Field Museum’s Crown Family PlayLab gets a refresh

Early learners’ favorite spot at The Field Museum just got an upgrade.

The museum recently renovated its Crown Family PlayLab, a play space dedicated for ages 2-6. Little ones can visit the PlayLab daily from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Some of these changes include fresh paint, new flooring and innovative upgrades to the learning stations.

“Our family has been involved with the Field Museum for more than 50 years and we are delighted to be a partner in the museum’s efforts to engage Chicago’s youngest explorers in the Crown Family PlayLab and—through this renovation—to provide new ways for the museum to support visitors with disabilities,” said William C. Kunkler, a Field Museum trustee, in a press release. 

Children of all abilities can enjoy the following revamped stations in the 7,200-square-foot space:

  • The Science Lab: Use scientific tools to get a closer look of real specimens.
  • Dino Dig: See a new graphic of Sue that helps kids learn about fossils. 
  • Pueblo: The museum’s Native American Advisory Group improved this area with cultural accuracy. There’s a new landscape mural showcasing the Pueblo, colored corn stalks and photographs of current-day Pueblo people. 
  • Illinois Woodland: Try on new costumes—for all ages—and act onstage as your favorite woodland animal. 
  • BookNook: Read a new selection of natural history books, including copies in multiple languages. 
  • Rhythm Room: Play on new music stands and instruments. 
  • Discovery Play Studio: Explore the 6-foot-wide magnetic wall, building blocks station and wheelchair-accessible sensory table. 

You can find the Crown Family PlayLab on the ground level of the Field Museum. The space also hosts the museum’s Sensory Saturdays, a free monthly program for children with special needs (RSVP required).


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