Ranked #1 of 21 in Chicago
Chicago Children's Museum
Neighborhood: Navy Pier
Type: Indoor Play
700 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
Chicago Children's Museum's mission is to create a community where play and learning connect. CCM's primary audience is children 0-10, as well as adults that support and influence kids' growth & development. Chicago Children's Museum is a place where families and caregivers with infants and children are encouraged to create, explore, and discover together through play. The museum features three vibrant floors of exhibits and activities that provide sensory experiences and engaging educational content focusing on literacy, science, math, visual and performing arts, and health. Some of CCM's most popular exhibits include: Dinosaur Expedition, where kids can dig for dinosaur bones in an authentic excavation pit; WaterWays, an interactive system of pulleys, pumps, and pipes showcasing the wonders of water; Kids Town, an early-learning exhibit featuring a real CTA bus, mini-grocery store and kid-sized cityscape; daily free family art workshops in the Kraft Artabounds Studio; Pritzker Playspace, an area designed specifically for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and their parents; Play It Safe, a realistic firehouse and fire truck that invites families to learn about fire safety through play; and Skyline, a National Science Foundation-funded exhibit that explores the science, engineering, art, and technology that keep Chicago's tallest buildings standing.
Super fun climbing play for the adventurous kiddos. Scale three stories of ship-shape rigging from cargo hold to crow's nest. Find real tropical fish at the ocean's bottom, and then reach for the rafters on a race to the ship's top. Friendly staff can lend a hand to new climbers.
Tickets are $14 per person. Children under 1 are free. First Sunday of each month, free entrance for visitors 15 and under.