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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 #44 of 367 Attractions in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Lee's Summit, Missouri
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We took our 16 month old here in September 2014. He loved it! There are so many different themed rooms. He had a blast running from one to the next. It is a little pricey for adults to go but worth it for the kiddos!!

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Johnston, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

This was probably the best Children's museum we've been to. It's much larger than I thought it would be and has activities for every age. There was plenty for my 2 1/2 year old son to do there, in fact we couldn't get through it all before he had to take a nap :) I would highly recommend it!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

THe museum was quite large, but little seemed to engage the imagination of my niece. Dare I say at eight she is already too old for many of the exhibits?

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

I was here with my 1 and half year old son. The area isn't big enough. Barely had room to park the stroller. Not good for kids under 3 I would say. The bigger kids took over everything.

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BAHAMAS
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I have two kids aged 13 and 9, and they both loved the museum. They especially loved the workshop because they had real tools and it didn't make them feel childish. There was a climbing net and it was basically a net that went straight up. At the time we visited there was a circus going on that was by... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I have been to many children's museums in the US and I have admit that this was a disappointment, due to the, in some areas, absolute lack of supervision by employees. For example, my child loves role playing so, we went straight to the firefighters' area. The costumes were all over the place; there were fire shoes lacking. During the... More

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Overland Park, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

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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14 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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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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