Photo by Joe Boyle
The Oak Lawn Children’s Museum has now moved from Tier 3 to Tier 2 in the state mitigations. Reservations can be made to take part in some activities. No more than 25 individuals can be in the museum at a time under the new guidelines.
By Joe Boyle
The doors are slowly opening for the staff and guests at the Oak Lawn Children’s Museum as state mitigations have eased under the Restore Illinois Plan.
The Oak Lawn Children’s Museum, 5100 Museum Drive, will provide more services as Region 10, which includes the southwest suburbs of Cook County, has now moved from Tier 3 to Tier 2 mitigations.
“Upon reviewing the plan and continuing to follow the protocols we’ve been following, we will be reopening as we did last October,” said Adam Woodworth, the executive director of the Oak Lawn Children’s Museum. “Under the new plans, however, we can only have 25 people at a time. Financially, it’s not a model that works for an extended period of time, but we feel like it is important to start serving families any way we can again.
“The generosity of people through their donations as well as a couple of larger grants is how we are able to make this happen,” Woodworth added.
The first set of opening hours took place this past weekend. Reservations can be arranged by contacting www.cmoaklawn.org to reserve a spot. Woodworth said that he requests for those who sign up but later are unable to come to send an email to the Oak Lawn Children’s Museum website listed above. This way those slots could be provided to another family, Woodworth said.
Region 10 will be assessed each Monday in terms of the state COVID-19 mitigations. Woodworth said a determination will be made as to what days and hours the Oak Lawn Children’s Museum will be open in the future.
“Our goal is to offer a very diverse schedule to give as many of you the opportunity to come back if you are ready,” Woodworth said. “Don’t be surprised if you see an evening pop up here or there as well.”
The Oak Lawn Children’s Museum began with a facility in a 900-square foot room in a park district building at Lakeshore Park.
A lease was signed with the Village of Oak Lawn on a new space in 2007 near the Metra Station on 95th Street. On July 27, 2009, the doors opened at the new museum.
Woodworth reiterated that COVID-19 protocols will have to be followed when entering the building. The protocols will be listed when purchasing tickets and reserving a space at the museum, Woodworth added.
Woodworth also said that they are still accepting donations for residents. Business and community leaders are welcome to support the mission of the museum. A gift of $10 can go a long way, Woodworth said.
“Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to serving you and your family once again,” Woodworth said. “Hope to see you soon.”