Sarah Flashing, Executive Director
(630) 484-1855

Freeport, Illinois – March 11, 2020 –The Children’s Hands-On Museum of Northwest Illinois (CHOM) marks 1 year at Lincoln Mall location throughout Spring Break Week beginning March 23 with a birthday celebration.

During Spring Break week, CHOM will open additional hours and offer special events for children and families of northwest Illinois and surrounding areas. Monday, March 23rd is Free Family Day from 10 am – 12 pm. From 11 – 12:30 that day, CHOM will celebrate its first birthday at Lincoln Mall with a free lunch and birthday cake. Sponsors for this event include Big O’s On the Hollow, Flair Boutique, Forreston State Bank and The Clothes Bin

Tuesday, March 24th, kids are invited with their parents from 12 – 2 pm for hands-on cookie decorating.
Fee: $1 per cookie (decorations included). While supplies last.

Wednesday, March 25th at 11 am, moms, dads, or other family members or caregivers are invited to bring their child/ren to yoga at CHOM! At the Big & Little with Your Core Being class, you will focus on breathing techniques, physical poses, and mindfulness exercises that encourage kids to be curious about their bodies and their breath and to enjoy that self-discovery. The class helps kids (and their adult companions!) become more flexible, improve and maintain balance and coordination, learn and develop focus and concentration and boost self-esteem, while having fun! 

Fee: $10 per family. Space is limited. Must sign up in advance at or at CHOM.

CHOM Spring Break Schedule:
Monday, March 23:
10 am – 2 pm

Family Free Day; free lunch & cake: 11 am – 12:30 pm

Tuesday, March 24: 10 am – 2 pm
Hands-On Cookie Decorating $1 per cookie: Noon – 2 pm

Wednesday, March 25: 10 am – 2 pm
Big & Little with Your Core Being $10 per family [yoga]: 11 – 11:45 am

Thursday, March 26: 2 pm – 6 pm (normal hours)
Friday, March 27: 10 am – 2 pm (normal hours)
Saturday, March 28: 10 am – 2 pm (normal hours)
Sunday, March 29: 1 pm – 4 pm (normal hours)

The Children’s Hands-On Museum of Northwest Illinois is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, committed to inspiring all children and families to learn, explore, and create through interactive experiences. Without the support of our members, volunteers and generous donors, we would not be able to continue our commitment to nurturing a love of learning in children. To volunteer, plan a visit, schedule a field trip, or just to learn more about CHOM, visit or email us at