Summer Toy Drive

DuPage Children’s Museum and West Suburban Community Pantry Partner on Summer Toy Drive
Wednesday, July 15  8-11 AM & 5-7 PM
301 N Washington Street, Naperville

As families across the country scramble to find ways to occupy their children for summer during the COVID-19 pandemic, families in need who already find themselves struggling to provide food and shelter for their children are doubly challenged when it comes to providing safe and productive ways to engage them.  Now DuPage Children’s Museum and West Suburban Community Pantry are partnering to collect summer toys for area families in need.

Donations of new summer toys will be collected at the Toy Drive on Wednesday, July 15 from 8-11 am and 5-7 pm in the parking lot of the Museum, at 301 North Washington Street in Naperville.  The Museum’s Explorer Store will have toys and toy bundles for a variety of ages and interests for sale onsite, or donors may bring new summer toys for children ages 0-10,  including water toys, bubbles and bubble wands, children’s garden tools, bug collection kits,  flying disks, kites, sidewalk chalk or kids sidewalk paint, washable markers.  For more information on the Explorer Store, visit https://dupagechildrens.org/visit/explorer-store

Suggested Toy Donations for ages 0 – 10

  • water toys
  • bubbles and bubble wands
  • children’s garden tools
  • bug collection kits
  • flying disks
  • kites
  • sidewalk chalk
  • kids sidewalk pain
  • washable markers

Thank You Donors

Donors to the Toy Drive will receive the DuPage Children’s Museum’s suggestions for ways to engage children in creative play as well as links to DCM’s virtual programming.  Toys distributed to client families at West Suburban Community Pantry will also include the suggestions.

Please bring donations to the Museum parking lot at 301 N Washington St, Naperville

“DCM values creativity, curiosity, community and collaboration.  This is the second time since shut down that we have been able to express our values by supporting the children and families served by WSCP,” says Julie Carlsen, Chief of Creativity and Strategic Communications for the Museum.

As a thank you, donors to the Toy Drive will receive the DuPage Children’s Museum’s suggestions for ways to engage children in creative play as well as links to DCM’s virtual programming.  Toys distributed to client families at West Suburban Community Pantry will also include the suggestions.

Donors are asked to enter the Museum campus from Washington Street, where volunteers will direct them through the donation area. Please wear a mask to shop at The Explorer Store tent. The Museum building is currently closed.  For more information on the Museum visit https://dupagechildrens.org.

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