Trip Planner:   USA  /  Illinois  /  Chicago  /  Childrens Museums  /  Chicago Children's Museum

Chicago Children's Museum, Chicago

(4.2/5 based on 420+ reviews on the web)
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. Plan to visit Chicago Children's Museum during your Chicago vacation using our convenient Chicago vacation generator.
Create a full Chicago itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Chicago

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Chicago by other users

2 days in Chicago BY A USER FROM IRELAND February, outdoors, popular PREFERENCES: February, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Chicago BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, kids, popular PREFERENCES: April, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Chicago & Los Angeles BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Kentucky, Chicago & Denver BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Chicago BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: June, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 37 days in United States & Cancun BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, outdoors, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Chicago & New York City BY A USER FROM FRANCE June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Chicago BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, hidden gems PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Chicago BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 5 days in Chicago BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Chicago BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • When we stayed in Chicago this Museum was free on Thursday at 5 pm. We ate before we entered and arrived early to avoid the line. My children had fun. We had to coax the children on leave each exhibit...  more »
  • My 8yr old had a choice between the Shedd Aquarium and the Children's Museum, and he couldn't get enough of this place! It had fantastic "exhibits" and sections that are fun for ALL ages! The water ro...  more »
  • This was definitely my 6 year old daughter´s favorite. I understand her. It is a very well thought out children´s place with a variety of things TO DO, which is what kids want. 
Google
  • Describing this - huge - play center as a "museum" is stretching the truth somewhat, but perhaps it helps with their funding. That said, it makes for a great day out for small children with lots to do, learn, climb and play with. Food and drink options are reasonably varied and the Navy Pier location also has lots more available to extend the day's activities.
  • Just okay. It's not packed with a lot of educational things, just some fancy toys. Kids really liked the car vroom room. Busy busy
  • great place for kids ages 2 - 13 to learn and play. prepare to spend 3 to 5hrs there. take a break grab some food or save some money pack a lunch. parking at navy pier is $24.
  • My 2 year old loves this place! I decided to visit here when I found out they offer free admission to the company I work for. Not only that, but they have a membership deal that grants you free parking (!) at the Pier for 1 year so long as you visit the museum with your child to get your parking validated. Parking is so expensive that it pays for itself with just 3 visits. Make sure to ask about this deal to see if you are eligible. The museum itself is much larger than I thought it would be. There are many stations for children to play or do creative things. Bring our own food for meals though because the lines and prices at the Pier food court are bonkers!
  • This place is awesome for kids & adults with kids!! So much fun stuff to do, my Granddaughter is 2 and she had a blast! And so did her uncle and I watching and playing with her!! Best Children's museum I've ever been to!!