The mercury is rising, and you’ve got a whole week off for some family fun.

Whether you’re a local or traveling from out of town, these simple tips will make your Chicago Children’s Museum visit a springtime breeze!

Pick Your Time

If you can’t get yourself and the kids out of the house before noon, you are in luck. Weekdays after 1 pm offer four hours of quality family time and fewer school field trippers.

Prefer the mornings? Stay apprised of field trip bookings by signing up for our weekly Groups Forecast email. You’ll know which days the museum is hosting large school groups and can plan your visit accordingly.

Park with Ease

Indoor parking is a great perk for every Navy Pier visit. Check out our tips for navigating Navy Pier like a pro!

Feed Them First

Stave off the “hangries” (a condition whereby a hungry child is overcome with irritability and inconsolable tears), and fuel up the kids for hours of uninterrupted play.

Take the Scenic Route

Avoid the need to say “no” to your little ones’ plaintive pleas as you walk by the many enticing vendors. Instead, take a walk outside along the pier and behold the breathtaking skyline views, check the progress of the new Ferris Wheel, and enter the museum through the South Dock entrance.

Make Art Your Last Activity

There’s no better way to wind down after an energetic day of play than an engrossing, family workshop in the Artabounds Studio. Just pick up a free ticket outside the studio door, available one hour before each workshop.

Kids Create, every Wednesday from 10 am-1 pm, features drop-in art activities especially for the five and younger crowd—no tickets required.

Now that you have the scoop, you’re all set for a great day of play!


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