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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

Zoom Room
Friday, October 26, 2018 - Sunday, April 21, 2019
Chicago Children’s Museum

Exhibit now open in the Chicago Children’s Museum

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Zoom Room is a multilevel race course that lets kids send toy cars hurtling through the curves, loops, dips, and crash sites. Developed and designed by Chicago Children’s Museum, Zoom Room features hundreds of toy cars and more than 40 tracks of every length, height and angle, including two bi-level crash courses. It’s the ultimate toy car experience— for children and adults.

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Noon Year’s Eve at Chicago Children’s Museum
Monday, December 31, 2018 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Chicago Children’s Museum

Celebrate the new year in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere with crafts, dancing, and a countdown to high noon with a festive finish!

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Chicago Children’s Museum invites children and families to mark the end of 2018 with a Noon Year’s Eve celebration on Monday, December 31!

Visitors will be treated to activities that celebrate the new year in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. Activities include creating festive crowns, the last dance party of 2018, a countdown to high noon, and topped off with a multi-colored confetti finish. The museum opens at 10 am and the festivities begin at 10:30 am. Chicago Children’s Museum’s Noon Year’s Eve celebration is included in museum admission ($14.95 for adults and children, $13.95 for seniors) and membership.

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