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Ways to Give Program Descriptions

Chicago Children's Museum Programs


Early Childhood Development

80 to 85 percent of brain development occurs in the first three years of life. That’s why CCM intentionally designs sensory rich environments that foster learning and social-emotional connections, and provide context for rich language learning to occur.

Arts and Culture

Transformative in their power to inspire and cultivate self-expression and collaboration, child-centered art explorations are offered museum-wide and in a professionally staffed studio – filling the void found in most public schools.

Made in Chicago

Where else can you see live performances by local artists for free? Offered on the first Thursday of each month during Target Free Family Nights, this program showcases Chicago’s tremendous diversity and artistry. 

Active Play

Children are made to move. The more they link thoughts to actions, the stronger their neurological connections become, leading to a greater capacity for learning.

Playing with Numbers

This professional development program, created by CCM, provides kindergarten and first grade teachers with engaging instructional strategies to introduce, reinforce and deepen the understanding of fundamental math concepts. 14,175 students have been impacted since 2010.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)

In exhibits like Tinkering Lab and Skyline, experiments and projects are self-led using real tools and parts leading to increased skills in problem-solving and innovation, as well as a greater understanding of physical science. 


Play for All

Programmed outside of regular museum hours, this initiative ensures monthly events offering opportunities for children and families with disabilities to experience CCM. In addition, experts are consulted to ensure accessibility in all areas, and a variety of assistive devices are available at the admissions desk free of charge.

Family Programming

In today’s hectic and media-saturated world, children and their families need a place where they can play, build, climb, and accomplish things together.

Field Trips and Community Inclusion

Because access to dynamic educational environments is not guaranteed to all children, we work to remove barriers by offering a variety of free or reduced admissions and field trip programs. By gaining access to the museum, a child’s understanding of the world around them is inherently expanded.