Pumpkin Palooza returns to DuPage Children's Museum Oct. 30

Families are encouraged to come in costume and celebrate the colorful fall season during Pumpkin Palooza from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at DuPage Children's Museum, 301 N. Washington St. in Naperville.

This family-favorite is full of fun, not frightening, festivities in the museum's parking lot as well as inside the building.

Outside, guests will have the opportunity to mix and mash gooey slime from pumpkin guts, build catapults to launch pumpkins and pine cones through the air as they explore the fun of physics, or watch some STEAM experiments conducted by museum educators.

DuPage Children's Museum educators will perform science experiments during Pumpkin Palooza on Saturday, Oct. 30. Courtesy of DuPage Children's Museum

From 10 a.m. to noon, make your own clay skull!

Local artist Norma Rios-Sierra will work with young artists to explore this malleable medium (while supplies last). Rios-Sierra received her Bachelor of Art History degree from Columbia College Chicago in 2009. She was first introduced to stained glass art while working as a translator at a stained glass factory in Mexico. Her work consists mostly of stained glass mosaics featuring bold images inspired by iconic Mexican imagery, textiles and embroidery.

Inside, enjoy your favorite museum exhibits with a fun fall remix!

Practice pattern making with acorns, design your own "Franken-toy" and wearable art in The Studio, and rake and play in leaves in "AWEsome Air." Vote for your favorite pumpkin and try your hand at Pumpkin Bucket Toss with BrickKicker Inspection Services. Shake your "BOO-ty" to family-friendly tunes from Bach to Rock-Naperville!

According to Chris Berg, DuPage Children's Museum's public programs manager, "Pumpkin Palooza is a treat for the whole family. This event engages visitors in creative, not-so-scary experiences that explore S.T.E.A.M. concepts through hands-on play."

Mix and mash gooey slime from pumpkin guts at the Oct. 30 Pumpkin Palooza at DuPage Children's Museum in Naperville. Courtesy of DuPage Children's Museum

The museum thanks sponsors Duly Health and Care and Kensington School. This program is partially supported by a grant from the SECA Fund, the Illinois Art Council Agency, National Endowment for the Arts, and the CARES Act.

Pumpkin Palooza is free for museum members and included with paid general admission. Preregistered, timed-entry admission tickets are required. Admission is $15 or $14 for seniors age 59 or older. It's free for members and kids under age 1. Sign up at

The DuPage Children's 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. The museum serves over 300,000 visitors annually representing all 50 states and 575 ZIP codes in Illinois. Its reach and support represent well beyond the Chicago area. The museum's impact extends across cultural, financial, and educational boundaries. It touches the lives of children from all regions, so that all children can thrive through access to extraordinary learning experiences. For information, visit or call (630) 637-8000.

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