Explore the Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier

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Visit the Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier where kids can morph into the roles of architects, artists, mountaineers, inventors, curators, firefighters, anthropologists or engineers. Parents will love exposing their kids to a variety of educational and fun activities.

“I liked that the rooms had themes,” said Sonya Schneider, Northbrook mother of two. “It was nice that each area was somewhat contained so it was easier to herd two kids at once.”

From Nov. 18 through Feb. 5, kids can experience all of the wonders of winter without going outside at the special holiday exhibit, Snow Much Fun. Build snow forts, have a soft snowball fight, dress up a snowman and pretend to ice skate without getting cold or wet.

“Snow Much Fun has become a holiday tradition for many Chicagoans,” said Jennifer Farrington, president and CEO of Chicago Children’s Museum. “The exhibit truly emphasizes our philosophy that children and families must create, play and discover together. We’re very excited to offer the exhibit to visitors during the winter season.”

If your kids need to burn off some energy, take them to the new Move exhibit, open through Jan. 22. Move is an active kids paradise. Fit together large wonky pieces and make your own play ground, climb up to the peak of up-cycled tires to reach the bell at the top and get your sillies out by running around with all of the other kids. The littlest explorers can use their gross motor skills by lifting, stacking, pushing and mountaineering loose tires.

“At Chicago Children’s Museum, we know that active play is critical to not only children’s cognitive, social and emotional development, but their physical development as well,” said Farrington. “There’s a universal need among children and families for physical activity, and our goal was to create an experience that would inspire movement and activity in a fun and playful way.”

The Chicago Children’s Museum is open daily from 10-5 p.m. with extended holiday hours. Admission for children and adults is $12, free for babies under one. The Chicago Children’s Museum also offers discounted prices and “free days.” To plan your next adventure, visit www.chicagochildrensmuseum.org.

“Our philosophy focuses on the strong belief that children and families must do, create, make and play. For instance, we are moving away from renting traveling exhibits, and instead are creating our own exhibits that focus on dynamic play and real activity,” said Farrington. “We want Chicago Children’s Museum to be a forum for endless imagination and possibility.”