Posted June 25, 2020
Dear Kidzeum Family,
As of July 1, we will be entering into a period of extended closure, which may last for several months.
New guidelines released by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) on June 22 directed museums to close hands-on exhibits, which appears to preclude Children’s Museums from reopening in phase four of the state’s reopening plan. Kidzeum applied for, and received, funding through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) in March, and those funds will run out at the end of June. Consequently, the organization can no longer bring in enough revenue to continue operating with a full staff. Kidzeum was hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 crisis, and the board and staff have worked together to choose the most responsible plan of action moving forward.
However, despite this announcement, our board and executive director will work toward a strategy to ensure Kidzeum is able to reopen its doors in the future. In the meantime, we will continue working to serve the community through initiatives such as our Superheroes for Health campaign, which encourages children to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by pairing facemasks with clever costumes. Kidzeum will also offer two summer camps: an online camp in partnership with the Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA) and an outdoor camp in partnership with the Springfield Park District. All camps will be held in July, and registration information can be found here.
To our members: We want you to know how much we value you. Therefore, all memberships will be extended and further details regarding benefits are coming soon. We will make any announcements regarding membership benefits on our website.
We sincerely appreciate each and every person who has walked through our doors since our grand opening on July 21, 2018. Many of you have visited us frequently and advocated for our success. You have become like family. Others have supported us from afar and have stood by Kidzeum from the very beginning. It is for you that we will continue to strategize and develop a path forward, with high hopes that we will reopen our doors, once again, to our small guests and their giant imaginations.
We’re sure you will have questions, and we want to hear from you. Please share your thoughts, comments and concerns with us by sending a note to email@example.com, or read through our frequently asked questions by clicking here.
Your support is immensely appreciated. Sincerely, thank you.
~ The Kidzeum Team