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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.

Groups

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.

Chicago Children’s Museum Hours

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

General Admission (Adult/Child): $14.95
Seniors (ages 60 and older): $13.95
Members and children under 12 months: Free
Play Late Thursdays

Thursday evenings: 4 – 8 pm
Every Thursday night from 4pm-8pm, groups of up to 4 can visit the museum for $14.95 total. Each additional person is $5.
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

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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Stroller Grooves: Deep Fried Pickle Project

Free Public Program

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Free public program! Join us for a free children’s music series, presented in partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum.

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Free and open to the public! Get your little one moving and grooving at Stroller Grooves! From noon to 12:45pm on Tuesdays in February and March, join local children’s musicians for a free, live performance in the Crystal Gardens. 

The Deep Fried Pickle Project to perform at Stoller Grooves, a free children's music series at Navy Pier

Deep Fried Pickle Project

In 2002 a mysterious green iceberg was discovered by a band of pirates in Lake Michigan . Frozen inside were the Pickles, cold solid in a chunk of sour brine. The DFPP were hoisted aboard, chiseled free and re-animated by the ships crude pirate scientist chef using a combination of spirits and pickle juice. As the DFPP awoke from their icy slumber they started singing and have never stopped. Where the Pickles came from and where they are going remains a mystery

From outhouse to henhouse to waffle house to public house both hither and yon the Pickles have caused a rafter-shaking ruckus wherever they roll, dreaming a hobo’s knapsack of stories and songs along the way.

These Pickle folks have wobbled their magical musical gypsy medicine wagon from one end of this here country to t’other, with stops including LOLLAPALOOZA, WAKARUSA and TELLURIDE along the way.

What fanciful fuel powers this bubbling band of minstrels you say? Why, it is Pickle Power- the power to make mutant musical instruments and sea shanties. The power to shatter a bar full of whisky glasses with sonic ferocity one night, then serenade a giggling group of itty bitty kids the next morning. From the great Depression to the Great Recession, the Pickles run the gamut of old timey styles while grabbing an occasional 80’s pop tune and turning it into a flap happy chicken scratchy 78 RPM tune.

Armed with a Frankenststonian array of homemade monster instruments, their recipe is flavored with Jug Band, Hokum and Honkeytonk spices. You’ll relish the Pickles!

About this Series

Presented in Partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum, Stroller Grooves is a free series of musical performances by local children’s artists. Stroller Grooves takes place each Tuesday in February and March at Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens.  Learn more about Stroller Grooves, and be sure to check out all of Navy Pier’s free events and programs throughout the year.

Stroller Grooves: Animal Farm

Free Public Program

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Free public program! Join us for a free children’s music series, presented in partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum.

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Free and open to the public! Get your little one moving and grooving at Stroller Grooves! From noon to 12:45pm, join local children’s musicians for a free, live performance in the Crystal Gardens. 

Animal Farm

Animal Farm is a group of musician-educators who perform original songs and sketches for children and families. Inspired by the challenges and triumphs of the children they have taught, David Ladon (Farmer Dave) and Seth Adams (The Sheriff) write songs exploring themes of social and emotional learning, community, and self-expression through the eyes of our furry, feathered, scaly, and shell-dwelling friends.

Blending music, educational comedy, and audience participation, they bring their energetic live performances to libraries, parks, schools, and other cultural institutions throughout Illinois. Farmer Dave and The Sheriff are often joined on stage by Thor Bremer (Drums) and Stephanie “Sly” Young (Violin).

Video: “Cranky Pants” from We Are One

About this Series

Presented in Partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum, Stroller Grooves is a free series of musical performances by local children’s artists. Stroller Grooves takes place each Tuesday in February and March at Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens.  Learn more about Stroller Grooves, and be sure to check out all of Navy Pier’s free events and programs throughout the year.

Stroller Grooves: Future Hits

Free Public Program

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Free public program! Join us for a free children’s music series, presented in partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum.

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Free and open to the public! Get your little one moving and grooving at Stroller Grooves! From noon to 12:45pm, join local children’s musicians for a free, live performance in the Crystal Gardens. 

