Free & Discounted Visits

One of Chicago Children's Museum's core beliefs is that play is the right of every child, regardless of ability, background, or income. The following free programs and discounts help ensure that all of Chicago's children and families have a safe, welcoming, place for play and learning.

Free Days and Times

Groups of 18 or more must register for Target Free Family Night or Free First Sundays by calling (312) 464-8249.

Target Free Family Night
Thursday Evenings 5pm – 8pm
Free admission for all visitors

Free First Sundays
First Sunday of each month
Free admission for visitors 15 and under

Admission Coupon

Planning a visit to Chicago Children's Museum and looking to save on admission prices? Print our current coupon and present it at the admissions desk!

Military, Civil Service, and Teachers

Chicago Children's Museum participates in the Blue Star Museums program each summer. In fact, we are proud to extend those benefits to active duty military families year-round. Members of the United States military on active duty receive four free admissions.

Chicago Children's Museum also honors other vital civil servants with free admission. Police officers, firefighters, veterans, and teachers all receive one free admission to Chicago Children's Museum year-round.

Free admission for police officers, firefighters, veterans and active military families is generously supported by Jeffery and Dena Perry and Family.

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 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.

Scouts

CCM offers a variety of ways for your troop to earn badges. Learn more. about our Girl Scout Events.

Play For All Events

Held the second Saturday of every month, Play For All events invite children and families with disabilities to experience Chicago Children's Museum's inclusive, multisensory exhibits and programs. The museum opens one hour early, at 9am, for pre-registered guests. The first 100 visitors to register receive free admission. Group opportunities are available. For more information, including registration information and accommodation requests, call the Play For All hotline at (312) 321-6551.

Parker Program

Throughout the school year, Chicago Children's Museum welcomes students with disabilities to explore the museum's interactive exhibits with specially-trained students from Francis W. Parker School as their guides. The program provides free transportation and museum admission to participating classrooms. For more information, contact us.

Community Family Membership Program

Chicago-based 501(c)3 not-for-profit community organizations primarily serving low-income families may be eligible to partner with Chicago Children’s Museum to provide discounted annual memberships to their families. Benefits include free admission for up to six family members, discounts on parking and museum store purchases, and more! Visit our Community Membership page for more information.

Go Chicago Card

Chicago Children's Museum is a proud participant of Go Chicago Card, which provides access to over 30 of Chicago's top attractions and tours for a single low price. Save up to 55% compared to the cost of purchasing separate tickets!