Facilitated Workshops

CCM has developed hands-on, effective workshops to support adult learners in the areas of play, math, science, literacy, arts and documentation. These are perfect for classroom or centers-based educators, as well as parents! Typically, these workshops are 1-3 hours in length and can be facilitated at the museum or at your site. Some workshops may be extended into multi-session series.

Looking for a workshop longer than three hours? Call (312) 464-7681 to inquire about planning a custom-designed professional development opportunity.

E-mail our Adult Programs department for more information or call (312) 464-7743

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Inspiring a Love of Books
When children get turned on to reading, their literacy skills skyrocket! But how can you lead more reluctant readers to the launching pad? This workshop demonstrates how playful activities can foster these important skills while motivating children to read, read, read!

The Journey of Art: Sustaining Creativity Through Open-Ended Activities
Learn by doing, as you explore process and product approaches to teaching art to young children. Discover how open-ended activities encourage children’s natural creativity, and help them become confident, independent learners.

Let's Play with Math!
Fundamental math concepts can be explored even before a child is able to count. Discover dynamic, hands-on ways to bring math to life in your classroom. We’ll explore unique activities that focus on early math skills, including creative ways to measure, sort and classify, as well as colorful ways to explore patterns and rhythm.

Play and Learning: Exploring the Connection
Explore the fascinating world of children’s main vocation: play! Leave with concrete tools for identifying the amazing feats of learning that occur during play, as well as practical ideas on how to support, inspire, and champion children’s play in the classroom and their communities.

Wonders of Science
It’s never too early to start thinking like a scientist! We’ll start with fundamental principles and work through lively, hands-on activities that demonstrate how even the youngest child can embark on scientific thinking.

Field Trips for Grown-Ups!
We also offer field trips for adults at Chicago Children’s Museum, in order to provide valuable opportunities to observe growth and learning in our unique environments. These are perfect for high school students, college students and groups of educators alike.


Registration Information

Workshop Fees
  • $5 per person for a field trip (maximum 100 participants)
  • $250 for 1-hour workshop for High School, College Students and Parents (maximum 30 participants)
  • $400 for 3 hour workshop for educators (maximum 25 participants)
  • $25 for each additional participant
Program Availability: Monday – Saturday, year-round
Registration: Call us! Our museum rep would love to answer your questions and book your workshop: (312) 464-7681