Chicago Children's Museum, Chicago

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#3 of 7 in Childrens Museums in Chicago
Help your little ones learn about the world at Chicago Children's Museum, designed to engage young, inquisitive minds. One of the largest of its kind in the country, the museum features a number of exhibits geared toward a variety of scientific topics. You'll find that many displays are hands-on, allowing you and your children to design buildings, experiment in the lab, create your own art, and even come face to face with dinosaurs. Special fenced-off areas are available for those with infants or very young children, providing them with a safe environment for play. Add Chicago Children's Museum to your Chicago travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Chicago online trip itinerary builder .
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  • My 3 year old had fun! We didn't plan on going to the children's museum, but it was raining so we needed to find something to do inside. I think this is something that is good for young kids, so if yo...  more »
  • This museum is so small and I wouldn’t even call it a museum. If your child is older than 5, you will be wasting your time here  more »
  • I travel lots for work and when possible my husband and daughter travel with me. This usually means a trip to the nearest children’s museum for them while I work. We’ve been to countless cities, insid...  more »
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  • great place to spend the whole day with kids (especially for kids from 1 to 5 years old). There are a lot of things for them to do and learn. Playground and rooms are kept clean although so many people come and go everyday. They can learn and play actively by themselves without the interference of adults. If you are membership, there is an option to buy a parking fee for the whole year with $80. It is pretty nice given that the daily parking rate in Navy Pier is $28.
  • This place is huge! There are so many amazing activities. I love that they have some separate baby and toddlers areas. We could have spent several days here. Very clean and we'll kept. The staff were very interactive and fun. Love that it is at Navy Pier. We will be back on our next visit.
  • The best attraction in Navy pier, in my opinion. A great place to spend the entire day with your little ones. The entire place is built for children and it does not disappoint. Visit the tinker lab, where there are daily challenges to build innovative inventions.
  • We brought our son here and he absolutely loved it. This is an excellent place to visit for an educational and fun experience. There is a dinosaur dig site, a mini town, engineering and woodworking areas where kids can actually build things, a very cool water area where kids can manipulate the flow, areas for young toddlers and crawling kids and a souvenir shop. Multiple floors of fun for kids! Outside of the museum, but withing the building are many restaurants, an imax movie theater, and of course, the rest of the Navy pier. An excellent adventure. Active military families can get up to 6 people in for free one time a year if I remember correctly.
  • Loved this place and my son had so much fun! There is so much to do and it is very interactive for kids of all ages. We will definitely go back the next time we are in town.
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