The Builder’s Day of Play

Builders can’t keep their hands still—they want to stack, construct and build with any available materials. This type of play helps kids develop their fine motor and problem solving skills, while also strengthening their imaginations and helping them experiment with possibilities.

Chicago Children’s Museum is a Builder’s paradise. Here’s how to keep them busy all day.


10 am – 11 am

Begin your day in Forts, where the Builder will stack, hook, drape and build the fort of their dreams.


11 am – 12 pm

Head to Skyline where Builders can design and construct their own skyscrapers using wooden struts, real tools, and authentic gear. The Skyscraper Challenge lets them record the process and watch it later at home.


tinkering lab

1 pm – 3 pm 
Kids Town

Check out our programming schedule to find the perfect project for the Builder—whether it’s making constellations in our Great Hall or building a masterpiece in our Art Studio. Don’t forget to head to Tinkering Lab, where your older Builder can use real tools like hammers and drills to design their own contraptions. Even the smallest Builder can experiment in the Early Learning Nook.