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Community Partnerships

Play Partners

At Chicago Children's Museum, we believe in the power of play to activate children's learning and engage every domain of a young child's development. Each year, we partner with metropolitan-area organizations that share this philosophy, creating a network that supports open-ended play both within the museum and outside our walls. Meet our latest education partners that have made a commitment to play-based learning!


Sonnets Academy, located in Lincoln Park, River North, West Loop and Hyde Park, makes play the centerpiece of its discovery-based curriculum and enrichment programs for children six weeks to six years. All Sonnets Academy families receive a complimentary Chicago Children’s Museum membership, providing boundless opportunities to reinforce learning in play-based exhibits and activities that delight, inspire and support developmental milestones.


Kids are natural mathematicians. In this intensive professional development program, created by Chicago Children's Museum, K-1 teacher cohorts explore innovative strategies for infusing play into their math
instruction—to keep the love of math alive from early education and beyond!

Our 2016-2017 Playing with Numbers roster included 53 teachers from these 20 Chicago Public Schools:

Burke Elementary

O'Keeffe Elementary 

West Ridge Elementary 

South Loop Elementary

Ogden Elementary 

James Otis World Language 

McCormick Elementary 

CICS West Belden 

Gunsaulus Scholastic Academy 

Coonley Elementary

Wadsworth STEM Elementary

George Washington Carver Primary School 

Sabin Dual Language Magnet School 

Marquette School of Excellence 

Lazaro Cardenas Elementary 

Beaubien Elementary 

Frazier Preparatory Academy 

Ravenswood Elementary 

Johnson School of Excellence 

Columbia Explorers Academy

Download a printable program overview here.

Playing with Numbers is made possible through the generosity of the CME Group Foundation, Polk Bros. Foundation, Oppenheimer Family Foundation and Ernst & Young.