USO Discovery Kids

Military children learn to cope with very adult-level issues, including the stresses of separation and anxiety over the potential loss of a deployed parent or caregiver, challenges of family reintegration with loved ones who have returned home from combat, record-high divorce rates, and unemployment. USO Discovery Kids offers free, recreational and cultural programs and events to military youth aged 3-10 years old that are fun, educational and are designed to help alleviate stress, enhance exposure to learning and cultural activities and build bonds within military families.

The USO of Illinois works with like-minded organizations and partners to create experiences that inspire, educate, entertain, dazzle and delight children of all ages. Our Discovery Kids offerings can include the building of terrariums at the Chicago Botanic Garden, backstage tours and actor meet and greets at local theaters, day trips to museums or local zoos, and much, much more!

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Upcoming Events

  1. USO Military Youth Programs at Winter WonderFest 

    USO of Illinois Administrative Offices

    Navy Pier 600 E. Grand Avenue Chicago, IL 60611

    USO Military Youth Programs is pleased to present A day of holiday magic at Winter WonderFest!

    Dec 8th, 2019 9:15 AM EST ( 915R)


    USO of Illinois Administrative Offices

    Putnam Museum 1717 W. 12th Street Davenport, IA 52804

    Join USO Discovery Kids at THE POLAR EXPRESS PAJAMA PARTY! Your family will enjoy the magnificent holiday classic The Polar Express 3D on the GIANT Screen in the comfort of your PJs and take part in holiday activities, including face painting, a hot…

    Dec 12th, 2019 4:30 PM EST (1630R)

  3. USO Kids: Springfield Winterland Holiday Zoo Lights 

    USO of Illinois Administrative Offices

    Henson Robinson Zoo 1100 East Lake Shore Drive, Springfield, IL, 62712

    Stroll through the zoo between 5-9pm and enjoy the many light displays & features, hot chocolate, holiday treats, Santa, and more! Free dinner for USO attendees available at 6pm!

    Dec 20th, 2019 5:00 PM CST (1700S)


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