The Adventurer’s Day of Play

For the Adventurer, “play” means climbing the tallest tree and exploring the deep end of the pool. Children’s risks can be stressful for parents and caregivers—we don’t want them to get hurt, of course—but taking risks is a healthy way for kids to explore their limits and create boundaries.

Here’s how you can keep your adventurous child busy at Chicago Children’s Museum—and also wake up the risk-taking side of the more cautious child.

Two children play inside a fort they built at Chicago Children's Museum's Forts exhibit
10 am – 11 am

Start your day in our Forts exhibit, where your Adventurer can challenge themselves by stacking our countless pillows as high as they can go and get lost in the custom-made fort of their dreams.

11 am – 12 pm
Climbing Schooner 

Head to the Kovler Family Climbing Schooner: the perfect spot for an Adventurer to show off their skills. Children ages five and up can scale three stories of ship-shape rigging all the way from the cargo hold to the crow’s nest, and our staff is on deck to encourage them the whole way.


1 pm – 3 pm 
Tinkering Lab 

Close out the day exploring Tinkering Lab, where your older Adventurer can try out real tools like hammers and drills to design their own contraptions, and even the youngest can experiment in the Early Learning Nook.

Make a Day of It: Seadog & CCM

Your Adventurer will love a thrilling boat ride on Navy Pier’s Seadog—check out our partnership with Seadog to plan your adventure.