Children’s Hands-On Museum of Northwest Illinois Marks 1 Year Anniversary

FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — The Children’s Hands-On Museum of Northwest Illinois (CHOM) marks 1 year in their Lincoln Mall location throughout Spring Break Week beginning March 23.

During Spring Break week, CHOM will open additional hours and offer special events for children and families of northwest Illinois and surrounding areas.

Monday, March 23rd is Free Family Day from 10 am – 12 pm. From 11 – 12:30 that day, CHOM will celebrate its first birthday at Lincoln Mall with a free lunch and birthday cake for all guests (while supplies last). Sponsors for this event include Big O’s On the Hollow, Flair Boutique, Forreston State Bank, The Clothes Bin and Your Core Being.

Tuesday, March 24th, kids are invited with their parents from 12 – 2 pm for hands-on cookie decorating. Fee: $1 per cookie (decorations included – while supplies last)

Wednesday, March 25th at 11 am, moms, dads, or other family members or caregivers are invited to bring their child/ren to yoga! At Big & Little with Your Core Being, you will focus on breathing techniques, physical poses, and mindfulness exercises that encourage kids to be curious about their bodies and their breath and to enjoy that self-discovery. The class helps kids (and their adult companions!) become more flexible, improve and maintain balance and coordination, learn and develop focus and concentration and boost self-esteem, while having fun!

Fee: $10 per family. Space is limited, first come first serve. Must sign up in advance at or at CHOM.

CHOM Spring Break Hours:
Monday, March 23: 10 am – 2 pm
Family Free Day; free lunch & cake: 11 am – 12:30 pm

Tuesday, March 24: 10 am – 2 pm
Hands-On Cookie Decorating $1 per cookie: Noon – 2 pm

Wednesday, March 25: 10 am – 2 pm
Big & Little with Your Core Being $10 per family [yoga]: 11 – 11:45 am
(Must reserve your spot!)

Regular Weekday Hours
Thursday, March 26: 2 pm – 6 pm (normal hours)
Friday, March 27: 10 am – 2 pm (normal hours)

Weekend Hours
Saturday, March 28: 10 am – 2 pm (normal hours)
Sunday, March 29: 1 pm – 4 pm (normal hours)

The Children’s Hands-On Museum of Northwest Illinois is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, committed to inspiring all children and families to learn, explore, and create through interactive experiences. Without the support of our members, volunteers and generous donors, we would not be able to continue our commitment to nurturing a love of learning in children. To volunteer, plan a visit, schedule a field trip, or just to learn more about CHOM, visit or email us at


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