Adler Planetarium’s out-of-this-world play place for kids

Adler Planetarium’s Planet Explorers is the place every kid wishes was their playroom. Because most young children dream of traveling to space, right?

If you go

Adler Planetarium

1300 South Lake Shore Drive

Chicago, IL 60605


An expedition to Planet Explorers is a must when you visit the planetarium, especially if your children are new to Earth and not yet ready for the magnitude of the cosmic wonder super show, Destination Solar System. In other words, toddlers will love it.

Once here, you’ll most likely be convinced by your child to be part of the Mission Control Guard team. This means you must wear the “backpack” of an astronaut with a life support system and integrated water and oxygen tanks. You can then climb aboard the two-story rocket ship and prepare for a space flight.

Or perhaps, you’d rather remain on Earth where you can stargaze and explore within the boundaries of the backyard in a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can let your child roam through the caves and tunnels. It’s a crawler’s paradise with plenty of space to explore. Or drive X MOVERS — mini land-based vehicles — to visit Planet X.

Future astronauts will have a blast in this part of the planetarium. I, myself, didn’t want to leave!

Recommended age: 3-8.

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