EXPLORE KID-FRIENDLY CHICAGO
Make Chicago their playground.
Kids flip out for penguin encounters, go wide-eyed for spinning tornados, and erupt over giant, skulking dinosaurs. But since you can’t keep any of those things at home, we’ll keep them for you.
From the aquatic wonders of Shedd Aquarium and the virtual reality wow factor of Crown Fountain at Millennium Park, to upside-down trees, skating ribbons and climbing walls at Maggie Daley Park and a 150-foot climate-controlled Ferris wheel at Navy Pier's Pier Park, there's something to inspire kids of all ages around every corner.
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In the summer, kids can splash around in the shallow pool of Crown Fountain — and get soaked as water pours from the spouts of modern “gargoyles.” Springtime is perfect for a self-guided tour of Lurie Garden, especially when scoping out birds, worms, dragonflies and bees using a nature hunt scavenger worksheet. In the winter, skate under the twinkling lights of downtown Chicago on the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink. And no matter the season, crawl under Cloud Gate and make faces in the reflective surface of the stainless steel sculpture affectionately known as "The Bean."
Iconic Navy Pier opens your world to rides on a 150-foot Ferris wheel, an old fashioned Wave Swinger, and a whimsical 1920s inspired Musical Carousel at Pier Park — as well as restaurants, summer fireworks, sightseeing cruises, Segway tours and an IMAX theatre.
Free to the public, this is one of the nation's oldest zoos. Kids love the old-school carousel and Pritzker Family Children's Zoo, a kid-friendly home for North American animals. Just next door is the Farm-in-the-Zoo, which gives kids a chance to connect to nature and experience a little country in the city.
Brookfield Zoo is set within a 216-acre nature park. World-renowned, the Zoo’s 2,000+ residents have captivated and educated visitors since 1934. Don’t forget to take in Dolphins in Action at Seven Seas! Open 365 days a year.
Find out more here: https://www.choosechicago.com/things-to-do/things-to-do-with-kids/