Kids Ages 4-8

Children between the ages of 4 and 8 feel at home at nearly every space in Chicago Children’s Museum—in fact, you could call this age range the museum’s sweet spot. From family Saturday afternoons to mid-week field trips, Chicago Children’s Museum provides valuable educational experiences and activities for young school-aged children—that also happen to be a blast.

Permanent Exhibits

Because Chicago Children’s Museum is an ideal play space for kids ages 4-8, all our exhibits offer a play experience for them that’s valuable, fun, and unique every time.

Here are just a few favorite exhibits for young school-aged children:

  • Learn about dinosaurs and dig for “bones” in Dinosaur Expedition.

  • Design and build skyscrapers in Skyline.

  • Tap into your inner artist in the Art Studio.

  • Explore DIY skills in Tinkering Lab—where kids get to use real tools (with supervision) to engineer their own contraptions.

Museum-wide Programs

A variety of programs are offered each day. Throughout the year, visitors can find:

  • Arts and culture programs like studio workshops, performances, and visiting artists

  • Diversity and inclusion focused programs like International Family Equality Day and “What Does It Mean Dr. King?”

  • Health and wellness programs that get children moving and playing actively

  • Literacy programs that encourage talking, listening, reading, and writing

  • STEM programs to encourage wonder, inquiry, experimentation, and problem solving

Visit our Program Calendar for details on today’s programs.

Field Trips

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

Scholarships are available. Visit our Field Trips page for more information.