One of the best children's museums in the country, there's something for kids of all ages—from babies to school-age children—to enjoy here. Kids can make their way through a faux forest at the Treehouse Trails exhibit, dig for dino bones at the Dinosaur Expedition or create something new in the Tinkering Lab using hammers, saws and more. There are even designated spaces for the tiniest of babies to tag along. And because the museum itself is on Navy Pier, there's endless fun to be had before and after visiting the museum.
When the weather turns too cold, hot or rainy, and your kid has played with every toy at your local indoor playground—twice—children's museums in Chicago can save the day. The Chicagoland area is home to several institutions that cater only to kids, offering dynamic, family-friendly programming year round. Your options triple when you consider that most of the top Chicago museums feature exhibits designed specifically for little ones. Check out the best children's museums in Chicago for hands-on learning disguised as play, and be sure to explore our full guide to things to do in Chicago with kids.
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