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4th of July Backyard BBQ

6 pm to 10:00 pm

All you can eat! Best seats in town!

Indoor-outdoor viewing & family fun!

Save your spot for the Riverfront Museum's Summer Fundraiser! Purchase tickets online today - click here.

  • Cracked Pepper all-you-can-eat buffet! 
  • Cash bar, Emack & Bolio’s ice cream, popcorn & snacks!
  • WIRL live remote broadcast
  • Visit “Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids: Mythic Creatures” exhibition, Dome Planetarium & all galleries
  • $5 educational films on the Giant Screen
  • Green Screen Photo Booth
  • Great riverfront viewing from outside or inside
  • Indoor facilities, climate controlled comfort & viewing
  • FREE water & lemonade

MEMBERS: Adults $35  |  Children (3-12) $17

Member Bonus: Bring your family & friends - purchase up to 4 guest tickets per household at the member rate!

PUBLIC : adults $45, children (3-12) $22

Purchase tickets online at RiverfrontMuseum.org - click here(Tickets are nonrefundable.)

For more information or to purchase tickets by phone call: 309.686.7000

Please bring your own seating.

  • Star Wars Experience | Dinner & A Movie (sold out)

    (Theater - Friday, May 25, 2018)

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    Star Wars Experience 

    Fri, May 25 | 5:30 PM

    Grand Lobby & Giant Screen Theater

    Join us for an evening with a catered dinner and dessert, 2 drink tickets, a souvenir photo, popcorn, meet and greet with Star Wars characters, a pre-show presentation by Dan Z, and a showing of Solo: A Star Wars Story. 

    Schedule:
    5:30 PM – Doors open
    5:45 PM – Dinner served
    7 PM – Pre-show Presentation
    7:30 PM - Movie starts

    Menu:
    House salad
    Ale-braised beef short ribs
    Veggie lasagna
    Baby baked potatoes
    Seasonal vegetable blend
    Cheddar herb biscuit
    Dinner is open seating at tables of 8 and 10

    Members $60 | Public $75

    Buy tickets online now - sold out!
    Tickets & more info also available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

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  • Wine & Art | Painting Monet with Nana Ekow Maison

    (General - Saturday, May 26, 2018)

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    Wine & Art | Painting Monet with Nana Ekow Maison

    Sat, May 26 | 7-9 pm

    Studio 2

    Spend the evening relaxing and creating at one of our Wine & Art Night events! Local artist, Nana Ekow Maison, will guide you in creating you own unique recreation of Water Lilies, Evening Effect by Claude Monet to take home with you! All materials, wine and light snacks are provided. Seating is limited, so register early!

    $30 members | $33 public

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    Buy tickets online now - click here.
    Tickets & more info available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

    Must be age 21+. To schedule a private workshop, and or Wine & Art Night, call Taylor Stef at 309.863.3034. All supplies provided for workshops unless otherwise noted. All paid workshops require a minimum number of participants to run or will be cancelled two business days prior to the start date. Pre-registration required.

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  • Art-spiration: Cherry Blossoms

    (General - Saturday, May 26, 2018)

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    Art-spiration: Cherry Blossoms

    Sat, May 26  | 1:30-2:30 pm

    Lobby

    Looking for a little art-spiration? Stop by the lobby for a free family-friendly workshop that encourages teamwork, investigation and imagination!

    Free to members and with general admission.

    More info available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

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  • Yoga Under the Stars | Slow Flow

    (Planetarium - Saturday, May 26, 2018)

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    Yoga Under the Stars | Slow Flow

    Sat, May 26 | 8 pm

    Dome Planetarium

    Enjoy the healing benefits of a slower and a more restorative paced yoga, while gazing toward the stars. This session is great for beginners or those who prefer a gentle meditative practice.

    $20 members | $25 public

    Buy tickets online now - click here.
    Tickets & more info also available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

    Limited mats are available, please bring a mat and a light blanket. All sessions are an hour and 30 minutes in length. All paid programs require a minimum number of participants to run or will be cancelled two business days prior to the start date. Pre-registration required.

