10 reasons to check out the Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn

One of our top wish list items as newbies to the Southwest suburbs was a visit to the Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn. My kids and I recently visited and we can safely say that the Museum has become one of our favorites so far in the area.



Here are reasons why this children’s museum should be next on your list.

A water table … and sand table! Having a water table always rocks their world, but throw in a sand table and they never want to leave.

Balls, ball and more balls. The first floor’s “Move It” exhibit was a hit with my three kiddos. Watch balls go down the “rollercoaster,” speed down a ramp and into a bucket or circle down the ramp. Learning about motion was never so much fun!

Pretty fun art center. Paint on glass. Spray water. Wipe clean with squeegee. Repeat. My kids literally did this for half an hour, and could have kept going on and on … and on.

Imagination runs wild. My pint-sized shopper loved picking up fruits and veggies, checking out the grocery items, cooking and serving me food. There was also a pretty cool theater for those wanting to be center stage.

Something for the little ones. I was happy to see a nice-size section for my one-year-old with soft blocks and toys for her age. Extra points for being gated.

Life-size operation. A wave of nostalgia went over me as I watched my kiddos removing organs from the gigantic version of the game I loved as a child.

Milk a cow. How many times can you say you’ve milked a cow at a museum?  Even though Clarabelle the Cow may not have been real and only water came out, the udders felt pretty realistic and the boys were beyond fascinated!

Cutest baby chicks ever! You won’t need to go to your local farm to see these little cuties.

Easy to get to. Coming from the city? Take the train to the Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn with its location right next to the Metra Oak Lawn Train Station. No need to worry about parking since it’s free on the fifth floor of the parking garage.

Nearby food options. Bring a snack, or take a lunch break at any of the eateries located close by, such as Potbelly’s. Plus, the museum is located right next to Dunkin’ Donuts for a much-needed coffee break.

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