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Dover Foundation Partner, DuPage Children’s Museum, Hosts an AWEsome 30th Birthday Splash

DuPage Children’s Museum Building

To celebrate their 30th birthday, DuPage Children’s Museum (DCM) hosted a party in conjunction with the grand opening of AWEsome Water. The opening of AWEsome Water marks the completion of DCM’s largest exhibit – AWESOME ENERGY, presented by the Dover Foundation.

While the Museum’s official 30th birthday was Saturday, June 24, 2017, a huge birthday celebration took place the entire weekend at DCM, June 24-25, 2017. Museum members and guests enjoyed numerous activities and live entertainment on both days.

DuPage Birthday Splash

“AWEsome Water is the playful culmination of over seven years of research, development, and design. Our new Stream Table was designed with over 80 feet of shoreline in descending sections to encourage a natural attraction for each age of child we serve. From the raceway at the top to the quiet pond at the bottom, there are many experiences built into the table to engage children at each developmental level. Adults and children alike will enjoy the whimsy of the new water sculpture, the power and surge of the oversized Waterwheel and the chutes and spinners on the Magnetic Water Raceway. We are so very excited to see this exhibit finally come to life, and be a powerful and beautiful new learning space for the families that visit the Museum,” expressed Kimberly Stull, DCM’s Director of Exhibits and Operations.

DuPage Birthday Splash

AWESOME ENERGY creates an immersive, interactive experience in three integrated sections: AIR, WATER, and ELECTRICITY. As children explore in a hands-on environment, discovering the scientific forces that power our world, they build creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving skills that will launch them into a bright future. AWESOME ENERGY represents years of research and testing with a team of educators, scientists, business leaders, parents, and children.

Now in its 30th year, DuPage Children’s Museum is a recognized national leader among children’s museums. We welcome everyone to join us as we celebrate 30 years of “Mission in Motion” said Sarah Orleans, President & CEO, DuPage Children’s Museum.

For more information about the AWEsome 30th Birthday Splash, the grand opening of AWEsome Water or about the Museum, visit

About DuPage Children’s Museum
The Museum helps develop curiosity, creativity, thinking, and problem solving in young children through its mission: “DuPage Children’s Museum ignites the potential of all children to learn through hands-on exploration by integrating art, math, and science.” Interactive exhibits and programs make learning fun for children and adults playing together. DCM serves over 300,000 visitors annually representing all 50 states and 575 zip codes in Illinois. DCM’s reach and support represents well beyond the Chicagoland area. The Museum’s impact extends across cultural, financial, and educational boundaries. It touches the lives of children from all regions, providing the building blocks for success in school and life. The Museum is located at 301 N. Washington Street in Naperville, or call (630) 637-8000.