3371893178-4fdc76bf88-bIt’s easy to feel cabin fever this time of year. The perfect way to keep from being cooped up is to enjoy a day at Chicago Children’s Museum! Kids will love playing, and you’ll love that they’re learning while they do it!

The month of January is jam-packed with fun learning opportunities at the Chicago Children’s Museum. Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers love the specially targeted youngest visitor exhibits, like Treehouse Trails. Children five and younger can’t get enough of the climbing, burrowing, fishing, camping, splashing, and pretending that happen in this magical forest setting. Treehouse Trails is complete with a mountain waterfall, blue river, log cabin, and designated fort building space. The Kids Town exhibit lets children of all ages (including five and under) explore an urban neighborhood. This area contains a grocery store, car wash, CTA bus, and more. It’s designed to promote role-playing, problem-solving, and creative exploration through engaging activities.

Kids also love the Kraft Artabounds Studio. Trained art educators and visiting artists lead kids in painting, printing, sculpting, sewing, and more. Classes are offered daily and vary by times and availability. For exact times, check out the museum event calendar. Children can also explore the Dinosaur Expedition! The exhibit replicates Chicago paleontologist Paul Sereno’s discovery of a new type of dinosaur, called the Suchomimus. This exhibit is a hands-on learning experience where kids can dig for bones, compare teeth and claws, and learn all about Paul’s expedition.

There’s a whole lot more happening at Chicago Children’s Museum this month. A special tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. will take place on the holiday, Monday, January 20.  The “What Does It Mean, Dr. King?” interactive musical show will take place at 11 a.m. and 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Children will have a chance to journey back in time to learn about the Civil Rights Movement and what it means for kids today. This drama performance will also be aimed at teaching kids about freedom. Space is limited, so be sure to arrive early!

If you’re planning your trip, keep in mind the Kraft Free Family Nights. The admission for everyone is completely free! This event takes place on Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. throughout the year. The Chicago Children’s Museum Gift Shop is also open seven days a week. This is the best place to pick up toys that “wow”! The collection of puzzles, dolls, toys, and more is unique and aims at teaching through play—something every parent can appreciate.

It’s easy and enjoyable to beat cabin fever with a day trip to the Chicago Children’s Museum. Don’t forget—you can bring some knowledge and entertainment back to your own home with a purchase from the museum gift shop!

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