NORMAL, Ill. (WMBD) – The Children’s Discovery Museum will close its doors to the public next week for a routine annual cleanup as well as its annual Playla fundraiser.
Cleaning will close the museum from Sunday September 11 to Saturday September 17. Playla is scheduled for Thursday, September 15.
The museum’s executive director, Beth Whisman, said in a press release on Tuesday that the days leading up to Playla (a play on the word “gala”) will also be spent introducing specialized equipment and furniture to create spaces. and experiences specially designed for adults.
“Playla is a one-night event that completely transforms the Children’s Discovery Museum,” says Whisman. “It’s a chance for adults to enjoy the museum, in a radically different way.”
While some museum exhibits are presented unchanged for the event, other areas will be redesigned to play with their one-night-only adult audiences. There will be a cash bar on each floor along with appetizers from local restaurants including Rob Dob’s Restaurant and Bar, Medici, Pizza Payaa, Keg Grove, Rader Farms, Grove Street Bakery, DP Dough, Fiala Brothers Brewery, Reality Bites and more.
The gala will include special activities such as an escape room, silent disco, ice cream mixology station, and more.
Tickets for Playla are available until September 9 (or while supplies last) at Discover Museum website for children or through the museum’s phone line at 309-433-3444.