Amanda McCarthy is the museum’s newest volunteer. Serving as the museum’s Volunteer Friendraising Director, Amanda works to introduce the museum to individuals and businesses throughout Chicago. When you see Amanda at the museum or in the community, be sure to say hello!
Parents: Jim & Mandy
Children: Jimmy (7), Kailey (6), Lilly (5), Danny (4), Larry (3), Ruby (3 months, not pictured)
Favorite Museum exhibit: Jimmy, who is autistic, loves the water table area. According to Jim, “He would spend all day at the water table if I let him.” The other kids love the arts and crafts area, sand table and grocery store.
How often do they visit? They visit us more when it is cold out. They were just here last Saturday!
Why do you go to the Museum? “I know my kids will have so much fun. You can learn something while you are there. It’s a good place to grow.”
What do you like best about your all in the family membership? Five kids qualify under membership! Ruby is only 3 months so she is free. “It’s the next cheapest thing to a library book. We definitely get our money’s worth.”
Any traditions/things you do when you visit the Museum? “Every day when I worked doing construction of AT&T store (before it opened), I would meet Mandy and the kids for lunch at the Museum. It’s great that you can have lunch there.”
Events attended: Casino Night, Princess Ball, Fall Fest, Easter Egg Hunt
Favorite event: “The Easter egg hunt because the museum is the only show in town that caters to special needs.”
What does you like best about having a big family? “Every day it feels like a party. I was an only child so I would look forward to family parties and now I live it everyday.”
Fun Fact: The last time Mandy and Jim went out together as a couple was for Casino Night. It is their one date night a year!