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Each year, Bloomington-Normal doctors put down their stethoscopes and pick up a violin, cello, guitar or other musical instrument for the annual Doctors in Concert fundraiser. 

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Bloomington-Normal dentists are marking National Children’s Dental Health Month by offering free oral health screenings this week at the Children’s Discovery Museum.

Underpass location
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Normal Public Works Director Wayne Aldrich said there is still a long complex road ahead before an underpass could connect Uptown and Uptown South.

ribbon-cutting at museum's mall location

Most of the founding team that first brought the Children’s Discovery Museum into existence 25 years ago will be honored at a two-part anniversary celebration this week in Normal.

Robert under the balloons
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Robert Kohaus and his three daughters got quite a surprise when they walked into the Children’s Discovery Museum on Wednesday morning.

Preliminary sketch of new exhibit
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The Children’s Discovery Museum announced Saturday that it plans to replace its medical exhibit with a new, larger space that will help kids learn about access to health care and community wellness.

ImagineAir exhibit
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For the first time in four years, the Children’s Discovery Museum in Uptown Normal is getting ready to cut the ribbon on a new permanent exhibit.

Child creating art
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A new grant to the Children's Discovery Museum has allowed it to throw open the doors to let the kids go out and about to find new artistic experiences and spark a little creativity.

Imagine Air rendering
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Kids will learn about the power of wind through a new exhibit at the Children’s Discovery Museum.

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Local Special Olympics athletes traded in their running shoes and swimming caps for paint brushes on Monday to prepare for this weekend’s Summer Games.

A bewildering maze of hollow plastic pipes charged with air that can keep balls aloft enchants children.
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UPDATED 3 p.m. | Back when the state budget crisis was just kicking off, the Department of Natural Resources announced more than $1 million in grant money for Bloomington-Normal museums and the Miller Park Zoo. That money never came, as Gov. Bruce Rauner and lawmakers refused to compromise on a budget and years of standoff turned into years of cuts.

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The Children's Discovery Museum (CDM) in Uptown Normal has unveiled a new look.

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The executive director of the McLean County Museum of History will leave that position to take over the Town of Normal’s Children’s Discovery Museum and Cultural Arts Department.

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The director of the Town of Normal’s cultural arts department and Children’s Discovery Museum is leaving for a new position with Advocate Health Care.