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Children’s Discovery Museum subsequently closed for cleaning, Playla fundraiser

NORMAL – The Children’s Discovery Museum will be closed September 11-17 for routine cleaning and to prepare for its annual fundraiser, Playla, on September 15.

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“Playla is a one-night event that completely transforms the Children’s Discovery Museum,” museum executive director Beth Whisman said in a press release. “It’s a chance for adults to experience the museum in a radically different way.”

The days leading up to Playla will be dedicated to bringing in special equipment and furniture to create playful spaces and experiences specially designed for adults.

This year, there will be an escape room, a glow-in-the-dark Ferris wheel tricycle ride, a silent disco, and a mixology station where guests can make their own ice cream for drinks.

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Some of the museum’s exhibits will be on display for the event, while other areas will be revamped with lighting, high tables, glow-in-the-dark decor and more. Each floor will have a cash bar and appetizers served by local restaurants.

Food will include offerings from Rob Dob’s Restaurant and Bar, Medici, Pizza Payaa, Keg Grove, Rader Farms, Grove Street Bakery, DP Dough, Fiala Brothers Brewery, Reality Bites and others.

Tickets will be available for $100 until September 9 at or by calling the museum during hours of operation at 309-433-3444. Proceeds from the event will be used to support the museum.

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