning about something new about flowers, butterflies, hummingbirds, pollen, and so much more!
Day 1 (Tue. 6/19) - Flower Exploration Lab
Day 2 (Wed. 6/20) - Pollen Exploration Lab
Day 3 (Thu. 6/21) - Pollinator Senses
Day 4 (Fri. 6/22) - Butterfly Creation Station
Day 5 (Sat. 6/23) - Pollinators, Fruits, & Veggies
Day 6 (Sun. 6/24) - Pollinator Blitz in the Orpheum Butterfly Garden
This program is open to all ages and will be included as part of admission to the museum: $5 general admission and free for members. Free/reduced admission available for military families, seniors, children under 2-yo, ASTC/ACM reciprocal members, and income-eligible families.

PPT - Archaeology Day

2nd Annual Orpheum Children's Archaeology Day

Saturday, July 28th, 1:00 - 5:00 PM

The Orpheum Children's Science Museum is excited to once again host the 2nd Annual Orpheum Children's Archaeology Day. This celebration marks the anniversary of the Archaeology Field Station and Excavation Unit while also provide C-U families with the opportunity to learn about ancient peoples, experience real artifacts, and learn how to be amateur archaeologists.

This event is included in general admission.

Science For All: Dr. Jacob Skousen

Saturday, July 28th, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

In celebration of Archaeology Day at the Orpheum Children's Science Museum, we will be bringing back our lecture series for adults, both young and old, interested in learning more about the sciences, humanities, and arts. Dr. Skousen, a visiting researcher at the Illinois State Archaeological Society, will be discussing archaeological excavations taking place in Allerton Park and Retreat Center.

More details coming soon.




Saturday, September 22nd

The Orpheum Children's Science Museum's annual LEGO Day will LEGO robotics demonstrations, LEGO art and activities, LEGO creations, and a LEGO building competition with guest judges! Participation in the activities and exhibits is included as part of general admission. To submit creations as part of the contest, please see the contest rules below.
1:00 - 5:00 PM - Activities & Exhibits
1:00 - 2:30 PM - Contest Judging
3:00 - 3:30 PM - Award Ceremony
3:30 - 5:00 PM - Prize Pickup
No building categories...use your imagination!
Fill out an individual entry form (COMING SOON!)
$5 per entry (no limit on the number entries)
Entries must fit on a 32x32 baseplate (~10"x10")
Age groups: Pre-K - K, 1st - 2nd Grade, 3rd - 4th grade, 5th - 8th grade, and adults.
Tue., Sep. 18th, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wed., Sep. 19th, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thu., Sep. 20th, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Fri., Sep. 21st, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM