Chicago Children's Museum by goatling

  • Chicago Children's Museum: please touch the exhibits

    Let’s face it: being a kid is tough. Even in the Windy City, with excitement around every corner, kids hear just one thing: “Don’t touch!” Fortunately, when it comes to its Children’s Museum, Chicago is one place where the whole point is to touch the exhibits. Kids will finally get to explore all they want, while parents get a much-needed break from being the bad guys. This is what most parents call a win-win situation.

    Let’s face it: being a kid is tough. Even in the Windy City, with excitement around every corner, kids hear just one thing: “Don’t touch!” Fortunately, when it comes to its Children’s Museum, Chicago is one place where the whole point is to touch the exhibits. Kids will finally get to explore all they want, while parents get a much-needed break from being the bad guys. This is what most parents call a win-win situation.

    Three sprawling, spacious floors of interactive exhibits might just convince Mom and Dad to get in touch with their inner children. The Skyline exhibit invites children to build elaborate skyscrapers, while the Climbing Schooner will have kids climbing up the walls (literally). Instead of staring at art on the walls, museum visitors get to make their own masterpieces. Even the littlest visitors have something to keep them occupied. The Pritzker Playspace is a special area where babies get to enjoy their own entertainment, away from bossy siblings or rowdy first graders.

    Most kids hate the word “educational” as much as their parents love it. At the Chicago Children’s Museum, kids will be so busy having fun that they won’t even notice how much they’re learning. Sure, a paleontological quest to the Sahara seems like hefty learning material for little kids, until they get a chance to dig for fossils and check out fearsome T-rex teeth. Want your kiddos to learn about fire safety? There’s no better way than inviting them to take on the role of firefighters, from sliding down the pole to choosing the right gear.

    With so much to do, a whole day barely does the exhibits justice. The museum frequently changes things up and keeps things fresh. Temporary exhibits of the past have covered everything from Curious George to a feature on cardboard that finally explains why kids play with the box instead of the toy.

    The museum isn’t just a safe haven for parents. Add cool aunts, favorite uncles, grandparents, and babysitters to that list. For anyone who has kids in tow and needs to while away the day without endless reruns, the museum is a safe bet. Just don’t get too carried away, as some older kids might get slightly bored (although even preteens might have fun if they knew their friends wouldn’t find out!).

    With $12 tickets, admission to the Chicago Children’s Museum is a reasonably good deal. Check out the official website for occasional coupon deals. For locals or visitors who are watching the budget, keep in mind that parking charges can be steep. To save some extra money, take advantage of Chicago’s public transportation system and arrive in style on the bus.

    True, this museum may not have rare masterpieces or exotic artifacts. What it does offer is the chance for kids to get energetic, have fun, and be themselves, which is just as valuable. Parents never have to worry about kids touching the exhibits at the Children’s Museum—Chicago’s kid-friendly, parent-friendly version of a world-class museum.

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