If you missed Governor Pritzker's COVID-19 update today, the state is going to Tier 3 Mitigations on Friday. What does that mean for the Children's Museum in Oak Lawn? It means that we will have to temporarily close our doors again.
Under the Tier 3 Mitigations indoor recreation centers, like museums, must close. We also cannot host gatherings which means no museum rentals for birthday parties. Please take some time to review the state's Tier 3 Mitigations.
As the Children's Museum's Executive Director, I've been so impressed by our staff and volunteers who have worked diligently to keep our exhibits and facility clean and safe. I've been equally impressed by our visitors and members who have worn their masks without fail and helped put used items in the bins when your child was done playing with them. All of you are the reason why we were able to open on October 17th and why we will reopen again as soon as the Tier 3 Mitigations are lifted.
Members, you got a few extra weeks of play in October before we turned the membership clock back on and now as we shut it off again for this second closure, you will continue to earn even more time on your membership. Through your membership, you have shown your philanthropic support for the work we do in providing educational opportunities for children and their families In today's world the value of unstructured play is often crowded out and even more so during this pandemic. It is through play that children learn vital lifelong skills and we appreciate your support of this cause.
While we don't know just how long the Tier 3 Mitigations will last, what we do know is that we appreciate you. We will maintain a skeletal staff while we are closed to tackle some of the ongoing work we can do during this time. Our museum store will be open if you need Christmas or Birthday presents for a child in your family. Hours will be posted each week on our Facebook page.
Yours in Play,