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  • Yoga Under the Stars | Energetic Flow

    (General - Saturday, May 26, 2018)

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    Yoga Under the Stars | Energetic Flow

    Sat, May 26 | 6:30 pm

    Dome Planetarium

    Let your mind go as we connect movements in an energetically paced flow under the stars. We’ll move at a quicker pace to build heat and strength, while maintaining sound alignment. Some yoga experience is beneficial.

    $20 members | $25 public

    Buy tickets online now - click here.
    Tickets & more info also available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

    Limited mats are available, please bring a mat and a light blanket. All sessions are an hour and 30 minutes in length. All paid programs require a minimum number of participants to run or will be cancelled two business days prior to the start date. Pre-registration required.

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  • Super Saturday: Star Wars!

    (General - Saturday, June 2, 2018)

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    Super Saturday: Star Wars

    Sat, Jun 2 | 1:30-2:30 pm

    Lobby

    Join knowledgeable Museum staff and volunteers exploring science!

    Free to members and with general admission.

    More info available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

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  • Relax Under the Stars | June

    (Planetarium - Wednesday, June 6, 2018)

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    Relax Under the Stars  |  FREE Noon Event!

    Wed, Jun 6 | 12-1 pm
    First Wednesday of every month, 12-1 pm

    Dome Planetarium

    Stressed at work? Need a break from your hectic day? Come to Dome Planetarium and calm down. Enjoy a short star talk, then let your tension float away under starry skies with soothing background music. First Wednesday of every month at noon.

    Free parking in the museum's parking garage. If you arrive past Noon, it will be dark in the Dome. Please pause for a few minutes to allow your eyes to adjust to the dark. Food and drink welcome in the Dome.

    Please note that all are welcome, but this program may not be suitable for young children. It is designed to give people a quiet time to relax, and periods of long sitting can be difficult for some young ones.

    Upcoming Dates: skipping July, August 1

    More info also available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

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  • Laser Light Night | Vinyl & Zeppelin

    (Planetarium - Friday, June 8, 2018)

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    LASER LIGHT NIGHT | Vinyl & Zeppelin

    Fri, Jun 8 
    6 pm | Laser Vinyl (Hits from the 70’s and 80’s such as AC/DC, Van Halen, Queen, and Kansas)
    7 pm | Laser Zeppelin

    Dome Planetarium

    Sit back, relax, look up and rock out! Listen to your favorite music - The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, U2, and more - while being dazzled by the multicolored laser light show on the Dome. Enhance your experience - pick up spectrum glasses and refreshments from our concession stand and enjoy the show! 35-50 min. (Note: These shows contain lyrics to popular songs and some may not be suitable for all ages.)

    Members: $5 one show, $8 both shows | Public: $7 one show, $12 both shows (to get combo price tickets call 309.686.7000 or visit the ticket desk in person)

    Buy tickets online now - click here.

    For more information call 309.686.7000

    Click Here for the full Laser Light Nights Schedule

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  • Walk the Planets

    (General - Saturday, June 9, 2018)

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    Walk the Planets

    Sat, Jun 9 | 1 pm

    Lobby

    Join us for educational exercise while soaking up space news on a guided tour of the first four planets in the community solar system! Have your burning questions about space answered while enjoying the outdoors. Led by planetarium staff, you’ll walk and talk about each planet as you pass it, plus you get a free moisture wicking shirt. Please note that children sizes are cotton. Meet in the Museum lobby, together participants will walk from the Sun on the Museum’s Sun Plaza to Mars (just past Detweiller Marina) and back – just about 3 miles. You’ll walk the route of our Interplanetary 5K race, but at a relaxed pace.

    For more info about the Community Solar System – click here.

    This program is weather dependent; if there is bad weather the program will be rescheduled for another date.

