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This week, put your best foot forward on the tightrope in our new exhibit,  ! πŸŽͺ Experience the thrills of play under the...
02/20/2024

This week, put your best foot forward on the tightrope in our new exhibit, ! πŸŽͺ Experience the thrills of play under the big top; keep your balance on the high wire, conquer the spinning ring, and dare to try something new! It's a week for daring feats and big adventures! πŸ‘πŸ€Έ

02/18/2024

Our first day of the Show & Tell Showcase officially kicked off! We tap danced πŸ•Ί, made pottery 🏺, played the violin 🎻, and knit 🧢 the day away... Don't forget to join us tomorrow and Monday for more skills, hobbies, collections, and fun from the CCM team (and extended hours of 10am to 5pm on Monday, Feb. 19)!

Learn more at chicagochildrensmuseum.org/program-calendar.

What are you doing this Monday for Presidents' Day? Stop by and meet Autumn during the Show & Tell Showcase! Autumn is a...
02/17/2024

What are you doing this Monday for Presidents' Day? Stop by and meet Autumn during the Show & Tell Showcase! Autumn is a Play and Learning Facilitator and one of her hobbies is reproducing historical dresses and clothing. πŸ‘— She will be showcasing a dress recreated from 1750s France to share more about her hobby.

Whether you're interested in tap dancing, the art of plant propagation, or circuit bending, there's something for everyone at the Show & Tell Showcase from Feb. 17-19! ⭐ The museum will also have extended hours from 10am to 5pm on Monday, Feb. 19.

Find out more at chicagochildrensmuseum.org/program-calendar.

Ready to take the stage in Circusville? πŸŽͺ Put on a show, sell tickets and hot dogs, try on clown shoes, or jump on the s...
02/15/2024

Ready to take the stage in Circusville? πŸŽͺ Put on a show, sell tickets and hot dogs, try on clown shoes, or jump on the spinning ring! ✨ Be a part of this circ-tacular, spectacular exhibit and bring your imagination under the big top NOW at Chicago Children's Museum. ✨

Meet Derek. Derek is a Play & Learning Supervisor at Chicago Children's Museum, and has been at the museum for just over...
02/12/2024

Meet Derek. Derek is a Play & Learning Supervisor at Chicago Children's Museum, and has been at the museum for just over a year! This weekend, join Derek and other CCM friends for our Presidents' Day Show & Tell Showcase. He will be exploring tap dance during the showcase! πŸ‘žπŸ•Ί

Derek graduated from Ball State University for Dance & Theatre and has a passion for lots of styles of dance like contemporary, modern, improv, jazz, and tap. Tap dance combines movement and creating music and rhythm with your feet, and Derek is excited to share his special skill with everyone!

πŸ“… Show & Tell Showcase is February 17-19 in the Great Hall at Chicago Children’s Museum from 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm. The museum will also have extended hours on Presidents' Day (Feb. 19) from 10am-5pm! πŸ•”

Learn more at chicagochildrensmuseum.org/program-calendar!

Welcome to Art Studio, where you're allowed (and encouraged) to paint on the walls! πŸŽ¨πŸ–ŒοΈ Experiment with new ways of pain...
02/10/2024

Welcome to Art Studio, where you're allowed (and encouraged) to paint on the walls! πŸŽ¨πŸ–ŒοΈ Experiment with new ways of painting, like adding salt to paint and mixing oil colors with watercolor, now through March 4.

The clock is ticking ⏰ There's only 3 days left to vote for Chicago Children's Museum as the Best Children's Museum in U...
02/09/2024

The clock is ticking ⏰ There's only 3 days left to vote for Chicago Children's Museum as the Best Children's Museum in USA TODAY's 10Best Readers' Choice Awards!πŸ† It takes less than a minute, and 3 clicks, to vote. Thank you for your support!

πŸ₯³ This Presidents' Day, enjoy fun all weekend long followed by extended hours of play (10am-5pm) on Monday, February 19!...
02/08/2024

πŸ₯³ This Presidents' Day, enjoy fun all weekend long followed by extended hours of play (10am-5pm) on Monday, February 19! πŸ₯³

Do you have a hobby, special skill, or collection? Meet some members of our Chicago Children's Museum team who do, and try your hand at something new! Our Show & Tell Showcase is February 17-19 from 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm in Great Hall at Chicago Children's Museum.

Thank you for such a great weekend to all who attended Play for All Adaptive Sports and to our community partner Dare2tr...
02/06/2024

Thank you for such a great weekend to all who attended Play for All Adaptive Sports and to our community partner Dare2tri! Visitors got to try out handcycling, wheelchair racing, roller sled hockey, and more. 🚲🦽 Save the date for our next Play for All event on April 6 and stay tuned for registration opening in early March!

Lights, camera, action πŸŽ₯🎬 Circusville has rolled out the red carpet, made headlines, and hosted local television crews d...
02/03/2024

Lights, camera, action πŸŽ₯🎬 Circusville has rolled out the red carpet, made headlines, and hosted local television crews during its first week open - and we're not done yet!

