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Next week we're having a PUPPET-PALOOZA! 🎉 Free Family Day is Thursday, September 28.Enjoy free admission and fun activi...
09/21/2023

Next week we're having a PUPPET-PALOOZA! 🎉 Free Family Day is Thursday, September 28.

Enjoy free admission and fun activities with Anna Villanyi and Puppet Wonder Wagon. Free Family Days are made possible with generous support from Pritzker Foundation. Afterwards, join The Walk with Little Amal, presented by Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
🔗 Explore the fun: chicagochildrensmuseum.org/family-days

▶️ For more opportunities to play, Play for All is coming to the museum on Saturday, October 7. This event invites children and families with disabilities and members to an exclusive hour of CCM’s inclusive, multisensory exhibits and programs. Pre-registration is required.
🔗 Learn more and register: chicagochildrensmuseum.org/play-for-all

📚 Your Storyland Reading List is here 📚Before you take a trip through childhood favorites, add these books featured in S...
09/20/2023

📚 Your Storyland Reading List is here 📚
Before you take a trip through childhood favorites, add these books featured in Storyland to your next story time!

Don't have these books? Visit our website 💻 for read alongs of each book: chicagochildrensmuseum.org/storyland

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© 2023 Minnesota Children's Museum. All rights reserved. Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites™ was created by Minnesota Children's Museum. This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Meet Anna Villanyi, a Chicago artist, museum educator, and crafter. Anna will be joining us next week for Free Family Da...
09/18/2023

Meet Anna Villanyi, a Chicago artist, museum educator, and crafter. Anna will be joining us next week for Free Family Day on September 28 to help us create our very own shadow puppets! Villanyi got their start by crafting paper snowflakes ❄️ to decorate offices where they worked. Today, they create wooden ornaments, coasters, and more.

🎉 Free Family Days are made possible with generous support from Pritzker Foundation. Pre-registration is not required. 🎉

Chicago Children’s Museum strives to create a community where play and learning connect for *all* of our visitors. How d...
09/17/2023

Chicago Children’s Museum strives to create a community where play and learning connect for *all* of our visitors. How do we do that? Free Family Day and Play for All!

🌟 Play for All invites children and families with disabilities to experience CCM’s inclusive, multisensory exhibits and programs. On October 7, the museum will open at 10 am exclusively for pre-registered Play for All guests and CCM members before opening to the public at 11 am. The first 250 eligible families and children with disabilities will receive free admission!
🔗 Register at chicagochildrensmuseum.org/play-for-all

🌟 Sept. 28: During Free Family Day, explore the world of puppetry with Puppet Wonder Wagon and artist Anna Villanyi. Afterwards, join The Walk with Little Amal, a 12-foot puppet of a Syrian refugee child on a journey across the U.S., presented by Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
🔗 chicagochildrensmuseum.org/family-days

Have you ever visited Chicago Children’s Museum’s Tinkering Lab? 🔨 In every workshop, littles are encouraged to tell sto...
09/16/2023

Have you ever visited Chicago Children’s Museum’s Tinkering Lab? 🔨

In every workshop, littles are encouraged to tell stories, problem-solve, and ask questions... and it’s one of the many ways your support makes a difference in Chicago Children’s Museum! Our annual gala raises important funds that help us grow our programs, workshops, and STEM initiatives.

RSVP for our 2023 Gala: The Future is Play ✨ to support playful learning at ccmgala.org

What can you do in Storyland? 📖 Take a trip through childhood favorites and...🛒 Explore tio Pablo's and tia Elisa's stor...
09/13/2023

What can you do in Storyland? 📖 Take a trip through childhood favorites and...
🛒 Explore tio Pablo's and tia Elisa's store in Abuela by Arthur Dorros
❄️ Hear the sounds of winter and walk in the snowy footsteps of Peter from The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
🌴 Make music under the coconut tree in Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault

Mark your calendars, Storyland opens this weekend on Saturday, September 16! 📅

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© 2023 Minnesota Children's Museum. All rights reserved. Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites™ was created by Minnesota Children's Museum. This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

🎨🖌️ Have you visited Art Studio lately? Paint Your Feelings! with a workshop all about brushstrokes, color, and facial e...
09/12/2023

🎨🖌️ Have you visited Art Studio lately? Paint Your Feelings! with a workshop all about brushstrokes, color, and facial expressions. Add in oodles of creativity and a whole rainbow of paints to express yourself!

