Annual Building Fair

May 7, 2016 - May 7, 2016

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The Kids Building Fair is a fun-filled family event to practice building construction techniques at a kid’s level and to demonstrate the scientific principles involved. It is the Orpheum's longest-running and most popular community-sponsored event providing children and their families an opportunity to build, paint, play and experiment with different building tools and techniques. This is a FREE event! There is no charge to participate in the building fair activities. However, the museum itself will be open at regular admission prices. The Orpheum also intends to raise money to support museum operations and continuing restoration of the theatre through raffles and sponsorships. The Building Fair began in 1992 before any work began on restoring the historic 1914 theatre building. The Fair was sponsored by the Preservation and Conservation Association (PACA), in conjunction with Historic Preservation Week, to celebrate the trades used to construct and renovate buildings and draw the public’s attention to the Orpheum Theatre restoration project. The fair was exceptionally popular and quickly became an annual tradition. It was awarded the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois’ 1994 Richard H. Driehaus Educational Program Award. The Orpheum Children’s Science Museum is continuing the tradition of the Building Fair to celebrate its historic building, and as a science museum, we are incorporating scientific principles involved in building products and techniques. For more information please contact Rene’ A. Dunn at (217) 352-5895 or by email at You can also visit our Facebook page at Rain date: May 8, 2016.