Not heading off to a tropical island locale for the holidays this year? No Colorado ski trip in your future? Just planning on hanging here in Chicago admist the snow drifts and sub zero temps? Well then you are definitely going to need some ideas on fun things while the kiddos are out of school.... Read more »
I am reposting this entry from March 1, 2010 because I came across it in my archives and it really is a pretty darn good list if I do say so myself. I’ve got to really focus if I want to get to all of these things before my kids head off to college.... Read more »
Ready, Pet, Go!, Chicago Children’s Museum’s brand new exhibit, is a celebration of all things pet and pet-related. We had a chance to check it out over Memorial Day Weekend and my kids fell in love. Ready, Pet, Go! offers children the opportunity to act like pets; climb in, out and around super-sized pet structures; dress up... Read more »
Zap! Pow! Whoosh! Dust off that cape and drop the alter ego, because all local superheros are needed at the new Superheroes Unite! exhibit
at Chicago Children’s Museum
During the months of April and May, children and families visiting the museum will have the opportunity to discover their own extraordinary abilities. This exhibit focuses on encouraging kids to use their creativity and imagination to create their own adventures.
Programs for Superheroes Unite!
will take place every day, with several opportunities for children and families to discover and hone a variety of superpowers. Highlights include...
I am a sucker for the Chicago Children’s Museum
(CCM). Each visit is a chance to discover something new (not just saying that.... it is true) Last week, the CCM debuted a new a permanent exhibit called the Tinkering Lab
. This is a place where kids can use real tools and materials. They love stuff like that. Those crazy kids.
Inspired by the national Maker Movement
, CCM has developed an experience unlike any other in Chicago. This is a DIY maker space for families. Do what you will (or won't) in this unstructured, creative space.
I really dig their new tagline for this exhibit: Real tools. Real science. Really for kids...
Mr. Imagine's Toy Store
is not what you think it is. If you live anywhere near the city, YOU CANNOT MISS THIS EXTREMELY UNIQUE EXPERIENCE with your family.
This pop -up shop is an extension of the Chicago Children's Museum and their Unboxed: Adventures in Cardbaord Exhibit
. They are using this medium as a way to celebrating kid's unbridled creativity (love this).
There are two ways children can experience cardboard through Chicago Children’s Museum: at Mr. Imagine’s Toy Store at 1371 N. Milwaukee Ave. and at the museum’s newest exhibit, Unboxed: Adventures in Cardboard. At Unboxed, which runs until May 5, 2013, children can explore the magnificence of cardboard by climbing on a nine-foot-tall cardboard Giant, crawling through the cardboard maze or creating their own cardboard creation at the cardboard studio (add this to the long-term to-do list).
But Mr. Imagine's Toy Store is only open until this Sunday. This place is oozing creativity. I stopped by late Monday afternoon with my three kids (ages 8, 6 and 3). They had the time of their lives and I had to drag them out the door to go home and have dinner. We walked out with a "dog named Puppy," a tool box and a bird of many, many feathers (complete with a functioning beak)...
To support Chicago Public School families this week, Chicago Children’s Museum is offering free admission to all CPS students from September 10-14. This limited-time offer will assist parents and caregivers with an opportunity to engage their children in an environment of play and activity while classes are suspended (and help pass the time during what... Read more »
This August, Chicago Children's Museum
(CCM) is showcasing the timelessness of building, tinkering and plain ol' creating by hosting its first-ever Maker Month
. Every afternoon, join local artists, hobbyists, musicians, tinkerers and local Chicago kids to celebrate the joy of making. Every day will feature a different activity, from creating a mini-book to assembling a tasty snack with a chef (mmmm . . . wonder what that is all about).
"So much of what young children learn is a result of their hands-on, concrete experiences,” said Jennifer Farrington, president and CEO of Chicago Children's Museum. “The experience of making things encourages creativity and problem-solving, and has the potential to cultivate life-long learning.”...
A trip to the Chicago Children’s Museum (CCM) is a guaranteed good time at any time of the year. But if f you’re planning to visit the CCM this June, be sure to bring your lab coat, goggles and plenty of curiosity. This month, CCM unleashed Mad Science!, a month-long tribute to the Mr. Hyde... Read more »
At the Chicago Children's Museum's newest exhibit Circus Zirkus,
your kids don't just get to see a circus -- they can actually perform in
the circus. At this one-of-a-kind exhibit, kids get a hands-on, interactive take on what it would be like to be a real circus performer.
In the backstage area, aspiring circus performers can practice tumbling, juggling and balancing skills, create a circus poster, swing on the Flying Trapeze or take a twirl on the Spinning Hoop. Whew!
The equally bustling performance area features Tricky Plates, Twirling Balls plus the opportunity to don costumes and entertain the crowd as a wacky clown. Or skip the main stage and sell hot dogs and ice cream, staff the ticket booth and cheer from the bleachers. This space is overflowing with super cool props (including my favorite -- fake 500 pound dumbbells so you can be the world's "strongest" man) and apparel for hours of imaginative play.
I visited this exhibit with my three year-old son last week and we both had a blast. I was most impressed by two things...