Families looking for a spring break outing are invited to spend March 30 at the Volo Auto Museum, where a stormtrooper could be spotted alongside a land speeder, Captain Marvel may mingle with the crowd, and much more.
Princesses and Superheroes Day will be celebrated at the museum, 27582 Volo Village Road. Kids dressed in costume will be admitted for free, and everyone will have a chance to meet dozens of decked-out characters courtesy of Costumers With a Cause and the Fairytale Birthday Co.
A portion of all admission fees that day, as well as fees from a Batmobile photo opportunity, will benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children in Chicago, Volo Auto Museum Director Brian Grams said.
“This is our fifth year. The day is always a big hit with children and adults alike,” Grams said. “Who wouldn’t enjoy seeing Shaggy by the Scooby Doo van or bumping into Wonder Woman while taking in the star cars?”
Chrystine Shelton is head of the Midwest branch of Costumers With a Cause, a group of volunteers who enjoy dressing in elaborate superhero or villain costumes to entertain children and raise money for pediatric hospitals and other children’s charities.
“Everybody makes or buys their own costumes,” Shelton said. “It’s all done with love and from the heart. They love making kids happy and doing good work.”
More than two dozen volunteers have signed up for the event. They will portray characters running the gamut from Thor to Supergirl, Sleeping Beauty and Ariel.
“We’ll also have a ’66 Batman and Batgirl, for the older crowd,” Shelton said.
The characters will feature nicely against the backdrop of the museum’s 1960s-era Batmobile, one of several iterations of the famous car on display.
Museum hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Grams encourages families to visit between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. March 30 to enjoy the maximum number of costumed characters. The day’s offerings also will include the artistry of Denver-based guest face painter Emiko Martinez.
The Volo Auto Museum is open daily and features hundreds of classic, muscle and famous film cars, as well as vintage snowmobiles, bicycles, arcade games, kiddie rides and more. Regular admission is $15 for adults, $9 for children ages 5 to 12 and free for children 4 and younger. Other information and tickets are available at volocars.com.