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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 #39 of 366 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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Overland Park, Kansas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

We have enjoyed visiting quite a few childrens museums in different cities. This location did not have a huge variety of different things to do. However, it did have some things that are more interesting for older kids that might get bored at a typical childrens museum.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

Our kids were into it. I felt there wasn't really alot of originality to this Children's museum, but our kids really seemed to enjoy themseves for hours. It's expansive - very large - and the many hands-on activites (especially the construction area) were appreciated. But the museum needs more comfortable places for the parents.

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Toronto
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50 reviews 50 reviews
14 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I have kids 3 and 6 so they really enjoyed this place but it's essentially a glorified play room. We have been to the Children's museum at Rochester and that one was way better. We printed out the coupon from their website which saved us $1/person. My son was looking forward to the Forts exhibit because we saw a video... More

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Overland Park, KS
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74 reviews 74 reviews
20 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

My daughter loved this place. She really enjoyed the fire station room and circus room. Big place where could spend a few hours. Great place for kids and parents ...right on navy pier ...great location.

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I have been to other children's museums and I always prefer a museum on chuki cheese type places. Here we went on Thursday evening for very first time and it was crazy. For free it was good but crazy and congested we couldn't got a chance to do something without getting in a line. I hope it's not the same... More

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Indian Head, Maryland
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44 reviews 44 reviews
26 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

My wife and I took our two boys and they really enjoyed it. There was a lot of things for them to do. It's a very hands on experience and it's free on Thursdays. Probably not the best day to go if you want to avoid the crowds, but definitely worth going.

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San Pedro, Mexico
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Museum itself is a great place to spend the day with the family, with interactive activities for kids of all ages and some for the whole family, like building an skyscraper. The only issue, and that is out of the museum, is that the pier where it is located is under remodeling, so the walk from the parking to get... More

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Detroit, Michigan
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43 reviews 43 reviews
23 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

If you have a young child, this is the place to go. There is so much to do here that you will absolutely freak! There is a circus area where the kids can pretend to perform. There is a firehouse. There is a climbing area that goes three levels. Lots of chances to build stuff. Family and child projects right... More

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Lima, Ohio
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62 reviews 62 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The hands on exhibits are outstanding. There were activities for toddlers through pre-teens. We have been here several times and new exhibits are added. Our granddaughter did not want to leave the circus room. We were there for 6 hrs. You can leave and enjoy lunch at the various food venues or just for a break and return.

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Paris, France
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We went with our 8yrs old and she did not want to leave.it is absolutely fantastic for kids under 10. The water room is huge and she played there half an hour, there is a dinosaur digging room, a rope tunnel you can climb into... It´s really fantastic...the best thing to do on Navy pier. We went in the morning,... More

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