Why does the Children's Museum in Oak Lawn close for annual maintenance?
The annual maintenance week starts with a thorough and deep cleaning of everything, exhibit-by-exhibit. This is followed up by touch-up painting and more extensive painting that might need done. Then there is exhibit maintenance, things like greasing motors, checking moving components and replacing worn parts are always on the list. This is the time where we can refinish the floors by the water and sand table, the stairs and the art room. The carpets get deep cleaned throughout the year and this is one of those times (usually within the last day or two of the annual maintenance week).
On that one day a week we are normally closed (Monday), we’ll do touch-up painting, cleaning, and exhibit repair work then, too. Being closed for just over a full week annually allows us to tackle some of those multi-day projects (like refinishing the floors and disassembling exhibits) that we can’t do during the year.
We do all this, so the children's museum is ready for you to enjoy. We hope you'll come visit soon, and let us know throughout the year when exhibits need our special attention.
Thank you, from all of us at the Children's Museum in Oak Lawn!