Special Events

PPT - Archaeology Day '18

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 provides C-U families with the opportunity to learn about ancient peoples and cultures, experience real artifacts, and learn how to be amateur archaeologists. Orpheum Kid's Archaeology Day is brought to you by the Spurlock MuseumIllinois State Archaeological Survey, and Archaeology Student Society!

Faunal display
Pottery station
Flower pot reconstruction
Lithic tools
Bone tools
Basketry station
Animals and artifacts
Free posters

This program is open to all ages and is 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. Visit www.orpheumkids.com/contact/ for more pricing details.

PPT - SFA Archaeology Day 2018

Science For All: Dr. Jacob Skousen

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

"Science For All” a regular speaker series for adults, both young and old, wanting to learn more about research in the sciences, humanities, and arts from experts in the field. This month, Science For All is featuring Dr. Jacob Skousen, Visiting Research Archaeologist from the Illinois State Archaeological Survey on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The talk is sponsored by the Illinois State Archaeological Survey and Allerton Park and Retreat Center. Science For All is free to the public.

Dr. Skousen’s talk is titled, “Recent Archaeological Investigations at Robert Allerton Park.” Dr. Skousen will discuss the little-known pre-Columbian history of the Sangamon River valley in central Illinois. Recently, Dr. Sousen has led archaeological investigations at Robert Allerton Park and Retreat Center as part of a long-term collaborative project between the Illinois State Archaeological Survey and Parkland College. These investigations have revealed that Native Americans have lived in or visited the valley for millennia. His talk focuses on what has been learned about Late Woodland (~400-1000 A.D.) groups in the area. The ongoing investigations aim to shed more light on these Late Woodland groups as well as identify, interpret, and preserve archaeological sites and artifacts within Allerton Park and continue to help reconstruct the history of the Sangamon River valley.


Summer Playdate presented by Christie Clinic and Chambanamoms.com

Sunday, August 12th, 3:00 - 4:30 pm

chambanamoms.com and Christie Clinic have joined forces to create six FREE playdates this summer for you and your family!

Join us on Sunday, August 12th from 3:00-4:30 p.m. at Orpheum Science Children's Museum for our last summer playdate of the 2018 series. Be sure to stop by and help us say farewell to summer and kick off the school year with one last day of fun. Be sure to also stop by and say hi to the new faces behind Lodgic Champaign, a new way to work and play coming to Champaign-Urbana this summer!



Saturday, September 22nd

The Orpheum Children's Science Museum's annual LEGO Day will have 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