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Whose Turn Is It Anyway?! Dueling Pianos Show!
February 8, 2013 4:07 PM | Tagged as Conn's Catering and Events, dueling pianos, Fundraiser, Gates, Inn at 835, Kidzeum, March 23, pianos, sing along, Springfield, Wise & Schlosser

Sponsored by Cafe Moxo, Creasey Construction, Diamond Mortgage, Gates, Wise & Schlosser, P.C., Inn at 835 and WDBR

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Kidz Fun Run
March 23, 2012 5:13 PM | Tagged as children, children's museum, County Market, Edwin Watts Southwind Park, Family, family friendly, health, Kids, Kidzeum, running, SIU School of Medicine, Southwind Park, Springfield Road Runners Club, Springfieldmoms.org, St. John's CHildren's Hospital, United Community Bank

Kidz Fun Run 

July 19, 2012, 5:30 pm

And we'll have fun, fun, fun while we run, run, run to benefit the Kidzeum of Health and Science on July 19.  Please note this event was originally scheduled for April 15, 2012 but was rescheduled due to inclement weather.

Registration begins at 5:30 pm at the Hope Family Picnic Shelter in Southwind Park.  The race will begin at 6:30 pm.  In addition to the Fun Run, the event includes family friendly activities such as face painting, clowns, bounce houses and kite making.  The event will conclude at 7:30 pm.

Fun Runners must pre-register.  Please visit the Kidzeum's Web site home page to pre-register: www.kidzeum.org.


Kidzeum Joins First Lady and Let's Move!
August 4, 2011 3:37 PM | Tagged as Childhood Obesity, First Lady Michelle Obama, Healthy Choices, Kidzeum, Let's Move!, nutrition
The Kidzeum of Health and Science announced join the Let's Move! initiative started by the First Lady Michelle Obama and Institute of Museum and Library Services Director Susan Hildreth. The national initiative will provide opportunities for millions of museum and garden visitors to learn about healthy food choices and will promote physical activity through interactive exhibits and programs. 
In a press conference earlier in June, Mrs. Obama said, "Everyday, in museums...and so many other places, you expose our children to new ideas and inspire them to stretch their imaginations. You teach them new skills and new ways of thinking. And you instill a love of learning that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Every day, you all make such a difference in the lives of our children. And that’s why I’m so excited to work with you on an issue that is so critical to their health and well-being."
Developed in coordination with national museum and garden leaders, Let’s Move! Museums has four priorities and corresponding goals associated with the initiative:
  • Priority #1: Eat healthy, get active exhibits 
  • Priority #2: Learning about Healthy Choices through afterschool, summer and other programs 
  • Priority #3: Healthy food service
  • Priority #4: Learning about healthy food choices and physical activity using food service operation
All of the Let's Move! priorities are a natural fit for Kidzeum because of our focus on health and science throughout all three Gallery areas. The Healthy Community, Healthy Body, and Healthy Earth & Environment Galleries will all provide related programming, exhibits, and learning opportunities that address the criteria as a Let's Move! partner. Kidzeum visitors will be able to participate in exercise-manipulated engagements to perform an activity in the Healthy Community Gallery, or learn how food is digested in the Healthy Body Gallery, or understand how the environment plays a big part on health.
For these reasons and more, Kidzeum is proud to join fourteen other parks, gardens, zoos, and children's museums in Illinois in the Let's Move! campaign. This call to action to end childhood obesity is so vital for our youth and necessary for our entire community to support. For more information on the Let's Move! effort, please visit www.kidzeum.org.

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Health Hits Home for One Kidzeum Family
August 2, 2011 3:11 PM | Tagged as Board Member, celiac disease, Family, Gluten-Free Diet, Kidzeum, McLaughlin, Support


You never know what the future holds when it comes to your children’s health. Joey McLaughlin, a Kidzeum Board Member, and his wife, Michelle, faced a scary period of time with their son, Jack, when he was nearly two years old. Jack suddenly had developed spots on his tongue (a sign, they found out later, that he was suffering from malnourishment) and he started having major digestive problems. When he wouldn't get better, Jack's parents took him to the doctor. But after about a month of trying to diagnose Jack, his parents were beginning to worry that he might have cancer.