Thanks to all who have played with us and showed Chicago life under the big top. Get a glimpse of Circusville at chicagochildrensmuseum.org/media-coverage and don't forget to come see it for yourself!

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Have you looked up in Circusville? πŸ‘€β¬†οΈ Did you notice these colorful pennants hanging? All the way back in September, vi...
01/31/2024

Have you looked up in Circusville? πŸ‘€β¬†οΈ Did you notice these colorful pennants hanging? All the way back in September, visitors in the museum's Art Studio created glittery designs on colorful fabric flags to add some sparkle and pizzazz to the show ring! πŸŽͺ We love including littles' creations in our exhibits and spaces!

Have YOU registered for Play for All? 🫡 Families and children with disabilities and CCM members are invited to this Adap...
01/27/2024

Have YOU registered for Play for All? 🫡 Families and children with disabilities and CCM members are invited to this Adaptive Sports event on February 3 with Dare2tri. Explore the endless possibilities for athletes with disabilities and try out roller sled hockey, Judo, wheelchair racing, and more...

Find out more at chicagochildrensmuseum.org/play-for-all and share this with any families or organizations who might be interested!

Today is Circusville's opening day and we loved seeing all the ringmasters, hot dog vendors, and acrobats under the big ...
01/26/2024

Today is Circusville's opening day and we loved seeing all the ringmasters, hot dog vendors, and acrobats under the big top! πŸŽͺ πŸ€Ήβ€β™€οΈ (P.S. If you visited the museum and enjoyed your day at the circus, we could use your vote in USA TODAY's 10Best Readers' Choice Awards!)

USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice Awards has chosen Chicago Children's Museum as a nominee for Best Children's Museum! πŸ† Vote now through Monday, February 12 at 11:59am EST.

You can cast one vote per person, per category, per day so get clicking and cast those ballots: https://10best.usatoday.com/awards/travel/best-childrens-museum-2024/chicago-childrens-museum-chicago-illinois/

To-do this morning:β˜‘οΈ πŸ›οΈ Get out of bed β˜‘οΈ β˜• Make morning coffeeβ˜‘οΈ πŸ—³οΈ Vote Chicago Children's Museum for Best Children's...
01/21/2024

To-do this morning:
β˜‘οΈ πŸ›οΈ Get out of bed
β˜‘οΈ β˜• Make morning coffee
β˜‘οΈ πŸ—³οΈ Vote Chicago Children's Museum for Best Children's Museum in the 2024 USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice Awards!
β˜‘οΈ 🍳 Eat breakfast

Voting is so easy, it fits perfectly into your morning routine! In less than 1 minute, support Chicago Children's Museum and cast your ballot at https://10best.usatoday.com/awards/travel/best-childrens-museum-2024/chicago-childrens-museum-chicago-illinois/.

(P.S. you can vote every day until Feb. 12...)

01/21/2024

πŸŽͺ Circusville opens NEXT WEEK on Thursday, January 25! πŸŽͺ

Have you ever wondered what it's like to swing from a trapeze bar? Have you ever tried to dazzle an audience with your spinning plates skills, or dared to explore a new point of view from a high pair of stilts?

Circusville: Play Under the Big Top lets littles explore all of that, and more! Whether they take on the role of acrobat or ticket taker, every child can express themselves, unleash their imaginations, embrace new challenges and shine!

Join us on February 3 for a special Play for All event with Dare2tri for children and families with disabilities and CCM...
01/19/2024

Join us on February 3 for a special Play for All event with Dare2tri for children and families with disabilities and CCM members! Explore the endless possibilities in Adaptive Sports for athletes with disabilities. Visitors can try handcycling, wheelchair racing, Judo, bocce, roller sled hockey, and more!

🎟️ The first 500 children and families with disabilities who register will receive free admission! Pre-registration is required for free admission.
πŸš— Attendees receive a 10% discount on Navy Pier parking.
⏰ Enjoy an exclusive hour of play at 10 am, before the museum opens to the public at 11 am.
πŸ”— Register at chicagochildrensmuseum.org/play-for-all

USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice Awards has chosen Chicago Children's Museum as a nominee for Best Children's Museum!Chi...
01/17/2024

USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice Awards has chosen Chicago Children's Museum as a nominee for Best Children's Museum!

Chicago Children's Museum has provided playful learning experiences for children and families across Chicagoland and beyond for more than 40 years. Celebrate play by voting Chicago Children's Museum for USA TODAY's Best Children's Museum!

Now through Monday, February 12 at 11:59am EST, you can cast one vote per person, per category, per day so get clicking and cast those ballots!

Vote today at 10best.usatoday.com/awards/travel/best-childrens-museum-2024/

🚧 Under Construction: Circusville 🚧Get ready to join the circus on Thursday, January 25! Explore life under the big top ...
01/13/2024

🚧 Under Construction: Circusville 🚧

Get ready to join the circus on Thursday, January 25! Explore life under the big top and over-the-top fun. Littles can choose to be the star of the show, take on the role of ticket taker, acrobat, hot dog vendor and more.

The museum has been hard at work getting this brand new exhibit ready, and you're getting a peek inside the big top tent! Keep your eyes peeled for more.

