Building with Biology

Sept. 10, 2016 - Sept. 24, 2016

1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

This event will run from 1pm-3pm on three consecutive Saturdays and will be included with regular admission to the museum. The Building with Biology event at the Orpheum Children's Science Museum is part of a nationwide festival of educational programs designed to encourage conversations between the public and scientists. This exciting event provides an opportunity to learn about the emerging field of synthetic biology and talk with real scientists doing this work! Events are taking place at over 150 museums and institutions throughout the country from June to September 2016. Participants at a Building with Biology event can expect fun hands-on activities facilitated by scientists in the field of biology, synthetic biology, genetics, or other related science fields. September 10th Visitors will design a “super organism” to solve a problem, extract DNA from wheat germ, and discuss which future technologies they’d support. September 17th Visitors will explore the engineering aspect of synthetic biology by solving challenges through building a model cell with standardized genetic parts. Many genetic components can be used as part of the solution to multiple problems. As well as exploring the potential for engineered viruses to deliver beneficial, targeted genetic information to sites throughout the body, and discuss their hopes and concerns regarding this technology. September 24th Visitors will visitors decide what current and future synthetic biology-based food products they would, would not, or might eat. They share their opinions on why they made each choice, and discuss what problems researchers are trying to solve with these foods, and what they like or don't like about these solutions. Visitors will also consider the potential advantages and disadvantages of various areas of synthetic biology research, before investing in them with "tech tokens." Then, visitors assume the role of a different character and consider how that person's synthetic biology priorities and concerns might differ from his or her own.

Princess Tea Party

Sept. 24, 2016 - Sept. 24, 2016

2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Hear ye, hear ye! You're formally invited to a Princess Tea Party in the historic Orpheum Theatre! We'll have two separate parties (2:00-3:00 and 3:00-4:00). Come dressed in your royal attire for snacks, tea, story time and pictures with a princess! Guests will be able to sample tea from Latea Bubble Tea Lounge at Champaign, Illinois. Admission will be $6 for members and $8 for non-members. No reservations required.

Girls Do Science Club

Sept. 24, 2016 - Nov. 5, 2016

1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Sessions for Girls Do Science will be held on September 24th, October 8th & 22nd, and November 5th, from 1-2:30 PM for grades K-5. Cost: $95/member; $105/non-members. Special guests include visits from MakerGirl, Women in Aerospace & Illini Aerospace Outreach. Space is limited!

VIP Healthy Saturday

Oct. 8, 2016 - Oct. 8, 2016

1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Volunteer Illini Projects is bringing you a "Healthy Saturday" children's fair to the C-U community! Come join us on Saturday, October 8, 2016, from 1:00-3:00pm at the Orpheum Children's Science Museum for prizes and interactive and educational activities.

Genome Day

Nov. 12, 2016 - Nov. 12, 2016

1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

It's back! Genome Day, the IGB's annual event, returns to the Orpheum on November 12th, from 1:00--5:00PM. Primarily intended for children in grades K-4, all members of the community are welcome and will benefit from the day. Exhibits and activities are designed to present concepts about the environment, energy use and production, health, and fundamental research at the IGB in a friendly and engaging manner. Learn about science and experiments in a fun and exciting environment. The annual Genome Day event, hosted by the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, provides an opportunity to educate the community about genomes, genes, DNA, and evolution. All activities will be held at the Orpheum Theatre in an open house format. Check out the event at