We visited the Chicago Children's Museum as part of a weekend trip to Chicago. We stayed at a hotel within walking distance of the museum and everything available at Navy Pier. As with most children's museums, I recommend arriving early. Especially on a Saturday, like the day we visited, the museum is crowded. It is however quite large and there is plenty of spaces to explore.
Overall, this is a remarkable museum with impressive details that make it one of the best in the nation. They have an emphasis on open ended materials and creative thinking which pairs well with our philosophy of education. Here are some of our favorite spaces inside:
Kids Town & Treehouse Trails: these are best for 3 and under. They have a separated space for non-walkers which is nice, especially on crowded days, it seems a lot of care and thought was put into these spaces.
Water Space: our twins are huge water fans so this is always a big hit at any children's museum. I particularly liked the water painting wall at the back of this space.
Building Area: The stunning natural light and open ended materials in this space made me want to spend all day here.
Tinkering Lab: This is a wood working and open ended materials space. Best for preschoolers and up, it is full of a wide range of materials and an attitude that encourages exploration and invention. Best of its kind that I've encountered.
Dinosaur Area: Awesome space for digging.
Fire Station: A fire truck, spray a fire, try on the uniforms, crawl through a smoky house. This area had it all. As you may know, we recently finished a long project on firefighters so this was a huge hit with our twins.
There were other areas that we didn't get to or didn't interest my children at the time. Truly something for everything at this incredible children's museum.
*Plan 2+ hours to explore the museum or plan to come back again and again. If we lived in Chicago, a membership would be a MUST for us.
*There is a food court like space in Navy Pier right next to the museum if you are looking for a quick stop for lunch.
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