The Observer’s Day of Play

For some children (especially the little ones), play means hanging back and taking it all in. Chicago Children’s Museum is the perfect place for kids to watch, learn, and jump in when they feel comfortable.

Here’s a plan to make sure your Observer has a blast—even if it’s from a distance.


10 am – 11 am

Begin the day in our new Forts exhibit, where Observers can hide in one of the many nooks and crannies and watch as kids drape, stack and build.

tinkering lab

11 am – 12 pm
Tinkering Lab

Tinkering Lab is an observer’s paradise. Here they can observe physics in action and build their own contraptions through trial and error with real tools. Even the youngest observers can experiment in the Early Learning Nook.


michael's musuem

1 pm – 3 pm 
Michael’s Museum, Treehouse Trails & Kids Town

The museum’s third floor is an Observer’s paradise: Michael’s Museum is full of treasures for your Observer to inspect, count and categorize. Treehouse Trails is a cozy, woodsy space where kids can hide among the trees and dip their hands into Blue River. Next door is Kids Town, where your Observer can browse items in the grocery store or lose themselves in their thoughts taking a ride on our CTA bus.