Chicago Children's Museum

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5 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)
Photograph: Braden Nesin Tinkering Lab | Chicago Children's Museum | February 4, 2013

Connect learning and playing through the engaging exhibits at the Chicago Children's Museum. Explore all three floors to encounter sensory experiences combined with literature, math, science and creative activities; dig up dinosaur bones; learn the ways of the CTA; or show your creativity through arts and crafts.


Venue name: Chicago Children's Museum
Address: Navy Pier
700 E Grand Ave
Cross street: at Lake Shore Drive
Opening hours: Fri–Wed 10am–5pm; Thu 10am–8pm
Transport: Bus: 2, 29, 65, 66, 124.
Price: $14, seniors $13, kids under 1 and members free. Thu 5–8pm is Target Free Family Night. First Sun of the month is free admission for kids 15 and under.
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We definitely do our tours of museums in the city and around the city and I will say that this is a great museum, but if you asked me to rate them all, I would Kohl's as number one and Chicago Children's Museum as number two. Don't get me wrong, we really enjoy this museum, but there are a couple of points I wish were slightly different. For one, it does seem like some of the exhibits are a little bit in need of refreshing as they've been around for some time. Parking at $20 on top of the admission fee stings a bit.

There are tons of activities and most of them are pretty great. We love the bus and camping room. My oldest wasn't into the water room, but I wonder if she needs to be just a little bigger to get it.

Staff working here are very engaging and friendly. The toddler room is wonderful, but the hours are a little unfortunate as it's not necessarily open just because the rest of the museum is. We spent a good four hour here, myself, a three year old and a 15 month old and I can say, a good time was had by all.

We love this place! We can spend a whole day here and be entertained the whole time.