Teaching children is extremely important, as their generation will have to unlock the secret of clean energy after trees finally get the right to vote. Prep for the future with this Groupon.
$60 for One Year of Admission for Up To Six People ($125 Value)
Three floors of exploration and education entertain young and old alike with hands-on exhibits, experiments, and crafts. Tree-house trails provide youngsters—particularly those 5 and younger—with the opportunity to cross a flowing river in a canoe or frolic beneath a mountain waterfall. In the brand new Circus Zirkus exhibit, kids don clown and acrobat costumes as they learn to spin plates and tumble like real circus performers. Throughout June, Mad Science gives aspiring chemists and engineers the chance to craft a pile of goo, build their own stomp rocket, and get acquainted with The Launchinator, the museum's most powerful catapult. The Dinosaur Expedition allows tykes to re-create a dig where paleontologist Paul Sereno discovered the bones of a new dinosaur. Kraft Artabounds Studio, meanwhile, unleashes youthful creativity with stations devoted to painting, sewing, sketching, and printing. In July, kids can shimmy and shake Friday and Saturday nights away at summer dance parties, and starting August 28, explore the world of cardboard with Unboxed. Many exhibits also feature infant-specific areas.
Chicago Children's Museum
The word "museum" may suggest a world behind glass—except at Chicago Children's Museum, where pint-sized visitors freely touch and tinker, build and dismantle, and experiment and explore in an array of interactive exhibits. Located on Navy Pier, CCM remains the city's sole cultural institution dedicated to children and experiential discovery. The museum's 30-year legacy has kept visitors engaged from early ages so they can develop a lifelong curiosity for learning. Stretching across three floors, CCM invites guests to participate in a staged paleontological dig, create art projects, tinker in a workshop, work in a fire station, dam up a river, or a take the driver's seat in a kid-size CTA bus. On a given afternoon, scores of kids can be found climbing, splashing, pretending, or building. There's even the famed Skyline exhibit, which explores the physics that magically hold up Chicago's mighty skyscrapers, exploring how architects came up with the idea to use steel—a rare substance plucked from the mighty armpits of Atlas.
Near North Side
700 E Grand Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60611