DuPage Children’s Museum Makes Math Fun in New Exhibit

This new exhibit coming to the DuPage Children's Museum is sure to add up to a good time.

Did you know that almost everything we do contains mathematical notions, whether it’s serving a meal (patterns, counting, estimation) or riding a bike (ratio, distance, spatial orientation)?

Children can learn how math happens everywhere while investigating and reflecting on concepts at their own pace at “Math Connections”, a new exhibit opening at the DuPage Children’s Museum.

Quick details about Math Connections at DuPage Children’s Museum

Photo credit: Shane Cleminson Photography

Opens Jan. 21, 2023

  • Address301 N Washington Street, Naperville
  • Best for: 0-10 years
  • Concepts to explore: Sorting, patterns, spatial awareness, measurement, estimation, geometry, special visualization, tessellation 
  • Cost:  Included with general admission ($17 children and adults, free for kids under 1)

“Math Connections” provides a hands-on experience where children can practice counting, sorting, recognizing patterns, using geometric shapes and more. One highlight of the exhibit is a giant LEGO® Brick area, Build it Small, Build it Tall. A brick builder’s paradise, children (and adults) will be able to build on tables, walls and floors as they unleash their creativity and problem-solving skills. 

“The sheer scale of the number of LEGOs available to play with will be an exciting experience but also, having the opportunity to play with or next to other children opens up new ideas and new learning opportunities,” says Kimberly Stull, chief of building & making, DuPage Children’s Museum.

Additional exhibit favorites include building with Unit Blocks and exploring 2-D shapes and symmetry with a Magnetic Pattern Block Wall. Infants and toddlers will especially love Math Connections space for tummy time and engaging with other toddlers.

Tips for families when visiting DuPage Children’s Museum

  • Purchase tickets online and skip the long winter admission lines!
  • Plan for a day of play! Pack a snack or grab lunch at Bean Sprouts Café located on the Museum’s lower level.
  • Let your child’s curiosity lead the way! Don’t feel like you have to explore the whole Museum in one day — a child might be super fascinated with one exhibit experience and that’s okay — take their lead and see what you can learn. 
  • AWEsome Water is a favorite exhibit area — pack an extra change of clothes because kiddos will get wet.
  • Follow DuPage Children’s Museum on Facebook and Instagram for the most up-to-date information on upcoming story times, performances and special events.

Things to do near DuPage Children’s Museum

  • Relax and unwind at the Naperville Riverwalk, a historic place that features nearly 2 miles of brick paths, fountains, bridges, outdoor sculptures and artwork, recreational facilities and celebratory memorials. 
  • Make it a family day of fun by visiting the Morton Arboretum, just a 15-minute drive away. The Morton Arboretum is the perfect place for family members of all ages to connect and experience a fun-filled visit surrounded by nature.
  • Visit the nearby Yorktown Shopping Center, which boasts a 2,000 square-foot children’s play area on the Lower Level which combines art, technology and a playground to provide interactive learning opportunities for all ages.

Check out more of our favorite things to do in our Family Neighborhood Guide to Naperville.

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