Future Hits

Matt Baron worked in logistics sales for years until he realized cold-calling in business parks wasn’t his calling. He decided to pursue teaching to share his love of learning with students of all language backgrounds (plus some structured time off to write and perform music!).

In his first year teaching for Chicago Public Schools, Baron began writing standards-based songs with corresponding activities to teach his English as a New Language students as well as the general population of kids at his school.

This led to Future Hits, a heartfelt (yet secretly educational) band whose sound has been likened to what Yo La Tengo and the Velvet Underground would sound like if they started a band whose main audience was children, and more simply as “Death Cab for Kindergarten.”

Since 2011, Matt and his bandmates Emma Hospelhorn, Ben Sutherland, and Nick Kabat have written nearly 70 songs, released two albums (with a third one slated for a 2018 release), presented and led professional development, provided Future Hits Enrichment programs in countless classrooms and after-school settings, and played shows in Chicago, San Francisco, New York, China, and even the Galápagos Islands.

About this Series

Presented in Partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum, Stroller Grooves is a free series of musical performances by local children’s artists. Stroller Grooves takes place each Tuesday in February and March at Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens.  Learn more about Stroller Grooves, and be sure to check out all of Navy Pier’s free events and programs throughout the year.

Stroller Grooves: Bollywood Groove

Free Public Program

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Free public program! Join us for a free children’s music series, presented in partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum.

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Free and open to the public! Get your little one moving and grooving at Stroller Grooves! From noon to 12:45pm, join local children’s musicians for a free, live performance in the Crystal Gardens. 

Bollywood Groove

Bollywood Groove

Bollywood Groove is a Bollywood Dance, Fitness & Entertainment company. We have about 35 classes around Chicagoland including Chicago (West Loop, Lakeview, River North, Loop, Bucktown), Evanston, Hoffman Estates and Willowbrook.

Our Bollywood Groove Kids program combines active movement with cultural concepts in a unique way. Each age group focuses on age-appropriate goals in a globalized educational environment where they learn about a rich culture while simultaneously growing into strong dancers with coordination, posture, grace and other movement fundamentals.

About this Series

Presented in Partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum, Stroller Grooves is a free series of musical performances by local children’s artists. Stroller Grooves takes place each Tuesday in February and March at Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens.  Learn more about Stroller Grooves, and be sure to check out all of Navy Pier’s free events and programs throughout the year.

Stroller Grooves: The Lucky Trikes

Free Public Program

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Free public program! Join us for a free children’s music series, presented in partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum.

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Free and open to the public! Get your little one moving and grooving at Stroller Grooves! From noon to 12:45pm, join local children’s musicians for a free, live performance in the Crystal Gardens. 

The Lucky Trikes

The Lucky Trikes is a storytelling chamber band that performs for groups of all ages anywhere there is a gathering space and a few pairs of open ears. We grew out of a chamber band, The Lucky Bikes, in 2014 while performing Stories Wrapped in String at the William Harris Lee & Co. luthier shops in Chicago’s Fine Arts Building and Wilmette, where they still perform monthly. Each story time is curated around a theme and includes well-known and award-winning books, new publications, improvised and classical music, original stories and songs. Musicians from Chicago’s thriving new music and free jazz scenes join storyteller-musicians Deirdre and Kyle for each performance.

The Trikes have performed every Tuesday evening June-August in a Chicago Park District park as part of the 2017 and 2018 Night Out in the Parks initiative, every year of the annual Thirsty Ears Classical Music Street Festival and for hundreds of children and adults over 12 hours from Loyal to McKinley Parks for Make Music Chicago. In 2017 The Lucky Trikes rounded out a two-year monthly residency at CityLit Books in Logan Square and moved down the road to Jimmy Beans Coffee for first Saturdays.

About this Series

Presented in Partnership with the Chicago Children’s Museum, Stroller Grooves is a free series of musical performances by local children’s artists. Stroller Grooves takes place each Tuesday in February and March at Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens.  Learn more about Stroller Grooves, and be sure to check out all of Navy Pier’s free events and programs throughout the year.

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