Best Chicago art museums for kids


Elmhurst Art Museum

Parents will love: How easy and inexpensive it is to visit this museum-no fussing with downtown Chicago parking! Admission is only $5 adults, $3 kids, and free for kids 4 and under. Fridays are free for all visitors.

Kids will love:Making their own art at free drop-in programs on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. On other days, grab an activity guide when you visit the museum to help guide kids through the exhibits with games, questions and scavenger hunts. Kids get a free prize for completing the activities.

Don't miss: The current exhibition "No Rules: Contemporary Clay," which uses clay in unique ways. Check out the life-size tree with a tree house made from porcelain or artist Teri Frame's video performance where she creates different faces on herself from clay. Kids and adults will love this exhibit that goes beyond playdough.

While you're there: This is a small museum easily combined with a visit to the nearby Elmhurst Historical Museum and the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, where kids can learn about rocks and gemstones.


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