Chicago Children’s Museum’s exhibits are built to play.
Our experts in education, design, and child development have done the hard part for each experience we’ve created—we’ve researched it, developed it, tested it, and worked out the kinks.
It takes us a year to design an exhibit that a child understands in a second—and can play in for hours, and revisit for years.
Learn more how you can bring these hand-crafted, unique experiences into your space:
Skyline Tool Box
Skyline Tool Box provides a hands-on DIY experience with real hardware and tools that inspire visitors to create original structures—some big enough to walk inside.
Each Skyline Tool Box includes:
A building system that includes pre-drilled wooden struts and braces, hardware and tools, fabric curtain walls, and a variety of props.
Custom-made triangular braces that allow visitors to build large, stable structures.
A wheeled cart designed for easy access and portability.
Skyline Tool Box details:
Best for ages 4 and up
Requires a minimum of 500 square feet
Price: $35,000 plus shipping
Forts To Go
Forts To Go invites visitors to construct and play within their own special places, creating a world beyond what others can see, do, or build.
Each Forts To Go exhibit includes:
Common materials for users to use in uncommon ways, including:
Tables and chairs
Hooks and fasteners to ensure stable fort building
Forts To Go details:
Best for children of all ages (not to mention grownups)
Available in 3 options:
Mini (100-150 square feet)
Town (400-500 square feet)
City (800-1000 square feet)
Mini: $16,000 plus shipping
Town: $27,000 plus shipping
City: $43,000 plus shipping
The funky, asymmetrical design of Tire Mountain invites both novice and experienced climbers to stretch, climb, conquer, problem-solve, and take safe risks.
The Tire Mountain exhibit includes:
Stacked tires that are accessible from all points (over, around, and through), with sections designed for guests who use wheelchairs.
Rappelling ropes for climbers looking for an extra challenge.
A bell at the summit to motivate and encourage climbers to keep going.
Tire Mountain details:
Best for ages 2 and up
Requires a minimum of 800 square feet
Price: $26,000 plus fall protection and shipping
Sensory play experiences
These small interactives can bring new life to an existing exhibit or add activity to an under-utilized space.
Clay Head Table
This interactive encourages self-expression and is a wonderful way to incorporate clay in an unstaffed setting.
Good for children and grownups of all ages
Price: $7,000 plus shipping
Sand and Light Table
Our sand table offers a deeper sensory experience, with an illuminated design hidden under the sand.
Best for toddlers
Price: $8,000 plus shipping
A simple door becomes a captivating interactive to experiment with the sounds and feels of authentic hardware. This is a great way to add an activity for infants and toddlers to a maker space or construction experience.
Best for infants and toddlers
Design consultation services
The education, exhibit, and design professionals at Chicago Children’s Museum are available to consult on your exhibit or project. Contact us for details.