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Chicago Children’s Museum

There are so many ways to play at Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier! Dig for bones on a dinosaur expedition. Scale a three-story schooner, from cargo hold to crow’s nest. Make a big splash in a squirting, pumping water playground (raincoats provided!). Tinker with real tools and materials in the ultimate DIY maker-space. Dress up as a firefighter, drive the truck and put out a “fire.” Paint, print, sew, sketch and sculpt in an authentic art studio. Construct a skyscraper, fish in a river, shop in a grocery store and much more. Chicago Children’s Museum is three floors of fun for kids (ages 10 and under) and their families!

Visit the Chicago Children’s Museum website at www.chicagochildrensmuseum.org or call (312) 527-1000) for information on exhibits, programs and events. For ticketing information, click here.


Chicago Children’s Museum offers two-hour field trips to a variety of community-based organizations and educational institutions, such as public and private schools, daycares, preschools, day camps, community facilities, charitable organizations, and church/religious groups. Plan your field trip online.

Please Note: The Family Pavilion, which houses several restaurants, retail shops, kiosks and more, has seen tremendous success over the years with the help of the Pier’s longstanding partners that have occupied it. Now, the space is set to complement those experiences and showcase a bold, contemporary design to match the new Food Experience that opened last summer. Drawing on Chicago authenticity, the renovation will also enhance the guest experience, with improved features and new partnerships to better accommodate guests as they explore the Pier and take advantage of the diverse offerings in the Family Pavilion. The Chicago Children’s Museum and Gift Shop will remain open during construction.

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Chicago Children’s Museum Hours

Monday – Wednesday: 10 am – 5 pm
Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm
Friday – Sunday: 10 am – 7 pm
Chicago Children’s Museum Admission

General Admission: $14
Seniors (ages 60 and older): $13
Members and children under 12 months: Free
Target Free Family Night

Thursday evenings: 5 – 8 pm
Free admission for everyone
Free First Sundays

First Sunday of every month
Free admission all day for ages 15 and younger

Special Exhibits & Programs

Chicago Children’s Museum: Very Eric Carle

Step into the pages of Eric Carle’s colorful picture books!

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Very Eric Carle is a play-and-learn exhibit featuring activities inspired by five of Eric Carle’s classic books: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Quiet Cricket, The Very Lonely Firefly, The Very Clumsy Click Beetle and The Very Busy Spider. In this exhibit, you can:

– Become the Very Hungry Caterpillar as you follow his path
– Weave a web with the Very Busy Spider
– Find your light with the Very Lonely Firefly
– Make the Very Clumsy Click Beetle flip and jump
– Compose a night symphony with the Very Quiet Cricket
– Enjoy a gallery of prints from Eric Carle’s Very Series as well as works in progress

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