Special Events

PPT - LEGO Day 2019


Sat., Sep. 14, 1:00 - 5:00 pm

Our annual LEGO Day event will have LEGO robotics demonstrations, LEGO art and activities, and a LEGO building competition with guest judges! Participation in the activities and exhibits is included as part of general admission. To submit creations as part of the building competition, please see the contest rules below.

1:00 - 5:00 PM - Activities & Exhibits
1:00 - 2:30 PM - Contest Judging
3:00 - 3:30 PM - Award Ceremony
3:30 - 5:00 PM - Prize Pickup

No building categories...use your imagination!
Fill out an individual entry form: https://forms.gle/N7vFnJXHUZFRc2XU9;
$5 per entry (no limit on the number entries);
Entries must be on a 32x32 baseplate (~10x10 in.) or smaller;
Age groups: Pre-K - K, 1st - 2nd Grade, 3rd - 4th grade, 5th - 8th grade, and adults.

Deliver your entry to us at 346 N Neil St during the time slots below.
Tue., Sep. 10th, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wed., Sep. 11th, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thu., Sep. 12th, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Fri., Sep. 13th, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

This program is open to all ages and is included as part of admission to the museum: $5 general admission and free for members. Free/reduced admission available for military families, seniors, children under 2-yo, ASTC/ACM reciprocal members, and income-eligible families. Visit www.orpheumkids.com/contact/ for specific pricing details.


Sat., Sep. 14, 5:30 - 8:30 pm

The Night at the Museum is a monthly, evening drop-off program at the museum for kids, ages 4- to -12-years old. Parents can enjoy a night out while their kids play with their favorite museum exhibits and staff-led activities. A pizza dinner is provided.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Please pre-register by visiting https://forms.gle/WoXAj5MTjSbYSiqHA.

After, please visit or call the museum at 217-352-5895 when we are open to make a payment and to finalize your registration. Price: $25 for non-members and $20 for museum members. Space is limited to 25 kids.

PPT - NATM Sep 2019

Tabletop Central

Sat., Sep. 21, 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Tabletop Central is a new tabletop gaming convention coming at you from the center of the world - assuming you center your world map around Champaign Illinois. This is the first year for Tabletop Central, which means it is by default the best year ever for Tabletop Central. This very special one-day only event is brought you by Forced Perspective Entertainment and The Orpheum Children's Science Museum.

If you're interested in playing board and card games, miniature games, and RPGs then this is the place to meet up with many others from across the hobby and do what we love. Tabletop Central is proud to announce that we will offer:

  • A Board Game Library with over 200 games with a wide variety of games that are all free to check out
  • Play-to-Win Games: board games that you can check out to play, and then be entered in a drawing to take that game home with you at the end of the convention
  • Local Gaming Area showcasing locally made games that you can demo and playtest
  • Scheduled Gaming Events that you can sign up for, or submit an event of your own to run
  • Open Table Space that you can grab to play games at any time
  • And of course a welcoming atmosphere to all gamers


  • Adult - ages 12+ ($10 Online Registration, $15 Day of)
  • Kids - under age 12 (free with an adult registration)
  • Orpheum Members - $8 Registration

If you are a member of the Orpheum, you are eligible for a discount on registration. The registration price for Orpheum Members is $8. To receive this discount, register for a normal Adult badge and include your active Orpheum Member number. Once confirmed, you will be assigned a discounted Orpheum Member badge.

PPT - CU PrideFest 2019


Sat., Sep. 28, 1:00 - 5:00 pm

The UP Center of Champaign County will once again partner with the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum to provide family fun for children of all ages. There will be FREE ADMISSION to the museum from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM for families to enjoy all that the museum has to offer.

At 3:00 PM on Saturday, Sept. 28th, Illinois’ LARGEST downstate pride parade kicks off. The parade is free, family-friendly and a celebration of love for all.

Upcoming Special Events - mark your calendar

Robot Day - October 19th

Halloween Spooktacular - October 26th