Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering just got a lot more playful. 

Whether you’re looking for a group volunteer outing or an individual looking to give back, Chicago Children’s Museum has volunteer opportunities that truly make an impact.  

Volunteer Requirements

  • Age 16 or older

  • Willing to commit to the required time commitment of 2 shifts per month for at least 3 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

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 group volunteer 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 9 am to 5 pm 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.

Arts Learning Volunteer
Work alongside CCM’s arts educators when you lend your artistic talents to art-based, public programs in CCM’s Art Studio.
When: Thursdays, 5-8 pm; weekdays and weekends,12:45-5 pm,1-5 pm
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. No art experience necessary.

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, 5-8 pm; weekdays, 10 am-12:30 pm; Saturdays, 9 am-12 pm and 1-3 pm; Sundays, 10 am-1 pm and 1-4 pm
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 1-hour program might require 20 hours of preparation! Sew, cut, paste, organize, and lend your talents to creating innovative programs for children and their families.
When: As needed on weekdays, 10 am-5 pm
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 1-time projects or events. Opportunities consist of behind-the-scenes projects, such as mailings and program preparation or facilitation. Please submit a group volunteer form to be contacted.
When: As needed
Ideal for: Volunteers seeking 1-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 setup/cleanup, registration, raffles, art activities, and more at member events, exhibit openings, cultural events, holiday themed events, or the annual Gala.
When: As needed, evenings and weekends
Ideal for: Outgoing, flexible people seeking occasional weekend or evening opportunities, who are willing to assist in all capacities and 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: Thursdays, 5-8 pm; weekends, 10 am-5 pm
Ideal for: Individuals who enjoy tinkering, being creative, and working with real tools.

Young Professional Volunteer
Chicago young professionals join us monthly to lead a fun hands-on program with guests. Meet your peers and help support the museum's Play Late Thursdays, which provide guests with discounted admission. Please sign up using the Young Professional Volunteer Form.
When: 2nd Thursday of the month, 5:30-7 pm; various other shifts as offered
Ideal for: Young professionals interested in meeting peers and leading playful programs.