Check out all the FREE Days in 2018 at Chicago Children’s Museum — Need an after school family pick-me-up? Check out the FREE Days in 2018 at Chicago Children’s Museum – The Chicago Children’s Museum has free admission for Illinois residents on Thursday nights from 5-8pm so grab the kids and head down for some great family interactive fun! (In addition, on the “First Sunday” of the month, there is free admission for Illinois residents all day for ages 15 and under).
The Museum’s mission is to create a community where play and learning connect, and the primary audience is children up through the fifth grade including their families, along with the school and community groups that support and influence children’s growth and development. CLICK AT BOTTOM FOR MORE INFORMATION
Chicago Children’s Museum is proud to partner with Kraft Foods to present Kraft Free Family Night, every Thursday evening from 5-8pm, when Illinois families can enjoy the entire museum free of charge. Each year, more than 55,000 participants are enriched by the cultural, interactive, and family-oriented programs offered during Kraft Free Family Night.
Veterans & Active Military
For their service to our country, veterans and active military receive free admission every day. Please present a valid form of military status identification at the admissions desk to receive free admission.
Teachers, Firefighters, & Police Officers
To honor the contributions teachers, police officers and firefighters make to the community every day, Chicago Children’s Museum offers a discounted admission price of $5.00 to teachers, firefighters and police officers with a valid form of employment identification.
Museum for All Discounted Admission
As a Museums for All partner, we offer any Illinois family that qualifies for state food assistance and is in possession of an EBT or WIC card, admission to the museum for up to 6 people for $3. To qualify for theMuseum for All rate, the group must include at least one adult and one child 15 years old or younger. Simply present your EBT or WIC card to Chicago Children’s Museum—and enjoy your visit! Click here to learn more.
Educator and Student Researcher Tours
Chicago Children’s Museum welcomes educators, museum professionals, and student visitors to explore the museum and learn about play-based learning in action. Our doors are open and admission is waived seven days a week from 1 p.m. to close for self-guided exploration and observation for adult visitors not accompanied by a child visitor. Please check-in at the membership desk after 1:00 pm, present your educator/student identification and enjoy the museum! Educators or high school and university student groups of more than 10 people should pre-register as a group visit, by calling (312) 464-8249.
Extensive observations of Art Abounds Studio, Tinkering Lab or other museum exhibits for more than one day in the same month, please request your specific observation needs here.
Target Free Family Night and Subsidized Transportation
Are you bringing a group of 35 people or more to Target Free Family Night? The museum offers subsidized transportation for qualifying community and educational organizations serving low-income families each week on Target Free Family Night. Bus grants are available for qualifying schools and organizations. To complete an application for a bus grant or for more information, visit the Free Field Trips page.
Student Field Visits
Chicago Children’s Museum offers a variety of ways for students, and the important adults in their lives, to experience hands-on, playful learning. All exhibits and education programs are aligned with Illinois State Learning Standards and are an ideal way to bring classroom curriculum to life. Check out more information on field trips. For our Educator’s Guide to Exhibits, please click here.
Discounted Field Trips
Chicago Children’s Museum offers discounted field trips to 501(c) 3 organizations serving low-income families and schools with 80% or more of their students approved for free and reduced priced meals (as cited by the Illinois Department of Education). Find out more by checking out our Discounted Field Trips page.
Free Field Trips
Chicago Children’s Museum offers free field trips to 501(c) 3 organizations serving low-income families and schools with 95% or more of their students approved for free and reduced priced meals (as cited by the Illinois Department of Education). Find out more by checking out our Free Field Trips page.
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