Parties, Fun Run, Free Activities and More During Week of the Young Child

Experience Week of the Young Child at the Wheaton Park District!

Early years are learning years, and the Wheaton Park District is committed to helping every child succeed. During the Week of the Young Child (April 21-28, 2017), they’re offering 39 special events, programs, and activities for kids 8 and under and their families—for free!

Take a look at some of their awesome opportunities below.

Night at the Museum Party

April 21, 2017 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm

DuPage County Historical Museum
102 E. Wesley St.
Wheaton, IL 60187

Your kids have seen the movie; now let them have their own night at the museum!

At the DuPage County Historical Museum’s Night at the Museum Party, take part in a flashlight scavenger hunt, games, crafts, and snack buffet, plus see the HO gauge model trains run on their tracks and watch Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. It’s an exclusive after-hours event showing the Museum in a new light.

Admission is free for Explorers Club members and $10 per nonmember. Explorers Club memberships can be purchased for $20 per child at and include benefits like early access to Santa Express tickets, one extra hour on Train Saturdays, one-hour early admission to the semiannual LEGO exhibit, and more.

To learn more and register, visit or call 630.510.4941.

Fun Run in Color

April 22, 2017 | 9:00 am

Memorial Park
208 W. Union Ave.
Wheaton, IL 60187

The day after the Night at the Museum Children’s Party, come back for Wheaton’s signature color run: Fun Run in Color!

This family friendly 5K darts through the streets of downtown Wheaton and around Northside Park, passing through four color stations and finishing at Memorial Park for an after-party with post-race refreshments, vendors, DJ, sponsors, and a final color throw to paint the town yellow, orange, blue, and pink.

You don’t have to be a runner to participate, either; Fun Run in Color is untimed and open to runners and walkers of all ages and abilities! Kids six and up will receive a short-sleeve race shirt to commemorate their colorful day, too. Children under five are free!

Registration is $35 per person through April 18 and $40 per person on April 20 (packet pick-up) and 22 (race day). Team rates of $30 per person through April 18 are available. Must have at least four runners to qualify for team rate. To register, visit

Sensory Garden Park Party

April 28, 2017 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Sensory Garden Playground
2751 Navistar Dr.
Lisle, IL 60532

Take the day outside again at the Sensory Garden Playground!

Stop by the Musical Mare, a sensory-integrated sculpture at the playground’s entrance, and tap its different pieces, from doorknobs and grill covers to bicycle parts and xylophones. Then explore the facility’s first phase, including a playground for two-to-five-year-olds, sound and fragrance gardens, central gathering area, and walking paths with your tot or toddler.

Meet new friends or make plans to gather your local group for this free, fun morning outdoors. The first 50 families will receive a Wheaton Park District giveaway!

The Sensory Garden Playground is accessibly designed to meet the needs of children of all abilities, particularly those on the Autism spectrum or living with other special needs. All ages are welcome. Register at

Ice Cream Social

April 28, 2017 | 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Wheaton Park District Community Center
1777 S. Blanchard St.
Wheaton, IL 60189

Close out the Week of the Young Child with an Ice Cream Social at the Wheaton Park District Community Center! Enjoy a free cup of ice cream and activities in the gym, plus learn more about their great programs for young children throughout the year.

All ages welcome. Register at

But wait, there’s more!

We didn’t forget about the 35 other options during the Week of the Young Child, like Kids Eat Free on Wednesdays at Arrowhead Golf Club, Party for the Planet at Cosley Zoo, Draw DuPage at the DuPage County Historical Museum, free rounds of mini-golf at Clocktower Commons, Wetlands Exploration at Lincoln Marsh Natural Area, and much more!

See and register for everything at

Questions? Contact Jamie Martinson, Preschool and Camp Manager, at or 630.510.5138.


This post is brought to you by Wheaton Park District.

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