The Chicago Children Museum’s mission is to improve children’s lives by creating a community where play and learning con...
09/11/2023

The Chicago Children Museum’s mission is to improve children’s lives by creating a community where play and learning connect. All of CCM’s experiences have been intentionally designed to give children opportunities to grow in the realms of cognitive, physical, social emotional and language development. Thank you to all parents and caregivers who join in the playful learning!

In KidsTown, let your little take a walk in adult shoes and explore a cityscape built just for them! 🏙️🛒🚌 Shop in the gr...
09/10/2023

In KidsTown, let your little take a walk in adult shoes and explore a cityscape built just for them! 🏙️🛒🚌 Shop in the grocery store, drive a CTA bus, change a tire, and more - every experience gives kids a chance to take on roles normally played by adults.

Support for Chicago Children’s Museum and KidsTown sponsored in part by a generous gift from AAA The Auto Club Group.

✏️ Fun Fact  #1: Field trips are returning to the museum this fall and registration is open NOW!✏️ Fun Fact  #2: Researc...
09/09/2023

✏️ Fun Fact #1: Field trips are returning to the museum this fall and registration is open NOW!

✏️ Fun Fact #2: Research says culturally enriching field trips provide transformative experiences for students, and foster interest in cultural institutions and museum visitation.

Don’t wait – make your reservation before spots fill up at ccmfieldtrips.org!

Earthly Wonders in Pritzker Playspace opens today! Explore the beauty of natural materials in the Museum's open playgrou...
09/08/2023

Earthly Wonders in Pritzker Playspace opens today! Explore the beauty of natural materials in the Museum's open playgroup exclusively for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers (and shoe-less grown ups!).

Thank you to all the big kids and little ones and every grown up who made the Chicago Children's Museum part of your sum...
09/05/2023

Thank you to all the big kids and little ones and every grown up who made the Chicago Children's Museum part of your summer plans! Just a heads up, today is the last day for Zoom Room and summer hours - starting tomorrow we'll be closed Tuesdays. ❤

We just learned from a 6-year-old visitor that "The Tilted House" is the BEST. (We were delighted to discover that, like...
09/04/2023

We just learned from a 6-year-old visitor that "The Tilted House" is the BEST. (We were delighted to discover that, like "The Bean," Cloud Buster has earned its very own nickname!)

Way to go, parents and caregivers! Providing a warm and supportive environment, responding to kiddos' interests and emot...
09/03/2023

Way to go, parents and caregivers! Providing a warm and supportive environment, responding to kiddos' interests and emotions, using rich language, asking questions, and providing feedback to deepen littles' understanding all contributes to later success in science and math according to research published in Developmental Psychology this summer!

Make a play date this weekend for your vroom vroom-ers (of ALL ages 😉) and get your last Zoom Room runs in. (New exhibit...
09/02/2023

Make a play date this weekend for your vroom vroom-ers (of ALL ages 😉) and get your last Zoom Room runs in. (New exhibit opening after Labor Day...!)

🍁 Fall Hours are coming to Chicago Children's Museum! 🍂 Summer may be winding down, but the playful fun is far from over...
09/01/2023

🍁 Fall Hours are coming to Chicago Children's Museum! 🍂
Summer may be winding down, but the playful fun is far from over! Now through Labor Day (September 4), the museum is still open EVERY DAY from 10 am - 5 pm. Starting September 5, fall hours return!

🕒 FALL HOURS 🕒
Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 10-2
Tuesday closed
Friday through Sunday: 10-5

(This means the museum *will*​ be closed on Tuesday, September 5!)

🍂 A new season of play brings a brand-new exhibit: Storyland (opening September 16) and new programs in Art Studio, Tinkering Lab, and Pritzker Playspace. Plan your visit at https://www.chicagochildrensmuseum.org/hours-tickets-and-faq-2023

Get your zoomies out, kiddos, Zoom Room is only open through Labor Day!
08/30/2023

Get your zoomies out, kiddos, Zoom Room is only open through Labor Day!

