Chicago Children's Museum at Navy Pier

As parents of children are sure to know, when it comes to small children museums can be a hit-or-miss experience. Half the time, they’re totally into the dinosaur bones or antique train cars. Other times? Long faces and boredom…

But there isn’t a child who’s been to the Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier that didn’t love it!

Located at the west end of Navy Pier, the Chicago Children’s Museum has an array of events scheduled for the week of Sept. 19 and  all of them are sure to entertain the young.


Navy Pier – Chicago Children’s Museum Events – Week of Sept. 19th

“Movin’ Mark Making” runs all week except Wednesday, and it has hourly sessions from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (open later on Thursday). Kids can create works of art with unconventional materials, such as using a tricycle to paint a floor mural. Smaller things like cardboard sculptures can be painted, taken home, and proudly displayed.

“Building and Beyond-Pritzker Playspace,” which runs all week (from 10 a.m. to around 12:30 p.m. with additional afternoon sessions later in the week), will bring out your child’s inner architect. Children will be able to play with blocks: stack them as high as they can, line them up and knock them down, or even build a house or entire town.

“Imagine and Move” will be held during the weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Children will use their imaginations to move in any way they desire. They can run like squirrels and mimic bear crawls or use ribbons to twirl.


Navy Pier – Chicago Children’s Museum: Great Gamily Fun!

Other events are very family-inclusive. Kraft Great Kids Hoopla runs “Great Kids Move,” which is an event where kids and their families will be able to build an Imagination Playground, learn line dancing and yoga and play games. “Fire Safety 101” will be held on the weekend, Sept. 24-25, which will teach families what to do in case of a fire.

The Children’s Museum has around a dozen mainstays as well, including “Kids Town,” where kids can role play in a mini society (like shop at the store and drive a bus); “Inventing Lab,” a place where children can create devices including flying machines; and “WaterWays,” a small water playground where kids can feel water currents and navigate boats.


Chicago Children’s Museum Info

The museum is located at Navy Pier, and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $12 for children and adults, $11 for seniors. Thursday nights from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. are free for all guests at Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier in Chicago!

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