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The city of Chicago is a playground for both children and adults alike. While the multitude of bars and adult-focused attractions are worth visiting, there is still plenty to do with your kids at your hip. No matter the time of the year, Chicago offers a number of other outdoor and indoor activities that kids, and parents, will enjoy.

 

  1. The Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier – Includes interactive exhibits where children can learn the effects of different sounds, use real tools and create artwork.

 

  1. The Kohl Children’s Museum – Children can create works of art or make up their own stories and act them out in Sheridan’s Books and Crannies exhibit. A visit to the Turtle Rock exhibit offers front row seats for kids to watch turtles play. The Pet Vet exhibit teaches valuable lessons on how to care for animals, proving to be both fun and educational. 

 

  1. A trip to the Field Museum – This museum gives children the opportunity to handle specimens in the museum’s collection. They can also watch museum employees remove fossils from rocks. This natural history museum has exhibits featuring American birds and ancient Egypt.

 

  1. A visit to the Museum of Science and Industry – Children can watch baby chicks hatch, view a collection of model ships, a model railroad, and a miniature fairy castle.

 

  1. Parents will appreciate the calm water for swimming at Loyola Beach at Loyola Park. Located on the shore of Lake Michigan, the park has a playground and a walking trail for kids to enjoy nature. 

 

  1. Oak Street Beach – Located near the attractions at Navy Pier, this beach has calm water for younger children, a café and barbecue grills for lunch, and plenty of sand for castles.

 

  1. The Centennial Wheel – one of the attractions at Navy Pier. It takes riders almost 200 feet above the ground where they can see panoramic views of Lake Michigan and Chicago.

 

  1. Enjoy the views at the Skydeck and the Ledge on the 103rd floor of Willis Tower. Offering a panoramic view of Chicago, visitors to the Skydeck can see up to 50 miles away. Those who are brave enough to go on the glass floor of the Ledge can see the street below their feet.

 

  1. Families can exercise and enjoy nature while they walk around the Chicago Botanic Garden. Children can climb on boulders in the Nature Play Garden and see model trains go around a track in the Model Railroad Garden. The English Walled Garden, the Rose Garden, and the Japanese Garden are a few of the many gardens that make up the establishment, each offering a unique experience.