Dinosaur Expedition recreates the real Saharan expedition when Chicago paleontologist Paul Sereno discovered a new type ...
08/28/2023

Dinosaur Expedition recreates the real Saharan expedition when Chicago paleontologist Paul Sereno discovered a new type of dinosaur. See a life-size skeleton of Suchomimus (sue-co-MY-muss), dig for bones in the excavation pit, compare skulls, teeth, and claws with a T-Rex, and learn what it would be like to be part of Paul's expedition team!🦖🦕

How can playing with water promote scientific thinking? Niels Bohr's experiments with water jets at age 20 led to his fi...
08/27/2023

How can playing with water promote scientific thinking? Niels Bohr's experiments with water jets at age 20 led to his first science award - by age 37 he had won the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on the structure of the atom!

SAVE THE DATE for Chicago Children’s Museum’s 2023 Gala, The Future is Play. 📅 November 3, 2023 ⏰ 6 PM – 11 PM 📍 The Ger...
08/26/2023

SAVE THE DATE for Chicago Children’s Museum’s 2023 Gala, The Future is Play.
📅 November 3, 2023
⏰ 6 PM – 11 PM
📍 The Geraghty
https://www.chicagochildrensmuseum.org/2023-gala-the-future-is-play

Join us for a night of celebration as we look to the future of Chicago Children’s Museum! 🎉 The Future is Play is a night of dinner, dancing, live music, and an exploration of future possibilities for the museum, for the children and families we serve, and for the work we do in Chicago’s communities. ✨ Our annual gala raises vital funds to propel us into the future and ensure that we can maintain and grow our programming for all children. ✨

Beat the heat, Chicago Weather Warriors, Water City awaits (and so does the Museum's and Navy Pier's plentiful AC)!
08/24/2023

Beat the heat, Chicago Weather Warriors, Water City awaits (and so does the Museum's and Navy Pier's plentiful AC)!

Starting tomorrow, Thursday August 24, it's Painting Your Feelings Workshop in the Art Studio! Calling all ages to come ...
08/24/2023

Starting tomorrow, Thursday August 24, it's Painting Your Feelings Workshop in the Art Studio! Calling all ages to come explore color, brushstrokes, facial expressions and more to express yourself through painting...

Chicago Children’s Museum field trips put early learning into play-filled action! Our exhibits and experiences provide h...
08/23/2023

Chicago Children’s Museum field trips put early learning into play-filled action! Our exhibits and experiences provide hands-on engagement with subjects like math, language, science, and engineering — combined with education-rich fun. Registration is now open so don't wait, save your spot now!
https://www.chicagochildrensmuseum.org/field-trips-group-visits

Calling all Flyboys and Flygirls, there are just two more days left to create a collage inspired by “flight” in the Art ...
08/22/2023

Calling all Flyboys and Flygirls, there are just two more days left to create a collage inspired by “flight” in the Art Studio!

Are you a Michigan-bound CCM member? 🗺️ All Chicago Children’s Museum members are eligible for up to FOUR free daily adm...
08/20/2023

Are you a Michigan-bound CCM member? 🗺️ All Chicago Children’s Museum members are eligible for up to FOUR free daily admissions at Grand Rapids Children’s Museum from August 1 - 31, 2023, with proof of membership. 🌟

Here's how to seize this opportunity:
✨ Show your CCM membership card
✨ Present a photo ID

That's it! You and your little ones can explore the wonders of Grand Rapids Children's Museum 🎉

For all the details and to plan your trip, head to www.grcm.org 💻☀️

Do you carrot all for me?My heart beets for you,With your turnip noseAnd your radish face,You are a peach.If we cantalou...
08/19/2023

Do you carrot all for me?
My heart beets for you,
With your turnip nose
And your radish face,
You are a peach.
If we cantaloupe,
Lettuce marry:
W**d make a swell pear.
- author unknown but quite punny ;)

So we love all of our Museum exhibits from Cloud Buster to Story Hub equally...but this is one of our staff's favorite s...
08/18/2023

So we love all of our Museum exhibits from Cloud Buster to Story Hub equally...but this is one of our staff's favorite spots to watch kiddos and grownups together. It's as much the journey as the destination!

All CCM Members receive up to FOUR free admissions to Grand Rapids Children's Museum from August 1-31, 2023! Just show p...
08/17/2023

All CCM Members receive up to FOUR free admissions to Grand Rapids Children's Museum from August 1-31, 2023! Just show proof of membership and a photo ID to redeem this exclusive, members-only discount! 🌟

🚀 Calling All GRCM Members! 🚀

An exclusive August offer awaits you! 🌠 Experience the wonders of the Chicago Children's Museum at Navy Pier with up to FOUR FREE admissions. 🏰🎈

To redeem:
🔸 Present your GRCM membership card
🔸 Have a photo ID handy

Get hours & more details at www.chicagochildrensmuseum.org Don't miss this chance! 🌟🎉
📸 Chicago Children's Museum

Do you have a kiddo looking for an adventure? Cloud Buster's 37 climbable feet awaits!
08/17/2023

Do you have a kiddo looking for an adventure? Cloud Buster's 37 climbable feet awaits!

