Volunteering | Chicago Children's Museum at Navy Pier


Volunteer Opportunities

Lend a hand at Chicago Children’s Museum, and make an important difference to the thousands of children and families who visit each year. Volunteers are an essential part of the CCM team, and we have opportunities to suit almost every schedule and interest. To learn more about the many ways for individuals, organizations, and corporations to volunteer at Chicago Children’s Museum, please see the information below, call (312) 464-7652, or email us.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Age 16 or older
  • Willing to commit to the required time commitment of two shifts per month for at least three months
  • Friendly and enthusiastic
  • Reliable and flexible
  • Consent to a background check (if under 19, no background check is required but applicant must have guardian’s consent)
  • Attend a volunteer orientation
  • Check out the graphic on the right to see what kind of volunteering might be best for you!

Benefits of Volunteering

  • Invitations to volunteer events
  • Invitations to training and development opportunities
  • Opportunity to fulfill service learning hours
  • Opportunity to meet new people
  • Free admission to museum and additional discounts for parking, museum gift shop, and select Navy Pier vendors.
  • A chance to make a difference!

Group and Corporate Volunteering

If you are interested in a group volunteer opportunity at Chicago Children’s Museum, please complete the following form and we will contact you when an opportunity becomes available.


To be considered to become an active museum volunteer, check out our opportunities below and complete a volunteer application.

Administrative Volunteer
Work “behind the scenes” in CCM’s administrative offices, in any area from marketing to human resources.
When: Weekdays from 9am to 5pm and some evening hours
Ideal for: Those seeking consistent or occasional weekday opportunities, who possess or want to improve their administrative skills, and are available on an as-needed basis.

All in One
Don’t want to limit yourself? Become an All-In-One volunteer and have access to all available opportunities listed, from Guest Connections to Community programs.
When: Daily, 10am-5pm and Thursdays and Saturdays, 5-8pm
Ideal for: Volunteers looking for variety and consistent weekday and/or weekend opportunities, who are flexible and willing to commit to at least two shifts per month.

Arts Learning Volunteer
Work alongside CCM’s arts educators when you lend your artistic talents to art-based, public programs in CCM’s Kraft Artabounds Studio.
When: Thursdays, 5-8pm, weekdays and weekends, 1-5pm
Ideal for: Creative art enthusiasts looking for a consistent weekday/weekend or evening opportunity, who are comfortable interacting with visitors, and are willing to volunteer at least twice per month.

Community Connections
Assist our staff with fun, hands-on activities at community events, both on and off-site.
When: Throughout the year
Ideal for: Bi-lingual volunteers, those looking for occasional opportunities, who enjoy city festivals and fairs, and interacting with the public.

Early Learning Administration
Early Learning Administration Help keep CCM’s Early Learning division running smoothly in a behind-the-scenes position that includes organizing storage, ordering supplies, maintaining a library database, prepping activity materials, and other projects.
When: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 9am-5pm; and Thursdays, 11am-8pm
Ideal for: Organized people looking for a consistent opportunity, who enjoy the not-so-glamorous but very important administrative tasks, and are willing to volunteer at least twice per month.

Early Learning Programs Volunteer
Work alongside Pritzker Playspace staff to facilitate early learning programs, help create a rich learning environment, greet guests, and gain intimate, hands-on experience with our youngest visitors.
When: Thursdays, 5-8pm, weekdays 10 am-12:30 pm; Sat. 10 am-Noon and 1-3 pm; Sun. 1-4pm
Ideal for: Playful people with an early education background or interest, who enjoy facilitating activities for younger children and their caregivers, are looking for a consistent opportunity, and are willing to volunteer at least twice per month.

Family Programs
A typical one-hour program might require twenty hours of preparation! Sew, cut, paste, organize, and lend your talents to creating innovative programs for children and their families.
When: As needed
Ideal for: “Crafty” individuals who want hands-on involvement in programming but may be short on time or not want to work directly with the public, are willing to volunteer once a month or on an as-needed basis.

Group Volunteers
Volunteer with a group for one-time projects or events. Opportunities consist of behind-the-scenes projects, such as mailings and program preparation or program facilitation. Please submit a group volunteer interest form to be contacted.
When: As needed
Ideal for: Volunteers seeking one-time group projects or service learning hours.

Guest Connections
Work alongside our floor staff and represent the “face” of the museum by assisting in CCM’s rich exhibits while you interact with families and assist with facilitation of family programs.
When: Daily, during museum hours. Volunteer shifts are flexible as your assistance is welcome daily.
Ideal for: Fun, outgoing volunteers who like variety, are looking for consistent weekday, weekend or evening hours, and are willing to volunteer at least twice per month.

Special Events Volunteer
Make a difference to CCM by helping with set-up/clean-up, registration, raffles, art activities, and more at member events, exhibit openings, cultural events, holiday themed events, or the annual Gala.
When: As needed
Ideal for: Outgoing, flexible people seeking occasional weekend or evening opportunities, who are willing to assist in all capacities, enjoy meeting new people.

Tinkering Lab Volunteer
Do you have an interest or experience designing and tinkering with a variety of tools and materials? Become a Tinkering Lab volunteer. Help foster an excitement for science by providing visitors a place of freedom that inspires them to design, build and test with real tools and materials along with space and time to innovate.
When: Thursday evenings from 5-8 pm; Weekends between 10 am-5 pm
Ideal for: Individuals who enjoy being creative, working with real tools and enjoy tinkering.