Chicago Children's Museum

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Chicago Children's Museum
children's museum
children's museum

What you'll do

If you're looking for things to do in Chicago with kids, take them to the Chicago Children's Museum.

Visit Chicago Children’s Museum with Go City®

  • With us, there are no entry fees on the day – all you've got to do is show your pass.
  • 15 permanent, kid-friendly Chicago Children's Museum exhibits included.
  • Explore the Water City, Cloud Buster, Dinosaur and Tinkering Lab exhibitions. 
  • Immersive programs designed to entertain and educate.

Tour  Chicago Children's Museum's new permanent exhibit: Water City.  In the new Water City experience, children of all ages and abilities can determine their own experiments, narratives, sensory experiences, and explorations of the physical properties of water.

Water City connects water play and STEM experiences for the next generation of young explorers and their families. The exhibit is in the historic part of Navy Pier called the Head House, in the western 50 ft. tall tower and includes a central water feature with three legs echoing the three branches of the Chicago River, and uniquely Chicago elements such as a lock/dam system, Lake Michigan, and skyscrapers from Chicago’s iconic skyline.

Chicago Children’s Museum highlights

Water City – dive into water-based kids experiments and sensory experiences as you learn about the physical properties of water. 

Dinosaur Exhibition – take a trip to the Sahara and discover a skeleton of dinosaur bones as you excavate the dig site.

Play it Safe – those with a dream to be a firefighter will love this. Kids can explore a realistic firehouse, shimmy up and down a firefighter’s pole, get behind the wheel of a fire truck and practice escaping from a fire-filled room.

Cloud Buster - 37 climbable feet of structural steel, wood, wire, rope, acrylic, fiberglass, and artificial turf where visitors explore multiple levels, climb through unexpected spaces, and ascend to The Apartment, Cloud Buster’s highest destination that’s designed to resemble a Chicago apartment, complete with Chicago-themed artwork and posters.

Tinkering Lab – budding DIY enthusiasts need look no further for their next creation. This space lets kids have the freedom to innovate and explore using real tools and materials. There's even an early learning nook where babies and toddlers can get involved using the safe, protected space.

Go City is a better way to sightsee. Your pass includes Chicago Children's Museum tickets, plus admission to dozens of top Chicago attractions for one money-saving price.

Ready to start exploring Chicago? First, choose between an All-Inclusive Pass or Explorer Pass.

Experience Chicago Children's Museum and many other attractions with the All Inclusive Pass.

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Know before you go

Getting in
Show your pass at the admissions desk.

  • Final admissions are allowed no later than 60 minutes before the museum closes.

  • One adult (18+) AND one child are required for museum entry.

Pass perk
Go City customers get 10% off at the Chicago Children's Museum Gift Shop, just show your pass to the cashier! 


Do I need a pass for my children to enter the Chicago Children's Museum? All children 12 months and over must have a pass or pay admission.

Is there parking at the Chicago Children's Museum? Yes! There are 1500 spaces available in the Chicago Children’s Museum parking garages at Navy Pier. 

For more information, visit the Children's Museum website.

Where you'll be

Operating hours

June 12 - September 4
Daily: 10AM - 5PM 

September 5 - December 31
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10:00 AM- 2:00 PM 
Friday-Sunday: 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Tuesday: closed

Closings & holidays

Please check the Chicago Children's Museum website for extended hours and closures.

Chicago Children's Museum

(800) 595-7437

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Plans can change, we get it. All non-activated passes are eligible for a refund within 90 days from your purchase date.

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