01/11/2024

On Monday, January 15 from 10 am to 5 pm, join Chicago Children's Museum to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King with a story lounge and special print-making workshop in Art Studio!

If you can't join us in person, explore digital resources on our website like this one to encourage reflection and conversation at home with your littles. Read along with CCM friends to learn about the contributions of Dr. King, Rosa Parks, Ruby Bridges and African American inventors who have touched our everyday lives!

Discover more at chicagochildrensmuseum.org/mlk-day-celebration.

Thank you for two weeks of winter play! From December 26 through January 7, we were open daily and welcomed nearly 25,00...
01/10/2024

Thank you for two weeks of winter play! From December 26 through January 7, we were open daily and welcomed nearly 25,000 guests and 8 community organizations! We moved, grooved, boxed, and more...

Thank you to every organization who joined our Winter Weeks of Play and, of course, each one of you who came and played with us!

πŸ’ƒ Ameya Performing Arts
🩰 Old Town School of Folk Music
πŸ‡§πŸ‡· Gingarte Capoeira
πŸ•Ί Ballet Folklorico de Chicago
πŸ‘― Dance Avondale
πŸ₯Š Chicago Youth Boxing Club
πŸ₯‹ Fonseca Martial Arts
🎀 Chemical X Dance Crew

On Dr. Martin Luther King Day (Monday, Jan. 15) celebrate Dr. King and his legacy at Chicago Children's Museum!πŸ“š Story L...
01/08/2024

On Dr. Martin Luther King Day (Monday, Jan. 15) celebrate Dr. King and his legacy at Chicago Children's Museum!

πŸ“š Story Lounge on Floor 2 πŸ“š
From 10 am to 4 pm, visit our story lounge to peruse children's books on the civil rights movement, race, and identity. Explore resources to help you have conversations with your children about race. Design your own Dr. King Day badge to commemorate the holiday.

🎨 Printmaking with Visiting Artist Derek Moore in Art Studio 🎨
From 10:30 am to 4 pm, work with local artist and educator Derek Moore to explore printmaking and create messages of hope and action inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ages 4 and up.

Learn more at chicagochildrensmuseum.org/mlk-day-celebration!

Christine and her mom, Roseanne, have started a new tradition: volunteering together in the dough workshop during the ho...
01/07/2024

Christine and her mom, Roseanne, have started a new tradition: volunteering together in the dough workshop during the holidays! πŸ‘©β€πŸ³Dough workshop is extra special for the two because of their own family tradition of baking and decorating sugar cookies for friends over the last twenty years. (That's how long the dough workshop has been an Art Studio tradition, too!)

Now in Art Studio, Roseanne uses her baking expertise to lend a helping hand alongside her daughter! ⭐ She prepared batches of dough, greeted families, and helped littles use flour and rolling pins.

Join us in Art Studio before our last dough workshop on January 8!

On February 3, we're calling ALL champions to join us for a special Play for All event with Chicago Children's Museum an...
01/06/2024

On February 3, we're calling ALL champions to join us for a special Play for All event with Chicago Children's Museum and Dare2tri! πŸ† CCM members and children and families with disabilities are invited to discover the endless possibilities for athletes with disabilities, and can participate in activities like roller sled hockey, handcycling, wheelchair racing, and more...

⚑ The first 500 children and families with disabilities who pre-register will receive FREE admission
πŸ“… Feb. 3 from 10 am-12 pm
πŸ‘₯ The museum opens to the public at 11 am

Register at chicagochildrensmuseum.org/play-for-all!

New year, new exhibit! πŸŽͺ On Thursday, January 25, step right up and join the circus... In Circusville, littles experienc...
01/05/2024

New year, new exhibit! πŸŽͺ On Thursday, January 25, step right up and join the circus... In Circusville, littles experience life under the big top and over-the-top play! Be the star of the show, take on the role of ticket taker, practice on trapeze bars, and more. 🀹🎟️

A Year of Play, Learning, and Fun at Chicago Children's Museum looks like...πŸ‘₯ 290,000+ total visitors⭐ 44,000+ visitors ...
01/02/2024

A Year of Play, Learning, and Fun at Chicago Children's Museum looks like...
πŸ‘₯ 290,000+ total visitors
⭐ 44,000+ visitors through Museums for All
🚌 6,500+ field trip students
✏️ 30 teachers and 600+ students in Playing with Numbers
🎨 20+ workshops and themes in Art Studio, Tinkering Lab, and Pritzker Playspace

Join us for another year of play in 2024 and tag us in your playful moments Chicago Children's Museum! We can't wait to see you!

01/01/2024

It's getting chilly outside πŸ₯Ά Warm up with Hebru Brantley's Flyboy and Chicago Children's Museum. We're open daily through January 7 for Winter Weeks of Play! Enjoy special activities and fun for everyone!

What a week of play! Now through January 7, join us for daily play, special activities, and fun for everyone. Move, danc...
12/30/2023

What a week of play! Now through January 7, join us for daily play, special activities, and fun for everyone. Move, dance, and play the day away during Winter Weeks of Play at Chicago Children's Museum ❄️

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