I've been visiting the
DuPage Children's Museum with my kids for years, and one of my
only gripes with this wonderful place was the lack of a café. That
changed recently, when the museum opened up the 60-seat S.M.A.R.T.
Café, filled with healthy food choices and learning opportunities
"We thought if we provided a café experience with a SMART
(science, math, art, reading and technology) theme and allowed kids
to choose a balanced lunch for themselves, we could incorporate the
healthy food lifestyle into those choices," says Bri
Bromberek, marketing manager for the museum.
To that end, all of the children's meal options are free
of nitrates, antibiotics and preservatives. There are peanut-free
and gluten-free options, as well as organic milk and sugar-free
"It lets parents be able to know that whatever choice
their kids make will be a healthy one," Bromberek says.
The SMART theme comes alive in the café's décor, where
food becomes an opportunity for kids to learn about things such as
science and math. For example, the transfer of heat when cooking
food is science, measuring a recipe is math and sculpting fruit is
The café is in the lower level. There will be a separate
eating area for families who bring their own lunches, but vending
machines have been removed.
Liz DeCarlo is the former senior editor at Chicago Parent.
See more of Liz's stories here.
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