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Chicago Children's Museum

Splash, climb, build, explore and discover! Chicago Children’s Museum is the place for awesome exhibits, playful programs, and free daily art classes. At CCM, you can climb a three-story schooner, construct a skyscraper, dam up a river, tinker with real tools, drive a fire truck, make art to take home and so much more. Located on historic Navy Pier, on the shores of Lake Michigan, it’s three floors of fun for children and their families!

  • Adult gate price $14.00
  • Child gate price $14.00
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A truly interactive and educational attraction, Chicago Children’s Museum allows kids to play, discover, and create. Just be forewarned—they might not want to leave! What can your little ones get into at CCM? Here’s a look at just a few of the exhibits that will not only educate, but possibly inspire your kids toward a future career!

  • Skyline: Let your kiddies feel like they are a part of Chicago’s architecture scene at this exhibit, which gives them the chance to build their very own unique structure model using real struts and tools. They can take the “Skyscraper Challenge” and record their work!
  • Dinosaur Expedition: When you’re a kid, what’s cooler than dinos? Not much! This exhibit is a recreation of the Saharan excavation site where Chicago paleontologist Paul Sereno uncovered a new kind of dinosaur, Suchomimus. You’ll see a life-sized replica, dig for bones, and compare the claws, teeth and bones to that of a T-Rex!
  • Kraft Artabounds Studio: Let your little artist have a creative adventure at CCM’s mini art-studio, staffed by art educators and visiting artists. The studio also includes an area for babies and toddlers to show off their own abstract art talents.
  • Inventing Lab: This is where kids can let their entrepreneurial desires run free! Design an alarm clock to wake up a sleeping teddy bear and check out the Grand Piano Slide!
  • Waterways: Let the kids splish and splash to their hearts’ content in a watery playground where they can navigate a boat through mini locks and dams, or control the flow of water using pumps and wheels.
  • Treehouse Trails: Camping, canoeing, fort-building, stew-cooking, and fishing…this exhibit is a mini-outdoor adventure that will let your little darling feel like a real outdoorsman!
  • Kids Town: Let them develop their “real world” skills, as they change a tire, drive a bus, and shop in a grocery store. This exhibit aims to promote problem-solving and emerging literacy skills through exploration.

These are just a few of the awesome experiential play zones your children will love at CCM. The Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier is fully handicapped accessible, and also offers “storybook guides” for children with developmental disabilities, as well as a Therapeutic Play Guide, who is available to enhance the museum experience for children currently going through therapy. Chicago Children’s Museum is a great day out for children of all ages, and is not only educational, but hands-on, and loads of FUN!

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LOVED THIS!
By Winks World Verified Reviewer from Kentucky on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Chicago Children's Museum:

This is wonderful when you are visiting Navy Pier! It's great fun for under 12 set. Close to Ferris Wheel and Boat tours!

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My kids (ages 5,7,10) LOVED it!
By mom of 3 boys Verified Reviewer from LaGrange, IL on
Pros:
great for families
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Chicago Children's Museum:

We live in the burbs outside Chicago, and our kids love coming here. Our oldest (10) always thinks he is too old, but then gets here and has a fabulous time. This place is all about kids DOING stuff, jumping, playing, building, making art. Bring extra clothes if they like to play in the fun waterway area - our kids always get soaked! My five year old naps in the car on the way home, every time.

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[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

Fun
By World Traveller Verified Reviewer from Ontario, Canada on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Chicago Children's Museum:

This attraction is best for kids 10 & under (and that may be pushing it). My son was 9 and had a good time there but there were quite a few exhibits that were on the juvenile side so he didn't participate in them. He really enjoyed the water world area and the structure construction area. It was nice to visit a place where kids can touch things and not worry about damaging anything.

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[15 of 16 customers found this review helpful]

attraction for kids 6 and under
By Chicago Fan Verified Reviewer from Kansas city,KS on

Comments about Smart Destinations Chicago Children's Museum:

I gave it a 2 stars b/c it says adventrues for kids thourgh age 10 and my dauhgter is 9 years old and there was not one activity that was according to her age, everything there was to do was for kids below 6 years old, there wasnt even a kid over the age of 5 at this place, It took us 5 minutes to walk thorugh the whole thing trying to find somethign that my daughter could do with no luck... so glad we ddint have to pay for it other wise it woudln't of been a waste of money

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Chicago Children's Museum Details

Phone: 312-527-1000
Address
Navy Pier
700 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Hours
Friday–Wednesday, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Thursday, 10:00 am–8:00 pm
Note

The Go Chicago Card is accepted for gate admission until 5:00 pm. Once inside the museum all guests are welcome to stay until closing. On rare occasions this attraction closes early due to private functions outside of the control of the Go Chicago Card.

Children 1 year and older require a Go Chicago Card or must pay full admission.

Closings
Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.
  • Good for families
  • Parking available
  • Restaurant or snack bar
  • Restrooms
  • Disabled access
  • Reservations not required

Directions and Transportation

Address
Navy Pier
700 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Public Transportation
Take CTA: From downtown connect with buses #29 State, #65 Grand, #66 Chicago or the #124 Navy Pier Express directly to the museum at Navy Pier. Free Trolley service is available daily between Navy Pier and State Street between Grand Avenue and Illinois Street.

Admission and Offer Information


Present your Go Select Pass at the admissions desk.

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