Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier

It’s no surprise we love children’s museums. For one, they cater to my little guys (two and half year old and 10 months). They can touch anything they want without fear of something breaking. (Just gotta make sure to bring the hand sanitizer!) And while they’re playing, they’re also learning. It’s a a win-win in my book!

photo from Chicago Children’s Museum

Nitty Gritty:

Admission: $12 for children and adults; kids under 1 are free (check their website for coupons)
Free days:  Kraft Free Family Night – Thursday evenings from 5 – 8pm FREE admission for everyone.
Target Free First Sundays – First Sunday of every month FREE admission all day for ages 15 and under.
Parking: Plenty of parking in Navy Pier’s garage though at the time we went it was really expensive ($25). Another option is to take advantage of the many buses that stop at Navy Pier.
Crowded?: Yes, we were here on a Saturday during a special event (Really Big Halloween Party) but didn’t seem so crowded since the museum is so spacious (3 floors)
Stroller-friendly?: It is stroller-friendly. Some exhibits (such as Kids Town) has stroller parking outside the exhibits.


  • There’s no restaurant on-site, but they offer a snack spot. Still hungry? You can leave the museum and check out the many food options at Navy Pier and then come back for more fun.
  • Have a dinosaur fanatic? The Dinosaur Expedition area is perfect for digging around. It’s one of the biggest dinosaur digging areas that we’ve seen.

  • Huge room dedicated to water fun

  • There’s a section in Kids Town dedicated to non-walkers. My lil one had a blast crawling around. I just wish there were more places for him to crawl around.
  • You’ll also find a private and not-so-private nursing section for mommies. Have a bottle instead? Ask the staff for a bottle warmer.

Bottom Line:

We really enjoy coming here especially when we are at Navy Pier. We’ll definitely be back when our lil one is a bit older. We would come here on their free days or when we have a discount, since it is a bit pricey.

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Disclosure: Our family was provided complimentary tickets to The Chicago Children’s Museum. I was not required to express a particular point of view, and all opinions are my own.