Grand Opening: March 22, 2109!

You are cordially invited to the Grand Opening of the Children’s Hands-On Museum of NW Illinois on Friday, March 22, 2019 at noon at Lincoln Mall, 1237 W. Galena Avenue, Freeport.

The CHOM board is thrilled to be able to open a premier children’s museum for our area featuring entertaining, encouraging, educational, and exceptional exhibits and activities for children where “learning and play go hand in hand.” Continue reading “Grand Opening: March 22, 2109!”

Donation from Golden K

The Golden K Kiwanis presented a $1,000 donation to the Children’s Hands-On Museum (CHOM) of Northwest Illinois. Shown below (left to right) are Mike Reichert (VP Golden K Kiwanis), Gwynne French (Public Relations CHOM), Shirley Jordan (VP CHOM), Susan Walt (Treasurer CHOM), and Sue Guderyon (President Golden K Kiwanis).

Kiwanis Sponsor Music Exhibit

The Children’s Hands-On Museum of NW Illinois is thrilled to receive an award from the Lincoln-Douglas Kiwanis for sponsorship of the music exhibit in their museum. The music room will include new instruments as well as exploration of sound from various avenues of music. The check was presented by Tom Huber and Ray Schubert at the museum board meeting Thursday evening, December 20. Susan Walt, Treasurer, and Gwynne French, Public Relations and music representative, received the check.


Dr. Laura Wieland Brown Donates Science Exhibit

Dr. Laura Wieland Brown delivered the “Smell of Molecules” science exhibit on December 17. Laura, a Freeport grad, is now a professor of biology at Indiana University. Thank you Dr. Brown!


Northwest Illinois Audubon Donates Panels

Check out the latest donation we received from the Northwest Illinois Audubon Society. These are the paneled “Our Changing Woodlands” murals from the old Oakdale Nature Center. Slight restoration will be done before the installation is complete.

Juliet Moderow, president of Northwest Illinois Audubon Society, commented “It was meant to educate others on the beauty of nature and we are glad that it still can do just that.”

CHOM Receives Fall Grant from the Freeport Community Foundation

On October 25, 2018, at a Grant and Donor Reception at the Eagles Club, the Freeport Community Foundation Board of Directors awarded 15 grants totaling $83,015.76 to 14 area non-profit organizations that provide a variety of programs and services benefiting Northwestern Illinois. Grants were awarded from the Community Needs Fund, the Matthew A. Marvin Fund and the Craig Wilson Trust.

Children’s Hands-On Museum was awarded 2,832.80 to expand the Kids Build exhibit. This 270 s.f. exhibit will allow children to discover the building trades. Older children will use drafting tables, tools, shapes and more to design and finish the exterior and interior of a building. Younger children will have access to foam planks, bricks and other building “materials” for building. A grant for the drafting pieces was awarded in 2017.

Thanks again to the Freeport Community Foundation for their valuable support.