    $10 Members | $12 Public

    Buy tickets online now - click here.
    Tickets & more info also available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

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  • Art Club | June

    (General - Tuesday, June 12, 2018)

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    Art Club

    Tue, Jun 12 | 1-2 pm

    Auditorium

    Art Club is a monthly meeting of people who love art. We select a different topic each month, and enjoy a casual staff-led discussion (with Powerpoint slides) accompanied by coffee and treats. Participants are encouraged, though not required, to submit discussion suggestions of art that is related to the topic. It's like a book club, but without as much homework! 

    This month's topic is London's National Gallery!

    Coffee and treats are served. Please bring your own coffee cup!

    Free to members & with general admission.

    More info available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

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  • Robo Rumble | FREE DAY!

    (General - Saturday, June 16, 2018)

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    Robo Rumble | FREE DAY!

     Sat, Jun 16 | Noon-5 pm

    Lobby, Sun Plaza, Auditorium

    Experience the exciting world of robotics as area teams demonstrate their robots in this family-friendly annual event. Come out and try your hands on one of these robots, other hands on activities, and connect with these amazing high school students to learn how your kids can get involved with these programs!

    All activities, galleries, and planetarium shows will be free and open to the public. Giant Screen Theater is not included. 

    Participating Groups
    FIRST Team 1736 - Robot Casserole
    FIRST Team 1756 - Argos
    FIRST Team 2040 - DERT
    FIRST Team 2081 - Icarus
    FIRST Team 4143 - Mars/Wars
    FIRST Team 4212 - Techno Ferrets
    FIRST Team 5442 - Mechanical Monarchy
    & other FIRST Lego League and FIRST Tech Challenge Teams

    FIRST Programs
    FIRST Robotics Competition for ages 14-18
    FIRST Tech Challenge for ages 14-18
    FIRST Lego League for ages 9-14

    For more info call 309.686.7000.

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  • Pub Night Under the Stars

    (Planetarium - Saturday, June 16, 2018)

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    Pub Night Under the Stars

    Sat, Jun 16 | 7-9 pm

    Planetarium

    Beer, pizza, and space, what more could you want? Learn what’s up in the night sky and the latest news from the cosmos as we tour the Universe using our real-time Uniview software. A stellar Planetarium operator will be your guide through this out of this world experience. 

    Guests will receive up to 3 craft beers & pizza included in ticket price.

    Ages 21+

    $30 Members l $36 Public

    Buy tickets online now - click here.
    Ticket & more info available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

    All supplies provided for programs unless otherwise noted. All paid programs require a minimum number of participants to run or will be cancelled two business days prior to the start date. Pre-registration required.

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  • "Double Double" Shakespeare for Young Audiences! Jun 21

    (General - Thursday, June 21, 2018)

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    "Double Double" Shakespeare for Young Audiences!

    Thu, Jun 21 | 10-10:40 am

    Sculpture Garden

    Join the Museum in welcoming a performance of "Double Double" by the Theatre for Young Audiences troupe of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival!

    "Double Double" by Nancy Steele Brokaw
    Directed by Enrico Spada

    Want to meet William Shakespeare AND Abraham Lincoln? How about three dastardly witches, a king or two, and a funny talking wall? You can! They are together in Double, Double, a fun, fast-paced show for the young and young-at-heart. Look over there! That's Abraham Lincoln sitting on a bench outside the McLean County Courthouse. He's wrestling with a decision that will change his life and the life of his country. Who can help him? Why, William Shakespeare, of course! This beloved writer has been Lincoln's go-to guy since childhood. Both Lincoln and Shakespeare rose from humble beginnings to outshine expectations and they will teach you how to do that, too. Join us as we meet two of history's biggest superstars, hear real Shakespeare words, have some laughs, be inspired, and even learn a line or two.

    https://illinoisshakes.com/plays/theatre-for-young-audiences/

    Free & Open to the Public

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  • "Double Double" Shakespeare for Young Audiences! Jun 22

    (General - Friday, June 22, 2018)

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    "Double Double" Shakespeare for Young Audiences!

