The Musician’s Day of Play

For the Musician, play is all about rhythm and melody. The Musician can find and make music anywhere—even without instruments. In addition to practicing their musical chops, this kind of play puts STEM skills to work while letting kids access their artistic sides.

Every Thursday we host Target Family Free night—the perfect place for your Musician to have a blast, with or without actual instruments. Start your day at Chicago Children’s Museum a little later to take advantage of our Thursday night activities.


5:30 pm – 6:00 pm


Forts is the perfect spot for any creative, musical child—this reimagined living room is a custom-made spot for kids to build the forts of their dreams with plenty of ways to make melodies and rhythm with our furniture, staircase and light fixtures.

tinkering lab

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm


Spend the late afternoon exploring the sounds all around the museum—from the clanging woodblocks in SkyLine to the rushing river in Waterways and the  cacophony of drills and hammers in Tinkering Lab.


made in chicago

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm 
Thursday Evening Activities

When you visit the museum on a Thursday, be sure to stick around for our Thursday evening activities, some of which are custom-made for the Musicians in your life:

  • Africabe: Thursday, 7/6
  • Instrument Petting Zoo: Thursday, 8/31

Check out our online calendar for more details on Thursday evening activities!