Teaching children is extremely important, as their generation will have to unlock the secret of clean energy after trees finally get the right to vote. Prep for the future with this Groupon.
$60 for One Year of Admission for Up To Six People ($125 Value)
Three floors of exploration and education entertain young and old alike with hands-on exhibits, experiments, and crafts. Tree-house trails provide youngsters—particularly those 5 and younger—with the opportunity to cross a flowing river in a canoe or frolic beneath a mountain waterfall. In the brand new Circus Zirkus exhibit, kids don clown and acrobat costumes as they learn to spin plates and tumble like real circus performers. Throughout June, Mad Science gives aspiring chemists and engineers the chance to craft a pile of goo, build their own stomp rocket, and get acquainted with The Launchinator, the museum's most powerful catapult. The Dinosaur Expedition allows tykes to re-create a dig where paleontologist Paul Sereno discovered the bones of a new dinosaur. Kraft Artabounds Studio, meanwhile, unleashes youthful creativity with stations devoted to painting, sewing, sketching, and printing. In July, kids can shimmy and shake Friday and Saturday nights away at summer dance parties, and starting August 28, explore the world of cardboard with Unboxed. Many exhibits also feature infant-specific areas.
Chicago Children's Museum
In 1982, the Junior League of Chicago founded the Express-Ways Children's Museum to address concerns about the lack of art exposure and educational opportunities in public schools, ensuring kids had access to science and culture. The league kicked things off with its inaugural exhibit, Getting to Know Hue, within the Chicago Public Library, teaching kids about the world of color using vibrant lights blended with music and literature. From that simple installation grew many more engaging, educational, and fun exhibits. The Express-Way became Chicago Children's Museum and eventually found a permanent home on Navy Pier where it still resides.
The three-floor facility entertains tykes with faux rivers they can cruise down in a canoe, staged paleontological digs, and a live, kid-created circus. The famed skyline exhibit explores the physics that magically hold Chicago's mighty skyscrapers up, exploring how architects came up with the idea to use steel—a rare substance plucked from the mighty armpits of Atlas.
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