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Free Family Days with Chicago Children's Museum

April 27 @ 10:00 am

Free Family Days with Chicago Children’s Museum

Free Family Days with Chicago Children’s Museum is back for 2023!

In partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum (CCM), Navy Pier guests can enjoy five fun-filled days of activities for families and children (ages 10 and under) on the last Thursday of each month from January – May and two additional days of activities in September & October.

Admission to the Chicago Children’s Museum is free, in addition to the Pier’s workshops, programming, activities, and other resources stationed throughout the Pier. This event is made possible by generous support from the Pritzker Foundation.

2023 Scheduled Free Days

Thursday, January 26

Explore the wonders of sound! Listen to unique sound performances by artist, Barbara Silverman; explore the surprising sounds that everyday objects can make with the Chicago Children’s Museum team; discover the science of sound at a Curiosity Station hosted by the Museum of Science and Industry; try out different musical sounds in an “instrument petting zoo” hosted by the Old Town School of Folk Music!

Thursday, February 23

Dance, Dance Celebration: Celebrate good times, come on! Dust off your dancing shoes with performing arts partners from around Chicago. Groove to the melodies and rhythms of West Africa with Kolaam Dance, move your body joyfully with Black Girls Dance, and find your inner superstar with K-Pop dance from the Korean Cultural Center of Chicago.

Thursday, March 30

Let’s Roll! Get your wheels spinning! Practice your skateboarding stance, make and decorate your own fingerboard, and play in a miniature skate park with Natty Bwoy Bikes & Boards. Explore skateboarding-inspired movement and poetry with performance group Every house has a door. Hold tight to a circus wheel and defy gravity with CirquesExperience. 


  • Miniature Skatepark, Fingerboards, Skateboarding Balance Training,
    and Arts & Crafts with Natty Bwoy Bikes & Boards

    Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion at Navy Pier
    10am-12pm, 1pm-3pm
  • Movement & Poetry with performance group Every house has a door
    Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion at Navy Pier
  • Circus Wheels with CirquesExperience
    Great Hall at Chicago Children’s Museum
    10am-12pm, 1pm-3pm 

Check back soon for details on the following dates!

  • April 27
  • May 25
  • September 28
  • October 26

Schedule subject to change.

*Admission to Chicago Children’s Museum will be free. $10 Navy Pier parking available with museum validation.


10:00 am - 5:00 pm



Event Venue

Navy Pier


600 E. Grand Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60611


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