    Fri, Jun 22 | 10-10:40 am

    Sculpture Garden

    Join the Museum in welcoming a performance of "Double Double" by the Theatre for Young Audiences troupe of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival!

    "Double Double" by Nancy Steele Brokaw
    Directed by Enrico Spada

    Want to meet William Shakespeare AND Abraham Lincoln? How about three dastardly witches, a king or two, and a funny talking wall? You can! They are together in Double, Double, a fun, fast-paced show for the young and young-at-heart. Look over there! That's Abraham Lincoln sitting on a bench outside the McLean County Courthouse. He's wrestling with a decision that will change his life and the life of his country. Who can help him? Why, William Shakespeare, of course! This beloved writer has been Lincoln's go-to guy since childhood. Both Lincoln and Shakespeare rose from humble beginnings to outshine expectations and they will teach you how to do that, too. Join us as we meet two of history's biggest superstars, hear real Shakespeare words, have some laughs, be inspired, and even learn a line or two.

    https://illinoisshakes.com/plays/theatre-for-young-audiences/

    Free & Open to the Public

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  • Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids Exhibition Opens!

    (Exhibit - Saturday, June 23, 2018)

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    Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids Exhibition Opens!

    Jun 23-Sep 30

    International Features Gallery 

    The world is full of stories about brave heroes, magical events, and fantastic beings. For thousands of years, humans everywhere - sometimes inspired by living animals or even fossils - have brought mythic creatures to life in stories, songs, and works of art.

    Today these creatures, from the powerful dragon to the soaring phoenix, continue to thrill, terrify, entertain, and inspire us. We seem to catch glimpses of these creatures all around us: hiding beneath the ocean waves, running silently through the forest, and soaring among the clouds. Some symbolize danger. Others, we think, can bring us luck or joy.

    Together mythic creatures give shape to humankind's greatest hopes, fears, and most passionate dreams.

    Thank you to our Mythic Creatures sponsors!

    Presenting sponsor: PNC Foundation; sponsors: Illinois Mutual & the Visionary Society

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    Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids: Mythic Creatures is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (amnh.org) in collaboration with the Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney; Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau-Quebec; Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta; and The Field Museum, Chicago.

    For more information - click here!

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  • Cultures Day

    (General - Saturday, June 23, 2018)

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    Cultures Day

    Sat, Jun 23 | 11 am-2 pm 

    Lobby

    Join in learning about some of the cultures from the exhibition on opening day of the new exhibition, “Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids”, presented by area organizations.
    Special Members-only hour from 10-11!

    FREE for members & with General Admission

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  • Dragon Day

    (General - Saturday, June 30, 2018)

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    Sat, Jun 30 | 11 am - 2 pm

    Lobby

    Join in the Mythic Creatures fun with activities featuring Dragons! 

    Free for Members | $2 Public 

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  • 4th of July Backyard BBQ

    (General - Wednesday, July 4, 2018)

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    6 to 10:00 pm

    All you can eat! Best seats in town!

    Indoor-outdoor viewing & family fun!

    Save your spot for the Riverfront Museum's Summer Fundraiser! Purchase tickets online today - click here.

    Cracked Pepper all-you-can-eat buffet!
    Cash bar, Emack & Bolio’s ice cream, popcorn & snacks!
    WIRL live remote broadcast
    “Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids: Mythic Creatures” exhibition, Dome Planetarium & all galleries open
    $5 educational films on the Giant Screen
    Green Screen Photo Booth
    Great riverfront viewing from outside or inside
    Indoor facilities, climate controlled comfort
    FREE water & lemonade
    MEMBERS: Adults $35 | Children (3-12) $17

    Member Bonus: Bring your family & friends - purchase up to 4 guest tickets per household at the member rate!

    PUBLIC : adults $45, children (3-12) $22

    Purchase tickets online at RiverfrontMuseum.org - click here. (Tickets are nonrefundable.)

    For more information or to purchase tickets by phone call: 309.686.7000

    Please bring your own seating.

