Education General Information | Chicago Children's Museum at Navy Pier

Education General Information

Kids want to have fun. Grownups want them to learn. Field trips at Chicago Children’s Museum let them do both.

CCM field trips and group visits let students put their classroom knowledge to work.

Our exhibits and experiences provide hands-on engagement with subjects like math, language, science and engineering with education-rich, play-filled activities.


We offer a number of field trip and group visit options. Planning your visit is a three-step process:

1. Read our field trip and group visit options below and determine which option works best for your class, school, or group.

2. Fill out our Reserve Your Field Trip Form to provide us with your contact information, which option you prefer, and any scholarship-qualifying information.

3. One of our Field Trip experts will follow-up with you in three – five business days to plan your visit.


Field Trip & Group Visit Options


Weekday Field Trips & Group Visits

Bring your curriculum to life with a Chicago Children’s Museum field trip.

The Benefits:

  • We’ll help you coordinate and make the most of your time at Navy Pier.
  • Our trained staff will greet you at the door, gather and safely store coats, lunches and backpacks, and make your day run as smoothly as possible.
  • We offer curriculum guides and activity ideas to help your students put their classroom knowledge to work.

The Details:

  • Weekday packages are available for groups of 18 – 100 people (contact us for larger groups).
  • Self-guided, two-hour visits are available Monday - Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
  • Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Pricing is $8.00 per person, with scholarships available for qualifying schools and community groups.

Weekend Field Trips & Group Visits

Learning doesn’t stop on the weekends. Bring your school, community, or parent group in for a Saturday or Sunday self-guided visit.

The Benefits:

  • Self-service flexibility allows you to manage your group’s experience.
  • Our coat rooms and locker rooms offer you a place to store belongings, and an optional Group Center add-on provides a home base for your outing.
  • An all-day rate including in-and-out privileges and a 20% discount on parking for all registered adults lets your group enjoy everything that Navy Pier has to offer.

The Details:

  • Weekend packages are available for groups of 18 – 100 people (contact us for larger groups)
  • All groups are self-service—wristbands will be provided to the group leader who is responsible for distributing the bands.
  • Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Pricing is $12 per person.

Small Group Visits and Home School Field Trips

Schools, groups, and communities that can’t meet our 18 person minimum can take advantage of packages uniquely tailored to smaller sized visits.

The Benefits:

  • Small group visits have no time limit—once your small group checks in, you and stay and play until the museum close.
  • A complimentary large locker can hold your small groups’ personal items while you play.
  • An all-day rate including in-and-out privileges and a 20% discount on parking for all registered adults lets your group enjoy everything that Navy Pier has to offer.

The Details:

  • Small group and home school field trips are self-guided and available September through May, Tuesday – Friday.
  • The first available check-in time is at 11:00 am and the last available check-in time is 2:00 pm.
  • Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Pricing is $9 for six – 17 people.

All Day Summer Field Trips & Group Visits (available May – September)

Our all day summer package is ideal for groups like summer camps, childcare centers, and other groups who have the flexibility to spend a full day off-site.

The Benefits:

  • Enjoy a day-long visit with in-and-out privileges to make the most of your day on Navy Pier.
  • Our trained staff will greet you at the door, gather and safely store coats, lunches and backpacks, and make your day run as smoothly as possible.
  • Our Group Center offers a safe place to store belongings, and provides a home base for your outing.

The Details:

  • All day summer trips are limited to May through September.
  • Reservations are available for groups of 18 – 100 people.
  • Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Pricing is $12 per person.

Back to School Seasonal Package (available September, October, or January)

Kick off your semester with a field trip.

The Benefits:

  • Our trained staff will greet you at the door, gather and safely store coats and backpacks, and make your day run as smoothly as possible.
  • We offer curriculum guides and activity ideas to help your students put their classroom knowledge to work.
  • Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Pricing is $5 per person with the back to school rate.

The Details

  • Weekday packages are available for groups of 18 – 100 people (contact us for larger groups).
  • Self-guided, two-hour visits are available Monday - Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
  • Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. The Back to School discount is only available for field trips in September, October, or January.

CCM’s field trips are part of the Karen Harrison Student Connections Program.