Kiddos have an extra special entrance into Michael's Museum of Tiny Treasures and much fun is had when grownups join in ...
08/16/2023

Kiddos have an extra special entrance into Michael's Museum of Tiny Treasures and much fun is had when grownups join in the hunt for favorite items out of the nearly 100 collections of tiny treasures exhibited inside!

Thank you Chicago Public Schools for inviting us to be a part of your Back-to-School Bashes! ☀️ We loved connecting with...
08/15/2023

Thank you Chicago Public Schools for inviting us to be a part of your Back-to-School Bashes! ☀️ We loved connecting with students and families as they prepare for the upcoming school year. 🎒🚌

Check out the CPS Back-to-School Bashes calendar for free events happening all week at Chicago Public Schools across the city! https://www.cps.edu/sites/back-to-school

🍎 Find us at the Back-to-School Bashes on 8/15 and 8/18 to learn more about our awesome Curiosity Classrooms and Museums for All initiatives.

What we're reading... Block Club Chicago's article "This Family Has Visited 364 Chicago Parks (And Counting). Here Are T...
08/14/2023

What we're reading... Block Club Chicago's article "This Family Has Visited 364 Chicago Parks (And Counting). Here Are Their Top Picks." We particularly love their "Best-smelling parks" category - their choice? "Montgomery Ward (630 N. Kingsbury St.) and Fulton River (353 N. Desplaines St.), often downwind from the Blommer Chocolate Company (600 W. Kinzie St.). 'Those two parks smell like chocolate, so those are always fun.'"

Enter to win four (4) tickets to Chicago Shakespeare Theater's Beauty and the Beast! ✨Take our quick survey (
08/13/2023

Enter to win four (4) tickets to Chicago Shakespeare Theater's Beauty and the Beast! ✨Take our quick survey (

08/11/2023

Thank you, Fox 32 Chicago's Tim McGill for visiting the Museum last week!

08/10/2023

Thanks, WGN TV and Marcus Leshock, for visiting the Museum last weekend!

Today's the day! Storytime with Belle is at 2 pm in the Museum's Great Hall! Also... ICYMI...child tickets to Beauty and...
08/09/2023

Today's the day! Storytime with Belle is at 2 pm in the Museum's Great Hall! Also... ICYMI...child tickets to Beauty and the Beast at Chicago Shakespeare Theater receive free admission at the Museum with proof of purchase! (Members, don't forget you receive 20% off Beauty and the Beast tickets with the promo code on your member e-card.)

We can't wait! Tomorrow, Wednesday, August 9 at 2 pm, Belle visits the Museum for Storytime in the Great Hall!
08/08/2023

We can't wait! Tomorrow, Wednesday, August 9 at 2 pm, Belle visits the Museum for Storytime in the Great Hall!

Did you see? Birth to Five Illinois  has published 39 Early Childhood Regional Needs Assessments, now available to both ...
08/08/2023

Did you see? Birth to Five Illinois has published 39 Early Childhood Regional Needs Assessments, now available to both local communities and state leaders. The publication of these reports marks a major milestone for each of the State's 39 Regions. View the Report and Infographic for each Region: https://www.birthtofiveil.com

Chicagoans! Sign up for the free August 22 report presentation and share your feedback. Únase a nosotros para una presentación sobre Birth to Five Illinois Region 1-A's (Chicago) Evaluación de Necesidades Regionales y proporcione sus comentarios:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1omh7SJT4loO9ZrT2c9NgoqVrZjZ3hGxTQ1rsF-XYM5o/viewform?edit_requested=true

Enter to win four (4) tickets to  Shakespeare Theater's Beauty and the Beast! ✨Take our quick survey (
08/06/2023

Enter to win four (4) tickets to Shakespeare Theater's Beauty and the Beast! ✨Take our quick survey (

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You’re never too young to dance! Thank you, Chicago Children's Museum for allowing us to share our passion with the kids for ‘Active Play Day’ on Jan. 7.
We ended winter break with a bang by taking on every activity the Chicago Children's Museum had to offer!
We're proud to take the lead on Caretakers of Wonder, a national effort to address climate change. In the short to medium run, all participating museums are launching a project to improve sustainability in their facility. In the long-term, we're finding ways to instill empathy and a connection to nature in young children.

