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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Children's Museums, Education, Educational Services

Mission: The Children's Museum in Oak Lawn's mission is to empower and engage children, and those who love and care for them, in the joy of learning. As they EXPLORE their world with changing, hands-on exhibits and activities, they will SOAR with their newfound knowledge.

Results: In 2011, we installed three new exhibits focused on public safety: a police car, and ambulance, and a fire truck.

Geographic areas served: Chicago area and beyond!

Programs: The museum has welcomed over 415,000 visitors since opening in its new location in 2009. The museum continued its "access for all" initiative throughout the fiscal year and waived field trip fees for one-on-one aides working with special needs children. Another program the museum is very proud off is the easter egg hunt for children living with disabilities. The new "nano: the science of small" exhibit was installed during the fiscal year and was met with positive reviews as it helps to continue the organization's educational alignment with schools. A new handicapped accessible admissions desk was also installed.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an educator in Oak Lawn, I feel that the Children’s Museum has greatly enhanced our community's emphasis on learning and exploration. The environment at the museum is very welcoming and engaging. I highly recommend a visit!

9

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Oak Lawn Children's Museum is one of the best things that have happen to us with respect to student learning. Child centered activities, and play based learning can give children the basics they need to be successful in school. By focusing on what is learned in the classroom and applying it to real life situations can help a child better understand the world around them. It is no doubt, that I have to congratulate the administration, staff, and volunteers of the Oak Lawn Children's Museum who help make this connection daily. Its a wonderful thing to watch a child grow and develop.

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kids of all ages will enjoy all there is to do at this wonderful museum. In the short time that the new museum has been opened, it's become the most talked about resource for families in town. In a world where kids tend to plug in and disconnect, the Children's Museum in Oak Lawn draws them together to explore and learn. It's no wonder that kids come from all over for great adventures at the Museum every day. From the open feel to the caring and interested volunteers and staff, the Children's Museum in Oak Lawn will wow you. I'm thrilled that they've been able to add new exhibits as recently as this month in a down economy. Honestly, there is no more fun that a family with young children could have than a visit to latest gem in Oak Lawn.... our Children's Museum!

9

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am at the Children's Museum at least once a week and as many as 3 days a week with my grandchildren. The 2 year old gets to go more because the 6 year old is in school. The volunteers and personnel there are really helpful and fantastic .As many times as I have been there, I have to bribe the little one out of there to go home no matter how long we stay.It is a teaching and learning experience for all the children there who learn how to share and interact with children of all ages.The exhibits are educational as well as a play time.

9

Client Served

Rating: 5

My kids thoroughly enjoy all of the activities that the Children's Museum in Oak Lawn has to offer. They spend hours there; my little one knows where everything goes. She often will find things that go in the market across the way in the vet clinic, and say, "Hey, that doesn't go here", and promptly brings it back. My two girls love to play, explore, create and spend money (fake of course) at the museum. The staff is really friendly, accomidating and just a great bunch of people. It's inspiring to see the growth of my 2 year old and how much she has learned by being active at the museum. And how she can share!! And my 6 year old loves it just as much with all the things she can learn too! It brings out their creative side and they don't even realize they are learning through the process of play. Thank you for giving access to the suburbs a great facility that gives kids a chance to learn through interactive means.

8

Board Member

Rating: 5

My experience has always been very positive and enriching. I have been involved with the museum for many years and continue to find all interaction educational. My children ages 10 and 6 always find something new and exciting to examine. From the Water Table to the Workshop we always have fun exploring.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Oak Lawn Children's Museum is a terrific development for our community. From the initial concept, to the efforts to build, to those who now enjoy the positive recreational and educational benefits, it has been about families. My wife and I love children's museums and are now so proud to take our children to this fantastic one in Oak Lawn. We hear constantly from families who have attended and enjoyed a very positive experience. As the Mayor of Oak Lawn, I am so proud of all those who made this a reality and continue to do so on a daily basis because it shows that we believe in giving wonderful amenities like this to our children, who should always come first.

7

Board Member

Rating: 5

My experience with The Children's Museum in Oak Lawn has been nothing but positive. The Museum is a place for families and children to think outside the box and serves as an educational resource for the community. It's a place for children to be creative and enjoy themselves while learning. I am happy to support and be a part of such a great organization that benefits the children and parents of Oak Lawn.

7

Board Member

Rating: 5

We gave "All in the Family" memberships to our three married children (and a grandparents membership to ourselves), and I am happy to say they are being put to good and continuous use. Our grandchildren not only had an enjoyable time with their siblings and parents, they want to go back. Their parents have also expressed their great pleasure in observing the children's joy in learning. I have often made trips in my capacity as an officer of the Museum and had the opportunity to observe the parents as well as the children. The mon's and dad's seemed to be enjoying the awareness that comes over their children as the play and learn with the Museums many interactive exhibits. Unsolicited positive comments are made by our visitors and the "proof of the pudding" is that before they leave for the day they want to become members of our museum. They want to make an investment in their children through us and that is a wonderful feeling in itself.

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The museum is a wonderful place for children to explore their environment. Given we live in the Midwest, snow is easy to come by in the winter. It's wonderful to bring the children to a place that's always 70 degrees and sunny inside. Also, as a parent of a special needs toddler, the Museum is ideal of introducing kids to a variety of toys and activities that enhance fine and gross motor skills, as well as interaction with other children.