Why play?

Play is a lot more than just having fun. Play is learning, growing, and discovering. Play is a safe way to experiment—and to fail. Play lets us explore our place in the world.

What other gift offers all that—and more?

At Chicago Children’s Museum, kids fight fires in Play It Safe, show off their climbing skills (and bravery) on the Schooner, design and build contraptions in Tinkering Lab, get messy in the Art Studio, and more.

The gift of play lets whole families have a blast, make lasting memories, and learn a few things along the way.

Gift Memberships


A Chicago Children’s Museum gift membership is the ultimate gift for parents, caregivers, and the little ones in their lives. It’s play that kids love with quality learning experiences that grownups can feel great about.

Every membership level enjoys the following benefits:

  • A year of free daily admission to all Chicago Children’s Museum experiences and activities

  • Two membership cards per member household with the option to add an additional card member to the membership

  • Members-only hours every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 9 am

  • A 10% discount at the Museum Gift Shop

  • Exclusive members-only events, offers, and activities

  • 50% off general admission at more than 300 children’s museums worldwide

Please note that gift memberships begin on the date of purchase and will expire 1 or 2 years from that date.



1 year: $145

2 years: $260

  • Free admission for up to 4 people per visit

  • 20% discount on Navy Pier parking fee

Family Plus Parking

1 year: $255

2 years: $410

  • Free admission for up to 4 people per visit


1 year: $185

2 years: $330

  • Free admission for up to 6 people per visit

  • 20% discount on Navy Pier parking fee

Explorer Plus Parking

1 year: $295

2 years: $480

  • Free admission for up to 6 people per visit

Gift Tickets


Give a full day of play to the families in your life. Advance tickets are good for a full year after purchase and include a $1 discount off full admission price.

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Museum Experiences


Zoom Room

Zoom Room puts kids in the driver’s seat as they send toy cars hurtling through the curves, loops, dips, and crash sites of a colossal, multilevel race course. Developed and designed by Chicago Children’s Museum, Zoom Room is physical science in action, featuring hundreds of toy cars and more than 40 tracks of every length, height, and angle, including two bi-level crash courses. It’s the ultimate toy car experience— for children and adults. Open through April 2019.

We’re always finding new ways to play. A Chicago Children’s Museum gift membership will include the exciting new experiences we’re developing for next year.

Cloud Buster

Coming Summer 2019. This one-of-a-kind climber experience will feature heights, bends, and twists for you and your littles to climb, conquer, and explore.

The Pigeon Comes to Chicago: A Mo Willems Exhibit

Coming Fall 2019. Your little ones’ favorite Mo Willems books and characters (like The Pigeon, Elephant & Piggie, and Knuffle Bunny) come to life in this touring exhibit.



Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier

700 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

Parking at Navy Pier

All museum visitors receive 10% off parking validation. Museum members receive 20% off parking. Parking Plus members always park for free!

Learn about other transportation options to Navy Pier