Frightening messages about climate change can actually keep people from taking action, while creating positive connections with nature encourages people to act. By creating joyful, age-appropriate experiences now, we can help build resilient kids who will grow into adults ready to take on the serious environmental issues to come. Our advisors are some of the smartest most innovative thinkers on climate change, education, and action in the country--many of them from the UW.

We're honored to work with amazing partners in this effort including Louisiana Children's Museum, Chicago Children's Museum, The Wild Center, Discovery Museum, National Children's Museum, Museum of Discovery and Science, KidsQuest Children's Museum, The Children’s Museum of Southern Oregon with support from the Association of Children's Museums and others.
Chicago-area families, learn more about adaptive sports at Chicago Children's Museum's "Play for All" event on Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The museum and Dare2tri, a non-profit dedicated to removing barriers to sports and fitness, will help visitors discover the endless possibilities for athletes with disabilities

Visitors can participate in activities including:

➡ Roller sled hockey

➡ Handcycling

➡ Wheelchair racing

➡ Bocce

➡ Judo and group exercise

➡ See & Touch Prosthetics display

The first 500 children and families with disabilities who register will receive free admission to the museum.

Learn more at https://dscc.uic.edu/events/adaptive-sports-at-chicago-childrens-museum/.
Mahalo Chicago Children's Museum for bringing awareness to this !
Hi everyone, we want to personally thank everyone for coming to our gala. We had a great time and we hope you all did too. Thank you to those who donated and sponsored, we at Envision hope to see you all and more next year. Thanks to all combined efforts, we will be able to provide multiple scholarships for community members to achieve their post-secondary goals!!

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State Representative Angelica Guerrero-Cuellar
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Chipotle Mexican Grill
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The Junior League of Chicago is proud to have played a key role in the founding of the Chicago Children's Museum 40 years ago. Read more about our shared history in the article linked below!

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The Chicago Children's Museum celebrated 40 years of play and learning this weekend, during which time officials estimate they've hosted nearly 15 million children.
is celebrating their 40th birthday and this weekend kicked off a year of celebrating their milestone! You can bring the family and learn (or remember if it’s been a while) what makes this place such a Chicago treasure. Today will have $4 admission, dance parties, party hat challenge and more birthday fun! 🥳

Chicago Children's Museum holds a very strong memory for me when we first came to Chicago as the parents of a 1yo. Exhibits may have changed but the magical element of play it encourages hasn’t!

Play never gets old at the Chicago Children's Museum! Celebrating 40 years of fun, the Chicago Children's Museum will be offering special admission pricing (just $4!) this Sunday!

A mecca of fun for nearly 15 million children and caregivers since its inception, the Museum will celebrate its 40th anniversary this weekend Saturday, October 15 through Sunday, October 16 with fun-filled birthday-themed events and activations including pop-up dance parties on the '40th' emblem, party hat challenges, stuffed animal building and more.
Celebrate Chicago Children's Museum's 40th Birthday🎂 this weekend at The Pier🎡! Get ready to dance, create, play, and more with activities for the whole family 🥳. Even at 40, play never gets old!🎈

🔗See full event details here: https://bit.ly/CCM40thBirthdayNP

Celebrate National Fossil Day at the Chicago Children's Museum, located only 38 minutes from your guestroom at Holiday Inn Chicago Matteson Conf Ctr. Families love exploring their famous Suchomimus fossil and digging for bones in the excavation pit.

https://www.chicagochildrensmuseum.org/suchomimus

Playful Learning makes learning interactive and fun, and we can't wait to show you! Join us, Illinois Action for Children, Chicago Children's Museum, and City of Chicago – Government for Mathematics on the Boulevard, this Sunday October 16.

Playful Learning hace que el aprendizaje sea interactivo y divertido, ¡y estamos ansiosos por mostrártelo! Únase a nosotros por Matemáticas en el Bulevar, este domingo 16 de octubre.
Is this making anyone else hungry? We had the opportunity to dress up some drool-worthy displays for Chicago Children's Museum!

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