Raising a kid in Chicago means that there are so many children’s museums to enjoy. You don’t have to wait until your baby is a bit older, though! These museums prove that it’s never too early to start learning.
Bond with your baby in the Pritzker Playspace, a private space open various hours throughout the day for babies and toddlers. From there, take them to the Tinkering Lab where they can safely explore the Early Learning Nook featuring touchable tools, interactive wall panels, exciting shakers and more. There’s a special infant area at Treehouse Trails and the popular Kids Town even includes a semi-private Caregiver Nook when you need a break.
Plan an outing to the Baby & Me program, a free meetup group that gives new parents time to ask questions to a nurse from Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. The museum also offers four infant and crawler stations, each with stimulating toys and short padded walls to allow parents to look over and watch any older kids nearby. New moms can also enjoy Habitat Park where they can stroll and explore the outdoor natural space within the museum.
Babies are able to learn through play thanks to the three Young Explorers areas. Whether it’s learning about cause and effect or light and shadows, each station is designed for 2 and under. These areas can be found throughout the museum: Creativity Connections Young Explorers, Build It Young Explorers and Math Connections Young Explorers.
The Tummy Time exhibit is designed for infants and toddlers to discover their world at their own pace. By using their senses, infants are encouraged to spend time on their tummies. There’s plenty of room to roam around and with the area gated, you don’t have to worry about your crawling babies getting too far either.
This article originally appeared in the digital edition of Hey Baby. Read the rest of the issue.