When Jack and his parents went to the gastrointerologist, the doctor thought maybe Jack’s antibiotic from an earlier bout of pneumonia had wiped out the good bacteria in his stomach as well as the bad, causing the stomach issues. He suggested Jack be put on iv liquids which meant he could have nothing else to eat or drink during this time. This was done to try to let his gastrointestinal system rest and recover. He had a central line IV put in to give him the fluids with a pump housed in a backpack. Jack's parents had to change his nutrient pack several times a day and we had to learn how to flush out the line. It hurt Joey and Michelle to see him lying there, and having to forego solid food for so long. 

The gastrointeologist had also taken some other tests while Jack was in the office. Among those was a blood test for celiac disease. Two days into the fluids, a call came into the gastroinerologist saying Jack’s blood test for celiac came back positive. What did this mean? The next step would be to get a biopsy of his intestines, the only way to confirm if he really did have celiac disease.

Celiac disease causes a person to be intolerant to gluten. Gluten is found in wheat, barley, rye and sometimes oats (via cross contamination). The doctor described it to us this way...gluten acts as sandpaper and causes the villi in your intestines to be sanded down to nothing. Without the villi, you lose the ability to absorb nutrients. If left untreated, the Celiac Disease Foundation says it can lead to damage of the small bowel that can be chronic and life threatening, causing an increased risk of associated disorders – both nutritional and immune related.

After finding out Jack had celiac disease, the family didn't know where to turn for help in understanding which foods were appropriate and which foods could cause Jack to spiral into another lapse if he ingested wheat. Finally, the family found some information from the University of Chicago after many, many hours of endless research and sleepless nights. And what they found was helpful, but they wished they could have had more local resources to help them break down the very strict parameters of a gluten free diet. 

A gluten free (GF) diet means NO wheat, barley, rye and sometimes oats. Wheat is in more than just bread and cookies. Wheat can be found in seasonings, medicines, cereals, as coating for some foods, etc. Jack's parents had to learn to read labels and what to look for to ensure there was absolutely no wheat. The research pointed Jack's parents to discovering gluten free products for things like bread, cookies, etc. so that Jack's life could be as normal as possible. They didn’t want Jack to go to a birthday party and not be able to have cake and pizza like the rest of the kids, so they began making their own gluten free cake and pizza to take with him.

After the family found out more about the disease, they realized that Jack's sister Sarah also experienced some of the symptoms, and upon having her tested, Sarah was diagnosed with celiac disease as well. Sarah's diagnosis was another reason that resources about celiac disease is so vital to the health of families...to be able to spot and recognize symptoms and learn to preemptively act before a scary situation occurs.

Because there wasn't somewhere locally to understand celiac disease, Jack's parents had to endure undue stress to take the time to research for information. But, Joey is actually a Kidzeum of Health and Science Board Member. And for that reason, within the Healthy Body Gallery, Kidzeum is determined to help other families, like Jack's, to learn more about celiac disease and provide them with resources to help manage their diet. Kidzeum will also offer other visitors, who may not realize what a gluten free diet entails, to understand the disease and to become empathetic to those who have been diagnosed.

Kidzeum will not be just an entertainment facility with the best interactive engagements to provide fun for children. Kidzeum will serve a very vital purpose by offering educational outreach, learning opportunities, and socialization to help understand differences, whether it be celiac disease, visual impairment, or utilizing a  prosthetic. Kidzeum is a community-oriented place where children and their families will discover ways together to help live healthier, happier lives, just like Jack and Sarah.

