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Cubs vs. Cardinals: The Rivalry

3/24/2017 - 12/31/2017, Daily: 9 am - 5 pm

Visitors will see rare artifacts and photographs. They’ll learn about legendary players like Mordecai Brown and Rogers Hornsby and newer stars like Jake Arrieta and Yadier Molina. They’ll also be able to interact with the exhibit by sharing their own Cards-Cubs memories, answering trivia questions and playing a home run derby as their favorite team. “The Rivalry” was developed in conjunction with the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals, an unprecedented partnership from all three organizations for an exhibit of this type. 

Check out this video: bit.ly/CubsCardsVideo



Concert at the Carillon

10/1/2017 - 4/29/2018, Every Sunday: 2 pm & 4 pm
A half an hour, outdoor, live concert with a great variety of music, played by the resident carillonist on the 67-bell Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon.


Concert at the Carillon

10/4/2017 - 4/25/2018, Every Wednesday: Noon
A half an hour, outdoor, live concert with a great variety of music, played by the resident carillonist on the 67-bell Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon.


Holidays at the White House: A Presidential Christmas

11/17/2017 - 1/7/2018, Daily: 9 am - 5 pm
Just like families across the world, First Families celebrate the holidays in their own special ways. This exhibit, using materials from the Eisenhower, Kennedy, Clinton and George W. Bush Presidential Libraries and Museums, gives a glimpse of how some of our Presidents and their loved ones enjoyed the holidays in the White House. From family photos to White House invitations, from Christmas cards to colorful decorations for the tree, these treasured items from presidential collections give us a taste of what it is like to celebrate this joyous season with America’s First Families.


Memorial Festival of Trees

11/18/2017 - 11/26/2017, Times Vary by Day
A nine day holiday event featuring over 200 trees, wreaths and centerpieces; gingerbread cookie bakery, Candy Cane Express train and handcrafted village; and entertainment stage; a holiday boutique; photos with Santa; and a craft area for kids.


Fall Concert with the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony

11/20/2017, 7 pm
Join Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony's Intermediate Orchestras for their Fall Concert! Featuring the Junior Strings, Preparatory Orchestra, and Sinfonia Orchestra, this concert will have a variety of pieces to bring the theatre to life. Audience members will recognize favorites like the traditional "Shortning Bread," as well as classics like Bizet's "Farandole." The orchestras will also play a few modern pieces including "Rosin Eating Zombies from Outer Space."


The Brat Pack

11/22/2017, 7 pm
80s Music Cover Band.


3rd Annual Fun Frosty Friday

11/24/2017, 10 am - 2 pm
Fun Frosty Friday is a free family event that features a roaming magician, face painting, balloon artist, Life Size Candy Land Adventure, Hot Cocoa Bar, Civil War Tech, an Art Center, Prize Wheel, Barrel Train and more! Santa will be making an appearance as well! 
Don't forget to stop by the Presidential Museum to explore our newest exhibit 'Holidays at the White House: A Presidential Christmas'! This exhibit will be open November 17  - January 7.


The Polar Express Pajama Party

11/24/2017 - 11/26/2017, Friday & Saturday: 5:30 pm; Sunday: 3 pm
Everybody in their jammies (you too, grownups!) as The Polar Express steams off on a journey to the North Pole.  
Entering the theatre, you'll be greeted by our train conductors, and receive your special train ticket. Our dining car servers will welcome you to the preshow cocoa party, where our young travelers will enjoy some crafting and cocoa before embarking on their journey, a special screening of the film "The Polar Express."


The Polar Express Pajama Party - Sensory Friendly

11/25/2017, 1 pm

Everybody in their jammies (you too, grownups!) as The Polar Express steams off on a journey to the North Pole.  
Entering the theatre, you'll be greeted by our train conductors, and receive your special train ticket. Our dining car servers will welcome you to the preshow cocoa party, where our young travelers will enjoy some crafting and cocoa before embarking on their journey, a special screening of the film "The Polar Express."

For guests with Autism or other sensory challenges, at this screening the theatre lights are left low, and the sound is reduced. A quiet space is available in the lower level lounge for guests who may need a break during the film.

The Preshow Cocoa Party is held in the lower level Legacy Lounge. Accessibility is limited for the physically challenged (stairs).  Please call the theatre to discuss your unique needs.



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