The nice thing about living in Chicago is there’s no need to stress yourself out over where to take your toddler from day to day. If you need to get out of the house, and hanging out at the park isn’t an appealing option, the Chicago Children’s Museum has you covered. Now that big kids are back in school, every weekday is host to a different playgroup where your little monster(s) can participate with glee (or wander off to check out one of the open playrooms, if they lose interest.) The Toddler Takeover playgroups are informal, simple to attend and staffed by plenty of watchful adults just in case someone loses an eye (just kidding).
If you go
Chicago Children’s Museum (Located at Navy Pier)
700 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Thursdays being the optimal hang-out day for my family, the Kids Car Wash was the perfect playgroup for us. Located in the Kids Town section of the museum, this interactive group invites children to grab a sponge and get down to cleaning! In the designated “car wash” corner sits a life-sized toy car for the kids to scrub from the inside out. This activity is geared towards building the little one’s gross motor skills, promoting the use of tools and encouraging team work. Bulking up those little muscles for future grunt work around the house is fine by me. Get to work, kids!
Other playgroups include Hammer Time (future architects start here), Toddler Yoga (bliss out before or after naptime) and Baby’s Got a Boo-Boo (say bye-bye to owies).
Each playgroup is different, so no matter what your kids are into, they’ll have a fun experience.
Of course, the playgroups aren’t the only things offered. If your independent little one isn’t into the group thing, you’ve got the entire rest of the museum to explore.
Toddler Takeover is best for kids 1-4. Get a rundown of the rest of the daily playgroups here.