When it feels like you've run dry on ideas to keep the kids
busy, a trip to a children's museum is a no-fail.
Here's what's new and fun:
Parents will love: The small
size is great for little kids; it's large enough to be fun, but
easy for parents to keep an eye on them. Plus at only $6 per
person, it's very reasonable.
Kids will love: The giant
indoor treehouse encourages climbing, while the stage area allows
for drama and theatrics. Kids can do it all in their
What's new: The newly
donated fairy tale castle and fantasy
village make the museum feel like a whole new place.
Let the kids' imaginations run wild in the firehouse, police
station and market.
Don't miss: Every Wednesday,
there is an artist who teaches kids painting techniques and
projects. Every Thursday at 11:15 a.m., there is a musical
sing-along with a teacher playing instruments.
Parents will love: As soon as your little one
is toddling, this museum is designed to engage and entice with 17
interactive, hands-on exhibits. Plus the attached Cosi café
provides a wonderful food option.
Kids will love: The
Dominick's supermarket is just one of the many experiences where
kids can participate in familiar real-life activities. From
shopping the aisles to working the register, kids run the
What's new: The Eggs
to Chicks exhibit opens March 19, where kids can see baby
chicks emerging. From the end of May through Labor Day, exhibits on
the life cycle of the monarch butterfly and the science of rotation
will be on display.
Don't miss: A two-acre
outdoor Habitat Park for kids to explore and connect with nature.
From the prairie grass maze to the climbing structures, it's a
great extension of the museum.
Parents will love: The first
Sunday of each month kids 15 and under are free. Every Thursday
from 5-8 p.m., everyone is free.
Kids will love: There is fun
everywhere you look, from the life-size fire truck to the dinosaur
dig to the water works tables. You can make a whole day of fun at
What's new: Tinkering Lab is
the new permanent exhibit that allows kids and adults to work with
real tools and materials to develop their own products and
Don't miss: Unboxed, the
cardboard exhibit. It's still there through May 5. They provide the
cardboard and craft materials. The kids provide the creative
Parents will love: With
more than 20,000 square feet, the museum is divided
into eight neighborhoods to explore with clusters of exhibits in
each area. It's easy to spend your whole day here.
Kids will love: The Waterway
& Bubbles and Airworks areas allow younger kids to get their
hands wet in a real hands-on adventure, while the AWEsome
Electricity area ignites the minds of older kids.
What's new: The unique
S.M.A.R.T Café provides healthy and reasonably priced meals, while
also teaching kids to experience science, math, art, reading and
Don't miss: Included in
admission, there is a daily art project in the drop-in studio that
kids can create and take home to remember their visit.
Parents will love: It's the
first and only African American children's museum in the country
that integrates history into the experience of learning through
play. It's geared towards kids 3-9.
Kids will love: The You Are
What You Eat exhibit teaches kids about the five food groups, while
also teaching about African Americans in the food
What's new: The S.T.E.M
Rocks exhibit launched during Black History Month features aspects
of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the African
Don't miss: The three
exhibits each have one-hour tours on Tuesdays-Saturdays that
include an oral presentation, craft project, short film and
Parents will love: There is
nothing else like it in the Will County area and it's an affordable
outing for the family at just $6 per person.
Kids will love: Absolutely
everything in the museum is meant to be touched and
What's new: The giant
Operation game table based on the buzzing board game has come to
life. It's real fun for both the kids and their nostalgic
Don't miss: The recently
finished fishing dock area is ready for passengers with a huge
rowboat, life jackets and fishing gear.
Parents will love: The size of the museum hits
the sweet spot between too small and too large. You can be on the
second floor and still see your child at all times, even with the
many exhibit areas.
Kids will love: Designed for
kids up to 12, there is something for everyone. Little ones can run
free in the vet area and grocery store, while older kids use their
imaginations in the build-it workshop or raceway
What's new: Opening this
spring, Megan's Mazes allows children to sharpen their critical
thinking skills with different winding mazes and
Don't miss: The
We the People exhibit is like none in the
country with two beam pieces from the World Trade Center Towers. It
focuses on unity, friendship and patriotism.