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Chicago Children's Museum

700 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 (Near North Side)
312 527 1000
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As featured in Chicago for young kids
Ranked #40 of 367 attractions in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Children's Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The "Dinosaur Expedition," where kids dig for bones and conduct archaeological research is just one of the many hands-on exhibits at the Chicago... more » Owner description: The "Dinosaur Expedition," where kids dig for bones and conduct archaeological research is just one of the many hands-on exhibits at the Chicago Children's Museum. « less
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Hamilton, Canada
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68 reviews 68 reviews
33 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

My kids ages 3 & 6 spent 4 1/2 hours here but could have easily spent more time. Exhibits are very interactive and in great condition, considering lots of children go through here daily. The interactive nature of everything was wonderful and kept the kids engaged. They enjoyed the water play and human wrecking ball. Really cool benches!

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Central Oregon
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

A little crazy on the weekend, so we went back during the weekday - less wild, but still busy. The kids (3 and 6 year old boys), were totally engaged in the museum. Fun activities on all 3 floors. I liked that there were clean play items and physical activities were staff supervised. My kids did not want to leave... More

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The museum is on Navy Pier & is one of the greatest children museums I have been to. I have 2 girls ... Ages 4 & 6 ... And they both love going to the Chicago children's museum! I was concerned about taking then both by myself, worried that I would not be able to see them at all points.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

I planned a mini vacation to Chicago and specifically planned it around our 4/7 year old daughters. I did some research and found out that the Chicago Children's museum, located at the Navy Pier, had a family free night for this summer on Thursday nights starting at 5! We arrived early because I anticipated a long line and I was... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Went whilst visiting the city with our 23 month old. Slightly expensive as adults and children pay the same. Saying that I do think it was worth the money as we spent nearly 3 hrs in there and the little one didn't want to leave. There were a few things which were for older children but plenty to keep toddlers... More

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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33 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This museum should open earlier, And I would have preferred to go on a day when no groups were there. Much bigger kids came and basically took over all the exhibits. My 2.5-year-old was able to navigate around, but it did make it much harder for me to keep up with her and keep an eye on her. The exhibits... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Lots of different attractions for kids 2.5 years and older. just like most other children's museums it's meant for kids 5+ but even my daughter almost 3 enjoyed herself. There were lots of different rooms with lots of opportunities to learn and interact. Never hearing of it before I was surprised how big it was. We went on a first... More

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Shanghai, China
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We visited to Children's Museum with our 1 year old. I was impressed with how clean, organized, and well-staffed it was. I was never nervous that our little one wasn't safe. However, there was not a lot for her to do. There were a couple of areas specifically set aside for crawlers and cruisers, which was nice. I was disappointed... More

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athens
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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Good sized Children's museum with lots of hands on activities steps from Navy Pier. Convenient to shopping and restaurants after your visit is done.

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Minnesota
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

There are plenty of activities to stimulate the kids (hands on and interactive). We enjoyed it as well. It was very educational for grown ups.

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