  • Art Club | July

    (General - Tuesday, July 10, 2018)

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    Art Club

    Tue, Jul 10 | 1-2 pm

    Boardroom

    Art Club is a monthly meeting of people who love art. We select a different topic each month, and enjoy a casual staff-led discussion (with Powerpoint slides) accompanied by coffee and treats. Participants are encouraged, though not required, to submit discussion suggestions of art that is related to the topic. It's like a book club, but without as much homework!

    This month's topic is mythic creatures in art!

    If you would like to discuss a piece please email: slessen@peoriariverfrontmuseum.org.

    Coffee and treats are served. Please bring your own coffee cup!

    Free to members and with general admission.

    More info available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

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  • Senior Morning | Solar Super Storms

    (General - Wednesday, July 11, 2018)

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    Wed, Jul | 10-11

    Lobby & Dome Planetarium

    Free for seniors - these educational events take place every other month on Wednesday morning and cover topics from Museum exhibits to educational movies. This month we'll watch the new education planetarium show Solar Superstorms! Enjoy the show in the planetarium, and after you will be able to explore the museum free with parking in the covered park deck off of Water Street.

    9:45 am Doors Open
    10:00 am Coffee and danish, muffins, and other light breakfast treats in the Lobby
    10:30 am Program in the Planetarium
    11:00 am Gallery visit

    Registration is not necessary, but groups are encouraged to call ahead so that we will be prepared. Please call Shelby Lessen at 309.863.3015.

    Free event for seniors.

    More information available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

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  • Wine & Cheese Under the Stars | Featuring Regional Wine

    (Planetarium - Friday, July 13, 2018)

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    Wine & Cheese Under the Stars | Featuring Regional Wines

    Fri, Jul 13 | 7-9 pm

    Dome Planetarium

    Relax and enjoy a variety of local wine, gourmet cheese and crackers under a spectacular full-dome night sky. Enjoy the latest news from space and take a real-time Uniview tour across the Universe with an astronomy expert as your guide. Guests will receive up to three glasses of wine or soda, and a variety of cheese & crackers with paid admission. Doors open at 6:50 pm. 

    $30 members | $36 public

    Buy tickets online now - click here.
    Tickets & more info also available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

    Ages 21+. Up to 3 glasses of wine included in ticket. All supplies provided for programs unless otherwise noted. All paid programs require a minimum number of participants to run or will be cancelled two business days prior to the start date. Pre-registration required.

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  • Kids Night at the Museum: Mythic Creatures

    (Exhibit - Saturday, July 14, 2018)

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    Kids Night at the Museum: Mythic Creatures

    Sat, Jul 14, 6-9 pm

    GST, Galleries, Lobby

    Kids, 5 years and up, join us for a Night at the Museum all your own. Bring your friends, or make some new ones as you play the night away! This drop-off event is perfect for parents looking to enjoy an evening out while children spend time after-hours at the museum! They’ll explore their favorite exhibitions and galleries; see the new exhibition, Mythic Creatures, and enjoy staff-led activities. A pizza dinner will be provided. 

    Pre-registration is required. Additional charges may apply for late pick-up.

    Ages 5-14

    $30 Members | $36 Public

    Buy tickets online now - click here.
    Tickets & more info also available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

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  • Super Saturday: Volcanoes

    (General - Saturday, July 14, 2018)

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    Super Saturday: Volcanoes

    Sat, Jul 14 | 1:30-2:30 pm

    Lobby

    Join knowledgeable Museum staff and volunteers exploring science!

    Free to members and with general admission.

    More info available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

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  • Story Time in the Galleries | July

    (Exhibit - Thursday, July 19, 2018)

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    Story Time in the Galleries

    Thu, Jul 19 | 10:30-11:15 am

    Lobby

    Join in the fantastic fun this summer with a local librarian reading a story in the museum's galleries! Come hear a story that relates to an object in the Museum, and then hear more about the gallery from a museum educator. Families should meet in the lobby and will travel together to the gallery.
    Program is intended for younger audiences.

    Free for members & with paid general admission

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