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Shop 'til You Drop at Schnucks
June 17, 2011 5:48 PM | Tagged as Fundraiser, Kidzeum, Kidzeum of Health and Science, Upcoming Events

Even with the rising prices of gas, you don't have to cramp your cookout style or backyard bash this summer - just enter to win a raffle to cross off all your grocery store list AND help Kidzeum!  Sprint through Schnucks for either 3-minutes (First Prize) or 1-minute (Second Prize) and get practically everything on your grocery list!

Springfield & Central Illinois Trades & Labor Council, AFL-CIO is hosting a Supermarket Shopping Spree in partnership with Schnucks to benefit Kidzeum. Chances are just $10 each and can be purchased at both Springfield Schnucks locations (customer service desks).

On June 28, two winners will be drawn to participate in a 3-minute shopping spree on the Shopping Spree Date held on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at the Schnucks on Sangamon Avenue.  Proceeds benefit Kidzeum of Health and Science.

Click here for a sample Shopping Spree ticket.

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Totally Tubular Murder Mystery Gala!
March 25, 2011 12:09 PM | Tagged as Erin's Pavilion, Fundraiser, Fundraising Event, Kidzeum, Kidzeum of Health and Science, Murder Mystery Gala, Southwind Park, Upcoming Event

Ticket sales are now closed for the 2nd Annual Murder Mystery Gala sponsored by Allied Waste!  Thank you to all who purchased seats to witness a crime in action for charity!  We'll post photos from the event to share with everyone!

Erin's Pavilion, Southwind Park

6:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception

7:00 p.m. Show Begins

Tickets include 3-course dinner prepared by Secret Recipes catering (choose between delicious Flounder or succulent Prime Rib), professionally-performed show, and contribution to your favorite cause! 

Join the Kidzeum of Health and Science for a totally radical event!  Plan to attend the 80's-themed 2nd Annual Murder Mystery Gala, and watch a murder take place at a rock concert!  Participate in the interactive murder mystery show performed by professional Chicago-based actors who lead attendees through a live game of Clue to guess whodunnit and with which of the three Murder Weapons!

80's Costumes HIGHLY encouraged!  Attendees can participate in a 50/50 raffle drawing for correctly guessing the Murder Suspect and Murder Weapon!

Murder Weapon Sponsors:

  • Hammer by Creasey Construction
  • Briefcase by Giffin, Winning, Cohen & Bodewes, P.C.
  • Strobe Light by Star Talent Events

Entertainment Sponsored by Saputo's Restaurant

Catering by Secret Recipes

Featuring Community Celebrity Guest Actors: 

  • Kim Leistner
  • Trey Paul
  • Sara Wojcicki

Amazing Silent Auction featuring a trip to Disney World, California wine excursions, local dine & play packages, and so much more!

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About Us
February 21, 2011 9:30 PM | Tagged as Kidzeum, Springfield Illinois

Creatively designed with a focus on fun and learning, Kidzeum will be a 15,000-square-feet structure in Edwin Watts Southwind Park (located off the Toronto Road exit on I-55) in Springfield, Illinois.  Kidzeum will feature hands-on exhibits, as well as inquisitive and entertaining programs to meet the needs of ALL children, including those with physical, cognitive, and/or emotional disabilities.

Kidzeum is committed to nurturing health and wellness, promoting science education, and to developing environmental and global awareness through innovative programs and exhibits.  This is no small effort! There are hundreds of people involved in the planning, building, and fundraising efforts, with much of the help coming from volunteers who have generously donated their time to their worthy effort. Learn more about how the Kidzeum concept developed, why it is so important to our community, and who is involved in this much-needed and greatly-anticipated project.

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Support Us
February 21, 2011 9:29 PM | Tagged as Kidzeum

Through our Vital for Our Youth Capital Campaign, Kidzeum is raising money to not only build a spectacular green building, but to create educational and interactive exhibits that will help teach all visitors to lead healthier, happier lives.

We can’t build this amazing facility without your help! There are several ways to contribute to Kidzeum, from sponsoring an entire exhibit to attending one of our many fundraising events. We also accept in-kind donations of services or products.

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